Fall 2022 Speakers

Join us in person in TC 121 from 11:00am-12:15pm!

Haley Marie Keith

September 1st

Haley Marie Keith

Haley Marie Keith is the founder and CEO of MITO Material Solutions, a material science tech startup commercializing graphene and bio-based nano-additives to enhance materials. Through her first MBA course and an I-Corps program and other entrepreneurship programs, Haley found that she had a knack for commercializing technology. This education helped shape MITO Material’s vision, company, and team. MITO Materials is now selling product commercially in sports and recreational markets and aims to provide future solutions for increasingly durable and sustainable materials.  Haley Marie Keith was named a featured honoree in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Manufacturing & Industry List and is among the few female leaders in the materials space.



September 8th


RealBreakingNate is a content creator, host, and entrepreneur from Indiana known for his positivity, charity, and love of all things Pokémon. Nate has been making YouTube videos since 2014 and has recently surpassed 1 million subscribers. Nate has grown a notable community, with his wife Marie, of over 200 million views through being a mental health advocate, positive role model, and hard worker. His creative outlets not only include his successful YouTube channel, but also being the co-founder of The Shadowless Podcast alongside SuperDuperDani and Jorden Fringe.

Danielle Oglesby

September 22nd

Danielle “Dani” Oglesby is an innovative, multicultural celebrity hairstylist. Her work can be seen in a number of magazines and has been featured in projects from Finish Line and Remington, to Puma and Jack Daniels. Dani has styled Hollywood celebrities like write/actress Natasha Rothwell, WNBA #2 draft pick NaLysaa Smith, and tv writer/producer Lauren Ashley Smith. Dani’s pop-up hair salon, The BAE BAR received the 2022 Weddingwire Couple’s Choice Award and she currently is preparing to launch BAE BAR Indy—Indianapolis’ first multicultural luxury blowout bar and silk press salon. Dani is passionate about the under-representation and lack of knowledge in styling and caring for ethnic hair in the production/editorial and salon industries. She strives to highlight this issue and be a part of the change needed.

Aaron Prickel

October 20th

Aaron PrickelFollowing his own advice, Aaron strives to lead by example and often arrives at the office before anyone else to take advantage of focused, productive time. A Lushin management consultant since 2007, Aaron acts as the glue that binds and strengthens the team’s collective talents. As not only a sales trainer but a great resource, he encourages his clients to stay true to themselves and their missions, and he adapts his training style to best serve each individual. Aaron emphasizes understanding the underlying cause of business performance problems: belief, behavior, or technique. He aims to teach sales training clients the simplicity of effective solutions. Prickel is the winner of the 2015 Ball State Achievement Award from the Miller College of Business and regular keynote speaker at conferences and workshops.

Cindy Dunston Quirk

October 27th

Dogs have always been a part of Cindy’s life. Cindy was successful is sales and marketing after completing her Marketing degree at Georgia State University. It was gratifying, but her creative side was itching to get out and run. Cindy turned heavily to writing as a professional wordsmith and editor, forming her own creative firm in Anderson, IN. In 2009, she made another pivot that combined her business, marketing, and creative skills. She was inspired by her German Shepherd’s allergies and founded her own pet treat company, Scout & Zoe’s. Her products, naturally shed elk antler treats and chews are now available in over 10,000 pet stores across the globe. It’s a dog’s life, and Cindy wouldn’t have it any other way.

Starla Kay Mathis & Lateva Woolfork

November 10th

Starla Kay Mathis is a wife, mom, creative entrepreneur, and lifestyle content creator based in Indianapolis. She is passionate about creating content that brings value to her readers and inspires all to create a life they love. She is a podcast host and co-owner of Mathis Media. Lateva is a Detroit girl living in Indianapolis. She is an entrepreneur, faith leader, wife, and mother of 6 daughters. She runs a blog, The All Purpose Woman, hosts a podcast, and owns SoCo Content Creation, where she does brand management and coaching. Starla Kay and Lateva are also both co-founders and co-owners of Create. Connect. Collab., a community that provides creatives, leaders, and entrepreneurs the accountability, resources, and connections to amplify their personal brands and business achievements.

