At Hiram, students learn through experiences and opportunities. The Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship will give students just that with the newly established Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. With two planned events each semester, the series will draw upon entrepreneurs in various fields that reflect areas of study at the College. The interdisciplinary approach was formatted to help students in different majors understand the connection between their area of study and entrepreneurship. 

The first event in the series will be held online on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. and will focus on entrepreneurs in the fields of sport management and integrative exercise science. There will also be a special guest from the food industry. 


Speakers for the first event include:  

Gwen Rosenberg 

Owner of Popped! 

Gwen Rosenberg founded her confectionery business, Popped!, eight years ago. Recently, she opened a second retail store and production facility in Ravenna to accommodate wholesale and online sales of her popcorn and award-winning confections. Through her business, she actively contributes and participates in the Ohio Main Street Programs in Kent and Ravenna. She is also a member of local area Chambers of Commerce, the Retail Confectioners International Organization, and a contributor to Manufacturing Confectioner Magazine. 


Edie Benner, PT, Ph.D., OCS 

Co-owner of Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists 

After graduating with her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, Dr. Edie Benner went on to obtain her master’s degree in exercise physiology and her doctorate in health education and promotion from Kent State University. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist the co-owner and founder of Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists in Manuta, Ohio. Dr. Benner takes a special interest in treating patients with orthopedic and sports injuries. 

Nicholas Colosi, DC 

President and FoundeoSmartTools 

An Ohio native, Dr. Nick Colosi earned his bachelor’s degree at Baldwin Wallace University in exercise physiology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While at National University, Dr. Colosi completed over 300 hours of post-graduate seminars and certifications in sports rehabilitation, active release technique, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, and with the Titleist Performance Institute. He also  completed the Cressey Elite Baseball Mentorship Program in Bostonwhere he was able to learn rehabilitation and treatment protocols from past and present Boston Red Sox doctors and trainers. Dr. Colosi enjoys working with athletes of all ages and sports, especially golf, baseball, football, weightlifters, hockey, runners, cyclists, and tennis players. 

Vickie Dugan 

Certified Diet and Lifestyle Coach/Creator of HealthiestSelf  

After years of not making her own health a priority, Vickie Dugan made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle and to help others do the same. Through one-on-one coaching, Dugan helps her clients establish a purpose, and supports them on their journey to improving health. She places special focus on plant-based nutrition and helps clients identify current habits that may be detrimental their health. 


The event is free, but registration is required by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Zoom link to attend will be emailed directly to attendees following the registration deadline. For questions, please contact David Strukel at 

Register for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event.  

by Jenelle Bayus