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Calendar Item: MU to Host Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week Keynote Speaker, Shawn Askinosie

October 11th, 2016

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346, sossamonj@missouri.edu

WHAT: As part of Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week, The University of Missouri will host keynote lecturer Shawn Askinosie who will discuss, “Finding a Vocation, Kinship and Work Worth Doing.” The presentation will focus on how he prioritizes fairness, sustainability, transparency, kinship, and community enhancement in his business, Askinosie Chocolate.

Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week is presented in part by the University of Missouri and the partners of Bringing Up Business, a group of regional organizations, universities and businesses that support and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Mid Missouri inventors, investors and supporters.

WHO: Askinosie is the founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, an award-winning chocolate factory located in Springfield, Missouri. He recently was named by O, The Oprah Magazine, as “One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World” and was presented an honorary degree from MU in 2016.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10

WHERE: Columns Ballroom, Reynolds Alumni Center, MU campus

NOTE: To register for the lecture, please visit bringupbiz.org by October 6.

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