Leslie Galbreath

November 17th

Leslie Galbreath

Leslie is an accredited public relations strategist with extensive experience in all facets of marketing communications. She consistently uses research and data to help global clients develop strategy, craft brand identities, sell complex products and build lifetime customer relationships. As CEO of dgs Marketing Engineers, Leslie oversees the overall strategic planning, creative development, public relations and digital communications activities for the agency and its global clients. With the launch of her newest venture, Magenta Marketing Communications, she collaborates with local businesses and nonprofits to blend fresh ideas with proven strategies to make the business thrive and create better communities. Named a Rising Star by the Indianapolis Star in 2012, Leslie has worked to bridge the gender gap and advocates for the profitable dignity of manufacturing careers.

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Nick Elam, Ph.D.

January 20, 2022

Nick ElamNick Elam, Ph.D. is a career-long educator, currently serving as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State University. Along the way, Elam has served in a variety of roles in the sports world. In 2007, Elam devised a new format for basketball, whereby the final portion of the game would be played without a game clock to preserve a more natural and exciting style of play. After years of researching and promoting this concept, the Elam Ending was finally implemented for the first time by TBT: The Basketball Tournament in 2017. Since then, the Elam Ending has grown rapidly throughout the basketball world, being implemented at the NBA All-Star Game, Canadian Elite Basketball League, and dozens of grassroots-level leagues and events. Elam has shared his research and story in over 300 outlets, including schools, businesses, academic conferences, written articles, and podcast/radio/TV programs.

Andy Knopfmeier, Rob Smith, Matt Murray

January 27, 2022

Andy Knopfmeier

Andy is the co-founder and Chief People Officer of Interstate Business Solutions (IBS), which has quickly grown to be an innovative leader in straight-line roadway litter collection since 2017. Prior to IBS, Andy was a leader in pharmaceutical and post-acute healthcare sales. Andy has additional experience in real estate investing and advertising sales. Andy is a graduate of Butler University where he majored in Biology. Andy currently lives in a suburb of Indianapolis, has been married for 20 years and has 2 daughters. When Andy isn’t solving the world’s litter problems, you can find him fishing, attending a club volleyball tournament, or coaching high school basketball.

Rob Smith

Rob is a husband, father, and entrepreneur. Rob graduated from Butler University and McKinney School of Law. He started his career as an Army JAG Officer where he litigated hundreds of cases and traveled extensively around the United States. Rob moved on from the Army and entered the private legal practice at Barnes and Thornburg. As an attorney, he specializes in labor law, employment law, and contracts. Rob’s most recent venture was starting Interstate Business Solutions, LLC with three of his good friends. Rob has traveled to many countries and enjoys diverse cultures. Adventurous by nature, Rob has run with the bulls in Pamplona, sky dived and cage dived with sharks.

Matt Murray

Matt is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of IBS. Prior to IBS, Matt founded Clean Zone Marketing in 2008, which quickly grew to become the Midwest’s largest transit advertising company. In 2017, Clean Zone Marketing was purchased by a private equity firm where Matt serves on their board of directors. Additionally, he has extensive experience in outdoor advertising sales, acquisitions, and leasing. He resides in a suburb of Indianapolis, has been married for almost 20 years and has 3 children. When not dreaming up the next million-dollar idea, he coaches his kids in their various sports activities, enjoys camping, tinkering in his barn, planning the next epic Indy 500 adventure, and serving at the Dream Center of Indianapolis.

