The Comprehensive Impact of an Entrepreneurial Journey

Clifton Taulbert is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, business consultant, and international speaker. Of his 14 books, he is best known for Who Owns the Ice House?,  Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities, The invitation, and The Last Train North, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 

He has worked as a banker, educator, and business owner. He serves as a director on the Central Bank of Oklahoma, helped bring the StairMaster exercise system to the world in the 1980s, and is currently President and CEO of Roots Java Coffee, a national coffee supply company, wholly owned by African Americans.

In July 2019, Taulbert received the prestigious Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. The "Sandy" Award is's highest honor, and is given each year to the individual who has been an outstanding role model of good character and has been widely influential in the advocacy of quality character education.

This program is free and open to all. It is presented by The Center for Free Enterprise as part of the Menard Family Lecture Series. 

Free pizza will be served to attendees.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:30pm

Harry Frazier Hall - College of Business, PNC Horn Auditorium
110 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40208

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Students, Faculty/staff, Alumni, Public


Business, The Center for Free Enterprise









free markets, free enterprise, entrepreneurship

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Donna Zinser Clark

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