Dec. 5: Leading an Entrepreneurial Life: Extraordinary Leading and Living

Leading an Entrepreneurial Life: Extraordinary Leading and Living
Net Impact “Issues in Depth” Teleconference
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Led By: Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek; co-authors of the book Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives

For Details and to Register:

More and more people today are relinquishing lives of safety, security, and status and instead building their lives around purpose, connection, and impact using a distinctively entrepreneurial mindset.

Join authors, entrepreneurs, and Net Impact alums Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek for a lively discussion about creating an extraordinary life by embracing the entrepreneurial mindset. Drawing on interviews with 55 high-impact leaders, the conversation will cover such topics as: building a strong personal foundation, developing your own personal vision of the good life, taking risk in uncertain times, building a “personal board of directors,” and embracing renewal and reinvention. Through this interactive dialogue, participants will be challenged to formulate their own entrepreneurial life plans, providing a road map for extraordinary leading and living. The discussion is especially directed at those seeking greater direction, considering a major transition, wanting to take their leadership and quality of life to the next level, or yearning to increase their social impact.

Gergen and Vanourek have more than 20 for-profit and non-profit start-ups under their belt that have yielded more than $100M in revenue and affected thousands of lives. They are the founding partners of New Mountain Ventures, a national leadership development firm ( and write regular columns and blogs for Harvard Business Online,, and The Washington Times. Their nationally acclaimed book, Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives has been reviewed or otherwise featured in the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and other media outlets.


About the speakers:

Christopher Gergen is a founding partner of New Mountain Ventures and a visiting lecturer and Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University within the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program. He is the co-founder and chairman of SMARTHINKING—the leading online tutoring company in the country serving over 200,000 students. Other entrepreneurial ventures include starting a coffeehouse/bar dedicated to promoting the arts and music in Santiago, Chile and helping to launch the “Entrepreneur Corps.” Previously, Christopher started LEAD!, and is a founding board member of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School also in D.C.

Further professional experience includes serving as Vice President of New Market Development for K12 Inc. and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for New American Schools. Christopher received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University, and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

When he’s not at work, Christopher can be found competing in triathlons, traveling the world (including past adventures creating literacy programs in South Africa, teaching on a sheep-farm in New Zealand, and hitching a ride on a Chilean naval vessel), oil painting, and hiking through Rock Creek Park with his family including Mango the Big Dog.


Gregg Vanourek is a Founding Partner of New Mountain Ventures. Previously, Gregg founded and ran Vanourek Consulting Solutions, served as Senior Vice President of School Development for K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), Vice President for Programs at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, and Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Gregg has co-authored a book on charter schools, several national research reports and book chapters, and dozens of articles for leading newspapers across the country. Gregg holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (magna cum laude). He serves on the Board of the Vail Leadership Institute. Gregg lives with his wife and daughters in Colorado.

When he’s not at work, Gregg can be found playing guitar in jam sessions, songwriting, enjoying the wonders of Colorado, writing a book with his father, and exploring the wonders of Scandinavia with his wife’s Swedish family.


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