Preparing for Work in the Digital Economy

Liberal Learning and Entrepreneurialism 3.0

A series of community forums sponsored by
100K Ideas and the EDA University Center
for Community and Economic Development. 

Next Event: Social Media

 Each forum will include speakers answering questions on their set topic
with audience Q & A to follow.




    • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
    • Noon
    • Held in the Happenings Room, 1st-floor University Center on the UM-Flint campus. See a campus map
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    Join Assistant Professor of Computer Science Halil Bisgin and Lecturer IV of Communication Studies Michelle Silva for some unexpected insights into social media. Learn how behind-the-scenes technologies are impacting humans in business, relationships, and more. 


    Read: The Power of Learning and Entrepreneurship


    • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2019
    • 11:00 a.m.

    Featuring Associate Professor of Theatre Janet Haley and Vaughn Kelsey Davis (Theatre Performance, '13), in a conversation on perseverance - how can you be resilient in the face of challenges and continue to be motivated after setbacks?

    User Experience

    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
    • noon

    Featuring Associate Professor Benjamin Gaydos and Assistant Professor Andy Deck. How you make meaningful and intuitive experiences for your customers and other stakeholders?

    Data Visualization

    • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
    • 5:30 p.m. 

    Featuring Associate Professor of Biology Heather Dawson and Assistant Professor of Sociology Jacob Lederman. How can you make information more accessible (and influential) through data visualization?

    Diversity & Inclusion

    • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
    • 11:30 a.m.

    Featuring Heather Johnson, Center for Gender & Sexuality Director, and David Luke, Intercultural Center Director. Why is Diversity & Inclusion important, and how can you cultivate these values in your career?

    Humanizing Education

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 5:15-6:45 p.m.

    Featuring Stephanie James, Director, Curator & Collection Educator at the MW Gallery, Suzanne Knight, Associate Professor of English at UM-Flint, Gina Morris Cicalo, English Language Arts Teacher at Flint Southwestern, and Jordan Barnett, Secondary Art Education major at UM-Flint. 

    The Role of Universities in Placemaking

    • February 25, 2019
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring Interim Provost Susan Alcock and Director of Neighborhood Services at Kettering University Tom Wyatt. 

    The Power of People and Place

    • December 10, 2018
    • Noon-1:30 p.m.

    Featuring Donovan Entrekin, Director of the Art School, Flint Institute of Arts, and Cristen Velliky, Associate Professor of Art at UM-Flint. 

    Personal Reflection and Entrepreneurialism

    • April 3, 2018
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring Marge Murphy of Cork on Saginaw and DJ Trela, Professor of English. 

    Effective Communication and Entrepreneurialism

    • March 6, 2018
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring: Oaklin Mixon, Creative Director of Goodboy Clothes, and Christopher Kowal, Assistant Professor of Communication.

    Risk Taking and Entrepreneurialism

    • January 23, 2018
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring: Mihai Burzo, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; an Erin Caudell of the Local Grocer, Flint Fresh Mobile Market, and the Veggie Box Program. 

    Creative Thinking and Entrepreneurialism

    • December 12, 2017
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring: Ben Gaydos, Assistant Professor of Design and Detroit-based designer, filmmaker, artist and educator; and Shannon Easter White, Architect & Owner of FUNchitecture, LLC. 

     Learning from "Failure" and Entrepreneurialism

    • October 24, 2017
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring Luke Lloyd, Flint native, basketball coach, training, former professional player, and inventor of the Dribble Stick (basketball training device), and Nick Kingsley, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. 

    Problem Solving for Complexity & Change and Entrepreneurialism 

    • September 26, 2017
    • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

    Featuring Adam Lutzker, Associate Professor of Economics at UM-Flint, and Steve Whitener, '77, alumnus and local entrepreneur, innovator, and investor.