Cape Breton University will host David Chalk as he presents Entrepreneurship: The Power of Disadvantage – How to see the Opportunity in every Challenge, as part of the Shannon School of Business Speakers Series. Chalk is an award winning leader and entrepreneur, technology futurist and security expert.
Born with severe acute dyslexia, the inability to recognize faces, and being told repeatedly throughout his childhood he would never amount to anything, David grew and sold his first million-dollar business by the age of 23. A one of a kind on many fronts, David is entirely self-taught and has created more than 20 companies in the fields of technology, education, construction, marketing, distribution, manufacturing and retail.
“We are very excited to be hosting David Chalk, especially at this critical time in Cape Breton, as we focus our attention on entrepreneurship,” says Kim Desveaux, Program Assistant, MBA in CED. “We hope this talk will inspire future entrepreneurs and energize current entrepreneurs as David’s shares his real-life experience of embracing disadvantage and achieving entrepreneurial success.”
A knowledgeable and award-winning marketing and sales expert, David has been asked to lecture at many leading institutions including Stanford and Harvard Universities. He has also used his bold and unconventional business management and leadership skills to help recover businesses on the brink of bankruptcy and skyrocket companies to record-breaking sales.
A pioneer in the technology industry, having created Doppler Computers and Chalk Media Inc., David has managed teams of 500 sales personnel and has coached sales teams in over 50 of North America’s largest companies including SunLife, Research in Motion (RIM), Best Buy, Staples, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Sony, and Samsung.
Among his many accolades, David has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Technology from the University of Fraser Valley, a YEO Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Yahoo Award for Design Innovation, Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur Award, Retail Councils Top Marketer Award, Top 100 Companies to Work For Award, and the BM Retail Award for Excellence in Managing.
Today, David is recognized as a leading expert in business and technology for his use of innovative strategies to revolutionize businesses and organizations. David exemplifies strong leadership, motivation, dedication, and persistence in everything he does and he continues to speak to educational institutions, organizations and leading businesses on effective leadership, how to define success, manage constant change and embrace the power of disadvantage.
The talk will take place on April 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. in room CS-104 at The Verschuren Centre, Cape Breton University Campus. There is no charge for this event and the public is welcome to attend.