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Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference


Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference

Tuesday, April 8th 2014
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Don’t miss the first annual Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014. Modeled after our Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Inspire Conference (previously recognized as one of “The Top Ten Conferences for Female Entrepreneurs” and commended by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin), this resource-filled conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference is geared towards female and male entrepreneurs in Oklahoma who, a) have started a business, b) have an idea for a new business, or c) are looking to grow their existing businesses. Modeled after our nationally-recognized and ranked Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Inspire Conference, the new Entrepreneurs Inspire conference is a resource-packed day featuring both local and national entrepreneurial role models and speakers discussing their failures and successes, as well as providing conference attendees with the latest in business development and strategy. With over 750 entrepreneurs and more than 30 acclaimed speakers in attendance, the conference is also an incredible networking opportunity.

Keynote Speakers 

DAVID WILK, Co-Founder of Four Day Weekend

The Art of ImproviZEN: How to yes and your way to a more productive and harmonious workplace.


David Wilk

About David
David Wilk is a Founding Member of the Four Day Weekend Comedy Theater. Born in Tulsa OK, Dave is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago. In addition to having performed more than 5,000 live shows, Dave also travels nationally and internationally emceeing and keynote speaking for corporate clients. His client list reads like a “who’s who” of the fortune 500. You may (or may not) recognize Dave from one of his many national commercial campaigns including Dish Network, Rent-A-Center, Papa Johns, Charles Schwab and Rold Gold Pretzels. Dave has appeared in many films you’ve never seen.
Dave and Four Day Weekend recently were invited to be a Keynote Presenter at the United States Congress Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Cambridge, MD. They received a standing ovation and met President Barack Obama. Always eager to be equal and fair, the next year he and Four Day shared the stage with former President George W. Bush on September 11, 2012 in Las Vegas. In 2012, Dave and Four Day Weekend were given a great honor when Mayor Mike Moncrief presented them the Key to the City of Fort Worth for being “Fort Worth’s Greatest Ambassadors”.
Dave co-created and sold a half-hour television comedy pilot to 20th Century Fox. He and his Four Day Weekend colleagues just published their first book entitled, The Art of ImproviZEN. The book blends the tenets of improvisation with the principles of Zen, creating a road map to communicate effectively and marry creativity and commerce for a harmonious work environment. (If you ask him, he’ll probably give you a copy. He’ll definitely give you a copy. There’s a good chance he’ll force you to take a copy)

What Inspires Me? “Attitude is everything. Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”


About Four Day Weekend
The Four Day Weekend Theater in Fort Worth is home to Four Day Weekend, a critically acclaimed comedy troupe who performs a live public show consisting of sketches, scenes, and songs created from audience suggestions and participation. Completely improvised each Friday and Saturday night, the performance is an interactive experience that encourages the audience to be an active part of the hilarity. By combining interactive video and music with the improvisational skill of the talented cast, Four Day Weekend creates an environment that is entertaining, educational, and impressive.
Nationally, the troupe has performed across the United States (including Hawaii), and was invited to be a Keynote Presenter at the United States Congress Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Cambridge, MD. They received a standing ovation and met and took photos with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The following year, Four Day Weekend shared the stage with keynote presenter President George W. Bush on September 11, 2012 in Las Vegas. Internationally, Four Day Weekend has performed shows in Canada, Bermuda, Costa Rica, England, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Belize.
The Four Day Weekend cast members have starred in hundreds of national television commercials (including McDonalds, Charles Schwab, Polaroid, Papa Johns, and more!), have served as national spokesmen for Whataburger, Dish Network, Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Pringles, and Church’s Fried Chicken; and have appeared in several major motion pictures, including Dr. T and the Women, My Boyfriend’s Back, Killing Down, and Drop Dead Sexy. Additionally, Four Day Weekend recently published a book entitled, The Art of ImproviZEN. The book blends the tenets of improvisation with the principles of Zen, creating a road map to communicate effectively in the workplace and learn to live and work as a true team. 

LAUREN BUSH LAUREN, Founder & CEO of FEED Projects

FEEDing the Future: The Power of Social Business

Lauren Bush Lauren

About Lauren
Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED Projects, a company with the simple mission of creating good products that help FEED the world. In 2004, Lauren became the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme. In that role, she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Coming back to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger. In 2005, she conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year. In 2007, FEED Projects was founded. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, over the past five years, FEED has donated over $6 million and has been able to provide nearly 60 million meals globally through the UN World Food Programme.
FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world and in the US through organizations such as UNICEF and and forged successful relationships with companies such as Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Godiva, Whole Foods Market, Gap, TOMS, Amazon, DKNY, HSN, Bergdorf Goodman, Links of London and Judith Leiber.
Lauren is also Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world. For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010.
Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED and other socially conscious ventures.

What Inspires Me? “I am inspired to help FEED those who are hungry by using my passion for design and entrepreneurship.”

