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Clarke Alumna Returns to Share Insights on Entrepreneurship, Oct. 4

posted on September 29, 2010

Clarke University is pleased to welcome back Carol Schrader, a 1977 Clarke graduate and CEO of givezooks!, on Monday, Oct. 4, when she presents “Is Entrepreneurship for You?” The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. During her day on campus Schrader will share her insights with students in a variety of Clarke business courses.

As a Silicon Valley software insider, Schrader’s presentation will cover many aspects of being a technology-based entrepreneur. She will draw on her lessons learned over 25 years in the software industry, including six technology startups of which four were venture capital-backed resulting in two successful IPOs. During her remarks, she will discuss “early warning signs” of entrepreneurship, 25 years of personal entrepreneurial evolution, key attributes of successful entrepreneurs, common mistakes or “lessons learned” from entrepreneurship, funding/financing strategies, top 10 reasons to become an entrepreneur and a review of top on-line resources to guide the entrepreneurial journey.

Schrader brings over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and marketing executive in the software industry to her role at givezooks! She has worked for Silicon Valley companies Valisys, Sherpa, Documentum (now EMC) and Agile Software (now Oracle). As vice president of marketing at Agile, Schrader was responsible for all aspects of marketing in the US and internationally. She was a significant contributor to a successful IPO and secondary offering in 1999. Since Agile, she was principal and co-founder of Killarney Group, a consulting firm specializing in marketing and business-strategy consulting to emerging companies.

Schrader has also been involved with multiple non-profit organizations, serving on the board at
MentorNet, an organization aimed at mentoring girls in science and math. She is also an active fundraiser for Special Olympics, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other education-oriented charitable organizations.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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