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Chad Dickerson

IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: "The Journey Up": From English Major to Etsy, followed by "Pitchfest" 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
4:15pm - Virtual Event - Open to all - Register here!

Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy and a Cornell Tech fellow, will share his story in “The Journey Up: From English Major to Etsy,” Oct. 28 as part of the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity’s fall 2020 “In Focus Speaker Series.”

The talk, which begins at 4:15 p.m. is powered by eCornell and will also include a “speed pitch session” starting at 5:30pm where five undergraduates will pitch their business concepts to Dickerson for impromptu feedback. 

In conversation with Milstein Program director Austin Bunn, Dickerson will discuss his journey to Etsy, an online global marketplace, and also his career post-Etsy, including his executive coaching practice and role as a member of the Milstein program advisory council. 

Courtney Cogburn

IN FOCUS SPEAKER SERIES: The 1000 Cut Journey: Using VR to Fight Racism with Dr. Courtney Cogburn
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
4:15pm - Virtual Event - Open to all. - email to register

Courtney Cogburn, associate professor of social work at Columbia University will talk about her work as the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality racism experience that was developed in collaboration with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University. Cogburn’s talk will take place virtually over Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 4, beginning at 4:15pm. 

The “In Focus Speaker Series” features industry leaders talking about the pivots and turns they have faced in their careers,  the time between college and their first big breakthroughs, and the pathway that led to where they are now.