CAZENOVIA — January 12th will be the first Fireside Chat of the year for Cazenovia. Come have a drink on us and listen to a story by a local person who has done something different. In January, our speaker will talk about how she only attended 39 days of school her senior year of high school, but now is the owner of a Forest School with three locations around the Central New York area. She took her high school experience and the realization that traditional school isn’t for everyone and built something great.
Once a month, Innovation Collective gathers local community members who have a story that has likely never been heard by the community. These nights of storytelling and inspiration serve as a monthly connection point for community members, provide a consistent message of hope and encouragement, and reframe the narrative of a community by making an innovation economy feel accessible.
Typical Fireside Chat Speakers are local entrepreneurs, civic leaders, politicians, and even unknown citizens. Innovation Collective draws out of these locals their life’s journey in order to spotlight vulnerable moments of triumph, failure, vision, and wisdom. Attendees mingle over free drinks, and make meaningful connections with other like-minded members of their community.
Cazenovia College has partnered with Innovation Collective to tap into its expertise in entrepreneurial startups, financial networking, and network of industry experts. In addition to the exploration of unique new academic offerings and potential operational activities that can enhance offerings for both traditional college students and for learners in all phases of life, Innovation Collective is organizing a series of community events. Those include Fireside Chats and Coffee and Concept meetings with interested community members to talk about their ideas and hear suggestions for ventures that the College might undertake and to inspire people to start or expand their businesses, develop their products, or achieve other dreams that Innovation Collective can support.
January’s fireside chat will be on January 12th at the Lincklaen House. The doors open at 6 p.m., the speaker will begin at 6:30 p.m. We will have beer, wine, and soda available from 6-6:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of inspiration. COVID precautions, including the ability to social distance, will be in place. For more information on Innovation Collective and their partnership with Cazenovia College, visit cazenovia.edu.