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.



    Risk Taking and Entrepreneurialism

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


    • Mihai Burzo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UM-Flint
    • 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. 

    Reflection and Entrepreneurialism

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

    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.

    Creative Thinking and ​Entrepreneurialism

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


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


    January 23, 2018

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UM-Flint

    More about Dr. Burzo:

    My research interests include heat transfer in microelectronics and nanostructures, thermal properties of thin films of new and existing materials, multimodal sensing of human behavior, computational modeling of forced and natural heat convection. I am the recipient of several awards, including the 2006 Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence for “outstanding work in the field of thermal analysis of electronic equipment,” the best paper award at the Semitherm conference in both 2013 and 2006, the Young Engineer of the Year from the North Texas Section of ASME (2006), a Leadership Award from SMU (2002), and a Valedictorian Award (1995). Click to learn more.

    Of The Local Grocer, Flint Fresh Mobile Market, and the Veggie Box Program

    The Flint Ingredient Company (the Farm) began in 2012 with co-owners Erin Caudell and Franklin Pleasant double digging their Flint, MI front yard for garden space. After a season growing produce for an informal two family Community Supported Agriculture program and selling at small neighborhood farmers' markets in they decided to purchase a 8-plus acres of vacant land in the Beecher area.

    Four years, four hoophouses, and two beehives later they are working toward creating the farm they envisioned. Erin and Franklin have a commitment to being good stewards of the soil they are caring for by not using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. They use organic seeds, preferring heirloom varieties, whenever possible and do not use any genetically modified or chemically treated seeds.

    Flint Ingredient Company jam, microgreens, and produce can be found at their Flint Farmers' Market stall, The Local Grocer, and restaurants like Cork, The Lunch Studio and Crepe Company in downtown Flint. 

    The Local Grocer has grown to work with other farms such as Thread Creek Farm, Five Elements Farm, Meadows Produce, Joe's Gourmet Mushrooms, Ten Hens Farm, Hopyard Farm and Three Roods Farm to provide our customers with consistent options for local produce. 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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