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About FEED Projects
After witnessing the effects of hunger firsthand when traveling as a United Nations World Food Programme Student Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.” Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, the social business has been able to provide over 75 million meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing over 3.5 million children with Vitamin A supplements through UNICEF.
Over the past seven years, FEED has forged successful partnerships with companies such as Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods, Gap, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva and TOMS.
FEED products are available online and at retail locations around the world. For more information, please visit or follow FEED on Facebook (FEED Projects) and Twitter (@FEEDProjects).

JASON JANNATI, Co-Founder of greeNEWit

The Want is More Important Than the How 

Jason Jannati

About Jason
Insightful, driven and passionate—Jason Jannati is a devoted brand strategist and leader in energy efficiency. As a founding member of the Howard County Business Council, he plays a key role in fostering the development of important relationships within the energy efficiency industry.
As co-founder and chief communication officer of greeNEWit, Jannati is responsible for defining the high-level strategic direction of marketing and affiliate partner initiatives. He has helped greeNEWit reach revenue goals by communicating concept-to-reality ideas that bring brand awareness and sales to new heights.
Jannati helped greeNEWit grow from a startup with 0% credit cards to a multi-million dollar enterprise with a culture that thrives on solving challenges.
Recognized by the Baltimore District’s SBA office as the top young entrepreneur of 2011, Jannati is devoted to developing social programs that have an environmental focus. Some of his endeavors include co-creating the first solar powered music festival in 2008 and co-starting the OUR Schools Program and Agents of Change division within greeNEWit.

What Inspires Me? “It takes pressure to create diamonds.”


About greeNEWit
greeNEWit is an energy solutions company founded to help society build sustainable communities and better economies through conserving the use of natural resources. We provide energy and water saving upgrades that help residents and businesses save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.
We’re also act as an information source for people to better understand how we use, produce and think about our energy with a goal of inspiring positive action to make a change. It is our practice to support and educate others on the different types of energy and how to conserve resource consumption.
As the 2012 Maryland Green Entrepreneurs of the year, and 2014 Home Energy Magazine’s Top 30 under 30, our goal is to promote sustainability, reduce consumption, eliminate waste and reform our relationship with the environment. 

Breakout Sessions

Speakers Bios

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Dr. Bruce Barringer

DR. BRUCE BARRINGER, N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair & Head of School of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University

“Launching a Business: The First 100 Days” 


David Burkus

DR. DAVID BURKUS, Assistant Professor of Management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University & Founder of LDRLB

“The Myths of Creativity” 


Paige Cahill

PAIGE CAHILL, Regional Development Director of Constant Contact

“10 Tips to “Go and Grow” Your Social Media Marketing” 

Jacqueline Cornaby

JAQUELINE CORNABY, Founder of Jacqueline International, Inc.

“21st Century Entrepreneur, Become a Success Story” 

Cinderella Field

CINDERELLA FIELD, Founder of Cinderella Chats

“Life Is No Fairytale, But It Has Moments; Be Prepared” 

Dr. Howard Haller

DR. HOWARD HALLER, CEO of Intrapreneurship Institute
“Design Intrapreneurship Programs to Unlock Innovation and Creativity”
“Utilize Intrapreneurship Programs to Recruit and Retain Key Employees” 

Patricia Henriques

PATRICIA HENRIQUES, Entrepreneur in Residence at Oklahoma State University
“Top 10 Ways to Create Value through Operations” 

Sue Malone

SUE MALONE, CEO of Strategies for Small Business
“Finding Funding to Start Your Venture”
“Finding Funding to Grow Your Venture”

Cindy Morrison

CINDY MORRISON, Founder of SocialVention
“How to become a Social Media Rockstar: Tips & Tricks that Work” 

Dr. Layne Norton

DR. LAYNE NORTON, Founder of BioLayne
“Serendipity: Discovering My Perfect Job Without Even Trying” 

Scott Phillips

SCOTT PHILLIPS, CEO or Isocentric Networks

“The New Faces of Entrepreneurship (and Where the Next Billion Dollar Businesses Will Come From)”

Emad Rahim

DR. EMAD RAHIM, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State
“Branding Your Personal Story into a Powerful Business”

Special Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors and Promotional Partners 


Center For Business Development


Cinderella Chats


Constant Contact




The Forge


Grow Enid




Langston University


Mid First Private Bank


The Mine




Oklahoma Business Week


OSU Wellness


REI Women’s Business Center




State Chamber of Oklahoma


Tulsa Regional Chamber


Tulsa’s Young Professionals

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The Top Ten Conferences for Female Entrepreneurship

WE Inspire named in the Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs Conference by an online blog!


TV Interview (Channel 4)

Nola Miyasaki, Director of the Riata Center and Whitney Kolb, Founder of the English Paper Company intereviewed about the 2011 WE Inspire Conference on KFOR.


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Channel 9 Interview with Shannon Wilburn, Founder/President, Just Between Friends Franchise System and Nola Miyasaki


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Past Conferences and Videos

Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions?

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