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Regional Entrepreneurs Dussault, Leahy & Mazzone to Highlight Nov. 18 Global Entrepreneurship Week Event at Clarkson Capital Region Campus in Schenectady

Capital Region entrepreneurs David Dussault, Andrew (AJ) Leahy and Matt Mazzone will be the featured speakers at a morning panel discussion in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at Clarkson University's Capital Region Campus in Schenectady.

Clarkson University Capital Region CampusThe Friday, Nov. 18, event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with networking over breakfast and a welcome from School of Business Dean, Dayle M. Smith. The panel discussion will run from 8-9 a.m. with Q&A to follow. . The speakers will stay afterward for those who wish to meet them and continue networking. It takes place at Clarkson's Capital Region Campus at 80 Nott Terrace in Schenectady.

The panelists will discuss "The Entrepreneurial Stages: Startup, Growth Mode and Expansion as a Mature Organization," with Leahy representing the startup entrepreneur, Dussault the growth mode and Mazzone the mature organization in expansion mode.

During the session, moderated by Assistant Professor of Business Mel Chudzik, each entrepreneur will share his story on how they started the business, bumps along the way and strategies for success.

Dussault is the founder and CEO of P1 Industries, LLC (P1), a fully integrated manufacturing and supply chain network making turnkey products for OEM’s in the energy and aerospace markets.

Leahy is the president and co-founder of the Peace of Mind Company (POMCO), a venture-backed technology company in the safety and security space.

Mazzone is the chief operating officer of Mazzone Hospitality, the leading restaurant and catering business in the Capital region, which has serviced the Capital District for the past 23 years.

Capital Region business people, as well as Clarkson/UGC alumni and students around the region are invited to attend.

The event is free, but attendees should RSVP at by Nov. 11.

For more information, email or call 518-631-9890.

In a second Global Entrepreneurship Week event, Clarkson will also host an "Innovative Teaching & Learning Symposium" on Nov. 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A panel of secondary STEM and humanities teachers alumni will showcase innovative teaching and learning practices and share ideas about project-based learning, 3D printing, flipping the classroom, and engaging reluctant learners. RSVP to or 518-631-9870.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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