2022 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship

The Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship is the culmination of Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) presented by the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Allen. W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business. Each year, this renowned program attracts highly successful, world-class entrepreneurs to campus who share their valuable messages to more than 600 business and community leaders, students, faculty and administrators. The Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship has repeatedly been a sold-out event in years past. 

Since its inception, the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship has been generously sponsored by J. Robert Sebo, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1958 from BGSU. Read more about J.Robert Sebo.

Each year, E-Week's programming is developed around a central theme, and the theme for 2022 was Turning Lemons into Lemonade, inspired by the book "Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great" by the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship keynote speaker, Tom Morris.


Keynote Speaker

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Philosopher and Author, "Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great"

Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, and a distinguished alumnus of Durham Academy, Morris was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, which has honored him, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their "Distinguished Young Alumnus Award." He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in both philosophy and religious studies from Yale University, as well as other honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Morris served for 15 years as a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers, in many years having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. He is now chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values.

Morris’ book, "True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence," launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and advisor to the corporate world. His audiences have included such organizations as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, U.S. Air Force, Wells Real Estate Funds, International Paper, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Target, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week Magazine, Bayer, Deloitte & Touche, Federated Investors, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Raymond James, Citi Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, MasterFoods, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, UnitedHealth Group and The Young President's Organization, to name just as few, as well as many of the largest national and international trade associations.

Morris is also the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling leadership classic "If Aristotle Ran General Motors" and the big yellow book, often seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, "Philosophy for Dummies." Other books include "The Art of Achievement," "The Stoic Art of Living" and "Superheroes and Philosophy," where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Morris’ is also author of the best-selling book about life and business entitled "If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards." In his book, "The Oasis Within," a prelude novel to the series "Walid and the Mysteries of Phi," Morris takes readers on a journey shared between a boy and his uncle across the Egyptian dessert during the 1930s. The lessons shared between the uncle and his nephew are packed with insights for life and work today. In his latest book, "Socrates in Silicon Valley" (2017), Morris digs deep into one of the most unlikely and expansive success stories and provides a revolutionary, practical look at what we can adapt from the strange, charismatic and compelling character that is Steve Jobs, offering fresh guidance to leaders at all levels in organizations.

Morris’ work has been featured, noticed, commented on or covered by such diverse news outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel (TLC), NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's Talk of the Nation, The New York Times, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Las Vegas Sun, USA Weekly, The Economist, Readers Digest, The Globe and Mail, Die Zeit, German Elle, Voce:SA, L'Agefi, ABC.com, The Leaky Cauldron, and many other magazines, newspapers and websites across the globe. Morris has also appeared as the philosopher he is in “Special Features” on "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: DVD Collection" presented by Lucas Film, and on "The Complete Superman Collection DVD," presented by Warner Home Video. You will often see The Sage of Steel wherever wisdom is to be found. His blogs about life are often to be found on The Huffington Post, and he philosophizes through images most days at TheFancy.com.

Born Thomas Victor Morris, and known by his students as "TV Morris," he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin, on his talk show, and on the "Today" show with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Morris is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.

He may be the world's happiest philosopher.

Featured Speakers

Julie Brandle '93, Co-Founder and President, Metis Construction Services

Julie Brandle '93

Co-Founder and President, Metis Construction Services

Julie Brandle is the president and a founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent. Metis completes ground-up, renovation and facilities maintenance projects throughout Ohio, and across the country. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Brandle oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the management team that designs and manages the overall business strategy.

Brandle is a committed community advocate and currently serves on the boards of Kent State University's construction management program, the Portage Development Board (economic development), Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Urban League, Greater Akron Chamber, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Northeast Ohio, Rotary Club of Akron, Coleman Foundation and the Hattie Larlham Foundation. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Brandle is a Lifetime Gold Award Girl Scout and holds the adult honors of Women of Distinction and the Thanks Badge.

Brandle is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she earned a double major in interpersonal and public communication and Soviet studies, as well as a travel grant scholarship to study in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses, ScaleratorNEO, Leadership Portage County and Leadership Akron's Class 37 where she serves her class as President.

David Hainline '83 CEO, CSI-DMC

David Hainline '83


David Hainline is CEO of CSI-DMC, an award-winning destination and event management company founded in 1987. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CSI-DMC has grown significantly under Hainline’s leadership. The company now has regional offices and agile teams throughout the U.S. and manages over 1,000 in-person and virtual events annually. In 2018, the company launched CSI International, serving clients around the world.

