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In a Rare Appearance, Ward and Joe Parkinson Tell the Story of Starting Micron

Tuesday, November 13, 218 marked the inaugural lecture of the COBE’s new Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series. A standing room only crowd welcomed Micron cofounders Ward and Joe Parkinson who took turns recounting the early days of founding one of Boise’s biggest success stories. Ward, the engineer of the duo, had never before spoken publicly about the company making it truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students, faculty and community members in attendance. Read more about this special event on Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series page and stay tuned for information on the spring Entrepreneur Connect lecture.

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COBE Dean Mark Bannister and Micron founders Joe and Ward Parkinson

Upcoming Events

Idaho Entrepreneur Challege March 27-28, 2019

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Register goes through Feb. 15.

Boise State student teams will vie for $100,000 in total cash, competing against students from other Idaho colleges and universities.

Teams compete in one of four-pitch categories:

  • Agriculture/Agriculture Technology
  • Health/Healthy Living
  • Tech/Consumer/Service
  • Social/Cultural/Environmental Impact

Features of this year’s event include 1-1 video production and pitch practice opportunities at the Venture College Pitch Training Center, as well as access to Venture College staff and coaches.

Sign up here:

Have questions or need help? Email Mike Sumpter at or Sarah Ober at

Past Events

Tuesday, December 4, 2018Deal Forum logo

Deal Forum & Mentor Social

  • 3:00-6:00  p.m.
  • Hatch Conference Room, SUB

See more information on the Deal Forum event here. Students may use STUDENTVIP code for free admission.

Eric LiguoriFriday, November 30, 2018

COBE Scholarship Series Presents: Eric Liguori

“Setting Research Up for Success: Pro Tips to Encourage Citations and Garner Media Attention”

  • 1:30  p.m.
  • MBEB 4001

Eric Liguori is the Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rowan University.

jennie Myers and brad weigleTuesday, November 27, 2018

Marketing 402 National Advertising Competition Open Interview

  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Jackson Commons, Micron Business and Economics Building

Why settle for an “A” when you could get a gold. Bring your resume and your A-game. See more information on the Department of Marketing website.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018Micron logo

Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series

Connecting successful entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a casual, open setting.

Starting Micron: Joe Parkinson | Ward Parkinson- Micron Founders Share Their Story

  • 3:00-4:15  p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall of Learning Room 1301, Micron Business and Economics Building

See more information on the Parkinson brothers and photos of them and Micron on the Entrepreneur Connect webpage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018Mary Daly

Perspectives and Q&A

Mary Daly, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

This will be one of Mary Daly’s first speaking engagements as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco!

  • 3:00-4:15  p.m.
  • Imagination Lab Room 2302, Micron Business and Economics Building

Free and open to the public.

Read Mary Daly’s bio here.

William J. Luther

Monday, November 12, 2018

Brandt Foundation Lecture Series

“Is Bitcoin a Bubble?” – William J. Luther

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Jordan Ballroom, Student Union

William J. Luther is an assistant professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University, director of the American Institute for Economic Research’s Sound Money Project, and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives.

Learn more about the Brandt Foundation here.

WOW: Women of the Workplace logo

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Women of the Workplace – Lunch + Learn

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Alumni and Friends Center Ballroom

Exclusive event for COBE students. Women and men are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register online see Career Service event page.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Marketing 402 National Advertising Competition Open Interview

  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Jackson Commons, Micron Business and Economics Building

Why settle for an “A” when you could get a gold. Bring your resume and your A-game. See more information on the Department of Marketing website.

COBE Career Service - Career Expo

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Law School Fair

  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Simplot Ballroom, SUB

Meet face-to-face with more than 40 law school representatives from across the country. Ask questions and learn more about the schools that interest you. Suggested attire is business casual.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

Friday, October 26, 2018

An evening with New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Taco Bell Arena

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times from 1992-2017, will discuss the current state of American media, culture and politics at a free public event on the campus of Boise State University.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pitch Competition – Demo Day

  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)

A premier event of Boise Startup Week, in collaboration with and the Small Business Development Center. Eight local startups will pitch their businesses to an esteemed panel of judges. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize, no strings attached.

Find more Pitch Competition information here.

See the complete lists of events at Boise StartUp Week and register here.

