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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Entrepreneurship vs MBA: Mutually Exclusive or Not

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Getting an MBA and starting a business, whether together or in either sequence, should not be mutually exclusive paths to take. But there is a lot of discussion in the media about pursuing entrepreneurship and skipping or even dropping out of college or grad school. Much less is discussed about pursuing both higher education and entrepreneurship together or in either sequence. This is a hot, if not controversial, subject.
Our panel will be comprised of MBAs (who had prior work experience before going to graduate school) and non-MBAs, all of whom have been, currently are, or aspire to be entrepreneurs – and have made the decision to get an MBA. Or not. This panel discussion will have a much different take from the common portrayal of simply skipping or dropping out of school to become a billionaire.

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Jeffrey Chemeres

SVP, Sales & Mktg, Pulse Infoframe Inc
Jeff was co-founder of Empathica, Inc.- a customer experience and advocacy measurement company. Empathica, which captured over 30 million customers experience reviews per year, achieved over $22 million in annual sales, and worked with clients in over 25 countries. In September 2013... Read More →
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Allen Lising

Managing Director, Dymaxium Inc
Allen graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an HBA from the Ivey Business School, one of Canada's leading business schools. One of his key areas of focus was Management Science and Models. Allen has previously worked in financial services (Royal Bank, KPMG) and the... Read More →
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Erica Swallow

Class of 2015 MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management
Erica Swallow is a technology writer, startup entrepreneur, and status quo wrecker. She is currently an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and her thoughts have been published in a number of esteemed outlets, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
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John Villwock

Dir, Answers
John has 20 years experience in the information technology industry. He has led Research, Development, Product Management, Marketing and Sales divisions at IBM, Wells Fargo, and Answers.com. In his "spare-time" he founded multiple startups leveraging cutting edge technologies in Cloud... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B

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