ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop Series


The ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop Series ​features notable speakers who share their experiences in business. The ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop Series was launched by Ambassador Edward F. Crawford while posted in Ireland as he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland from 2019-2021. The first ASPIRE event at Kent State was held in Fall 2021.

Mario Gabelli
ASPIRE Workshop Featuring Mario J. Gabelli

Wednesday, October 12  |  1:00pm - 2:30pm  |  Kent State KIVA

Join us for the Fall 2022 ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop featuring Mario J. Gabelli, Chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE: GBL).  The event will feature a moderated discussion between Gabelli and radio personality Thomas Kelly with an introduction by Ambassador Edward F. Crawford. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. 

The event will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 in the Kent State KIVA. 



ASPIRE Workshop Featuring Ambassador Edward F. Crawford

Kent State University

Ambassador Crawford was the featured speaker at Kent State’s first ASPIRE Entrepreneurial Workshop Series held on March 8, 2022. The program featured an interview between Ambassador Crawford and radio personality Thomas Kelly. Students, faculty, university administrators, donors and special guests were in attendance to hear Ambassador Crawford discuss his experience as an entrepreneur and the importance of being able to overcome rejection.



"Rejection is Energy" Featuring Ambassador Edward F. Crawford

Smurfit Business School, Dublin

The Ambassador gave the talk, "Rejection is Energy" at the Smurfit Business School in Dublin, Ireland in November 2019. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland from 2019-2021.