Grace A. Tanner Center

Entrepreneurship and Human Values

The Grace A. Tanner Center and the SUU School of Business have partnered to sponsor two guests each year in an Entrepreneurship and Human Values Speaker Series. Speakers in this series embody the connection between entrepreneurship, business, and human values. All events are free and open to students and faculty, but spaces are limited for Lunch and Dialogue sessions so please register early.

Spring 2020

Catherine Hoke

Catherine Hoke is the founder and former CEO of Defy Ventures, a United States-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to address the social problems of mass incarceration, recidivism, and related issues by providing well-being, entrepreneurship, employment, and personal development training programs to individuals with criminal histories. In 2014, Hoke was named in Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business and was elected an Ashoka Fellow. In 2015 Hoke received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures. In the same year, she was also named as a WIRED #maketechhuman Agent of Change. Forbes included Hoke in its 2017 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list. In 2018, Hoke released her book A Second Chance: For You, For Me and For the Rest of Us.