Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes to Speak at U-M Next Week


Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, will speak at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor on Monday about how entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley has changed business and government. The event is free and open to the public.

“With entrepreneurship becoming a growing topic of interest for today's business school student, Hughes’ unique perspective and insight aligns with what Michigan Ross is doing — providing students with the opportunity to create and innovate through action-based learning,” says Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the U-M Ross School of Business.

Hughes’ presentation, Silicon Valley Contagion: How the Practices and Principles of Entrepreneurship are Changing Business, Government, and Society, will be a Q&A-style discussion moderated by Davis-Blake. Attendees can post questions for Hughes in the comments section of the Ross School of Business blog ahead of the event. Blake says a reception will follow the discussion.

Hughes is also founder and executive director of Jumo, a nonprofit social network organization and a member of The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS’ High Level Commission. Hughes left Facebook in 2007. He also purchased a majority stake in The New Republic, and he put the magazine up for sale in January.

The lecture is part of the Ross School of Business’ Handleman Lecture Series, which has also featured talks by Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., and Sallie Krawcheck, former CEO of Smith Barney and CFO of Citigroup.

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