Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

The Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship brings leading voices in free enterprise and entrepreneurship to Wilkes University. Open to students and the community, these forums give students and the community insight into the creative process and drive of the entrepreneur.

Upcoming Lecture

On Innovation

Powerful Ideas to Create a More Innovative Organization
Date/Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.
Location: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts
Also Livestreamed
Terry Jones headshot

Speaker

Terry Jones

  • Founder of Travelocity
  • Founding Chairman of Kayak.com

Every business needs to innovate, but where do you start? Terry Jones explores the fundamentals of innovation and gives leaders simple but powerful ideas they can use to create a more innovative organization. 

The founder of Travelocity.com and founding chairman of Kayak.com, Jones helps audiences turn innovation into an everyday skill. His career and personal experiences provide real-world illustrations of how challenging and ultimately rewarding it can be to gather a team and establish a culture that is open to change. And he gives audiences step-by-step plans to create that culture. 

He authored the books On Innovation and Disruption Off and is managing principal of On Inc., a consultancy he founded to help companies transition to the digital economy. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and Sierra Angels.

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History of the Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series

  • Jake Wood
    • Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon
  • Steve Forbes
    • Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Lt. Col. Allen West
    • Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Former Congressman
  • Michael Reagan
    • Son of President Ronald Reagan, Fox News channel commentator, New York Times Bestselling Author and syndicated columnist
  • Mary Fisher
    • Author, artist, advocate and social entrepreneur
  • Cynthia Montgomery
    • Timken Professor of Business Administration, Director of Research at Harvard Business School, author of “The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs”
  • Jack Uldrich
    • Renowned global futurist and author of "Why Future Trends Will Demand Unlearning"
  • Jonah Goldberg
    • Bestselling author and widely syndicated columnist
  • Linda Rottenberg
    • CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor
  • Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Co-Host of CNBC's Squawk Box,
  • Gary Hirshberg
    • President and CEO of Stonyfield Farm and Chairman of Climate Counts
  • Tom Szaky
    • Founder and CEO of Terracycle Inc.
  • Dinesh D'Souza
    • Author and Political Analyst
  • Lawrence W. Reed
    • President of the Foundation for Economic Education
  • Walter Williams
    • Economic/Political Commentator
  • Cal Thomas
    • Syndicated Political Commentator
  • Kristopher B. Jones
    • Former President and CEO of Pepperjam
  • Ken Schmidt
    • Former Director of Communications of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
  • Martin Eberhard
    • Founder/Former CEO - Tesla Motors
  • J.C. Watts
    • Former Congressman
  • Lillian Vernon
    • Founder of Lillian Vernon Companies
  • Robert Novak
    • Founding Commentator of CNN
  • George Pataki
    • Former Governor of New York
  • Polly LaBarre
    • Former Senior Editor of Fast Company Magazine
  • Tom Scott
    • Co-Founder and CEO of Nantucket Nectars and Plum TV
  • John Stossel
    • ABC Reporter
  • Andy McKelvey
    • Owner of Monster.com
  • Jerry Greenfield
    • Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream