Fall 2020 Speakers

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Dee Parson

September 3, 2020

Dee Parson

Dee is an award-nominated cartoonist and animator based in Indiana. His resume includes a syndicated newspaper comic strip titled “Life With Kurami,” published and Gylph-nominated comic book/animated series “Pen & Ink,” and published comic strip “Rosebuds.” All his works follow the theme of “love” in their own ways, as he tries to bring love to others with his characters. When he’s not creating, he’s teaching comic book workshops to children, teens, and adults at various schools, libraries, and art museums. He also collects too many Garfield books.

 

Chris Cammack

September 10, 2020

Christopher Cammack

Christopher Cammack, a Ball State University business grad, has the unique ability to see the value of properties by envisioning their future state. Due to his real estate experience, Cammack Estates has become one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in Indiana. His entrepreneurial drive, paired with his keen talent for securing residential and commercial properties, has been the key factor in his overall success. The foundation of Cammack Estates was inspired by cross-functional team collaboration through Cammack’s strategic leadership skills and his networking abilities learned during his roles in Fortune 500 Companies. Christopher’s passion is to live his life by educating and assisting others on how to build their real estate empire. In 2019, Christopher purchased over 50 properties and built many key relationships in the real estate industry allowing him to grow the business at a rapid rate.

Tony Galati

September 24, 2020

Tony Galati

Tony Galati is an information technology professional, entrepreneur, teacher, and business leader who is revolutionizing vocational education in the US through the creation of MyComputerCareer.edu, a remarkable career college that has rapidly become one of the largest vocational colleges dedicated to computer networking and security in the country. From its first campus in 2008 to the construction of six campuses in four states and its current national expansion in the online learning space, Galati’s vision of “changing lives generationally through careers in Information Technology” is being fulfilled by thousands of grateful students each year. A career-changer himself, Mr. Galati was a graduate of the BYU Marriott School of Management. He began his career in accounting but after a few years had his fill of crunching numbers. Not only was his income not keeping up with the needs of his growing family, but his job satisfaction was declining. With the help of a friend tutoring him in a makeshift basement “classroom,” Tony was able to transition into the Information Technology field as a help-desk technician in the early ‘90s and quickly rose through the ranks. For more than a decade as an instructor for many of the most prominent training companies in America, Tony built a successful career teaching technology skills to other IT professionals. Inspired by a strong desire to help others improve their quality of life, Tony founded MyComputerCareer and changed his focus to serve non-technical career changers. Built on a conviction that he could teach necessary technical skills to anyone with a desire to learn , and with a commitment to the values of Integrity, Customer First, Love, and Excellence, the school has blossomed in the ensuing decade.

Leslie Galbreath

October 29, 2020

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 chief executive officer 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 bold, new venture, Magenta Marketing Communications, she collaborates with local businesses and nonprofits to blend fresh ideas with proven strategies to make businesses thrive and create better communities. Leslie holds degrees in political science and Japanese from Ball State University and does ongoing graduate work at Georgetown University in the fields of public relations and corporate communications. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Women in Manufacturing. Leslie serves on the board of trustees for the Reshoring Initiative and the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. Leslie is co-chair of the accreditation committee for Hoosier PRSA and a member of the public service committee. Leslie was named a Rising Star by the Indianapolis Star Press in 2012. She is a frequent guest speaker on a wide range of strategic communication topics at local and national industry events. Recent speaking engagements include the Association of Manufacturing Technology’s Global Forecasting and Marketing Conference, Gardner Publications’ Top Shops, Indianapolis She Should Run as well as a series of marketing communications workshops designed for local non-profits and sponsored by United Way of Central Indiana.

Erin Hill

November 12, 2020

Erin HIllErin Hill is the owner of Lois Pearl, a boutique for women located in Yorktown, IN. She began Lois Pearl as a line of handmade clothing for girls, in the basement of her home in 2009. The line quickly grew through events, wholesale, and online. Upon moving back to her hometown of Yorktown in 2011, she moved into the Lois Pearl space on Smith Street in her home town of Yorktown, and set it up as a sewing studio. As her brand grew through word of mouth, local residents began requesting shopping appointments, and the Lois Pearl Boutique was born. Supporting local women in business and featuring their work in the store is the heart of Lois Pearl. The business is named after Erin's great grandmother Pearl, who started their family farm in Yorktown, and grandmother Lois, who owned a flower shop just down the road from the boutique's current location. Growing up arranging flowers, making deliveries, and watching her grandmother help clients sparked Erin's passion for caring for her customers. Prior to "stumbling into" Lois Pearl, Erin graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. She went on to study International Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois, and worked in the food sales and marketing industry for several years. Erin resides in Yorktown, IN with her two children, Nate and Evy, and husband Matt. When she's not at the boutique you can find her in their barn, working with the family's show heifers and goats. A farmer at heart, Erin can often be found entertaining customers with stories about their herd of critters. You may just find few farm photos mixed in with the latest styles on the Lois Pearl social media pages.

