UNCG Entrepreneur Day


  • EntDayWebworksSince 2012, approximately 70 classes with 2,000+ students have hosted speakers each year
  • 110 different faculty members teaching in 51 different subject areas have hosted 142 different guest speakers.

Goals for 2019:

  • Introduce thousands of students to successful entrepreneurs in their classrooms on one day, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Engage 100+ alumni, regional business and non-profit executives in meaningful experiences with students


  • Students – Receive exposure to new potential career paths, opportunities and connections
  • Guest speakers– An easy way to give back and get to know our students and faculty
  • Faculty – An easy way to add a guest speaker with content relevant to courses
  • UNCG Alumni Relations, Development and Career Services Staff– A great way to engage alumni and friends


  • Successful guest speakers sharing their experiences with classes in solo presentations and panel discussions
  • Registration, lunch and networking all day at the Alumni House for guests, faculty and student volunteers
  • All planning and logistics coordinated by the NC Entrepreneurship Center, Alumni Relations and Career Services
  • Faculty members from all disciplines recruited during the fall semester
  • Guest speakers recruited early in spring semester based on faculty interests and course content

To participate, contact Jan Szelkowski at 336-256-8649 or jiszelko@uncg.edu

Partial List of previous speakers:

Dennis Quaintance, Chief Design Officer, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels
Robb Hutchinson, CEO, Proficient Health
MartyDennis-Quaintance Kotis, CEO, Kotis Properties
Stephen Hassenfelt, CEO, Granville Capital
Hal Maner, President, M Systems International
Bill Mangum, Owner, William Mangum Fine Art
Megan Metzger, Owner, Preferred Childcare
Skip Moore, President, Weaver Foundation
Jeff Segal, CEO, Medical Justice
Tom Robinson, Vice-President, ERD, Ltd.
Steve Tate, CEO, Goat Lady Dairy
Stephen Fleming, CEO, Wellspring
Judy Miller, President, RSVP Communications
Dawn Johnson, CEO, Youth Haven Services
Jeff Collins, President, K&C Machine Company
Mickey Freeman, President, Education Funding Partners
Adriene Cregar Jandler, President, Atlantic WebWorks
Niveen Kattan, President, Atlantic Contracting Company
Zack Matheny, President, Downtown Greensboro, Inc.
Peggy Terhune, Executive Director, MonARCh
Kirk Galiani, Owner, One Life Fitness
Lavinia Hensley, Owner, Big Boss Baking Company
David Ostergaard, Founder, Bright Star Touring Theatre
Kent Tager, President, The Hub, Ltd.
Fred Wellons, President, Chemol Company, Inc.
Betsy Gamburg, Director, Jewish Family Services
Mona Edwards, COO, Community Foundation
Lane Schiffman, Vice President, SchiffmansMontyHagler
Monty Hagler, CEO, RLF Communications
Lauren Marx-Ascenios, President, PhotoBiz
Phil Rees, Co-Founder, Wellington Healthcare Services
Odell Cleveland, President, CEO, Welfare Reform Liaison Project
Bob Reece, Owner, Montessori Education Supplies
Michael Kelly, COO, Piedmont Pharmaceuticals
Kurt Kronenfled, Executive VP, Senn Dunn Insurance
Alan Overbey, CEO, Banyan Consulting Group
Mindy Oakley, Executive Director, Armfield Foundation
Marirose Steigerwald, President, Elinvar

To participate, contact Jan Szelkowski at 336-256-8649 or jiszelko@uncg.edu