Winterim is a five day entrepreneurship immersion event that culminates in a pitch competition. Since Winterim will be virtual this year, the Bates Center views it as an opportunity to open up part of the programming to alumni, parents, students, faculty/staff, and the professional community.
Over 40 professionals serve as speakers, mentors and judges for our 21 students during January 11-15. Here are the events we invite our alumni/parents and beyond to participate in and/or watch:
Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. PST - “The Farmer’s Advocate”
Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a nearly century-old farmer-owned cooperative, believes closing the growing rural-urban divide should matter to everyone. This fireside chat will focus on the importance of innovative thinking and immediate action in ensuring our rural communities can connect, thrive and continue to provide a safe and affordable food supply for a growing world population. Fireside chat with Qwynci Bowman ’23.
Tuesday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m. PST - How to Invest Without Compromising Your Values
Alumna Myah Moore Irick ’03 will discuss how to align your values with your money, regardless of your age or net worth. She will also share insight on how to live with intention through your financial journey. Fireside chat with Ochuko Akpovbovbo ’21.
Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m. PST - Meet Your Entrepreneurial Cofounders: Depression and Anxiety
Emma McIlroy of Wildfang will discuss why Entrepreneurship, Depression and Anxiety are often entwined, how it is common amongst successful entrepreneurs, and strategies to deal with it. Guests may ask questions after student questions.
Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m. PST - How to Present so People Remember What You Said
One day while riding the MAX train to the Portland airport, someone asked Carl Guess what he did. “I get executives to tell stories so the audience actually understands what they’re talking about.” The entire train car started laughing. We’ve all been in presentations that bored us silly; Carl will give you tools to help ensure that yours isn’t one of them. A highly regarded executive presentation coach (and alumnus!), he will share tricks of the trade that you can use on pitch day and every day - including bonus segment about how to come across with authority in virtual meetings. During student breakout time, Carl Guess ’85 will answer as many guest questions as possible.
Thursday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. PST - Is Capitalism Failing?
Rukaiyah Adams and alumnus Jed Emerson ’81 will discuss the role of capital in the current economy, how social equity is impacted, and where hope and market opportunity overlap. Guests may ask questions via chat after student questions.
Friday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. PST - Student Pitch Competition
Remarks by President Wim Wiewel followed by the annual pitch competition. Each of the seven teams will have four minutes to present followed by two minutes of judges’ questions. Cheer on these students (then hire them)!