Upcoming Events

08
Feb

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Reverend Jay and Toni Ragsdale

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Reverend Jay was born in Bakersfield, California. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming. After “horsing around” for several years, he accepted the call from God to minister to His people. Eventually he came to Utah in search of his brother who was homeless. A year after his brother had died, Jay set out for Pioneer Park on a mission to assist the homeless with a bible and a box of donuts. Fill The Pot Ministry now feeds around 400 people every week in the heart of Salt Lake City, and also provides clothing, shoes, coats, hygiene items, food boxes, and spiritual guidance.

Toni was born in Chicago, Illinois, in an area full of crime and poverty. She works full time as the manager of the Customer Service Department of Insure-Rite for the State of Utah. She is also the co-director of Fill The Pot Ministry and plays a major role to make sure the organization’s doors are always open. Toni was the Director of the Women Ministry at Calvary Baptist Church for nine years. In 2019, she received the Humans Rights Award from the Church Women United Organization. Toni thrives from waking up each day with new opportunities to be used by God. “Being available” is her motto.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
15
Feb

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Jess Larsen

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Jess Larsen founded the Graystoke Group, a holding company that owns three businesses. The first, Graystoke Investments, is a commercial real estate fund focused on one-of-a-kind Airbnb resorts for action sports families near snowboarding mountains, surfing beaches, and national parks. The second, Graystoke Advisors, is a management consulting firm with special operations soldiers who teach leadership classes. The third, Graystoke Media, makes videos and podcasts for some of the largest media companies in the world, as well as for CEO’s and Investment Fund Managers. Jess completed the Harvard Business School program on Private Equity and Venture Capital before becoming the CEO of his last investment fund. He also hosts the podcast “The Jess Larsen Show on Innovation & Leadership,” where he has interviewed over 750 billionaires, movie stars, pro athletes, unicorn tech founders, and many other high achievers.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
22
Feb

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Salsa Queen Zapata

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Salsa Queen Zapata (yes, that’s her legal name) started selling salsas in 2014 as a single mother in order to provide for her 7 children. She started generating orders through Facebook and also selling her products a farmers’ markets. Since then, her company has quickly grown into the largest regional producer of fresh, gourmet salsas now sold in more than 1,000 stores across 25+ states. Salsa Queen immigrated to the US from Mexico with her family when she was a teenager and spoke no English. In 2018, she became a US citizen, which is when she legally changed her name to Salsa Queen. She is living proof that the American dream is still alive. One of her proudest accomplishments is helping her 20+ employees provide for their families, like she has done for hers.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
01
Mar

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Sawyer Hemsley

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Originally from Preston, Idaho, Sawyer Hemsley moved to Logan, Utah in 2012 to attend Utah State University. Sawyer has always loved working with people and came from a family that not only loves cookies, but is known for eating them warm right from the oven every Sunday. Sawyer’s passion for people and cookies led to the beginning of Crumbl Cookies in 2017. A year later he earned his bachelor’s degree at USU in communication studies with minors in marketing and multimedia development. Crumbl started as a family-owned business, co-founded by Sawyer, and his cousin, Jason McGowan, as part of a quest to sell the perfect chocolate chip cookie. The first location was opened in Logan, Utah five years ago, and the business has grown to more than 650 locations throughout the U.S. with more than 10,000 employees.


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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
22
Mar

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Lola Strong

Panel Discussion/Presentation

As a young woman, Lola dreamed of making a difference in the world. Her progress was completely derailed in 1998 when she was prescribed pain killers, which quickly developed into an all-consuming addiction to heroin. Lola’s downward spiral led to a place where all drug - addicts go - to a series of rehabs, jails, then prisons. In 2008, she was on her way to her fourth prison term, but an empathetic judge gave her the choice to complete two years at Delancey Street rather than serve her five year sentence. The opportunity was life changing. Today, Lola is a cofounder of The Other Side Academy (TOSA), and the managing director of the Denver facility. Most important to Lola is the fulfillment she gains from using her formidable skills and selfless determination to help others change their lives.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
29
Mar

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Paul Bultema & Heather Brewer

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Paul is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 30-year track record of promotion through progressively greater roles of responsibility for global communications and technology companies. Currently, he is the Director of Global Workforce Development for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure. Prior to Amazon, Paul worked at Accenture as the Managing Director of Strategy Consulting. Paul earned a Master’s Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from Oxford University and an MBA from DePaul University. Paul is an avid adventurer and has completed major marathons on all seven continents. During the 2.5 years of Covid, he and Heather were able to “work reboatly” from their boat, while cruising from Florida to Seattle, via the Panama Canal.

Heather is an international business leader with 20+ years of experience leading strategic growth, global expansions, and management consulting services. She has designed and implemented new solutions and business transformation efforts for many of the most prominent companies around the world. She has worked in 14 countries for firms including Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, Nortel Networks, and The Mills Corporation. Currently, Heather is the Client Relationship Executive at Price Waterhouse Coopers for one of their largest High Tech Clients, leading all aspects of global business development across their portfolio companies. Heather holds a business degree from the University of Washington, and is a founding member of the Certificate of International Studies in Business program.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
12
Apr

Entrepreneur Leadership Series: Shark Tank Night

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Shark Tank Night will host several successful entrepreneurs (A.J. Rounds, Amy Rees Anderson, Chalon Keller, James Davenport) to judge a few of our students and their pitch to win start-up money to grow their business.

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Eccles Conference Center |
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