Job or employment seekers, please see (Jobu is the platform being used by students and companies for free during the Startup Week.)

womenTuesday, October 16, 2018

Women Entrepreneurs: Creating the Future

  • Noon -1:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab (Room 2302), MBEB
  • Free and open to all
  • Pizza provided

Women are a strong force in the creation of new businesses in every industry and business sector. These successful women are having a major impact on business and our community, professionally and personally. Join us as they share their insights, challenges, accomplishments and advice on turning vision into success.

Susan Olson (moderator) Amy Gile, Sylvia Hampel, Sharon Miller, Cathy Silak

Susan Olson (moderator) Amy Gile, Sylvia Hampel, Sharon Miller, Cathy Silak


  • Susan Olson, COO and CFO, Hawley Troxell


  • Amy Gile, CEO and Co-founder, Silverdraft Supercomputing
  • Sylvia Hampel, Founder and CEO, Clearview Cleaning
  • Sharon Miller, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Global Business Unit, Lamb Weston
  • Cathy Silak, Founding Dean of Concordia University School of Law 2008-2016

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Keiretsu Forum Boise/Idaho Chapter Meeting

  • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 4100, MBEB

The forum meeting will feature Idaho companies and others who have been carefully selected from our screening processes with 25-minute presentations (with Q&A), plus 2-3 update presentations from past presenting companies. Refreshments will be provided.

Condoleezza Rice

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

CHINA Town Hall

  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Room 4003, MBEB

Live webcast with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice  from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (questions to be accepted by Twitter) to be followed by a message recorded for us by Senator Risch on Idaho-China relations and then a Panel Discussion by Former White House Staffer and Boise State Professor of the Practice Steve Yates, Jack Marr, and Isaac Castellano from 5:00- 6:00 p.m.

Ryan Hammond

Friday, October 5, 2018

COBE Scholarship Series Presents: Ryan Hammond

“The Road to Pay Inequity is Paved with Good Intentions:
Examining the Gender Pay Gap in Employee Equity Awards”

  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Room 4001, MBEB

Hammond’s passion is helping organizations be more innovative through harnessing the power of their employees and turning HR into a data-driven business function.  Ryan is currently Head of People Analytics at Pure Storage. Prior to his current role Ryan co-founded Syndio, the leading pay equity analytics SaaS platform. He was Head of People Analytics and founding team member at HiQ Labs, one of the first People Analytics start-ups.  Ryan holds a PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School, and a BS and MS from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and was an assistant professor at SKK Global School of Business in Seoul.

Logo for Solar Roadways: A Real Solution

Monday, October 1, 2018

Solar Roadways Presentation

Presenter: Alyssa Delbridge Science Director, Solar Roadways

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Hatch Ballroom, Student Union

Hosted by the Boise State University Environmental Studies program.

For more information about the Solar Roadways Presentation.

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October 2018 is Professional Development Month

Events and workshops each week that will help you prepare for your next career move.

Resumes and LinkedIn, Presented by Saint Alphonsus, October 3, 2018

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4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
MBEB 2302, Imagination Lab
Don’t miss this valuable presentation on resumes and LinkedIn by Saint Alphonsus. Pizza provided.

Networking 101, Presented by former KTVB News Anchor Carolyn Holly, October 9, 2018

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MBEB 2302, Imagination Lab
Learn how to network effectively in order to secure your next internship or job. Pizza provided.

Exclusive Pre-Fair Event – COBE Networking Night, October 16, 2018

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Jackson Commons
Mix and mingle with 20+ employers. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Fall Career and Graduate School Fair, October 17, 2018

Boise State University career fair
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jordan Ballroom,
Student Union Building (SUB)
Meet with employers, gather information, network and seek possible internship and/or career opportunities.

Ace the Interview, Presented by Micron, October 24, 2018

Micron logo
12:00-1:00 p.m.
MBEB 2302, Imagination Lab
Learn how to ace your job interview with one of Idaho’s largest employers, Micron Technology. More information, including programming sponsors, will be provided in early September. For questions, please contact COBE Career Services. Pizza provided.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Angel Worx  and Deal Forum

  • 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, Room 1301, Micron Business and Economics Building (except lunch)

Tentative Agenda

11:30 – Networking lunch (Imagination Lab, Rm. 2302)

12:15 – Live pitch event, Deal Forum

2:15 – Angel Worx Report, an overview of angel investing in Utah and Idaho

2:45 – Importance of Human Capital and Executive Talent in Early Stage Companies

3:30 – Keynote, Dan North

Angel Worx Report comprises the investment activity by Utah and Boise angel groups and early stage venture firms and includes total investments made by each investment group, investments by industry sector, Dry Powder in each firm, data analysis, trends and much more.

