Tumblr Founder & CEO David Karp to Headline CEOs Conference in New York Sept. 26

M.B.A. Partners Brenau University and Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs Join Forces for ‘Exit 2014: Get Real’ Event

David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, the company that Yahoo! acquired for $1.1 billion in 2013, headlines the first Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs’ conference in New York City on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, that is aimed at corporate founders and thought leaders who seek vital information about how to grow and exit businesses successfully.

Brenau University President Ed Schrader

Brenau University President Ed Schrader

The one-day conference, titled Exit 2014: Get Real, will be held at the New York Times’ Times Center facility in Manhattan. It is aimed at entrepreneurs, bloggers and others who are interested in growth and exit strategies for their enterprises.

“David Karp is a real entrepreneur and the ultimate blogger who experienced real growth and a real exit,” said Cliff Oxford, founder of the Atlanta-based Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. “We chose Karp to headline our event because he masterfully combined entrepreneurship, blogging and artistry to create an extraordinary exit. This conference is not about fluff, motivational speakers or dreaming. It’s about doing.”

Southern Proper CEO and Brenau alumna Emmie Henderson Howard

Southern Proper CEO and Brenau alumna Emmie Henderson Howard

Brenau University, a not-for-profit comprehensive university founded in 1878, is the title sponsor for the conference. Brenau, whose graduate business programs rank among the largest in Georgia, and Oxford Center have jointly created a full M.B.A. program that specializes in entrepreneurship with added features like mentorship, internships and access to high-level practical learning opportunities like the New York conference.

Brenau University President Ed Schrader will lead a panel discussion during the conference on the value of education for entrepreneurs, what kind of education is needed and how it will be delivered in the future. The discussion panels during the day also include others with Brenau connections: alumna Emmie Henderson Howard, co-founder and CEO of Southern Proper, the fast-growing upscale clothing and accessories company based in Atlanta, and John Dobbertin, COO of Salt Lake City-based Helix Education, the 25-year-old technology-driven company that helps higher education institutions, including Brenau, find, enroll, retain and teach students.

Helix Education COO John Dobbertin

Helix Education COO John Dobbertin

Cliff Oxford, founder and CEO of STI Knowledge, a company he sold to Mellon Bank Ventures in 2003, writes the You’re the Boss blog for The New York Times and an online column for Forbes.com. He will serve as co-host of the New York program along with CNN anchor and reporter Natalie Allen.

Others on the program include: Adam Lowry, CEO and Co-Founder of method.home; Bonner Black, Nashville-based entrepreneur in creative artistry; Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle; Jeff Braverman, CEO of nuts.com; Laura Zander, co-founder and CEO of Jimmy Beans Wool; Eric Kuhn, CEO of FoundersCard and founder of Varsity Books. Casey Gerald, CEO of MBAs Across America; Richard Thomas, co-founder of Bojangles and owner of R. Thomas Grill Restaurant; Paul Lightfoot, CEO of Brightfarms; William Shutkin, president and CEO of Presidio Graduate School; and Tom Post, managing editor of Forbes.com

Tickets for ‘Exit 2014: Get Real’ are $199 and $299 for a VIP party. To register and for more information, visit the website: Exit2014.com.

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