Lectures in Entrepreneurship

Lectures in Entrepreneurship brings a wide variety of prominent entrepreneurs to speak, tell their stories, and share their experiences and keys to success. All of the lectures are free to the public in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. It is also offered as an optional course for credit for all Westminster students.


March 21 The Power of the Pitch   
6:30 pm  Abby Speicher DartDrones  
8:00 pm  Marti Wymer  Spoonful of Comfort   
March 28 The Art of the Exit   
6:30 pm Patrick Mullen  Arctaris Impact Fund
8:00 pm Chris Anderson  HandStands    
April 4  The Power of Diversification
6:30 pmClark Whitworth  Larry H. Miller Group
8:00 pm  Duane Millard  Allied Sign & Awning
April 11 Creating Circles of Influence 
6:30 pmGeralyn Dreyfous  Impact Partners    
8:00 pm Katie Holland  Illuminate  
April 18The Power of Language
6:30 pmLelani Craig – CommGap International Language Services
8:00 pmBrian Sather – Blacksmith International
April 25Social Entrepreneurship  
6:30 pmWendy Bird  Pearls with a Purpose
8:00 pmShawn Peterson  Urban Lunch Box

  • Abby-Speicher-Carroll

    Abby Speicher Carroll

    March 21, 6:30 p.m.

    Abby Speicher Carroll is the CEO and founder of DARTdrones, a drone training and consulting company with a presence in over 40 cities nationwide. DARTdrones has trained thousands of new drone pilots, including those from major broadcast networks, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Abby successfully pitched DARTdrones on ABC’s Shark Tank.

    Abby began her entrepreneurial journey when she was 17 years old, founding a social enterprise that sold handmade purses from Ghana, Africa. With her first company, Abby won first place in Westminster’s Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition, as well as the award for Best Business Plan in Utah’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. Abby founded DARTdrones while earning her MBA at Babson College. She was awarded first place in Babson’s annual B.E.T.A. Business Plan Competition, first place at the TecBridge Business Plan Competition, and the Class of 2015’s Entrepreneurship Award. In 2017, Abby was also awarded Babson’s Rising Star Award.
  • Marti-Wymer

    Marti Wymer

    March 21, 8:00 p.m.

    Marti Wymer is a woman with a purpose. She not only has the vision to see how small acts of kindness can change the world, but she also has the tenacity to follow through with big ideas. She began her career with an innovative start-up: an Internet real-estate, marketing, and advertising firm. As a vital team member, the firm grew from a small entrepreneurial venture into a national publicly traded company that is now an integral part of Move, Inc. After four years there, she took a break from the workforce to raise her two children.

    After her mother’s passing, she felt compelled to honor her and pursue the idea for Spoonful of Comfort, launching the new national business within the year. Since the launch, Spoonful of Comfort has captured the attention of a host of popular media programs and publications, including NBC’s T ODAY; a cover spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Ideas for 2010;” and, most recently, ABC’s Shark Tank. As a Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business alum (cohort 1), she continues to benefit from the lessons she learned and connections she made to this day
  • Patrick

    Patrick Mullen

    March 28, 6:30 p.m.

    Patrick Mullen is currently a venture partner with Arctaris Impact Fund, a Boston-based fund providing growth capital to lower middle-market businesses in underbanked credit markets nationwide. Prior to this, Patrick was the managing director of Sorenson Impact, an instituted based at the University of Utah that works with investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to marshal capital for social good. In his role as director, Patrick worked on over $100MM of impact investments, including the Sorenson Impact Foundation where Patrick worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. Prior to his role at Sorenson, Patrick was a co-founder and principal with the University Impact Fund, a senior associate with the University Venture Fund, and an analyst with Goldman Sachs and Co. Patrick graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Chris-Anderson

    Chris Anderson

    March 28, 8:00 p.m.

    Chris Anderson joined HandStands in 2002 with the mandate to create a “new markets” division within the then 19-year-old mousepad manufacturer. After identifying the car air- freshener industry as an area of opportunity, Chris led HandStands’ entrance into that market in 2003 (supported by new air-freshener product innovation for which he is a multiple patent-holder). Within eight years, HandStands became the US national market share leader in the Auto Fragrance Category.

    Chris was named HandStands’s CEO in 2011. In 2013, after 10 years of consecutive double-digit growth, Chris guided the company through a majority recapitalization with Trivest Partners (a Florida-based private equity firm). Chris continued as CEO following Trivest’s investment, and HandStands continued to experience organic growth and completed three highly strategic add-on acquisitions. In the summer of 2016, HandStands was sold to Energizer Holdings in a $340 million all-cash deal. Chris currently serves as chairman of HandStands’s products holdings, and is active on multiple boards.

    Chris is a Summa Cum Laude economics graduate of Westminster College, and lives with his two teenage sons in Alpine, Utah. As a family, they enjoy spending time together flying, playing watersports, snow skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, riding off-road motorcycles, and serving others
  • Clark-Whitworth

    Clark Whitworth

    April 4, 6:30 p.m.

    Clark Whitworth has worked for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies for 30 years and currently serves as CEO. In this role, he helps lead and direct the execution of the company’s longterm strategy and works to position the group for future opportunities and expansion.

    He began his career with the group in 1987, working on special projects and implementing 401(k) and financial administration. He also spent much of his time working with the dealership to help implement different cost-control measures.

    Clark completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah State University. He loves golfing, is an avid runner and cyclist, and enjoys boating at Bear Lake with his wife, Jennifer, and their five children and 10 grandchildren.
  • Duane

    Duane Millard

    April 4, 8:00 p.m.

