Upcoming Event #10 — Becoming a Great ‘Preneur’

Our First Conference will be formatted as an Unconference

Saturday, Nov. 14
0 am- 2:00pm

9:00 Networking & Breakfast
9:45 Introductions
10:30 Keynote: Dr. Stephen Spinelli
11:00 What’s an Unconference? Dr. Natalie Nixon
11:30 Select Subjects/Vote
12:00 Break out sessions
12:30 2nd Breakout sessions
1:00 Review Findings Plenum
2:00 Adjourn


Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Parking and Forum Detailed Map:

This Event is in the Form of an Unconference!

What is an Unconference?

An Unconference combines the level of synergy and excitement present in a good coffee break with the substantive activity and results characteristic of a good meeting. It’s an event where incredible things happen as participants choose the topics and facilitate their own discussions. Ours in focused on becoming a great preneur.

Here is a link to a video about this unique event format: Unconference 101

What’s a preneur?

Preneur is from the French and means “taker” or “one who takes.” It’s become synonymous with taking advantage of or creating an opportunity. Its forms are seemingly endless. A person who takes the risk of starting a business or businesses is called an entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial individual within a large organization is an intrapreneur.  An enterprising individual that starts a venture not merely for profit but for inclusion of the communities that so far have been left out of the main stream would be called a sociopreneur.  You get the idea…

Whatever type of preneur you are or aspire to be, this is the event for you.

What’s in it for you?

That depends on what you put into it, because you and fellow participants determine the discussion and learning topics. For instance, if you are interested in finding out the basics of building preneurial skills, you can post that as a topic and see how many others share your interest. At the very least, you’ll get to explore what other great preneurs have done and how they think; find out what’s on the minds of your colleagues and what piques their curiosity most about preneurship; and hear a keynote address from a rock star of the preneurial world.



Join your colleagues for this exciting 10th event of our Innovation Series at Philadelphia University’s  DEC Center. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy!  This ILF event will focus on How to Become a Great ‘Preneur’.  Preneurs know how to turn ideas into value. The method involves several critical decisions that are being discovered by some for the first time. Others are trying to make it more effective and efficient. This can only be achieved through better collaborative techniques.  Please join us for this relevant discussion with key game changers who have a stellar reputation using all the tools that are at the disposal of truly innovative minds. Our noted speaker and panelists will explore the various facets of this very timely issue.  Dr. Spinelli, President of Philadelphia University will welcome our guests and provide some insight into the exciting new structure that we are using for our event.

spinelliheadshotDr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr. – Keynote Speaker

Biography Stephen Spinelli, Jr. began his entrepreneurial career two years after graduating from college. He
cofounded Jiffy Lube International, Inc. in 1979 under the leadership of his college football coach. Three years later, Stephen became a franchisee and remained a director of the company. He grew to become Jiffy Lube’s largest franchisee, and posted 39 consecutive profitable quarters. As Co-Founder of Jiffy Lube International and Chairman and CEO of the American Oil Change Corporation, Stephen helped pioneer the quick lube industry nationwide. Jiffy
Lube became the nation’s dominant competitor with more than 1,000 service centers.
Thirteen years after founding Jiffy Lube, Stephen sold his founding shares in both the franchisor and franchisee organizations to pursue a career in academia. He and his family moved to London where he received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of London’s Imperial College. Soon after, he became a Professor at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Stephen held a variety of leadership positions during his 14 year tenure at Babson. He chaired the entrepreneurship division, was Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, and held the Alan Lewis Chair in Global Management. As Vice Provost, he was instrumental in strengthening and growing important Babson initiatives, including the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the world’s largest collaborative research project studying entrepreneurship.
In June 2007, Stephen was named President of Philadelphia University, an institution that is a recognized leader in the architecture, design, engineering, business, textiles, and health and sciences fields.
Stephen’s work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, the British Management Journal and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship. He has also been featured in such popular press as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Boston Globe, and Entrepreneur. He has authored numerous business cases and co-authored several books including “Business Plans That Work,” “Franchising: Pathway to Wealth Creation,” “Howto Raise Capital,” “Never Bet the Farm,” “Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth” and “New Venture Creation for the 21st Century.”
Stephen has consulted for major corporations such as Fidelity Investments, Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, and Allied Domecq. He has served in leadership roles for a number of community, business and professional associations, and has dedicated his time to mentoring, coaching and supporting those in the entrepreneurial process.
Stephen received his Ph.D. in economics from The Management School, Imperial College, University of London, his M.B.A. from Babson College, and his B.A. in Economics from McDaniel College. He is married to Carol Fulton Spinelli and has two children, Kathryn Fulton Spinelli and Stephen Spinelli, III.


Steve is a unique Philadelphia resource, he’s been a thought leader, author, educator and administrator. We’re very fortunate that Dr. Spinelli, as our first ILF keynote has agreed to kickoff our first conference/unconference.


This event is open to the Public!!

Dr. Natalie Nixon — Unconference Moderator

Natalie is a hybrid thinker, comfortably synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities. At Philadelphia University she is an Associate Professor in the Fashion Merchandising Management program and Director of the Strategic Design MBA.  A practitioner and researcher of design thinking, she has 15 years of experience as an educator on the secondary and university levels and worked in the fashion industry as an entrepreneurial hat designer as well as in apparel sourcing for The Limited Brands in Sri Lanka and Portugal. Natalie’s research and consulting interests are in business design, experiential service design and applying strategies from the fashion industry to a range of sectors, utilizing style strategically to build brand distinction. She was certified by the National Charrette Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design to lead charrette trainings; she uses the charrette methodology to lead ideation, opportunity finding and consensus building for a range of organizations. Natalie earned her BA (Cum Laude) from Vassar College, with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; her MS from Philadelphia University in Global Textile Marketing; and her PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London. Personal interests include swimming, dance and anything related to Brazilian culture. Natalie lives in Philadelphia with her husband, John, an attorney