The Deal Forum is a live pitch event and will feature four entrepreneurs who are seeking capital for their ventures. Entrepreneurs pitch their ventures for the sole purpose of receiving feedback from an investor panel on their venture, pitch content, as well as market opportunity assumptions, forecasts or necessary milestones needed to become successful. Presenters are paired with a Cooperative Venturing Team, hand selected from Cooperative Venturing Network, to work with in preparation for this live pitch event. The investor panel is made up of active investors from Utah and Idaho’s angel and venture capital community.

HP logo

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Information + Innovation Night – Presented by HP

  • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302

Learn about business career opportunities at HP as well as discover their latest products and technologies. There will be pizza.

Steve BuchheitFriday, September 14, 2018

COBE Scholarship Series Invited Speaker

Steve Buchheit, Ph.D., CPA

“How Well Do Analysts and Investors Prepare for Christmas?
Evidence of Insufficient Adjustment to the Black Friday Calendar”

  • 1:30 p.m.
  • MBEB Room 4003

Steve Buchheit is currently an associate professor at the University of Alabama. He is a CPA and has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the Rawls Professor of Business at Texas Tech in 2006 and was the director of the Rawls College International MBA Program from 2012-2014.

Anthony GillFriday, September 7, 2018

Anthony Gill

“Tipping Points: An Economic Defense of Gratuities”

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, MBEB Room 1301
  • Presented by the Economics Association

Anthony Gill is the author of “The Political Origins of Religious Liberty” and host of “Research on Religion.”

Secrets to Financing logo

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Secrets to Financing

  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Williams Boardroom, MBEB 4200

Come learn and network with bankers and entrepreneurs who have successfully secured funding for their ventures.

Students may attend for free.

Student Registration for Secrets to Financing for more information and to register.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Keiretsu Forum Boise/Idaho Chapter Meeting

  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Executive Education Classroom, MBEB 4100

The forum meeting will feature Idaho companies and others who have been carefully selected from our screening processes with 25-minute presentations (with Q&A), plus 2-3 update presentations from past presenting companies. Refreshments will be provided.

See for more information and to RSVP.

COBE grad

Saturday, May 5

Spring Commencement Taco Bell Arena

  •  9:30 a.m. for graduates from Business and Economics, Engineering and Health Sciences.
  •  3:30 p.m. is for graduates from the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences and School of Public Service.

Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony.  Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis.

See more information on Boise State Commencement

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Thursday, April 26

Deal Forum Live Pitch Event

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301
  • Presenting companies:
    • Freightflow
    • MarshallGIS
    • Peeka
    • SpriteRE
  • Investor panelists include
    • Phil Bradley, Boise Angel Alliance
    • Paul Judge, Idaho Capital Ventures
    • Melanie Rubock, Perkins Coie, LLP
    • Mick Wiskerchen,

Boise State students may attend for FREE

Megan Smith

Friday, March 30

Fireside Chat with one of the most influential women in tech – Megan Smith

It isn’t every day that you get to talk to the former CTO of the Whitehouse. It isn’t every day that you get to spend an evening with a board member of MIT. It isn’t every day that you get to hear stories from someone who ran the secret lab at Google, GoogleX. Even crazier is the fact that this woman, Megan Smith, has held all three of those roles and has done so many other incredible things and she is coming to Idaho.

This event is free and open to the public. Innovation Collective suggest a $10 donation at the after party at Ventive, but if you are bootstrapping and can’t afford it, don’t worry!

Friday, March 23

Pinterest Marketing

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301
  • For student veterans
  • Learn how to brand yourself and build your marketing strategy around a targeted job search
  • Steve Fagerquist is the former VP human resources, Teradyne Corporation.

illustration of business peopleTuesday-Wednesday, March 20-21

Companies in the Classroom

  • Panel discussions with employers from various industries

Companies on Campus Happy Hour  – Wednesday, March 21, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Commons

  • Non-alcoholic drinks and appetizers
  • Meet and mingle with professionals from the sponsor companies and learn about their businesses and careers
  • Dress is business casual


Lee Ohanian

Monday, March 19

Special Guest Speaker, Lee Ohanian

  • Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

“How Land-Use Regulations are Depressing U.S. Economic Growth”

  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Executive Education Classroom 4100, Micron Business and Economics Building

Lee Ohanian is also the director of the Ettinger Family Program in macroeconomic research at UCLA, where he has taught since 1999. He is an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and has been an economic advisor to state and national political campaigns. His research, which recently has been discussed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media sources, focuses on economic crises and has been published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals. He is co-director of the research initiative Macroeconomics across Time and Space at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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March 15

Ask Me Anything!

