8th Annual Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Chuck Templeton '06
Founder, OhSoWe.com and OpenTable, Inc.

Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies and is focused on using business to find solutions to the environmental and social challenges of today.

He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, Inc., which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, but he considers himself a constant student of leadership.

He is an investor, board member or advisory in several early stage organizations in Chicago, but spends the majority of his time today building his next venture called OhSoWe.com. OhSoWe.com helps bring neighbors together to build bonds, save money and increase quality of life, while having a positive environmental and social impact. To learn more, join us at OhSoWe.com.


Professor Steven Rogers

Director, Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice

Steven Rogers is the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship. Professor Rogers teaches Entrepreneurial Finance at Kellogg and is the Director of the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice. Before joining the Kellogg Faculty, he owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Professor Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.

Professor Rogers has been named to the Faculty Honor Roll in every quarter he has taught at Kellogg. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the 1996 and 2005 Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year. He is the only professor in Kellogg's history to have received this award more than once. In 1996, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the U.S. In 1997, BusinessWeek named him one of 14 “New Stars of Finance.” In 1998, he was selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year ® (supporter category) by Ernst & Young.

Professor Rogers currently serves on the Advisory Board of Private Equity firm OCA Ventures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SC Johnson Wax, W.S. Darley & Company, SuperValu (NYSE), Oakmark Mutual Funds, and AMCORE Financial (Nasdaq). He is a member of JP Morgan Chase's Capital Investment Committee. His non-profit work includes board membership for The A Better Chance Program and Urban Prep High School. Professor Rogers is also a former Trustee of Williams College and a former member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.

He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. He has also completed three mini-Triathlons.


Robert Wolcott
Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management,
Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)

Robert Wolcott is the Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST). Formerly a Visiting Professor at the Keio Business School (Tokyo, Japan). Advisor to NORDEN, the Nordic Innovation Center, Nordic Council of Ministers, Oslo, Norway, and a member of the Global Technology Council of Kraft Foods, Inc.

His new book, with Dr. Michael Lippitz, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McGraw-Hill) launched in October, 2009. Wolcott’s work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times (UK/European Edition) and The New York Times. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide.

In 2003, Wolcott began leading the Kellogg Innovation Network, created as a key program within Professor Mohan Sawhney’s Center for Research in Technology and Innovation. The KIN’s annual summit, KIN Global, takes place in late Spring and includes leaders from around the world from business, government, academia, non-profits and the arts who collaborate around issues of significance for their organizations and for humanity. www.kinglobal.org

Wolcott also co-founded and serves as Managing Partner of Clareo Partners LLC, a corporate strategy and innovation management consultancy specializing in new business creation and growth (www.clareopartners.com). Subsidiary Clareo Capital owns equity in companies in social enterprise and luxury markets. Clareo’s headquarters, Clareo Studio, created in partnership with Herman Miller, Inc., serves as a collaboration space for special events, corporate off-sites and performances dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, social awareness and general inspiration.

Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; and an MS and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He and his wife, Ada Yung, have a young daughter, Jolie, and reside in Chicago, Illinois.


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