Steven Shragis

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.  

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  • Dr. Shelley Carson

    Steven’s idea is a perfect example of creative problem-finding! Here he was in a situation where a lot of parents were wishing they could go back to school – but only for a day – to re-experience the energy of the academic environment. And Steven saw that desire as a creative opportunity! We are all surrounded with such opportunities…just keep your eyes and your mind open to them! To learn more about One Day University, visit

  • Rex Harris

    I recently bought “Your Creative Brain” and I’m really enjoying it. I’m 82 years old and my reading has included many such books, although this book seems to have new sparkle. I feel that vindication lies in creating products that succeed in the marketplace. I have a varied background that includes an ancient BSEE (1950), a couple of startup companies, and a slew of jobs (I like movement). My current rage is developing portable, remotely controlled sports scoreboards, starting with tennis. They don’t exist. (Sounds nutty, but it’s true). I’m lucky. Never experienced imagination freeze. But I do wonder if some folks are too easily satisfied by “idea highs” without endorsement from reality. So I expect to measure success this year with marketing a train of products world wide. All because of the amazing potential of the internet and access to cheap, but powerful hardware. Today, you don’t need venture capital. One individual can cover the diverse disciplines of a crowd.