The Dr. Daryl Yost Ideas@Work Entrepreneurial Movement
Fueling Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The annual Dr. Daryl Yost Ideas@Work Signature Event Series traditionally convenes up to 500 entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students to fuel the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in Northeast Indiana and the greater region. The Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation serves as the event venue.
This event series has featured dynamic, distinguished leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.
For 2020, due to COVID-19, Ideas@Work bridged to a livestream event with three bonus skill-building workshops, which are available to view on-demand on our NIIC YouTube Channel (click the Training | Workshops playlist). In 2021, we moved the event to May 12, 2022, due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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May 12, 2022, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During our in-person event, the Indiana entrepreneurial community, educators, and business leaders celebrate innovation and will be inspired to enact winning ideas from our keynote speaker James “Jay” Bailey, President and CEO, Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Bailey will speak about The Power of Inclusive Prosperity: Advancing Black Entrepreneurs.
We encourage event check-in at 11:15 a.m. with the program promptly starting at 11:30 a.m.
Interested in sponsoring entrepreneurs to attend or sponsoring the event? Opportunities are available. Complete the Sponsorship Form and email it to Jami Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Ideas@Work Signature Event Series serves as a platform to celebrate and recognize business builders. Established in 2015, the award was named after Dr. Mike Mirro, a prominent physician, entrepreneur, visionary, researcher and community leader. Dr. Mirro was the founding board chair of The NIIC. Originally, the award was presented to clients of The NIIC student business builder program. This has changed to also include all NIIC clients.
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The Dr. Daryl R. Yost Excellence in Philanthropy Award:
This award was established in 2020 to honor our former NIIC colleague and friend. At our 2022 Ideas@Work Event, we will present this award for the second time to a worthy recipient. In 2020 Maclyn (Mac) Parker, Chair, The Olive B. Cole Foundation, was the inaugural award recipient. Mac is a NIIC Board Member and has been since its inception over 20 years ago. Through his leadership and commitment, he has demonstrated his ability to support The NIIC throughout its life. It’s an honor on behalf of The NIIC Board and our entire organization for this award to be presented to Maclyn (Mac) Parker.
Upon receiving the award, Mac said, “It is a real honor to receive this award, particularly because it is named after Daryl Yost. He was a mentor of many and a good friend to a lot of us.” While accepting the award, Parker reflected on visiting Indianapolis and Chattanooga some years ago and was inspired to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors for Northeast Indiana. This led, in part, to the formation of The NIIC. “New job creation and helping entrepreneurs is important to economic development. The NIIC has fostered that. Karl LaPan has been such a great leader, and The NIIC has done so much in our community, leading entrepreneurship.”