Continuing Education: Re-defining the "Student" Experience

Author: Gigot Newsletters

Our Continuing Education initiative continues to redefine the definition of the “student” experience to include those in our alumni network. In the fall of 2015 we launched a pilot program with the Entrepreneurial Insights lecture series, providing a real-time, live-streamed classroom experience.  Those who expressed interest were invited to join our virtual classroom and were able to submit questions online while watching each session. These lectures were also videotaped and are now posted on the Gigot Center website at

This pilot was most assuredly an MVP (minimally viable product) with plenty of production flaws, microphone challenges and such. Yet despite these challenges the feedback from participants was very positive, so we will continue to refine the experience to launch a new and improved version 2.0 of Entrepreneurial Insights in the fall of 2016.

The series included many notable Notre Dame alumni speakers, such as the chief innovation officer at Corning, the founder/president of Palo Alto Software, managing director of the IrishAngels Investing Group, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and many more. 

Here is a complete list of the sessions held this fall, including links to each lecture. 

September 1:  Entrepreneurial Foresight – the Future Belongs to Entrepreneurs
Led by Sam Miller, Director, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship 

September 8:  Lean Launchpad – Transforming the Way New Products are Launched
Led By Kelly Schwedland, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Elevate Ventures

September 15:  Making Money and Doing Good are NOT Mutually Exclusive!
Led by Melissa Paulsen, Assistant Director, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship; Melissa is responsible for Social/Micro Venturing Initiatives in the Mendoza College of Business

September 22:  Reports of the Demise of the Business Plan are Greatly Exaggerated!
Led by Tim Berry, Founder/President, Palo Alto Software

September 29:  Design Thinking – A Human-Centered Approach to Innovation
Led by Wendy Angst, Associate Teaching Professor in the Mendoza College of Business

October 13: Building a Solid and Effective Management Team
Led by Gary Gigot, Co-Founder/CEO, Vennli

October 27:  Funding Your Venture – Exploring Many Creative Approaches to Funding
Led by Gale Bowman, Managing Director of the IrishAngels Investing group

November 3:  Corporate Entrepreneurship or “Intrapreneurship” 
Led by Martin J. Curran, Executive Vice President & Innovation Officer, Corning

November 10:  Pitching Your Venture:  Effective Presentation Skills are Crucial!
Led by Venture Capitalist Tim Connors, Founder, PivotNorth Capital

November 17:  Protecting Your New Venture:  Legal and Intellectual Property Issues
Led by Jodi Clifford, Director, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Notre Dame; and Jim Kelly, Director, Notre Dame’s Legal Aid Clinic

December 1:  Navigating the Rocky Relationship Challenges Unique to Entrepreneurs
Led by Larry and Caryl Abdo, serial entrepreneurs and founders of the Abdo Markethouse