Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Natalie Tessler, Founder and Owner of Spa Space

  • Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Natalie Tessler, founder and owner of Spa Space. She has a BA from UW, a law degree from American University and a Master of Law degree in taxation from New York University. In 1999, she began researching the wellness and day spa industries and developing the business concept for Spa Space, which opened in 2001. She was drawn to the industry through her genuine love for hospitality and entertaining. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Anne Smith, Co-Founder and Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

  • Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Anne Smith, co-founder and director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. A graduate of UW Law School, Anne previously was the General Counsel for Winterthur U.S. Holdings and later became General Counsel for Promega. Her practice focused on general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Anne is also a co-founder of Madison Seed Accelerator and serves as Chairperson of Community Partnerships and StartingBlock Madison. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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BizSmart Training for Entrepreneurs

  • Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: 349.00

The Biz Smart program includes all of the business areas crucial to planning and running your business. It incorporates not only the crucial areas, but helps you apply them to a business plan that you can then use as a roadmap for your business.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Taralinda Willis, Co-Founder of Curate

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Join us to meet Taralinda Willis, co-founder of Curate, a company that mines public meeting agendas and minutes for development project information for use by construction companies and other industries. Taralinda has experience in large scale project management overseeing the creation of a $94M multi-use facility, sales and account management at a performing arts venue and customized client solutions as the owner of a consulting business. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Tom Tefft, Former President of Neuromodulation Unit at Medtronic

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Tom Tefft, recently retired President of the Neuromodulation unit at Medtronic. As SVP, he oversaw the research, development, operations, and product sales and marketing for products and therapies used in the treatment of chronic pain. Prior to this role, Tom held numerous finance leadership roles at Medtronic. Tom spent 10 years at PWC prior to joining Medtronic. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Arvind Subramanian, President & CEO, HealthMyne, Inc.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Arvind Subramanian, president/CEO of HealthMyne. After leaving GE, Arvind served on the executive management teams of two venture-capital backed technology start-up companies, both of which completed successful exit strategies including ProVation Medical where he served as COO. He received an Outstanding Entrepreneur award from NEA for his role in working with the team to build and scale ProVation Medical. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Bill Raaths, Former CEO of Great Northern Corporation

  • Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, November 1 to meet Bill Raaths, former CEO of Great Northern Corp. Bill’s incredible story begins with his humble beginnings in growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm to running a $750 million business and four of the largest businesses in the Fox Cities. Bill is a UW graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He will share information about his life/career and the opportunities presented to him. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Justin Vandehey, Founder of Growbot

  • Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Justin Vandehey, founder of Growbot, an employee engagement and recognition platform built for Slack and Microsoft Teams. Prior to founding Growbot, Justin was a Product Manager at Intuit and helped build the company's online payroll and benefits products for small and medium sized businesses. He also worked for Sony Music and Atlantic Records. Justin graduated from UW with a BBA in Marketing and International Business. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Chris Eckstrom and Andy Walker, Rock River Capital Partners

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Chris Eckstrom and Andy Walker, Partners at Rock River Capital Partners. Chris has been investing in Wisconsin and Midwest early stage ventures and ran the Chicago Principal Investment team of Macquarie Bank. He was also a Senior Analyst at Black Diamond Capital Management. Andy had been CEO of Channel IQ and helped build Fetch Rewards. He was co-founder of 42six Solutions. Both are UW alums. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Israel Lopez, Business Attorney at Neider Boucher and Tech Entrepreneur

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Israel Lopez, a business attorney at Neider & Boucher and a tech entrepreneur. His law practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, business formation, and strategic business planning, specifically working with tech entrepreneurs looking to launch their latest software device or mobile application. He is the founder of the Chins Up Foundation and recently launched his new business, Akuraa Technologies. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Public Sector Leadership within the American Free-Enterprise System

Fitch Lecture

  • Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost:

With support from the William Fitch Scholarship Fund, UW-Madison alumnus Curt Culver will discuss his career in the mortgage insurance business spanning more than 30 years, during which he charted a long-term course for his companies, including MGIC -- the nation's largest private mortgage insurer. The presentation is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Wisconsin School of Business, and the Law and Entrepreneurial Clinic at UW-Madison's Law School.