Advertising Guru Ken Carbone Reveals 'What Drives an Entrepreneur' Sept. 17 at Wilkes
WILKES-BARRE, PA. (2014) – Celebrated graphic designer, entrepreneur and author Ken
Carbone knows what it’s like to start a career armed with little experience but plenty
of ambition. He knows the questions that come with the territory: Am I built for corporate
life? Do I need the security of a regular paycheck? Or do I roll the dice and go it
Carbone, co-founder of the graphic design firm Carbone Smolan Agency, will answer
those questions for themselves, when he presents “Fame, Fortune, Fun & Freedom: What
Drives an Entrepreneur” on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. This event, which includes
a book signing, is open to the public and will take place in Henry Student Center
At 25, Carbone took a giant leap of faith and started a business in New York City.
Now almost 40 years later, Carbone and his partners continue to embrace the spirit
of entrepreneurship and its inevitable risks and rewards. His highly visual presentation
demonstrates what it takes to collaborate with elite brands such as Mandarin Hotels,
Credit Suisse and the Louvre Museum, sustain a successful business, and also enjoy
doing it every single day.
Carbone is the author of “The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents”
and co-author of “Dialog: What Makes a Great Design Partnership.” The latter celebrates
his 35-year collaboration with business partner Leslie Smolan. He is also professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured
blogger for Fast Company magazine as well as Huffington Post.
As a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique International (AGI) and the AIGA,
the professional association for design, Carbone’s work has been recognized by the
AIGA, Print, Graphis, Idea, Communication Arts, ID and the New York Art Directors
Club. He is a recipient of the 2014 AIGA Medal, awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements, services
or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.