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Global Entrepreneurship Week  

November 8-12, 2021 


Monday, November 8, 2021 

Menard Training Facility Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute Open House

4:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Open House
Oakwood Building, Room 119
2501 N. Oakwood Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304

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Duncan Wardle | Talk starts at 7pm at Emens Auditorium 

How will we compete in the 4th industrial revolution?  By disrupting industry norms to innovate, versus simply iterating to achieve our quarterly results. Innovation is no longer a trendy buzz word, for many legacy brands it's a matter of survival. So how do we embed a culture of innovation across an entire organization when we’ve all been told for so long that we're not creative and we don't think we’re capable of innovating?   

Bio: As Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, Duncan helped teams at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Animation to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe. He now brings his Disney experience to audiences around the world, delivering a series of keynotes, masterclasses, and ideation forums, that help people capture unlikely connections, leading to both disruptive thinking and revolutionary ideas. He is a multiple TEDx speaker and has been featured in many publications including Fast Company, Forbes, INC., and more. He teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale University, UNC and U.F. He also holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. MBA and Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 

Despair or Choice? Encouraging innovation through a problem-solving mindset tammy nguyen

Tammy Nguyen | Talk starts at 5:30pm in Room AJ225 

Tammy Nguyen, owner of TN Events Management and President of Streets of Hope San Diego, focuses on choosing an opportunity mentality to build better solutions with greater impact. Nguyen focuses on providing practical tips for students to expand their problem-solving skills while inviting favor in the face of challenge.  

Bio: Tammy Nguyen is the owner of TN Events Management which specializes in planning and executing virtual, hybrid, and in-person events ranging from small workshops to multi-day conferences. Nguyen launched her venture at the beginning of 2020 to assist companies and organizations as they transitioned their events from auditoriums and expo halls to virtual meetings and hybrid conference platforms. She has since adapted over thirty events to online and hybrid interfaces. These events include the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, USASBE Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, ICSB Hybrid World Congress, Awaken Pathfinders Hybrid Conference, and the Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Awards. Tammy is also the President of Streets of Hope San Diego, A homeless organization that is dedicated to feeding and building relationships with the homeless on a weekly basis. Along with that, she founded Streets of Hope Kids, which is dedicated to throwing events and birthday parties for homeless and low-income kids to help them feel valuable and worthy of a beautiful life, no matter their upbringing or circumstances.  

Wednesday, November 10, 2021  

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The Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute will be hosting it’s first “I-Day” (Innovation Day) for high school students on Wednesday, November 10. This year’s pilot program will expose students to some of Ball State’s most innovative and creative programs: Digital Corps, Sports LinkE-Sports and Allègre. Participants will then take part in small group sessions centered around innovation and creativity. For information on how your school can get involved next year, contact Candy Dodd at  

Thursday, November 11, 2021 

nicole haddad“The Cost of Companies Forgetting how to Have Fun”  

Nicole Haddad | Talk Starts at 5:30pm in room WB144 

Nicole left corporate America, fell in love with LEGO®, and realized why the creative spark is extinguished in workplace cultures that had it all figured out.  

Bio: Nicole is the Founder of Art Works and Executive in Residence at  the Temerlin Advertising Institute in the SMU School of Art. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of creativity to fuel innovative thinking. She believes that the key to a thriving culture is confident, courageous individuals and teams who speak up and take risks to reimagine what is possible. As a creative leadership coach and team development facilitator, Nicole helps organizations build thriving cultures by helping professionals approach problem-solving with a creative mindset so that bigger and better solutions emerge to produce breakthrough results. Nicole brings over 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing, and creative problem-solving training to leaders, teams, and university students in the form of highly engaging and impactful workshop-style sessions where learning happens through purposeful play in a space that encourages experimenting, asking thoughtful questions, and sharing unique perspectives.