Jared Kleinert, named USA Today’s “Most Connected Millennial,” will talk to students and members of the St. Bonaventure community at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall.
The 20-year-old Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who has spent years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world’s smartest and most talented millennials.
His first book, “2 Billion Under 20,” was voted the No. 1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015 and he’s become a go-to marketing and business development consultant for venture-backed startups, Fortune 500 companies, New York Times bestselling authors, and others.
The United Nations has touted him as a “Champion For Humanity” and his next book, “3 Billion Under 30,” will be released in January.
Kleinert was invited by Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, who teaches family business management as well as corporate and nonprofit strategy at the graduate and undergraduate levels at St. Bonaventure. She also advises the SBU Family Business Club.
Wittmeyer will serve on a panel with Kleinert Friday afternoon at Cornell University’s annual Families in Business Conference.
Titled “Many Voices, Many Choices,” the Cornell roundtable will be a forum for students and young alumni to discuss working in the family business, leveraging their family business experience for outside employment, and finding support through their peers.
Wittmeyer said some St. Bonaventure students with ties to family businesses will attend a workshop Thursday afternoon at the two-day Cornell conference led by John Engels, SBU class of 1975.
In 1996, Engels founded Leadership Coaching Inc., based on the integration of three cutting-edge research disciplines: neuroscience, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and the evolution of leadership in non-human species.
Under Engels’ guidance, his consulting team continues to draw on decades of learning with family researchers and with accomplished scientists who study the leadership behavior of wolves, elephants, chimpanzees, and other animals.
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