The Center invites notable entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship researchers & scholars to UMass Lowell campus and speak to students, faculty and leadership.

The Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship Speaker Series will continue to hold events virtually.

Therese Gedda

Past Events

2021 Virtual Speaker Series Events: The Unconventional Path - Thriving with the Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Chaotic World
  • When: April 16: Noon
  • Presented by: Therése Gedda

Is it possible to experience a deep sense of accomplishment at the end of each day even when the world is crazy? Can the daily grind be a source of happiness and fulfillment even in times of challenge? Can you live a designed life of purpose and values instead of following traditional pre-decided paths?

The answer is… Yes, of course! Just as in the movie The Matrix, limitations are only in our minds. "There is no spoon." And, just as there isn't a single definition of success or living a fulfilled life, there are multiple paths to greatness which can be designed and made your own.

For nearly two decades, Therése Gedda has been designing and scaling thriving company cultures. She has worked directly with over 1,000 founders, CEOs, and executives over the years, and she is often referred to as "Yoda," "Master Teacher," and "Founder Therapist" by founders and CEOs. As an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Reimaginez, she's inspired more than 30,000+ people worldwide and has been recognized in NBC News, Fortune, and Venture Beat. Therése has also been named by the Nordic 100 as one of the most influential and impactful entrepreneurs from the Nordics and received the Future Innovator Award given in memory of Alfred Nobel.

In just 59 minutes and 59 seconds, you will be invited to see limitations for what they are – opportunities for abundance. Through the entrepreneurial mindset, you will find that entrepreneurship is limitless and with lifelong opportunities for learning and impact, where you can thrive during your entire journey of achieving greatness. You will also learn how to apply Therese's proprietary MAPPED Brilliance framework for embracing opportunities, going beyond fear, and pursuing the goals that matter to you. In short, "Strive for excellence, work hard and trust the process.”

About The Presenter

Therése Gedda is an award-winning entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Reimaginez. She brings more than 19 years of entrepreneurial experience from running multiple companies including tech startups to her executive coaching and cultural consulting practice. She has developed proprietary frameworks proven to deliver transformative change in both fast-growing companies and large corporations. Therése has actively engaged with over 1,000 founders, CEOs and executives. Her company, Reimaginez, is reimagining the workplace by supporting startups and scaleups in becoming more people and purpose-centric. She is also a sought-after Executive Coach for high achieving founders, investors, and the C-suite.

Therése has been an invited Keynote Speaker in over ten countries on topics such as Company Culture, the Future of Work, and the High Achiever Mindset where she has inspired more than 30,000 people. Therése has been featured at exclusive invitation-only events led by companies such as Apple and LVMH as well as international conferences such as Inbound in Boston alongside Michelle Obama, Adam Grant, and Brené Brown. Other notable conferences include Viva Tech in Paris, TEDx in Stockholm, and Web Summit in Dublin. Offstage, Therese has been featured in NBC News, Fortune, and VentureBeat, to name a few.

As a result of her dedication to entrepreneurship and company culture, Therése has been recognized by Nordic 100 for her cultural and Future of Work efforts, naming her one of the most influential and impactful people in the Nordics. The list is equivalent to the ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ and ‘Forbes 40 under 40’ in the United States. She’s also been recognized by the SKAPA foundation via the Future Innovator Award given in memory of Alfred Nobel. This award is one of the most prestigious of its kind, and the recipients are considered to be “Swedish Champions of Innovation.”

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Alice Loy is the CEO/Cofounder of only global accelerator, Creative Startups, dedicated to creative founders in storytelling, food, design. Alice Loy, Ph.D. has co-authored a book on “Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success”. She regularly writes in

Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Creative Economy: Entrepreneurship

When: March 5, 2020: 2-3:30 p.m.

Alice Loy is CEO / Cofounder of the only global accelerator, Creative Startups, dedicated to creative founders in storytelling, food, and design. She has co-authored a book on “Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success”, and regularly writes in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Creative Startup is a an accelerator is for growth startups in the creative tech industries, and includes LABS Pre-Accelerator, for idea stage entrepreneurs. and Accelerator for growth stage companies.

Alice Loy is a frequent speaker and occasional consultant on building creative economies through entrepreneurship.

Loy received her MBA and Ph.D. and studied Entrepreneurship at the University of New Mexico.

For more information please contact Tricia Morena by email: or Ashwin Mehta by email:

Diane Hessan

The Entrepreneur's Journey: Lessons from the Front Line with Diane Hessan
  • When: November 7, 2019: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Moloney Hall, University Crossing

Diane Hessan, CEO Salient Ventures, is a successful entrepreneur, marketer, and author. She is currently working on a variety of projects in the Boston tech ecosystem.

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Academic to Entrepreneur to Going Global: Exciting Journey! with Erin Keaney
  • When: October 24, 2019: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
  • Where: Lydon 110

Erin Keaney, Ph.D. is the co-founder and COO of Nonspec, which makes affordable, adjustable prosthetic limbs for amputees worldwide. She is the chair of the Next Generation Advisory Board for the Society of Plastics Engineers, and a Triple Riverhawk.

Robert Stringer poses with UMass Lowell's Jack Wilson, Ashwin Metha, Sandy Richtermeyer and Yi Yang after his speech in the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - How the Best Startups Make it Happen.
How the Best Startups Make it Happen with Robert Stringer
  • When: September 30, 2019: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Saab ETIC Building

One of the country's top leadership experts, Robert Stringer has had successful careers as a venture capitalist, consultant, board member, university lecturer, angel investor, and author. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Crimson Seed Capital, LLC, where he works with a portfolio of over 30 early-stage companies in the technology, health and wellness, and consumer goods industries.