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The Famous Entrepreneurs Series

The Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) is a business membership organization created to fuel the entrepreneurial flame in the Greater Syracuse and Central Upstate New York (CNY) region. FES hosts quarterly lectures for local members of the academic community, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Through FES, CEOs and management thought leaders share their successes, failures and visions in an effort to create inspired discussions within the local community.

FES was created in 2006 by Jud Gostin, CEO of Sensis Corporation, in partnership with many other CEOs from growing companies in the CNY. Other FES founding companies include: Anaren Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Communigration, Dolphin Technologies, O’Brien & Gene, PPC, SRC and United Radio.

Past speakers have included Facebook Co-founder and “MyBarakObama.com” Founder, Chris Hughes, Founder and General Manager of IDEO Product Development, Tom Kelley, Professor of International Business and Founding Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Tusk School of Business at Dartmouth College, Vijay Govindarajan, CEOs Carly Fiorina of Hewlett-Packard, Richard Teerlink of Harley-Davidson, Jon Luther of Dunkin’ Brands, Anne Mulcahy of Xerox and David Barger of Jet Blue. FES has also featured entrepreneurs and authors C.K. Prahalad, author of "Competing for the Future," Michael Treacy, author of "The Discipline of Market Leaders," and Rod Beckstrom, author of "The Starfish and the Spider”.

2009-2010 Season
Date Speaker Title
17 November 2008 Chris Hughes Co-founder of Facebook and Founder of "My.BarackObama.com"
12 January 2010 Tom Kelley Founder and General Manager at IDEO Product Development and author of "The Art of Innovation" and "The Ten Faces of Innovation"
24 March 2010 Vijay Govindarajan Founder of Center for Global Leadership at Dartmouth and author of "Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators"
19 May 2010 Marilyn Carlson Nelson Chairman and former CEO of Carlson Companies and author of "How We Lead Matters"
2008-2009 Season
Date Speaker Title
17 November 2008 David Barger Founder and CEO of JetBlue
10 February 2009 Dov Seidman Founder, Chairman, and CEO of LRN, the global leader in ethics and compliance management
24 March 2010 Ronald Heifetz Leadership Expert and Founder of Center for Public Leadership at Harvard
20 May 2009 Doug Hall Founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch and author of "Jump Start Your Business Brain" and "Jump Start Your Marketing Brain"
2007-2008 Season
Date Speaker Title
8 November 2007 Jon L. Luther CEO of Dunkin Brands
9 January 2008 Rod Beckstrom Venture capitalist, entrepreneur and co-author of "The Starfish and the Spider: the Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations"
6 March 2008 Mark Thompson Management guru, executive coach and co-author of "Success Built to Last"
1 May 2008 Anne Mulcahy Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Xerox Corporation
2006-2007 Season
Date Speaker Title
6 November 2006 C.K. Prahalad Management expert, consultant and author of "Competing for the Future"
17 January 2007 Carly Fiorina Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
7 March 2007 Michael Treacy Management and marketing guru, entrepreneur and author of "The Discipline of Market Leaders" and "Double Digit Growth"
4 May 2007 Richard Teerlink Former President, CEO, CFO and Chairman of the Board of Harley-Davidson

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