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Mitch Schlimer, host of "Let's Talk Business Live!" will lead the April 11 IMPACT panel discussion on social entrepreneurship.
Mitch Schlimer, host of "Let's Talk Business Live!" will lead the April 11 IMPACT panel discussion on social entrepreneurship.

April 11 IMPACT Event to Feature "Let's Talk Business Live!" Social Entrepreneurship Panel

"Let's Talk Business Live!" radio show host Mitch Schlimer will lead the Monday, April 11 event in Georgia Tech's IMPACT Speaker Series, facilitating a panel discussion on "Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurs" for online broadcast.

Held at 4:30 PM in LeCraw Auditorium of Georgia Tech College of Management, the panel will feature Laura Hodgson, CEO of Nourish; David Murphy, CEO of Better World Books; and Scott Schickler, CEO of Excent.

Free and open to the public, the weekly IMPACT Speaker Series brings notable business executives, high-tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and intellectual leaders to Georgia Tech.

Mitch Schlimer, founder of the Let's Talk Business Network, began his entrepreneurial career at the age of five, selling pretzels from a street cart with his grandfather in Queens, New York. Later while operating Mitch Schlimer Tennis Academy and pro shops in the late 1970s, he was robbed numerous times, leading him to create a video system for recording homes and businesses for insurance purposes. He later retired from the tennis industry and founded a comprehensive video services company, which did video inventories, video yearbooks, video wills and depositions, sales and training tapes, among other products. He is founder and executive director of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame & Museum.

Panelist Lara Hodgson co-founded Nourish shortly after becoming a mom. As a serial entrepreneur and a motivational speaker on innovation, she saw a need for products to address the fact that moms and kids have busy, on-the-go lives. Nourish recently introduced its first products: Nourish Baby, a formula-ready bottled water for babies; and Nourish Toddler, a spill-proof bottled water for toddlers. Hodgson also is the co-founder and CEO of Insomnia, LLC, an Atlanta-based firm specializing in investment, development and management of complex and innovative world-changing projects. 

Panelist David Murphy leads Better World Books in its mission to improve literacy. The online bookseller has provided more than $6.5 million in funding to its nonprofit literacy partners and libraries working on four continents, donated more than 1.4 million books, and saved more than 27 million pounds of books from landfills. Murphy has 23 years of leadership experience in corporate finance, operations, and mergers and acquisitions with firms such as International Paper Company and The First Boston Corporation. He has also started several companies as well as served as CFO, COO, and CEO for both privately held and publicly traded firms in the manufacturing, health care services, and technology sectors.

Panelist Scott Shickler founded Excent, a global education company serving millions of students and teachers in more than 20 states and 10 countries. It provides data solutions and direct training services to educators. Also co-founder of the Magic Wand Foundation, which empowers children to live their dreams, Shickler is a serial entrepreneur who has owned several multi-million businesses. He is a best-selling author and expert on youth empowerment who has been featured in a variety of leading media, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesCNN and NBC News.

The IMPACT Speaker Series is organized by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech.

If you can't attend this session in person, you can watch the video Webcast, made possible by Learn It Live.

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