43 episodes

At Morrissette Entrepreneurship, we believe people make companies. Not technology, not ideas, but people.
 
The Entrepreneur Podcast is an opportunity to showcase the wide breadth of individuals from our Western University Family that have created great companies, solved real problems, and continue to create value for their communities. Hear their stories, strategies, and advice for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.
 
The Entrepreneur Podcast is sponsored by Connie Clerici, QS ’08, and Closing the Gap Healthcare Group, Inc.

The Entrepreneur Podcast Morrissette Entrepreneurship

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At Morrissette Entrepreneurship, we believe people make companies. Not technology, not ideas, but people.
 
The Entrepreneur Podcast is an opportunity to showcase the wide breadth of individuals from our Western University Family that have created great companies, solved real problems, and continue to create value for their communities. Hear their stories, strategies, and advice for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.
 
The Entrepreneur Podcast is sponsored by Connie Clerici, QS ’08, and Closing the Gap Healthcare Group, Inc.

    When Sustainable Beats the Status Quo with Everist

    When Sustainable Beats the Status Quo with Everist

    The demand for sustainable products has never been greater – and perhaps, never been more necessary. From climate change to the creation of vast trash islands, more and more consumers are realizing that real change is needed to protect and preserve our environment.
    For Jayme Jenkins, HBA ’07, and Jessica Stevenson, HBA ’07, real change wasn’t just about making a donation or changing their buying habits. Leaving their established careers, Jenkins and Stevenson are reimagining the beauty industry with Everist, which provides concentrated forms of traditional hair and body care products, reducing the industry’s typical reliance on plastic bottles and packaging.
    Since its launch, Everist has been featured by Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Men’s Health, and was voted by Vogue and Time magazine as one of the best innovative products of 2021.
    Jenkins and Stevenson join Eric Janssen to discuss their passion for problem-solving, being the change they want to see, and how their careers in sales and marketing helped lay the runway to launch their own brand.

    • 45 min
    Finding direction in a distracted world with Cal Newport

    Finding direction in a distracted world with Cal Newport

    With the increasing encroachment of the digital world on our personal and professional lives, we are in desperate need of guides.
    Cal Newport might be one of them.
    Newport is a professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and a New York Times Best-selling author of seven books, which include So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In The Quest For Work You Love (2012), Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016), Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (2019) and his latest, A World Without Email (2021).
    He is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Wired, and is the host of popular podcast, Deep Questions.
    On this episode of the Entrepreneur Podcast, Newport shares his thoughts on how to stay focused in a world of digital distractions, the benefits of being impatient, and the fallacy of following your own passion.
    It’s an episode full of honest reflections and practical takeaways from a world class teacher, and writer.

    • 43 min
    Community-centric Entrepreneurship

    Community-centric Entrepreneurship

    Above all these accolades, Zita Cobb is a community builder. After a fast-paced career in the technology space, Cobb, retired in her early 40s before founding the in 2013, based in her hometown Fogo Island, in Joe Batt's Arm Newfoundland. Shorefast has a mission to create a diverse economy on Fogo Island through a variety of social businesses, including the , a luxury hotel, outfitted by local craftspeople, and featured in international media outlets like National Geographic, GQ, and CNN.

    • 52 min
    Playing at the highest level with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

    Playing at the highest level with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

    Fast Company called her one of the most creative people in business. Business Insider named her as one of the Silicon Valley’s top 100. And Ad Age says she’s one of the women to watch.


    And why not? Sukhinder Singh Cassidy has had quite the career. Most recently, she was the President of StubHub, prior to which she co-founded a number of companies, and held senior roles at Amazon and Google. At Google, she was responsible for launching Google Maps and eventually leading Google's international operations in Asia Pacific and Latin America.


    In another special episode of the Entrepreneur Podcast, Eric Janssen sits down with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy to discuss her incredible journey, and the importance of prioritization (and how that changes in startup and large company contexts).

    • 47 min
    Being Comfortable in Your Own Shoes with Ben Varadi of Spin Master

    Being Comfortable in Your Own Shoes with Ben Varadi of Spin Master

    Spin Master is one of the great Canadian success stories. Go to any corner of the world, and you will find young girls and boys playing with Spin Master toys. Ben Varadi, HBA ’94, was there at the beginning, running manufacturing (despite having little expertise in the area). Today, Varadi is the company’s Chief Creative Officer, and his unique strengths have found a perfect home in the art of toy making.


    In this special episode of the Entrepreneur Podcast, Varadi joins Eric Janssen, HBA ’09, MBA ’20, to share his fascinating journey from leaving university to helping create one of the biggest toy companies in the world, and the lessons learned along the way.

    • 52 min
    Changing careers and changing perceptions with Eric Brass of Tequila Tromba

    Changing careers and changing perceptions with Eric Brass of Tequila Tromba

    The mention of Tequila often induces a strong reaction, and Eric Brass was no exception.

     
    “I had the same misconception that most people have about tequila — that disgusting shot in a seedy bar at a horrible hour of the night. It’s the most misunderstood and misrepresented spirit in the world.”


    But something happened on a study trip to Mexico that changed Brass’ career trajectory, leading him to co-found a premium tequila brand with just a backpack and $10,000. Today, Tequila Tromba is one of the fastest growing premium tequilas in North America.


    Together with his entrepreneurship professor, Eric Morse, Brass walks through his entrepreneurial journey: from discovering real tequila, and leaving the world of finance, to creating a modern brand with traditional techniques.

    • 59 min

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