Teresa Long

February 10, 2022

Teresa Long Teresa is native to Muncie and has been married to her husband Edward for 27 years, and together they have five sons. She is an active community member with 28 years of human service experience. Teresa opened God's Grace and Mercy Family Hair Care in November of 1994. She opened Grace Beauty College, the first African American-owned beauty school in East Central Indiana, in May of 2007; and the first barber college in the history of Muncie in 2015. Teresa's passion is to instruct, inspire, demonstrate, and motivate those she serves based on their personal and professional success goals. She is a member of Life Touch Ministry, where she serves as the church administrator and an associate minister. Teresa received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University. She earned her LSW from the State of Indiana and is currently working as a licensed mental health therapist. Other trainings and qualifications include TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and ANSA/CANS assessments. Teresa earned a certification with the Mendez Foundation as a Too Good for Drugs Facilitator, an evidence-based drug prevention program for grades K-8th. Teresa has served on various boards such as the Roy C. Buley Center, Unity Center, United for Christ VBS committee, and the Muncie Black Expo. She currently serves on the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative committee (JDAI) and is vice president of Muncie Delaware County Black Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, Teresa founded Hope Chest Tikkun Olam Center LLC, a community-based wraparound agency addressing family and community health issues. She specializes in unpacking trauma, cultural relativism, holistic and innovative restoration for sustained inner healing practices. Teresa uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She endeavors to be a resource of hope and self-empowerment for individuals and communities. In her free time, Teresa loves to read and spend quality time with her family.

Jihada Garrett

March 24, 2022

Jihada Garrett

Jihada is a dynamic life and leadership coach who helps her clients realign with the most authentic versions of themselves, allowing them to break free of limiting beliefs, set new expectations, and confidently move forward with clarity, purpose, and passion. She is a skilled management consultant with a specific emphasis on marketing, branding and public relations. By helping her clients raise their emotional intelligence, they are better able to become thoughtful leaders who prioritize courage, compassion and connection with those within their realm of influence. Her clientele is diverse, including mid- and senior-level business leaders, corporate and non-profit executives, and entrepreneurs. Jihada holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Howard University. She is a certified life coach, wife, and mom of three.

Connor Hitchcock

April 7, 2022

Connor Hitchcock

Connor is CEO and co-founder of Homefield, a premium collegiate apparel brand based in Indianapolis. The venture began as a fun side project out of his college apartment in Bloomington, Indiana that he carried to his first condo in Indianapolis in 2016. He and his co-founder/wife Christa made the leap and quit their jobs in 2018 to officially turn a side project into a full-time adventure: Homefield. In the 3 years since the jump, the Homefield team has grown from 2 to 26, moved offices 4 times, and acquired over 125 collegiate licenses, quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the collegiate-licensed space. Connor's interests and areas of expertise lie in organic, community-based marketing and organizational development.

Jennifer Merrell

April 14, 2022

Jennifer Merrell

Starting as a dance performance major, Jennifer graduated from Butler University with a degree in Corporate Communications, served as social chairman of her sorority, won an alcohol-awareness award, and spent a season as a cheerleader (you followed that, right?). Jennifer’s life and career are intertwined in a series of directional changes that she best describes as “a trail I’ve used a machete to hack through.” Over the span of her 25+ year career, Jennifer has served in multiple industries including: entertainment, sports & fitness, tech, real estate, and economic development. She has climbed ladders and fallen off cliffs to discover that she is driven to solve problems while elevating the people and organizations around her.  She also figured out that curiosity is the start of all great adventures. Today, Jennifer works to grow Indiana’s tech ecosystem, specifically in the area of closing the gaps between industry and academia as Director of Relationship Management at TechPoint.

The Fall 2021 Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture Series occurs in the Teachers College room 121 from 11:00-12:15pm.

Patrick Spencer

September 2, 2021

Pat Spencer

Patrick Spencer is Managing Director, Moneytree Software, An Accutech Company. This organization was acquired in June 2019 and has been an established provider of financial planning software to the Investment Advisor/RIA market since 1981. Pat joined Accutech in May 2020 and brings more than 12 years of retail/commercial banking experience and 19 years of business development and management experience in technology. His career has focused on managing teams and transforming them for the next level by working collaboratively across the organization. Working mostly on the business development side of the organization, he has led sales teams and managed Strategic Alliances. Pat has also led service organizations including Development, Product, Project Management, Client Success, Client Support and Training. His career has focused on working with organizations desiring growth and enjoys the challenge of building the right culture and the right team.

