Administrators and faculty at Denison University have long recognized that the skills, values and habits attained through a liberal arts education are also those that contribute to successful entrepreneurship. Through Denison’s Red Frame Lab, its hub for design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation, students are honing those skills while also connecting generations of entrepreneurial alumni and current students at the ReMix Entrepreneurship Summit.
This year’s summit, hosted for the second year in the Burton D. Morgan Center at Denison University in September, was designed to provide high-value professional development and networking for alumni, helping them to further their own success. ReMix also exposes students to entrepreneurship, nudges them to see their own entrepreneurial potential, and helps them to build networks, hear the journeys of alumni, and gain insight on topics like resilience, risk-taking, raising capital, or branding.
“ReMix is such a powerful experience — bringing together 220 alumni and students,” says Julie Tucker ‘09, assistant vice president for student development and organizer of the event. “Many successful and innovative alumni return to campus to network with and learn from each other. Attendees tell us the energy of the summit and the insights they gained fuel new levels of passion around their existing entrepreneurial ideas and help inspire creative new ones.”
Presenters ranged in experience and expertise, including Terry Jones ’70, founder of Travelocity; Sara Abou Rashed ’21, creator of the one-woman performance “Map of Myself;” Jack Tankersley ’72, founder and managing director of Meritage Funds; and Meghan Powers ’01, vice president with Pace Public Relations.
Sessions covered brand messaging, emerging technology, operations and execution, medicine, and engineering, among others. Though the formats and content varied, each session provided an opportunity to peek behind the curtain to see real entrepreneurial journeys. ReMix attendees heard about failures and challenges their peers faced, providing a rare veracity compared with other conferences. The candor provided a rich learning opportunity for alumni and students alike.
“ReMix is especially unique because of the authentic relationships alumni build with one another during and after ReMix. Attendees regularly share that connecting with fellow enterprising alumni is a defining feature of the experience,” says Tucker.
Alumni and students are excited, already thinking about the next ReMix. The date for that summit will be announced later this fall.
- Working at a Startup: What are founders and presidents looking for?
- A panel of founders and presidents provides insight to students about what they are looking for in startup employees.
- Heather Harris ‘94, Simms Jenkins ‘96, Ben Murphy ‘02, and Warner Siebert ‘05
- Behind the Curtain: The Art of Raising Capital
- Join this dynamic panel for a candid conversation about raising capital, understanding what investors are listening for, and raising money from Silicon Valley and beyond.
- John Cammack ’74, Joe Maxwell ‘90, Jack Tankersley ‘72, and Greg Taylor ‘86
- A Million Little Tests
- Matt Walker ‘06
- Making Science Fiction a Reality: A Silicon Valley VC Perspective on Investing in Emerging Technology
- Maddie Callander ‘09
- Terry Jones ‘70: ON Innovation
- Every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? Drawing from his experiences as the founder of Travelocity and founding Chairman of Kayak, Terry Jones explores the fundamentals of innovation and gives simple but powerful ideas to create a more innovative organization.
- Creating a Culture of Coaching
- Mike Deegan
- “I Feel Like…the Least Qualified Entrepreneur”
- Sara Abou Rashed ‘21
- Pitch Perfect: Getting Your Startup the Media Attention It Deserves
- Meghan Powers ‘01
- How do you Build a Global Network From Scratch? Human Capital.
- Winters Heafey ‘14
- Money & the Evolution of Fintech
- Byl Cameron ‘90 and Joe Maxwell ‘90
- How to be The Visionary Leader Your Business, Team, and Family Deserve.
- Rick Coplin ‘85
- Operations and Execution
- David Gewant ‘90
- Civic Engagement in the “Post-Truth” Era
- Nick Farrell ‘12 & Emily David
- Entrepreneurs in Education
- Fitz Totten ‘95 & Valerie Mockus ‘94
- The 21st Century Medical Device
- Rick Kienzle ‘85
- What Happens When Things Go Wrong?
- Duncan Riefler ‘81
- The Hardest Mile: From Fast Growth to Selling Your Company.
- Simms Jenkins ‘96 & Matt Gillin ‘89
- Woman-Owned Businesses
- Kelly Greer ‘85, Elizabeth Pryor ‘02 and Emily Merrell ‘09
- How Parenting Makes Me Better at Business
- Sarah Peck ‘05
- From the Deepest Valley to the Highest Mountain
- Todd DeFeo ‘01
- Behind the Scenes at a Venture Capital Firm
- Greg Taylor ‘86 & Joe Maxwell ‘90
- The Leader Within: Finding Your “Why”- Values-Based Leadership
- Lucy Reynolds ‘94
- Beyond Collins – Getting the Right People in the Right Seats
- Jack Tankersley ‘72
- DECODED: An Interactive Workshop to Master & Monetize Your Brand Message.
- Courtney Herring Bowden ‘09