Hainline oversees various company operations, marketing and sales strategies. He personally manages relationships with clients including the Presidential Inaugural Committee, AIG Global Investment Company, Mercer Consulting, Pfizer and The Korean Peace Festival. Hainline also serves as a mentor and coach to CSI-DMC’s team of more than 60 employees.

Hainline has instituted several scholarships and internships to benefit BGSU students in various programs, including entrepreneurship; communications; tourism, leisure and event planning; and marketing. Through a unique partnership with the University, Hainline has also developed an event management and entrepreneurship course to explore the components of managing significant events. CSI-DMC professionals, including Hainline, travel to campus to present weekly course material and meet with students during office hours for career development coaching.

Hainline earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from BGSU in 1983. He was a recipient of the 2006 Accomplished Graduate Award for the College of Arts Sciences, has served on the BGSU Alumni Board and was inducted into the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame in 2019.

Gordon Hamm '87 CEO, Garage Management Corporation

Gordon Hamm '87

CEO, Garage Management Corporation

Gordon Hamm is the CEO of Garage Management Corporation, a company that provides parking garage and car storage services in New York City. He started his first company, Independent Computer Consultants, while still a sophomore at Bowling Green State University. After graduating, Gordon started doing contract work with the Department of Defense in Virginia and later sold Independent Computer Consultants.

In New York City, Hamm serves as the vice president of the Metropolitan Parking Association, is on the board of trustees overseeing the Welfare/Pension Fund for the Teamsters Local 272, the Foundation Board of Directors at Bergen Community College Foundation, and various cooperative and condo boards. He previously was a member of the BGSU Alumni Foundation Board. 

Proud recognitions for Hamm include the Certificate of Special Recognition by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate for his community service, the Dr. Harry Brandeis Memorial Community Service Award and a Certificate of Commendation from the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The volunteer positions that Hamm held to receive these recognitions include being a town councilman for six years, running the Athletic Association for two towns for over 20 years, being the EMS captain for over 10 years and serving as an EMT.

Hamm earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from BGSU in 1987. He was inducted in Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame in 2012.

Guest Presenter

Steven H. Cady, Ph.D. Professor of Management, Schmidthorst College of Business

Steven H. Cady, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, Schmidthorst College of Business

BGSU professor, Steven H. Cady will be presenting a breakout session titled, Professional Joy: Unleashing Your Thought Leadership in an Uncertain World.

The world is changing all around us and in the midst of uncertainty is opportunity. You are wise and meant to share what you know on a bigger scale. Don’t allow your dream to die with you.

In this session, we will show you how to do what you want, where you want, with whom you want, making the living you want! You will learn the 7 Keys of Thought Leadership that will enable you to move beyond subject matter expertise toward advancing knowledge and your professional brand. You might be saying to yourself, “why am I not taking that risk? Do I need to feel my dream to move on it, or do I need to move on it to feel it? I’ve worked too hard, I’ve learned so much. I’m not done. No more excuses. I have more to offer the world.” If that is what you want, join us for an inspiring session infused with practical steps you can take away today.

E-Week Events

E-Week at BGSU is filled with a host of events including The Hatch, the Women in Entrepreneurship Panel and the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. Each year, there are many opportunities to engage through lunch and learns, presentations from world-renowned speakers and much more.

For the complete lineup of events, check out the master schedule.

About J. Robert Sebo '58, '13 (Hon.) 

Sebo is a longtime contributor to BGSU and supports many areas of the University, including the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship and football and jazz studies scholarships. The Sebo Athletic Center is named in his honor and recognizes his financial support to that facility. He served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011.

BGSU granted an honorary degree to Dr. Sebo in 2013.



E-Week 2022 Sponsors

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J.Sebo Leadership logo
Owens-Illinois logo
 Wood County Economic Development Commission logo
Greenbriar Inc.
A.A. Green Realty, Inc. logo
Metis Construction Services logo
Heidelberg logo
Theresa Popp Braun, Ed.D logo
JumpStart Inc. logo
USBeverage logo
Coca-Cola logo
GMC logo
 CSI DMC Destination & Event Management logo
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SCoB Student Ambassadors logo
Hanson Inc. logo
Hart Associates logo

Updated: 05/31/2022 03:02PM