    Duane Millard is a native of Sugar House, and attended the University of Utah. At age 18, he purchased Bonneville Salt Co. on Wilmington Avenue here in Sugar House, and started expanding it. He served an LDS Mission to Germany for two and a half years then returned to grow Bonneville.

    At age 28, Duane joined Great Salt Lake Minerals & Chemicals Corp. and became vice president at age 33. Through these years, Duane took American Management courses and professional training in strategic marketing at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He brought GSL on line and averaged 40 percent growth for 12 years in his division.

    He was pulled from his motivating position to manage Enterprise Oil & Gas Company in Detroit. Within a year he quadrupled sales. Duane returned to SLC to manage a unit of Phillip Morris-Seven-Up Bottling of Utah. He returned it to profitability within seven months, and won the Western US Growth Trophy.

    Duane retired briefly in 1993 then began what is now Allied Electric Sign & Awning Company and All American Leasing, LLC, which celebrate its 25th anniversary on June 1 of this year.

    Duane and his wife, Glenda, have four children, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

  • Geralyn-Dreyfous

    Geralyn Dreyfous

    April 11, 6:30 p.m.

    Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide, distinguished background in the arts and participates on numerous boards and initiatives. She is the founder of the Utah Film Center and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. In 2013, Geralyn co-founded Gamechanger Films, a film fund dedicated to women directors. Her independent-producing credits include many award-winning and nominated films.

  • Katie-Holland

    Katie Holland

    April 11, 8:00 p.m.

    After spending a decade with Corporate Alliance, committed to helping Utah’s business leaders connect, Katie Holland now applies her experience and expertise to found and flourish a women’s group called Illuminate. Utah business is booming, and Utah’s female workforce is ready, willing, and able to embrace leadership and success. Katie knows business, she knows leadership, and Katie knows women.

    Marrying corporate success with the challenges of being a working mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend is no small task. It can be amplified and simplified through strong women-based training and a mentor-driven network. Illuminate exists to help women succeed. Period. Prior to Corporate Alliance, Katie spent 19 years with Innovations Consulting, an international training organization committed to leadership, diversity, and empowerment with a Fortune 200 clientele. Katie has the experience, network, and know-how to create a win-win between companies and the women who help make them successful.

  • Lelani-Craig

    Lelani Craig

    April 18, 6:30 p.m.

    Lelani Craig has more than 25 years of experience in the language industry. She is an accomplished conference interpreter and a certified court interpreter.

    Lelani created CommGap in 2000 and, along with CommGap, she owns Global 1 Voice, LLC, a company that offers medical interpreter training, language assessment, language classes, and compliance consulting.

    Lelani developed CommGap’s unique “transcreation” process for the translation of marketing materials. This process has helped many clients work and market internationally. She also has a keen understanding of Hispanic marketing and media translation, and was instrumental in establishing CommGap’s voiceover services.

    She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Language Companies. She is an organizer of the Silicon Slopes Localization group and a member of the Utah Women Tech Council.

    Lelani received awards from Count Me In and American Express in 2004. In 2013, Lelani was selected by Goldman Sachs to participate in their 10,000 Small Businesses Program. In 2014, she was chosen by Utah Business magazine as one of “Utah’s 30 Business Women to Watch.” In 2017, she was awarded Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

  • Brian-Sather

    Brian Sather

    April 18, 8:00 p.m.

    Brian Sather is a music fan, musician, skier, dad, and hardcore entrepreneur. “I love leading teams, building businesses, and helping others in any way I can. I am fascinated by the notion of people connecting and achieving through common goals,” he says.

    Brian’s career has taken him from startups to Fortune 100s, from acquiring companies to being acquired, from Silicon Valley to the Silicon Slopes, and all around the world. Through his experience, he has learned a lot about what makes a good company, and he will never again be part of one that isn’t. Building companies and creating value for employees, customers, and society is his passion.

  • Wendy-Bird

    Wendy Bird

    April 25, 6:30 p.m.

    Wendy Bird is the founder of Pearls with Purpose, a social-impact organization which combines micro-enterprising with humanitarian assistance. Since 2002, Wendy has inspired and motivated people all over the world by sharing her passion and experience with social entrepreneurship. A certified gemologist (GIA) and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB MBA program, Wendy leads women toward longterm self-sustainment by teaching them jewelry-making (art) and business ownership (micro-enterprise skills).

    After beginning her work in the Philippines, Wendy added Ban Nam Kem, Thailand in 2006; Barathapurham, India in 2010; and Cambodia in 2013. This worldwide outreach program has assisted over 300 women in creating sustainability for themselves and their families. Over 400 students have received educational scholarships.

    Wendy has received awards such as Humanitarian of the Year, Utah Woman Making a Difference, and Best of State in jewelry production. She has also been featured on Good Things Utah and various radio shows. She is well known for her keynote speeches throughout America, addressing social mindedness and educational lectures for Fun for Less Tours. She is the mother of five children and Nana to five grandchildren. She has a huge love for travel and when in the country, resides with her husband in Sandy, Utah.

  • Shawn-Peterson

    Shawn Peterson

    April 25, 8:00 p.m.

    Shawn Peterson is a doer who loves trying new things. He is in awe of the incredible potential humans have and does not believe that not knowing how to do something is a reason not to do it. He loves to tackle challenging problems. He finds the hard physical and mental work of solving large problems exhilarating. At his core, Shawn is an entrepreneur who believes in the power of business to change the world. He has owned a number of small businesses and is currently the founder and director of The Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB), a community food-production agency that operates as a social enterprise. At GULB, Shawn works to find creative solutions to the age-old problem of hunger. Shawn has a love for adventure; some of his adventures include riding a motorcycle down the Pacific Coast of America, teaching himself to sail, and crossing the Pacific Ocean.