This Week’s Student Club Speakers: Organic Chocolate, STEAM, and a Redemption Story

Every week, accomplished alumni and other leaders visit Edward P. Evans Hall at the invitation of student clubs, sharing career advice and insights into their industries. Here are a few of the speakers who visited the school during the week of October 2.

Monday, October 2

Denis Ring ’84, founder of the organic candy line OCHO and former vice president of corporate brands for Whole Foods, spoke to students during an event hosted by the Entrepreneurship Club.

Tuesday, October 3

The Design + Innovation Club hosted speaker John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, who championed the push to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to STEAM (adding art to the mix). 

Wednesday, October 4

A panel of second-year students discussed their experiences interning in the fields of brand management, product marketing, customer strategy, and sales, as well as at startups, this summer. The panel was convened by the Marketing Club.

Thursday, October 5

In a talk titled “From Wall Street to Prison,” Yale School of Medicine alumnus and former hedge fund manager Chip Skowkron discussed his criminal past and his road to redemption. The event was sponsored by the Christian Fellowship.

Net Impact hosted “The Future of Protein,” a discussion about clean meat and plant-based proteins with Aylon Steinhart from the Good Food Institute.

Friday, October 6

The Greater China Club presented “A Dream. A Platform. A Transformation,” a conversation between Lei Zhang ’02, the founder and CEO of Hillhouse Capital Group, and Ge Li, the founder and CEO of Wuxi AppTec.