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EO Connecticut Signature Learning Event with UGG Australia Founder Brian Smith

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Open to All Ouside Chapter Members FREE!
FREE to EO CT Members, SAP’s, Accelerators and Qualified Prospects. All others are $50 per person.
Embark on an evening of inspiration and celebration on January 31, 2024! Our Signature Event kicks off the afternoon, featuring Brian Smith, UGG Founder, sharing insights that will fuel your entrepreneurial spirit.

Following the Signature Event, join us for a lively Cocktail Hour. Network with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and enjoy a vibrant atmosphere of innovation and collaboration.

Cap off the night with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Competition, where talented student entrepreneurs showcase their ventures and compete for coveted titles and prizes.

Save the date for a night filled with entrepreneurial energy, key insights, and connections that transcend boundaries!

Cocktail Hour: Network with fellow entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and like-minded individuals during our lively cocktail hour following the Signature Event.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Arrivals

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Brian Smith’s Presentation
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – GSEA Competition

Speaker: Brian Smith, founder of the world-renowned UGG Australia brand, will share his journey and roadmap to success with stories of achievements, failures, lucky breaks, and near disasters. Brian’s guiding principle: You can’t give birth to adults. Every company is conceived as an idea and birthed into reality, and the baby business grows through its infancy, toddler years, early youth, and tumultuous teens, to eventually arrive at maturity.

For those who have yet to set their dreams into action or those who are already on the rocky road to success, you will find takeaways from his presentation.

A mentor and advocate to business leaders and entrepreneurs, Brian Smith shows how you can find your passion and follow it to a rewarding, happy, fulfilling life. Brian’s amazing story proves that you can stick to your guns, authenticity, and spirituality and still grow a wildly successful career and company.

Key Takeaways –

FEAR—Dealing with the ever-present reality of uncertainty

LETTING GO—Releasing things you cannot control
LOYALTY—Passionate dedication to customers, employees and the vision
BRANDING—What exactly is your Brand?
SPIRITUALITY—An understanding of what creates peace and perspective in life
ENJOYING THE PROCESS—The tadpole principle of being in the NOW
RESILIENCE—The ability to get back up after setbacks
About Brian:

Brian Smith, Founder of the world famous UGG Australia Brand.

Graduating in 1978 as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, Brian came to California looking for the next big opportunity to bring back to Australia.

While studying at the UCLA Graduate School of Management he observed that there was no sheepskin footwear in the US.

With only $500 in capital, he imported boot samples and over the next seventeen years built the UGG Australia brand into a multi-million dollar international enterprise. He sold in 1995 and the brand has continued to grow to exceed a billion dollars in annual sales for the past six years.

Brian is one of the most sought after International business leaders in the country today. He is committed to teaching entrepreneurs how to leverage their most precious assets from within, and to recognize and pursue their passions to create a fulfilling and successful life.

Brian has authored the book “The Birth of a Brand – Launching Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Soul”, is a sought after Keynote speaker and mentors small business owners.

He spends his time with his family and friends in Southern California and enjoys surfing and contributing to humanity. Read more HERE
GSEA Competition Details:

Participants: Aspiring students entrepreneurs from Connecticut

Focus: The GSEA Competition is a platform for students to present their innovative business ventures. From disruptive startups to sustainable initiatives, participants will showcase their entrepreneurial prowess before a distinguished panel of judges.

Prizes: Outstanding ventures stand a chance to win not just monetary prizes, but also mentorship opportunities, access to global networks, and the prestigious title of Global Student Entrepreneur.

Why Attend the GSEA Competition?

Discover Innovation: Witness cutting-edge ideas and solutions presented by the brightest minds in the student entrepreneurial community.
Inspiration: Gain insights from the journeys of these emerging entrepreneurs, and be inspired by their creativity, resilience, and commitment to making a difference.


January 31
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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