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The Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series showcases prominent global leaders at the forefront of disruptive innovation in a broad range of industry, nonprofit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers share their experiences from leading disruptive change – and their lessons for creatively driving innovation in any organization. Jointly developed by Augeo and the Carlson School, these events are designed to inspire and engage insightful debate among students, faculty and alumni of the University of Minnesota

Marc Lore

Serial Entrepreneur / Moonshot Seeker / Mission Driven Dad 

Marc Lore is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Wonder Group, a company that's reinventing the at-home dining experience. Wonder is led by a team of proven entrepreneurs, some of the world's greatest chefs and culinary experts, talented innovators from every area of the business, and backed by top-tier venture capitalists. Lore is best known for having founded and sold to WalMart in 2016 for $3.3 billion, after which he served as CEO of eCommerce at WalMart until 2021. He is also the newest NBA owner having purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx in Spring 2021 with this friend and business partner, Alex Rodriguez.


Marc will be speaking live at the Carlson School on Friday March 31st from 12-1 PM.  You may register to attend in-person or view online.



Tom Friedman

How I see the future, around the world, across America and down Main Street

Minnesota native Tom Friedman has chronicled many disruptive forces during his 40 years as a journalist; from economic globalization to climate change, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom recently sat down with his life-long friend Ken Greer, Augeo CMO, to explore some of these big issues he's covered over four decades of reporting and column writing. Learn from his insights on disruptive thinking, radical entrepreneurship and the innovation surge taking place in local communities everywhere. See the future through the unique lens of Tom Friedman – around the globe, across America, and down main street.



Tom Friedman - Luminaries Speaker Series

Luminaries - Antonio Gracias

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners, Antonio Gracias, discusses “Disruptive Innovation – What It Takes to Transform Global Industries" at the inaugural Luminaries Speaker Series.

Luminaries - Hany Nada

Co-founder of GGV Capital, Hany Nada, talking about serendipity, being curious and connecting the dots at the Luminaries Speaker Series.