Prior to joining Moneytree, Pat was Vice President, East Region, for InterVision Systems, a leading strategic service provider focused on transforming datacenter technology with proven cloud IT strategies.

Pat graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with BS degrees in both Psychological Science (Organizational Behavior) and Management Science (Entrepreneurship). He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University and resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife. 

Amy Oviedo

September 9, 2021

Amy Oviedo is the Founder and CEO of Recruiting Experiences. The organization was founded to help companies simplify their hiring process and to train the next generation of recruiting professionals. Recruiting Experiences should be efficient, grounded in avoiding natural bias, data-driven, and kind.

After 'falling into recruiting' like so many other recruiting professionals, she developed a passion for identifying top talent and building high-performance teams in technology-focused companies. She has over 20 years of focused Talent Acquisition and Training & Development experience. She led global Talent Acquisition and Internal Mobility for PSAV, a $1Billlion private organization with over 1000 locations worldwide. Most recently, she served is Vice President of People Operations for Kinney Group, an Indianapolis-based Federal contractor. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Ball State University.

Bob Galyen

September 23, 2021

Robert (Bob) L. Galyen is recognized as one of the top executives in the battery energy storage world and science/engineering-based communities. He is a highly sought-after public speaker as a subject matter expert. His positions as CTO of CATL (the world’s largest battery manufacturer), Chairman of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee, SAE Fellow, Chairman Emeritus and CTO of NAATbatt International, provides him a unique leadership perspective in the global battery industry. His degrees in chemistry and biology, along with decades of engineering experience and executive roles, provides him a unique view in a leadership or consulting role in cross functional technology areas. He has patents, publications and participates on multiple BOD’s and TAB’s. The 44 years’ international work experience has given him a visionary perspective on worldwide business, making him uniquely qualified as a global energy storage and scientific/engineering community thought leader. Bob is married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.   

Joe Bradley

October 28, 2021

Joe Bradley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Bioengineering, Health Innovation Professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and Lecturer in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He teaches or has taught courses in engineering design, engineering projects, new product development, value chain management, and intellectual property management strategy. Joe is also a co-founder of Sun Buckets, Inc. (www.sunbuckets.com). Sun Buckets develops, builds, and commercializes thermal energy storage technologies and products primarily targeting energy scarcity in developing regions. Sun Buckets products are being, deployed, tested, and used in six countries.


His research focuses is on technology management and product development – how information is used and managed within a product development system from concept to commercialization. He is interested in challenges at the interface of product development, technology management, intellectual property management, and entrepreneurship. This includes a number of sectors from consumer goods to healthcare.

Joe earned his bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, his master’s in Mechanical Engineering (minor Electrical Engineering) from Iowa State University, and his MBA and PhD in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Adam Hayes

November 11, 2021

Adam has been able to carve out a niche for himself through the building of strong and fruitful relationships. He was at the helm of Grey Matter Marketing for 4 years before branching out and starting a high performance marketing company - The Hayes Group - in 2003. With a focus in demand generation and growth marketing with new-fangled technologies, he has used old-fangled relationship building to establish what has become a successful and highly respected performance marketing venture.



Kimberly Ferguson

November 18, 2021

Kimberly Howe Ferguson is a native Hoosier and Ball State University graduate who resides in Muncie, Indiana. Kimberly is the founder and owner of Pink Leaf: A Learning Company, the owner of Patterson Block Muncie, and several real estate holding companies. She is passionate about women investing in small businesses, themselves, and their futures. Kimberly is a wife, mother of two, and is proud to be raising her family and investing in Central Indiana. Find out more about Kimberly and her projects at www.kimberlyhoweferguson.com.