Georgetown Hoyapreneurs at John Carroll Weekend LA 2015

April 16-19, 2015

We hope  you are considering a trip to LA this April for Georgetown’s John Carroll Weekend - the university's annual celebration and a trademark of the Georgetown University Alumni Association since 1952. The four day weekend will be packed with social, cultural and intellectual engagement. As always, there will be behind-the-scenes tours, elegant signature events and one-of-a-kind outings, as you allow Georgetown be your guide to this exciting Southern California metropolis. Explore world-renowned cultural and dining activities as distinguished speakers, well-known faculty members and alumni from all schools return to the "City of Angels" in celebration of John Carroll Weekend.

This year, the Georgetown GEA will be heading to LA to host a panel celebrating Georgetown entrepreneurship. Georgetown alumni have undoubtedly become a major force as entrepreneurs, launching successful businesses and nonprofits and playing influential roles in the venture capital community. Hear from Peter Mellen (C'89, MBA'98), president of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, and Jeff Reid, founding director of the StartupHoyas on campus initiative, along with a diverse panel of alumni entrepreneurs representing influential businesses such as Maker Studies and Realty Mogul, as they discuss their individual stories of successes and failures and the importance of social entrepreneurship. Panelists will outline what they look for in an early-stage company, provide advice to budding entrepreneurs and explore the impact Georgetown has had on their respective careers. The panel will be moderated by accomplished entrepreneur and business leader Alan Gould (F’83), CEO of uSamp and founder and former co-CEO of IAG Research. Additional panelists include Chris Kelly (C'91), founder of Kelly Investments and former general counsel and chief privacy officer of Facebook; Sonal Shah, executive director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University; Ellen Wheeler (C'04), principal at Greycroft Partners; and Zane Vella (F’91), CEO at Watchwith. The panel will take place the Saturday afternoon of John Carroll Weekend and details can be found at

Other hoyapreneurs featured during the weekend include Sam Bakhshandehpour (B'97), president and chief executive officer of SBE Entertainment and Amy Baer (C'88), President/Owner of Gidden Media.

Don’t miss this opportunity to re-connect with Georgetown, fellow alumni, and fellow hoyapreneurs!