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Jerry from Ben & Jerry's

Last week I was lucky enough to go to a speech from Jerry Greenfield, one of the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. It was a very interesting experience hearing Jerry talk about his career and about social entrepreneurship.

A few times a year, the DePaul Activities Board hosts public speakers to talk to DePaul students. Ranging from famous actors and actresses to prominent businessmen, the group tends to always have interesting speakers on their schedule. One of the great things about these events is that they are all free.

Jerry was a very good speaker. He was very pertinent to college students because Ben and Jerry started their own small business from the ground up. He used unconventional methods when the odds were against the company’s success and was able to transform a mom and pop shop into corporation that distributes nationally.

Most people that know me know that I love sweets; therefore, an event that gives away free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is enticing enough for me in itself. After the event there was an ice cream social and we were able to speak with Jerry about anything we wanted to.

Overall, having speakers like this at DePaul puts our education into perspective by relating what we learn to real life experiences people have had and I am very fortunate to have opportunities such as this.