Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone to Speak About Entrepreneurship

November 08, 2010
Unleashing New Ideas Entrepreneurship Week Event Also Includes Panel Discussion Featuring Bill Doucas, Ted Leonsis, and Tim O’Shaughnessy
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host Unleashing New Ideas, featuring a keynote lecture by Ken Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot and former director of the New York Stock Exchange.
Additionally, a panel discussion about Making a Difference Through Entrepreneurship with Bill Doucas, chairman and CEO of Elutions; Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; and Tim O’Shaughnessy, founder and CEO of LivingSocial, will precede the keynote.    
Unleashing New Ideas is the kick-off event for DC Entrepreneurship Week, a week-long series of events designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial community in Washington, D.C., and also is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is presented by the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Monday, November 15, 2010, 4 p.m., to be followed by a reception
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Register online at http://www.georgetownideas.eventbrite.com.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.
Known as a successful American entrepreneur, Ken Langone is the financial backer and co-founder of Home Depot, former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and an active philanthropist. His career includes serving as executive vice president at R.W. Pressprich & Co., president and COO of Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems, and founder Invemed Associates, Inc., a small investment bank that financed medical field start-ups. He also led Ivac, a medical electronics company, which was sold to Eli Lilly and today is a multi-billion dollar division of the company. Langone holds a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from New York University.
Bill Doucas is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Elutions Inc., which strives to be the strategic global provider of operational business intelligence solutions that significantly improve energy efficiency, asset performance, and workforce productivity. Doucas and Elutions have compiled a reputation for helping clients reduce energy costs in the global markets in regard to telecommunications, retail, and industrial and commercial properties. He aspires to use Elutions as a means to create a more sustainable environment for clients by increasing the overall lifespan of their assets and reducing the amount of unclean energy being expended. Doucas graduated from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business with a degree in finance.
Ted Leonsis is the founder, chairman, majority owner, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which comprises the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, as well as the Verizon Center and the Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster franchise. He retired from active management of AOL in 2006, where he spent 13 years in senior positions including vice chairman and president. In 2008, Leonsis founded SnagFilms, which enables online audiences to find, watch, share, and support thousands of documentary films. His second book, The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life was published in 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Tim O’Shaughnessy is the founder and CEO of LivingSocial, a website that offers one deal every day with discounts of up to 90 percent at local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more. Previously, O’Shaughnessy led the consumer products team at Revolution Health and managed product launches at AOL. He holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and operations and information management from Georgetown University.
About The McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to inspire students by encouraging entrepreneurial thinking and activity; to teach valuable lessons learned from current and past entrepreneurs; to connect a variety of entrepreneurial people and organizations; and to create new ventures and new knowledge. These goals are accomplished through a wide array of curricular and extra-curricular activities, including the Hoya Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, MBA Entrepreneurship Track, Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fellowship
Program, Venture Capital Investment Competition, Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, and the Entrepreneurship Club Alliance.
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big and turn their ideas into reality. From November 15-21, 2010, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK. For more information follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.
About DC Entrepreneurship Week
D.C. Entrepreneurship Week (November 15–19, 2010) consists of a series of programs designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial business community in the Washington, D.C., area. Through panel discussions, roundtables, and interactive forums sponsored by a variety of leading business and educational organizations, participants will gain valuable knowledge from each other and industry innovators to help navigate the course from start-up to growth and success. Ultimately, DC Entrepreneurship Week seeks to build a long-lasting community of entrepreneurs that will add long-term value to the region.