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Glen Meakem returns to Penn State New Kensington Nov. 2 to address students and the community.
10/24/2011 —


1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, Art Gallery
Free to the Public

Radio talk show host Glen Meakem will give a talk about the United States Constitution and how it complements business at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington. The presentation is free to the public.

Meakem's campus appearance is a part of a daylong program that includes separate presentations for high school students at 10:00 a.m. and campus students at noon in the Forum Theatre. A reception for the entrepreneur and venture capitalist is set for 11:15 a.m. in the Art Gallery.

Meakem, host of the “Glen Meakem Program,” a conservative talk radio show that is broadcast locally on FM News Talk 104.7 on weekends, previously visited the campus in 2009 as guest speaker of "Insight Forum," the lecture and discussion program that is geared to the local community.

For more information, call 724-334-6056.

A successful technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Meakem offers information and insights on how individuals, businesses, states, and the nation can be more successful. His perspectives were shaped by his experiences as a new economy innovator and leader -- first as co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Freemarkets Inc. and more recently as co-founder and managing director of Meakem Becker Venture Capital. Freemarkets was a leading business-to-business Internet company which helped Global 2000 companies save money by automating and improving their purchasing functions.

One of the keys to Meakem’s success as an entrepreneur has been his adherence to a strict code of personal and professional ethics and an ability to build strong teams of like-minded individuals. He gained early business experience working in professional positions for Kraft Foods, McKinsey & Company and General Electric.

Early in his career, Meakem served as an officer in the Army Reserve, volunteering and serving as a combat engineer platoon leader in the Gulf War. He graduated from Harvard University in 1986 and later earned his master's of business administration from Harvard Business School.

He launched the "Glen Meakem Program" in 2008 to provide a forum for discussion about making Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania healthy growing places.

Active in the community, Meakem is a member of the boards of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commonwealth Foundation and Extra Mile Education Foundation.  He previously served as a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, and is a former chairman of the board of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, which operates the Senator John Heinz History Center.  In addition, Meakem serves on the advisory committee of Imani Christian Academy, an inner-city private school. 

Meakem has won numerous awards including the Anti-Defamation League’s National American Heritage Award, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Western Pennsylvania, Syracuse University’s Salzberg Medallion for Exceptional Business Achievement, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Cultural Award, and Junior Achievement’s Spirit of Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  He was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in business administration by Robert Morris University.

Married for 22 years, he and his wife, Diane, reside in Sewickley, Pa. with their five children.

10:00-11:00 a.m.
Plum High School students

11:15 -11:45 a.m.
Reception for students and community in the Art Gallery (pizza and refreshments)

Penn State New Kensington students, Forum Theatre

1:00 -2:00 p.m.
Community, Art Gallery

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