Pursuing Your Passion:

Liberal Learning and Entrepreneurialism

A series of community forums presented by 
the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Michigan-Flint,
100K Ideas, and the EDA University Center
for Community and Economic Development

Held at the Ferris Wheel in downtown Flint, MI

Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Each forum will include speakers answering questions on their set topic
with audience Q & A to follow.



    Problem Solving for Complexity & Change and Entrepreneurialism

    • September 26, 2017
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring Adam Lutzker, Associate Professor of Economics at UM-Flint, and Steve Whitener, '77 alumnus of UM-Flint and local Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Investor

    Learning From "Failure" and Entrepreneurialism

    • October 24, 2017
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring Luke Lloyd, Flint native, basketball coach, training, former professional player, and inventor of the Dribble Stick (a basketball training device) and Nick Kingsley Assoiate Profess of Inorganic Chemistry from UM-Flint Chemistry & Biochemistry.

    Creative Thinking and ​Entrepreneurialism

    • December 12, 2017
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring: Ben Gaydos, assistant professor of design in UM-Flint Art & Art History and Detroit-based designer, filmmaker, artist, and educator; and Shannon Easter White, Architect & Owner of FUNchitecture, LLC

    Risk Taking and Entrepreneurialism

    • January 23, 2018
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring: Mihai Burzo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UM-Flint; and Erin Caudell of The Local Grocer, Flint Fresh Mobile Market, and the Veggie Box Program

    Effective Communication and Entrepreneurialism

    • March 6, 2018
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring Oaklin Mixon, Creative Director of Goodboy Clothes, and Christopher Kowal, Assistant Professor of Communication at UM-Flint.

    Personal Reflection and Entrepreneurialism

    • April 3, 2018
    • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Featuring Marge Murphy of Cork on Saginaw and DJ Trela, Professor of UM-Flint English


    MARCH 6, 2018

    Assistant Professor of Communication, UM-Flint

    Dr. Kowal's emphasis areas are communication of emotions and nonverbal influence. He examines areas of nonverbal communication and the use of emotions as tools to influence and inspire others. Click to learn more.

    Creative Director for Goodboy Clothes, Flint, MI

    from their website:
    GoodBoy Clothing was established in March 2014 by Flint, MI, resident Oaklin Mixon. Upon the auto industry’s exit from Flint--formerly one of America’s leading auto manufacturing hubs--the city was forced to reinvent itself as a hub for culture, business, and the arts. Mixon’s desire to embody the authenticity and resilient spirit of his city resulted in the creation of GoodBoy Clothing. Our journey began with high quality t-shirts and a cutting-edge bow tie collection, and has since expanded to include multiple apparel and accessory collections developed by artists, designers and seamstresses to provide an outlet for original ideas and fresh collaboration. 

    After winning $20,000 in the AT&T Agility Challenge in 2016, GoodBoy garnered national recognition, allowing us to develop our brand and expand our product offering. GoodBoy uses the “Shop-to-Shelf” production model, which allows us to create, produce, and now, sell our products in the same space. This has given our brand the ability to reach from coast to coast in the U.S., with loyal customers from California to New York. Click to learn more. 

    RSVP - Liberal Learning and Entrepreneurialism Series

    Thank you for your interest in the Liberal Learning and Entrepreneurialism community forum series, presented by the UM-Flint College of Arts & Sciences and University Outreach.

    For the most up-to-date information, please visit umflint.edu/cas/LLE. 

    Each forum will be held at the Flint Ferris Wheel Building, located at 615 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI, 
    and will begin at 5 p.m. with light refreshments. Free and open to all—limited seating available. 

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