Darden Professor to Discuss Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Wise Dec. 8-9
November 23, 2010 — Gregory B. Fairchild, associate professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and executive director of the Tayloe Murphy Center will speak Dec. 8 in Wise to business professionals interested in learning about entrepreneurship and personal career management.
He will present a case study of Thompson & Litton, a commercial building contractor based in Southwest Virginia, at 3:30 p.m. at The University of Virginia's College at Wise in Cantrell Hall. Thompson & Litton was one of 12 finalists for the 2010 Resilience Award, sponsored by the Tayloe Murphy Center, which spotlights successful businesses located in economically challenged Virginia communities that have demonstrated economic growth, job creation and community leadership over the past five years.
Ronald Helton, president and CEO of Thompson & Litton, will be on hand to help answer audience questions.
Following a networking reception, Fairchild will speak to business professionals at 6 p.m. in Cantrell Hall on "Investing in Your Professional Portfolio," examining the classic dilemma of whether to build a career in a single firm or go it alone into entrepreneurial management.
The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Information and registration are available online <http://www.virginia.edu/engagingthemind> . Sponsors are the Engaging the Mind Program in U.Va.'s Office of Engagement and the Office of Economic Development at UVa-Wise.
On Dec. 9, Fairchild will speak to Wise County high school students about entrepreneurship. He will share stories that illustrate the role of creative ideas, and how today's companies employ people with a variety of gifts and talents in the fine and performing arts as well as in business and technological fields. (This event is not open to the public; media are invited to attend.)
The Tayloe Murphy Center forms alliances with Virginia communities facing challenging economic conditions, assisting partner communities in making crucial investments – educational, institutional, infrastructural – intended to spur economic development and business growth while preserving the culture and features that make these communities great places to live. In addition, the center conducts path-breaking and leadership-focused research projects that inform pressing policy and business issues central to the challenge of economic development and social progress.
Gregory B. Fairchild has a Ph.D. and master's degrees from Columbia University, an MBA from U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, and a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and executive education courses. He is currently working on a multi-year project to examine the field of community-development finance funded by a research grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
About the U.Va. Office of Engagement
The Office of Engagement offers opportunities for U.Va.'s alumni, parents, families and friends to connect to the intellectual life of the University. The Engaging the Mind community lecture series is coordinated by the Alumni Education Program in the Office of Engagement.
About the Office of Economic Development at UVa-Wise.
The College at Wise's Office of Economic Development supports employers throughout the area and links economic development professionals and the Wise community to the faculty, staff and students of UVa-Wise.