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Richmond - Entrepreneurship Breakfast & Business Cards

Time: Thursday, December 7 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: GoHappy | 117 S. 14th Street, Suite 150 | Richmond, VA 23219
Contact:

Michael Steelman, Director of Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks

One Tribe. One Network.

Join W&M alumni in the Richmond region for a networking breakfast featuring a discussion on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in business with Bob Mooney '66, Shawn Boyer '94, Joe Belsterling '15, and Graham Henshaw.

Whether you want to look for new business opportunities or simply connect with the W&M community in Richmond, don't miss this networking breakfast with alumni.

Cost: $10 (includes breakfast)

Event Program:
7:30 – 8:00 AM – Breakfast and Networking
8:00 – 8:40 AM – Discussion
8:40 – 9:00 AM – Networking

GUEST SPEAKERS:

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Bob Mooney '66, is a tireless champion of creativity and business acumen. An entrepreneur and co-founder of New Richmond Ventures (NRV), Bob counsels young businesses on accounting and financial reporting, capital strategies, equity raising, project financing, milestones, business coaching, and IT strategies. His connections to Richmond's arts and business communities provide unique opportunities for start-ups to connect and grow in this community. Bob has worked in New York City, Washington D.C., and Charlotte. He has extensive accounting, financial information and technology experience, including serving as a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) for over 20 years, CFO of a public company, and at William & Mary's Mason School of Business.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & History of Art from William and Mary.

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Shawn Boyer '94, is the Founder and CEO of goHappy, the social media platform that helps you actually be social in real life.  goHappy is in public beta and has brought on new users from over 80 countries.   Prior to goHappy, Shawn founded and was CEO of Snagajob, the nation’s largest marketplace for hourly workers and employers, from 2000-2013, and then Chairman of the Board through 2015.  Shawn directed Snagajob’s rapid growth from an idea to a marketplace that now has over 75 million members and over 400,000 employer locations.  Snagajob has been named to Fortune Magazine’s Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for eight straight years (including 5 top 10 finishes and a #1 ranking in 2011) and was a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company for five consecutive years.  In 2008, he was named the National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and received public recognition from President George W. Bush.   He received a Bachelor of Arts from William and Mary, a JD from the Washington & Lee School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.  He has sat and continues to sit on a number of different non-profit boards.

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Joe Belsterling '15, is the founder of MajorClarity, an award-winning career exploration platform used by some of the top K-12 and postsecondary institutions in the U.S. He previously has consulted schools and organizations on building entrepreneurship programs for students, worked on political campaigns, and done various advisory work -- including helping the U.S Department of Education build better resources and guidelines for schools conducting EdTech pilots. He received his Bachelor of Arts from William & Mary in 2015. 

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Graham Henshaw, is a Clinical Professor at the College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business and Executive Director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to joining William & Mary, Graham was the Director of Venture Development at New Richmond Ventures.  Graham used his entrepreneurial experience and systematic, customer-centric problem solving approach to help accelerate the growth of portfolio companies. During his tenure at NRV, Graham also launched an early-stage accelerator called Feed & Seed which subsequently merged with Lighthouse Labs to support startups in achieving product-market fit through an intensive three-month program focused on iterative business model development.  Graham brings to W&M a diverse background in product development, Fortune 500 strategic consulting, and entrepreneurship. He leveraged his varied skill set to found Active Innovation Group in 2007, a company that created innovative accessories for athletes - most notably PaceTat - which was then acquired in 2010. As a strategic consultant, Graham has worked with companies including General Electric, Kraft Foods, Toyota and GlaxoSmithKline to create products, services, and messaging consistent with deep consumer insights.  Graham earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Industrial Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.