Jonathan Darling

November 19, 2020

Jonathan Darling is a graduate of Ball State University and is the founder of Impact Leadership and the Impact Knoxville Leadership Conference. After being turned down for 14 TEDx speaking events, Jonathan decided that there had to be another platform for speakers and thought leaders to share their ideas and impact the world around them. Jonathan decided to start a leadership speaking conference that inspires leaders of every age, position, and profession to make a massive impact on their teams, companies, and communities. All proceeds for the event are then donated to a local non-profit that is dedicated their local community and region. His first event, after just 3 months of preparation, brought in over two thousand dollars and 90 attendees. Impact Knoxville 2020 is slated to have over 300 attendees, while raising close to $50k. The goal is to one day have Impact Events in major cities across the globe engaging and impacting leaders and helping support the efforts of other nonprofits. Jonathan is also a contributor to multiple publications and has been featured on over 9 podcasts. He has been interviewed on international radio and has spoken at schools, companies, universities and more as an expert on love and leadership.

 

The Spring 2020 Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture Series occurs in the Arts & Journalism Building room 175 from 11:00-12:15pm.

Aaron Prickel

January 16, 2020

Following 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. Aaron emphasizes understanding the underlying cause of business performance problems: belief, behavior, or technique. A Lushin management consultant since 2007, Aaron acts as the glue that binds and strengthens the team’s collective talents. As a sales trainer and resource, he encourages clients to stay true to themselves and their missions, and adapts his training style to best serve each individual. He aims to teach sales training clients the simplicity of effective solutions. Winner of the 2015 Ball State Achievement Award from the Miller College of Business, Aaron spends his precious free time outdoors, usually cheering on his three kids in their respective sports competitions. 

Danielle Shockey

January 30, 2020

Danielle is the CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, which serves 29,000 girls in partnership with 12,000 adults across 45 counties in Indiana. A nationally recognized leader in the Girl Scout Movement, Danielle serves on multiple committees for Girl Scouts of the USA. Danielle was recently recognized as a Woman of Influence by the IBJ and received the Indiana Women of Achievement Award for Distinction in Innovation and Leadership for Young Women from Ball State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree from BSU and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Indiana University. Danielle brings 20 years’ experience in serving Indiana’s youth through positions as a college dean, deputy superintendent for the Indiana Department of Education, principal, and more.

Andy Spears

February 13, 2020

Andy is partner and financial advisor with C and C Wealth Advisors of Raymond James in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy’s career is entrepreneurial in and of itself, and he believes every position in the workforce requires an entrepreneurial drive to be successful. It is Andy’s life-long obsession to overcome the odds and do what some would call impossible. Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ball State and is a former Ball State football player. He has a beautiful wife named Kara and a very active three year old daughter named Adeline. Come hear Andy’s story and his unique point of view on what it takes to be successful in your career and in life. 

Felix Medina

March 19, 2020

Félix, born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, graduated from the University of Ciudad Juarez with a Bachelor’s in Latin-American Literature and migrated to Indiana in 2007. Félix opened his own language agency after being an interpreter and fulfilling a dream of taking a year long back-packing trip around the world. VEDIA GLOBAL provides clients from all industries with interpretation, translation, and cultural consulting in 75+ foreign languages.His language career started as a freelance interpreter for hospitals, corporations, state/federal agencies, and more across the U.S. He holds many certifications and serves clients in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil. Félix speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently, and is learning Turkish and Italian. He enjoys rock climbing, hiking, traveling, writing poetry, coffee, meditating, & time with his daughter. 


Dee Parson

April 2, 2020

Dee is an award-nominated cartoonist and animator based in Indiana. His resume includes a syndicated newspaper comic strip titled “Life With Kurami,” published and Gylph-nominated comic book/animated series “Pen & Ink,” and published comic strip “Rosebuds.” All his works follow the theme of “love” in their own ways, as he tries to bring love to others with his characters. When he’s not creating, he’s teaching comic book workshops to children, teens, and adults at various schools, libraries, and art museums. He also collects too many Garfield books.

 

Mike Slocum

April 9, 2020

Mike is executive director of Indiana INTERNnet, the catalyst for expanding the creation and use of experiential learning opportunities as a key strategy in retaining Indiana’s top talent. Mike connects students, employers, and educational institutions with the vision of helping every Hoosier student who wants an internship to have one. Mike earned degrees in history and political science from BSU, a Master’s degree in adult & higher education from Grand Valley State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in BSU’s adult, higher, & community education program. Prior to Indiana INTERNnet, Mike worked in a variety of capacities at Ivy Tech, held roles in higher education, workforce development, and student success at Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University.

Jennifer Wiese

September 5, 2019

Jennifer Wiese Jennifer Wiese, founder and CEO of BeeFree Gluten Free Bakery does not have a PhD., but she did have a blast at Ball State and managed to get a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  She never imagined herself as an entrepreneur, but that's the push she's been on for 10 years now.  She has always believed in something bigger than herself and she's laser focused on making a difference.  She's a wife and mother of 4 college age sons and she uses pride, character and attitude as her guiding light.  She's had the distinct honor of making every mistake in the book and has the sass to turn every "no' into an opportunity.  She's just a small town girl with a small town family living out her best life.  Come and hear how doing something you're passionate about for someone you love can turn into a multi million dollar company.

