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Kokomo CEO News 9.29.17

CEO Guest Speakers


Permission to Screw Up

Kristen Hadeed
Monday we piloted a new offering from the Midland Institute in Effingham IL: Speaker Spotlight. It was a pre-recorded video interview with Austin Brooks and entrepreneur, Kristen Hadeed. She's a young entrepreneur who launched her business, Student Maid, accidentally while still in college. It was a unique opportunity for us to have access to an amazing entrepreneur that we otherwise wouldn't have. We're looking forward to the next Speaker Spotlight and our facilitator, Morgan, has already pre-ordered her upcoming book.

Bona Vista

Brittnee Smith & Troy Bowers
59 years ago a handful of families started an organization to provide services not available in our area. Now it's a $17+ million dollar non-profit impacting 22 counties in Indiana. Troy and Brittnee's collective passion was evidence of why this organization is such a huge Kokomo (and beyond) success!

Inside IUK

Chancellor Giesecke, Drs Krabbenhoft, Gambill & Canada
What a great opportunity to be hosted for breakfast by the lead of team of Indiana University's ever-expanding local campus! On top of sharing conversation and receiving coaching from Chancellor Giesecke and her team, we heard from IUK freshmen and CEO alumni Trevor Emerick, Tyler Howard and Sarah Hutchison

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We are looking for people to share real-life stories about the concepts of running a business, from strategic thinking, product development to marketing, and cash flow management. Also, sharing your personal successes and failures are what recent classes have enjoyed the most.


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