Welcome to the 2019 Grinspoon, Garvey and Young Conference! We’re excited to have you here. Some important info to help you get started:

This year we are offering four session tracks based on interest and level of entrepreneurial experience.
  • DABBLE (RED TRACK) - New to entrepreneurship. Want to pick up some instantly usable skills and info.
  • DIVE IN (GREEN TRACK) - Some background in entrepreneurship and looking to get serious.
  • LAUNCH (BLUE TRACK) - Have a venture. Want to scale, find collaborators or specialized expertise.
  • GENERAL (YELLOW TRACK) - These sessions are appropriate for any level of experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Session attendance is first come, first served. Selecting a session in the SCHED app does not guarantee you a seat.

Questions or problems? The Troubleshooting Table is located next to the Registration Table.

Enjoy the conference!

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Friday, November 1 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Pop-up Advice Space

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Got questions? Need a little encouragement? Want to know more? Come have a chat with one of our entrepreneurial experts. Our pop-up space is set up so students can walk in and sit down for some quick, on-the-spot mentoring, advising or brainstorming. Each time slot is set up for 10 minutes so it’s fast and focused! Our entrepreneurial experts have a range of experiences and a diversity of backgrounds.Whether you are just starting or further down the road on your entrepreneurial journey they are here to help.

1. The Journey From Student to Successful Entrepreneur
Mitchell Cullen, Founder, Temgrams

2. Collegiate Accelerator, Mentor Nights and Other Resources for Entrepreneurs
Janice Jackson, Valley Venture Mentors

3. Entrepreneurial Resources Specifically for College Students
René Heavlow, Operations and Special Programs Director, Smith College Conway Center

4. Starting a Business, Understanding Your Customer, and Overcoming Challenges
Dawn Leaks, CEO, The Lioness Group

5. Branding and Marketing Your Business; How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business
Anthony Furnelli, Assistant Professor, Economics and Management, Westfield State University

6. How to Start and Sustain a Successful Food-related Business
Bob Lowry, Founder, Bueno y Sano Restaurant

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Kim Sherman

Assistant Professor, Economics and Management, Westfield State University
I am an assistant professor at Westfield State University. Prior to getting my PhD I worked in Human Resources for a number of companies including a small consulting firm and IBM. I love to help people with interviewing, building their resumes, hiring, etc. If it has to do with people... Read More →
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Gregory Thomas

Executive Director, UMass Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship
Gregory Thomas is Executive Director of UMass’ Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, a pan-campus resource, and lecturer in the Isenberg School of Management. He works with constituents on campus and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to develop and execute partnerships... Read More →

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Anthony Furnelli

Assistant Professor, Economics and Management, Westfield State University
With over 20 years of combined teaching and consulting experience, Anthony has a wide array of knowledge related to entrepreneurship and business. Currently an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Westfield State University, he has taught a variety of courses related to electronic... Read More →
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René Heavlow

Director, Operations & Special Programs, Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
The Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center catalyzes innovative solutions, entrepreneurial thinking and financial literacy at Smith College. Our mission is to cultivate change agents prepared to succeed in a complex world.I have helped to develop programming and activities... Read More →
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Dawn Leaks

CEO, The Lioness Group
Dawn Leaks is CEO of The Lioness Group, a mass media company dedicated to creating innovative ways to empower and engage women around the globe. Under her direction, the company’s popular and award-winning digital magazine, Lioness, has grown exponentially, adding live and virtual... Read More →

Bob Lowry

Founder, Bueno y Sano
Bueno Y Sano opened in Amherst, Massachusetts on January 22 of 1995 and was founded by University of Massachusetts alum, class of 1993, Bob Lowry. Bueno Y Sano’s recipes and different menu items are the result of ideas from staff members at the restaurant and some of Bob’s original... Read More →
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Janice Jackson

Partnerships and Events Associate, Valley Venture Mentors
Janice Jackson was born in Paderborn, Germany and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts at a young age. As she attended Bay Path University,  pursuing a B.S. in Marketing, she also began to run her own jewelry business. Ran out of her parent's basement, she was passionate and dedicated... Read More →
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Mitchell Culler

Founder, Temgrams
Mitchell Culler is CEO and co-founder of Snack Shapes, LLC—makers of Temgrams, a healthy snack and a fun toy that provides nourishment for the body and mind.  He is also a PhD Candidate in Food Science at UMass Amherst.  Additionally, he holds an MS and BS in Food Science in addition... Read More →

Friday November 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Room 5 Mass Mutual Center