February 23, 2017 | Washington D.C | Capitol Post
May 5, 2017 | Seattle/Tacoma, WA | University of Washington
May 11, 2017 | Columbus, OH| REV1
May 18, 2017 | Chicago, IL | 1871
May 24, 2017 | Nashville, TN | Nashville Entrepreneur Center
September 21, 2017 | Raleigh-Durham, NC | MetLife
September 27, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA | Benjamin’s Desk
October 3, 2017 | Austin, TX | TBD
October 10, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN | TBD
October 12, 2017 | Madison, WI | TBD
October 20, 2017 | Jacksonville, FL | ColabJax
October 26, 2017 | San Francisco Bay Area | TBD
Marques Ogden: Former NFL offensive lineman Marques Ogden rose to success from being a red-shirted freshman on his Howard University football team, to being drafted by the NFL, to play for 5 years on NFL teams including the Jaguars, Titans, Bills and Ravens. Now he is a respected entrepreneur, businessman, mentor, sought-after motivational speaker, and best-selling author.
Pulling wisdom from his life experiences, including his single father’s life lessons enforcing integrity, strong work-ethic and encouragement towards education; his years of playing football, including inspiration from the greatest coaches in the world; and from both successful and failed business ventures, Ogden’s current passion and efforts are being directed towards his new role as President, CEO, program creator and motivational speaker of The Ogden Speaking Academy.
Ogden also shares his personal and professional stories with organizations across the United States, at universities and commencement ceremonies, and at major corporations, including 2 Fortune 500 companies, First Citizen’s Bank (#496) and Netapp (#458). As well as 4 Fortune 100 companies, JP Morgan (#18), Cisco (#55), Siemens (#58) and Net York Life (#61). He also authored an autobiography in 2015, Sleepless Nights, The NFL: A Business and Family, which became a best seller in only 2 days on Amazon, and reached #28 on Amazon’s top 100 list under the category of American Football. He is now working on a second book which will focus on his upbringing and his career in public speaking.
Danial Alarik was born April 19, 1982 in California. He moved to the Chicago area when he was in grade school. After graduating high school in 2000, Danial decided to join the Army. During his time in service he was deployed twice and spent three years as a drill sergeant where he trained over 2,000 soldiers. Daniel married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2008, and had his son, Ethan, a year later. Daniel decided that leaving active duty Army to transfer to was the best decision for his family.
Upon leaving active duty, Daniel wanted to continue his passion for pride in service and patriotism in being an American and founded Grunt Style, a patriotic apparel company with only $1,200. Grunt Style is now one of the fastest growing apparel companies online. In 2015, Daniel founded Alpha Outpost, a monthly box subscription club, that has grown from $0 to over $8 Million in revenue within 12 months. Daniel continues as CEO of both thriving companies, employing over 200 people, more than half of which are military veterans. The combined value of both companies is now over $100 Million and growing.
Art Pappas has over 30 years of operating experience as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry executive, and venture capital investor in life science companies. Art founded Pappas Capital in 1994, and over the past two decades the firm has managed more than $535 million in capital and invested in more than 70 life science companies through its flagship Pappas Ventures business unit, as well as its Specialized Fund Management business unit.
Art currently serves as a director for Aura Biosciences and OrphoMed, and as a board observer for Real Endpoints. Prior to founding Pappas Capital, Art held senior level leadership positions at several multinational pharmaceutical companies for which he was responsible for the development, licensing and launch of a number of global products.
Art is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, where he was a past chair, and the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research Development. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Wistar Institute (a National Cancer Institute center), the Board of Advisors of the Duke Cancer Institute, and the Advisory Board of the BioExec Institute. He is also a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and BayHelix, an organization of global life science community leaders. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Art is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer in the US Army 101st Airborne Division and 2nd PSYOP Airborne Group JFK Special Warfare Center. Art received a BS in biology from Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.