In 2006, I began a company which brings together the nation’s leading professors for a day of learning that covers a large range of topics. The idea came to me when I brought my daughter to her college campus as a freshman for the first time. Virtually every parent there – including me – felt excited to be on a real campus instead of an office building! We all wanted to go back to college for a day–but without homework or exams! I figured, what if people had the chance to come see a number of award-winning professors from the top universities deliver their favorite lectures? It seemed to me that all sorts of people would love the chance to learn in a one-day format, without the obligation of taking an entire semester-long course. This idea developed into One Day University. The idea has not only proven to be a successful business model, but has given me the chance to meet many prominent scholars, learn about topics from climate change to Beethoven, and also interact with professionals from many different areas who come to experience the programs. By making my idea a reality I feel very personally enriched, while at the same time providing a service to the community.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” - Ken Robinson