Hebrew College's CEO Forum: The Venture Capitalist/Entrepreneur Partnership Featuring David Fialkow, Rob Biederman, and Andy Levine

NEWTON CENTRE, Mass.— October 28, 2016. David Fialkow, co-founder and managing director of venture capital firm General Catalyst, will join entrepreneurs Rob Biederman and Andy Levine – founders of Catalant and DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., respectively – as the guest speakers at Hebrew College’s fourth CEO Forum on Thursday, November 3, 2016. 

The three will provide a unique perspective as they engage in an interchange between a venture capitalist and two entrepreneurs, discussing the dynamics — from funding to guidance and more — that result in an effective business relationship.

This event is the fourth in the successful Hebrew College CEO Forum series, bridging academic Jewish studies and community needs and serving as a resource for leaders who want to engage in Jewish values and Jewish community. Past speakers have included Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos; Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO of TripAdvisor; and Gail Goodman, former CEO of Constant Contact.

When discussing the origins of the CEO Forum, its founder, Hebrew College trustee Carl Chudnofsky, explained, “Jewish professionals enjoy networking with each other and they especially enjoy great speakers. Everyone wants to learn from each other.” His own success as a retail real estate developer has been fueled, in part, by this love of learning, seeking out educational opportunities for himself — an alumnus of two Hebrew College programs — and creating them for others. 

“There is a strong synergy between those who have an interest in learning and their professional careers,” Chudnofsky continued. “Hebrew College answers that call, providing a wide variety of learning opportunities – events such as the CEO Forum; Jewish adult learning programs for all ages and interests; certificate, degree, and ordination programs; and so much more.”

Executives of all backgrounds are welcome to attend this free event at Hebrew College, but advance registration is required and space is limited. The CEO Forum will begin with a kosher breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. followed by the hour-long program at 8:00 a.m. To register, visit http://hebrewcollege.edu/CEO-Forum-Fall2016-bios.

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Hebrew College, founded in 1921, promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school. For more information, visit www.hebrewcollege.edu.