Join us for fireside chats with leaders in emotional intelligence, leadership, and team scholarship, along with alumni and New Haven entrepreneurs, as part of How to Build Your Startup with a Strong Founding Team, a new series from CITY. These fireside chats are open to the public; each chat will be followed by a complementary, cohort-based growth workshop for students working on startups, social ventures, and innovative projects. Learn more about the program here, and join the kickoff event on January 31 to sign up for the workshop cohort.
4/8: Risk and Resilience for Founders with Tony Lillios (Founder, Speck Products, and Integral Coach)
Tony Lillios is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded and grew several companies, most notably the international mobile case and accessory company, Speck Products. Speck was one of the fastest growing private companies in the US for several years and was sold to Samsonite in 2014. As an 8-time Ironman and a seasoned open water swimmer, he became the first swimmer to complete a round-trip swim across the deep cold waters of Crater Lake. In 2011, Tony led an expedition across the country of Bhutan, seeking a deeper first-hand account of the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness which is the subject of the film, Crossing Bhutan. Today, Tony brings forth his diverse background as a business and personal Integral Coach who is passionate about bringing transformational tools to larger audiences.