Award-winning author and recognized expert in entrepreneurship and creative thought Larry Robertson approaches Lawrence University’s 2012-13 convocation series theme “From Thought to Action” from an intriguing and unusual vantage point with his presentation â€śButch, Sundance and Australia: Making the Leap From Thought to Action.â€ť
The address, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11:10 a.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, is free and open to the public.
For more than two decades, Robertson has resided in the world of entrepreneurs, serving as advisor, investor and roles in between. Drawing upon a background that includes positions with J.P. Morgan, the venture firm and investment bank Robertson, Stephens & Company and the Walt Disney Company, Robertson has establishing himself as a leading authority on entrepreneurship in public, private and academic forums.
In 1992, he founded Lighthouse Consulting, a firm that provides management guidance to new and innovative entrepreneurs as well as some of the best-known names in business and the nonprofit sector.
He earned multiple awards for his 2009 book â€śA Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and its Moment in Human Progressâ€ť in which he argues the importance of being a watchful observer and attentive listener before taking action. From composer Igor Stravinsky to Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, he cites numerous examples of agents of change who took time to think seriously about what they wanted to accomplish before deciding how to do so.
â€śWe must not only change the way we do things,â€ť writes Robertson, â€śwe must learn how to change in better ways â€”Â to think as changemakers do, entrepreneurially, even if we let others lead.â€ť
A resident of Arlington, Va., Robertson earned bachelor and masterâ€™s degrees at Stanford University andÂ Northwestern Universityâ€™s Kellogg School of Management, respectively. He serves as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetownâ€™s McDonough School of Business.
Oklahoma State Universityâ€™s School of Entrepreneurship honored Robertson with its 2011 Igniting the Flame Award, which recognizes the person who best moves the entrepreneurial community forward.
Lawrence began its own program in innovation and entrepreneurship in the fall of 2008 with the course â€śPursuit of Innovation.â€ť The program has since expanded to include other courses and course modules in economics, government, physics, studio art, the conservatory of music and theatre. The I & E program has directly benefited more than 250 students from a wide range of majors since it was launched.
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