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • Panelists include:
    • Perry Hewitt – VP of Marketing, ITHAKA
    • Zachary Hamed – Product Manager, Goldman Sachs
    • Rose Wang – CEO and Co-founder, Chirps
    • Charles Jepson – Co-founder, PollyHelp US

Tuesday, March 13

Resumes, Interviews and Job Searches with Steve Fagerquist

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301
  • For student veterans
  • Learn how to brand yourself and build your marketing strategy around a targeted job search
  • Steve Fagerquist is the former VP human resources, Teradyne Corporation

Please email to RSVP.

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Thursday, March 8

21st Century Entrepreneur – Topic Term Sheets

  • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302
  • Learn the terms, how to negotiate with investors and how to close the deal

Click here for more information and to register. COBE students are FREE — use code: BSUfree at checkout

CFO Exposed eventWednesday, March 7

CFO’s Exposed

  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Stueckle Sky Center
  • Students receive the opportunity to interact with top leaders from various industries

Tuesday, March 6

Federal Regulation: Formal Rules and How Agencies Can Sidestep Them

The 4-Way Tug of War: Agencies vs. OMB vs. Congress vs. Private Sector

  • 6:00 PM
  • Lookout Room, SUB
  • A behind-the-scenes look from Washington insider Brian Lopin

Brian Lopin is a principal in the government relations firm Lungren Lopina LLC. He has been involved in federal regulation from inside and outside of government many times over his 35-year career. The National Journal has called him “one of the best-connected lobbyists around.” He has appeared on C-SPAN, CNBC and other networks.

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Wednesday, Feb. 28

Careers You Can Bank On

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301
  • Learn more about career opportunities within the banking industry

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Wednesday, Feb. 28

Boise State Career Fair

  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Jordan Ballroom, SUB
  • Meet employers face-to-face and seek possible internship and career opportunities. All majors are welcome.

(208) 426-3862 |

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Tuesday, Feb. 27

Keiretsu Forum

  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Executive Education Classroom, MBEB 4100

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Friday, Feb. 23

CARMA Webcast

  • 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302
  • This doubleheader webcast presents Verifying Empirical Research Findings by Dr. Donald Bergh, and Coding for Diversity by Karen Locke, Ph.D.

Click here for more information about CARMA webcasts.

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Thursday, Feb. 1

Ask Me Anything – Presented by COBE Career Services and V-Squared Creative

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302
  • Ask a panel of business leaders about their careers and for advice on your own career.

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Friday, Jan. 26

CARMA Webcast

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302

Lisa Lambert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of RCB Ph.D. Program, Georgia State University

Storytelling through Statics – 10 a.m

Daniel Beal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management, Virginia Tech

Experience Sampling Methods – 11 a.m

The College of Business and Economics at Boise State University is an institutional member of the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA).

See CARMA webcasts and learn about the presenters

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Thursday, Jan. 25

Winter Warm-up Welcome

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Jackson Commons, MBEB
  • COBE deans will greet you and faculty will serve fresh popped popcorn, warm cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider.

Also, show your support by signing the COBE student-authored culture document.

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Wednesday, Jan. 24

B Corp Badge Program Info Session

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Imagination Lab, MBEB 2302
  • Attend this info session to learn how you can have a hands-on, practical experience helping businesses certify as B Corporations. A good way to learn and promote social and environmental responsibility at the same time. Presented by the Responsible Business Initiative.

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Tuesday, Jan. 23

Investor Pitch Rehearsals

  • 11a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Executive Education Classroom, MBEB 4100
  • Interested in how entrepreneurs attract investors? Come see the real world of Shark Tank as five entrepreneurs practice their pitches. And, VentureCapital.Org is looking for interns. This is a good event to attend to see if you have what it takes to intern with No registration required, limited seating.