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Technology, entrepreneurship fellow to give talk on millennial innovation

Mon, 02/03/2014

LAWRENCE — Bloggers and mainstream media have proposed countless theories on the uncertain future millennials will inherit from the baby boomer generation. But according to Bill Frezza, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, millennial success will be driven by innovation and individual progress. 

Frezza will present “Innovation in Challenging Times: The Millennial Curse” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Lied Center Pavilion.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

In the 35 years since he graduated with engineering and biology degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frezza has played many parts, including a scientist, an engineer, an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. He spent his early career working in the development of cutting-edge technologies, such as first-generation electronic newspapers, home banking, home shopping, cable modems and wireless email.

Since 2008, he has penned weekly columns for RealClearMarkets, a web-based news magazine, covering global markets, finance and the political economy. Frezza also writes for Forbes.com, The Huffington Post and Bio-IT World, earning a nomination as a finalist for the 2011 Hoiles Prize for excellence in American journalism.

In 2011, he joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization that advances principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty.

He is a frequent guest on CNBC, FOX and CBN News. In January 2014, he launched a new radio program on Bloomberg Boston, “RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza,” which covers politics, economics, entrepreneurship and foreign affairs, among other topics.

Frezza’s lecture is part of the KU School of Business Dean’s Executive Lecture Series, sponsored by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.



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