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Celebrity Entrepreneur to Speak in Evansville

Thought Leader: Daymond John
May 20, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana and the University of Evansville announced a partnership today to bring celebrity entrepreneur, Daymond John, to Evansville this fall. The free public event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 20, 2015, at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville.

“Collaborating with Junior Achievement was a natural fit,” says UE president Tom Kazee. “Both JA and UE support the education of all students at all levels. We empower future generations to make a difference in the world by providing them with a rich educational foundation.”

The event, An Evening with Daymond John, will serve as both the culmination of JA’s 50th anniversary celebrations as well as this year’s special event for UE’s annual Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series, which brings renowned speakers to Evansville at no cost to the public.

“This wonderful collaboration with UE comes at a perfect time for our organization as we celebrate 50 years of educating students in financial literacy, work readiness and especially entrepreneurship,” says Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana president Theo Boots. “Even if someone never owns a business, entrepreneurial skills can be applied to any career to enhance performance and quality of life. We are excited for Daymond to share his wisdom and life experiences with the people of our communities.”

Over the last 20 years, John has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought after branding expert, author, consultant, and speaker. John’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace created FUBU (For Us By Us), one of the most iconic fashion icons in recent years.

In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, and has since become a household name. On the show, John and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights.

“John’s entrepreneurial success aligns well with the ‘anything is possible’ message we send to our students at both UE and JA,” says Kazee. “His expertise will provide students with sound advice for pursuing their dreams and goals in the future.”

Sources: Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, University of Evansville

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