 

Jennifer Williams & Alli Truttmann

September 12, 2019

Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams is an ex-actuary turned entrepreneur from Seattle, WA. She is the co-founder and COO/CFO of Cuddle Clones, an online pet company whose flagship product is a stuffed animal made to look exactly like your pet. Before Cuddle Clones, Jennifer spent 10 years as a benefits consulting actuary, primarily working on large defined benefit plans and stock-based compensation programs. She made the entrepreneurial leap in 2012 and quit PricewaterhouseCoopers to focus on Cuddle Clones full-time. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and her MBA from the University of Louisville. Cuddle Clones was a school project-turned-real-business in the entrepreneurship-focused MBA program in Louisville. Jennifer has been in Louisville for 10 years and lives with her husband Danny and her two fur-children Izzy and Winnie. In her personal life, Jennifer enjoys golf and singing karaoke and is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan.

   Alli TruttmannAlli Truttmann, MA, CPT is the CEO and Founder of Wicked Sheets, an innovative sleep and bedding company that takes advanced fabric technology and incorporates it into the bedroom. Wicked Sheets began in 2008 in Truttmann’s one-bedroom Louisville apartment after being fed up waking to sweat-soaked bedding. After her collegiate career in soccer and Child Psychology, Alli attended the University of Louisville where she earned her master’s degree in Psychology and then returned to her undergraduate alma mater, Bellarmine University to become certified in Personal Training and Medical Fitness. Alli has raised over $1M in equity funding for Wicked Sheets and competed in both local and global pitch competitions, winning spots on QVC, as well as the Global Startup Grind Conference. Alli’s post collegiate career prior to starting Wicked Sheets was spent as a therapist for children diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum. Alli’s passion for education and entrepreneurism are demonstrated in her Board participation on the Bellarmine University Board of Overseers and the Louisville Venture Connectors Board of Directors.

Adam Weber

September 26, 2019

Adam Weber  Adam Weber is Co-founder of Emplify, a company that helps leaders measure, diagnose, and solve their employee engagement challenges. Previously, he served as Co-founder and VP of Sales of Bluebridge Digital where he successfully built and sold a mobile engagement platform focused on engaging the audience of Churches and Tourism organizations. Adam is a nationally-recognized expert and speaker on employee engagement, culture, team performance, leadership development. He has spoken at a number of events around the country for which he has been consistently rated as a top presenter. Adam holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in organizational communication from Ball State University, is a former musician, retired pastor, aspiring comedian, and currently lives in Zionsville, IN with his wife, two sons, dogs, and chickens.

Wes Crouch

October 31, 2019

Wes Crouch  Wesley is a 25-year old entrepreneur that created Tudr, the fast-growing tech startup that brings the sharing economy to the higher education space. After graduating from Ball State in 2016, Wes made the choice to start Tudr and began his entrepreneurial journey. Since then, despite the lack of venture capital for consumer brands in the Midwest ecosystem, he has managed to raise over $350,000 for the venture from various angel investors across the nation, and has created a team consisting of CFO with an MBA from NYU and formerly worked for AOL, a head UX/UI designer formerly at Uber, Tinder and Apple among others, and a 15yr aerospace engineer. Together, Wes and his team took Tudr to Boston for one of the world’s largest startup accelerators, MassChallenge, and named 1 of 200 most promising young startups in the world. Crouch is very involved with giving back to the entrepreneurial community, and serves as an advisor/mentor for aspiring students at Ball State and IUPUI. 

Ali Jafari

November 14, 2019

Ali Jafari Ali Jafari, founder and CEO of theCN.com, is a serial entrepreneur known for his research and entrepreneurship in IT, more specifically, on development of a series of Learning Management System(s). Dr. Jafari is a Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue and Director of the CyberLab at IUPUI. He continues to bring innovation and new perspectives to the smart learning environment industry to make teaching and learning easier and more powerful. Dr. Jafari earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Isfahan, Iran, before he moved to the United States to pursue a MS in Media Technology at the University of Wisconsin. He completed doctorate studies in Telecommunications/Mass Communication from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

David Proctor

November 21, 2019

David ProctorDavid is a dreamer, innovator, consultant, and creator of businesses spanning 20 years. After serving three years in the US Army, David earned a BA in Art/Art History, and later his MBA. While working his way through school, David discovered his ability to move people from idea to action, which he still excels in today in his consulting and coaching company, Proctor Group. While in the technology sector, David and a coworker bootstrapped Next Wave Logistics, a subscription software company enabling millions to operate their own business entirely online through direct selling, such as Pampered Chef, Amway, and others. As CEO, David led the company in creating a culture of innovation and creativity while having fun. The results were 60 quarters of growth, reaching over $25mm in annual sales. While raising a family and running his business, David also co-founded Votre Vu, an e-commerce subscription company growing to several million before he sold it to an investor group. Currently, David loves helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams and have fun getting there.