Global Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (GESS)
Interested in becoming a Global Entrepreneur? Come learn from entrepreneurs from all over the world!
The Global Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (GESS) is offered during the fall and spring semesters. These seminars afford students the opportunity to earn a Professional Development Certificate from the School of Business while learning from international entrepreneurial leaders. It is a great resume builder and gives you a chance to learn what inspires, motivates, challenges and ultimately helps entrepreneurs succeed in the global economy. The fall 2020 GESS series is still available. Please see the information for each seminar below.
The speaker series is hosted by Global Business Programs and sponsored by:
- Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- GE Global Learning Center
- Werth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- OPIM Innovate Lab
- International Business Association
This certificate is available to all graduate and undergraduate UConn students. Students may earn a certificate every fall and spring semester. It is achieved by attending at least 3 out of 4+ GESS lectures offered. Please allow 2-3 weeks for Global Business Programs to send you your certificate of completion over email.
2021 GESS Speakers
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 5-6pm, School of Business 106, Storrs
Garrett Rothstein, Co-founder and CEO of Queue, UConn '11
Garrett Rothstein (UConn '11) is the co-founder and CEO of Queue, a new venture-backed mobile app startup dedicated to helping consumers keep track of what they want to watch and discover their next binge by connecting them with friends. Prior to Queue, Garrett worked at Snapchat on the advertising team and helped launch four of their European business offices. Afterward, Garrett worked at Bird, the shared electric scooter company, and started their University expansion team. There he worked with cities, school administrators, and the student groups to launch Bird on college campuses across the country. Most recently Garret was at Quibi, partnering with major advertisers to market their products on the streaming platform. Garrett currently lives in Los Angeles, California but will always support his Huskies!
Friday, November 12th, 2021, 12-1pm, School of Business 106, Storrs
Students can join this presentation remotely through Webex. The Webex link to join is available in Nexus upon registration.
Vivek Nigam, Founder and CEO at BeRemote LLC
Vivek has had a 30+ year career in technology and strategy roles dating back to his early days as a software engineer, leading to him founding a startup in the Washington DC area where he was the CTO and ultimately sold that company to AOL in 2000 for a positive exit. Since then, Vivek made a career as an Architect and Technology Leader at several Hartford-based insurance companies and most recently is the Founder and CEO of a startup called BeRemote LLC (https://www.beremote.com/). Vivek’s focus at BeRemote has taken on multiple facets but in large part has been the focus on developing the two products and bringing them to market. Vivek has a double bachelors in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Hartford and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Cheshire, CT with his wife and two adult children, one of whom is an undergraduate student in the NEAG School of Education at UConn.
Kevin Gardiner COO at BeRemote LLC
Kevin Gardiner has nearly 2 decades of experience working with companies to improve their operational efficiencies, while also improving both the employee and the customer experience. He has worked in various Management and Leadership roles at early-stage start-ups, multi- million dollar startups, and multi-billion dollar companies like GSI Commerce (acquired by eBay) and Macy’s.
Kevin is the COO of BeRemote (https://www.beremote.com/), with a focus on driving Sales and the Client Experience. He received a BSBA in Finance from Bryant University and an MBA from The University of Connecticut. Kevin has been a Student Mentor and Judge for UCONN’s Innovation Quest Program since 2018, and is currently Co-Teaching an Entrepreneurship class for UCONN’s eMBA Program. He lives in Wilton, CT with his wife and two young children.