Flemming CEED Heart hosts Entrepreneurship Speaker Collection

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The Flemming Center for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development at Penn State Berks will host a webinar titled “Innovation and Intrapreneurship (I2) in the 21st Century,” featuring innovators on Tuesday, March from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Exchanging experiences and challenges 23 via Zoom. Part of the 2021 Spring Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. All attendees must pre-register and the meeting information will be sent via email.

Panelists include Darrell Alston, owner and CEO of Bungee Brand, and Daniel E. Goldberg, Ed.D., founder of For Eyes and Academic Director of the Business Management program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Darrell Alston is the CEO and lead designer of Bungee Brand, a unique, high-quality sneaker and apparel company. Alston was a former rapper and enjoyed success and notoriety, which led to his joining a number of well-known tours. However, his life took a turn and he was arrested and sentenced to more than six years in prison. During this time he realized a number of things that are important to him today. He learned that he had a talent for design and spent his free time designing and developing unique sneaker designs. Upon his release, Alston started a hair cutting business and began sharing his story whenever and wherever he could, including in high schools. This led to interviews for television, magazines and newspapers. The attention not only helped him share his story but also led him to meet some incredibly important mentors and advisors. While cutting his hair and giving lectures, he continued to design sneakers and used his earnings to pay for his first sneaker order. That was six years ago, and while his bungee brand is growing, he still goes out to tell his story in hopes of helping at least one young man or woman.

Dan Goldberg, Ed.D. is the founder of the national optical retail chain For Eyes and its ancillary businesses which include an optical manufacturing facility and an export / import company. He is also the founder of Goldberg Strunk and Levy, an international management, marketing, advertising and PR company. Atrun Oil and Gas, a joint venture between American companies and the Russian government for the exploration and production of oil and gas; and Dan Goldberg Consulting, LLC. Goldberg was surveyed coast-to-coast by the national media about its unique approach to sales. He is the author of three books including The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Successful Leadership. He was also the Chair of the Dean’s Office at Kutztown University College of Business and Drexel University School of Public Health. He also helped develop and chair the Intercollege Minor Board on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) at Penn State Abington, where he served as a senior faculty member for ENTI from 2014 to 2018. Goldberg is now the Academic Director of Corporate Management major at Temple University. He has taught at Penn State and Temple since 2008 and has mentored and guided countless students in their entrepreneurial dreams.

For more information, please contact Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Professor of Management Information Systems and Director of the Flemming CEED Center at [email protected].