TigerTalks Digital: From Corporate to Entrepreneur...and What Now?

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This is the second in a series of TigerTalks in the City panel discussions featuring black Princeton alumni entrepreneurs.

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Please note this was originally a live event and is now virtual and scheduled for April 2 at 5pm EDT. A link to the Zoom panel discussion will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

This conversation will explore the catalysts, experiences, and key learnings of five exceptional alumni who – like many of us – started their careers following graduation in more traditional, corporate settings. Yet, at some later point, their passions or individual circumstances convinced them to take the initiative and transition to entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, after achieving traction in the markets they target, they - like all of us - are faced with a global health crisis and another daunting set of challenges.

The alumni panelists include Karen Palmer ’84, Ramsey Smith ’90, Maisha Walker ’94, Brigitte Anderson ’02, and Eric Plummer ’10. Moderating the panel will be Laurence Latimer *01. Spanning early careers in media, banking, and consumer products, these “mid-career” entrepreneurs are now owners of consulting businesses, founders of startups, or executives in rapidly growing startup companies.

Karen Palmer started working in broadcast journalism, moved into nonprofit training, and then became an educational administrator. Now she's created a business that allows her to leverage skills and clients from all three of those worlds.

Ramsey Smith is an entrepreneur and founder of the digital insurance agency ALEX.fyi , a platform for retirement income solutions. He is focused on modernizing the distribution paradigm in the annuity space. Prior, Ramsey spent over two decades at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director.

Maisha Walker worked in big publishing and finance before striking out on her own to launch her digital marketing agency Message Medium. She has been helping small businesses master digital marketing for two decades; while at the same time writing a popular column for Inc. Magazine.

Brigitte Anderson is founder and principal of a boutique consulting firm focused on market research for growing enterprises. She began her career in the financial services industry working at large banks at locations across the globe.

Eric Plummer started at Under Armour and Capital One and subsequently transitioned to roles at e-commerce and fintech startups, a late stage tech company, and now a real estate venture.

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Panel discussion

5:45 pm - end Audience Q&A

TigerTalks in the City is a PEC-sponsored educational and networking program that features faculty and alumni entrepreneurs across a wide range of startup sectors. Previous panels have focused on topics such as blockchain technologies, AI in the fintech sector, water sustainability, smart cities, arts entrepreneurs in live theatre, autonomous vehicle solutions, computer vision applications, genomics, and female and black alumni entrepreneurs.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Neal Bituin at pecinfo@princeton.edu at least 3 working days prior to the event.


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The mission of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) is to engage the Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem through educational programming, mentoring, and funding initiatives in collaborative spaces. Along with our many campus partners, we are creating entrepreneurship "The Princeton Way." For more information, please go to entrepreneurs.princeton.edu

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