The final Leadership Café of the semester will welcome venture capitalist Terry McGuire ’78 to the Centennial Center for Leadership on Friday, April 27. McGuire, who recently joined the campus via Skype as a judge for the Colleges’ “The Pitch” entrepreneurial competition in February, will share his insights on entrepreneurial leadership and innovation at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Center located on South Main Street.
During the talk, students are invited to converse with McGuire, learning about ways in which he believes entrepreneurs can lead change and add value to the economy. McGuire, who is co-founder and general partner of Polaris Venture Partners, will also discuss his education at the Colleges, and how the core tenets of his liberal arts education have been the basis of his successful business and entrepreneurial leadership abilities.
McGuire earned his B.S. in physics and economics from Hobart and was a member of Sigma Chi. He attended Dartmouth College for his master’s in engineering and then continued on to Harvard University to earn his MBA, where he was elected president of Harvard Business School’s Venture Capital Club. Prior to co-founding Polaris Venture Partners with Jonathan Flint ’73, McGuire worked at Golder Thoma & Cressey as well as Burr Egan Deleage.
Since his graduation, McGuire has been closely involved with the Colleges in numerous ways. He and his wife, Trustee Carolyn Carr McGuire ‘78 provided for the renovation of 775 South Main Street, the former Sigma Chi fraternity building, into a student residence, the Carr McGuire House.
Past Leadership Café speakers have included President Mark D. Gearan, Professor of Economics Tom Drennen, Instructor of Philosophy Rodmon King and Head William Smith Soccer Coach Aliceann Wilber.
Designed to be unrehearsed and uncensored, the Leadership Café is held each month, inviting campus leaders to share their leadership path and experiences. The event is hosted as part of the CCL’s ongoing support of students who participated in the 2012 Leadership Institute and is intended to teach the campus that leadership is not effortless or innate, but is, instead, a learning process worth examining.