Founded in August 2015, the mission of the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise is to engage in research and teaching that explores the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship in advancing the well-being of society.


  • Thursday, February 9 – Star ParkerThursday, February 9, 4:30 p.m., PNC Horn Auditorium
    Star Parker

    Founder and President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)
    USA Should Embrace, Not Over-Regulate, Entrepreneurs

    Our country needs legislators and leaders who will stand up for free enterprise and small business, not create laws that discourage innovation and opportunity. Join us as Star Parker discusses how our country needs more entrepreneurs, not more bureaucrats. Prior to her involvement in public policy through CURE, Star Parker lived seven years in the grip of government dependency. Her experiences on welfare led her to play an active role in the passing of federal welfare reform in 1996.From welfare mother to businesswoman, national celebrity, and international author, Star Parker exemplifies hard work, aspiration, and individual responsibility. CURE serves to lead others to follow her example and bring new energy to policy discussions in Washington. EVENT DETAILS

Free and open to the public. Free pizza for attendees.

  • Thursday, March 9 – Bob LuddyThursday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., PNC Horn Auditorium
    Bob Luddy

    Founder/President, CaptiveAire Systems, Inc.
    The Entrepreneur: Servant of the User
    Successful entrepreneur Bob Luddy will discuss the importance of creating value and why entrepreneurs must serve the user. EVENT DETAILS

Free and open to the public. Free pizza for attendees.

  • Thursday, March 30 – Christina Bechhold

    Christina Bechhold Co-founder/ Managing Director, Empire Angels

    Jennifer Williams Founder/CEO, Cuddle Clones

    Suzanne Bergmeister (moderator) Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Assistant Director, Forcht Entrepreneurship Center, University of Louisville

    Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., PNC Horn Auditorium
    Investors & Entrepreneurs: Different Perspectives
    What makes an investor say “Yes” or “No” to an investment opportunity? Why would a successful corporate exec make the entrepreneurial leap? Moderated by Suzanne Bergmeister, herself a successful entrepreneur and investor, this discussion will examine entrepreneurship from both sides. EVENT DETAILS

Free and open to the public. Free pizza for attendees.

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