School of Management Welcomes Entrepreneur Sandra Lerner to Speaker Series

Posted: September 24, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: September 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

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Entrepreneur Sandy Lerner

Entrepreneur Sandy Lerner

George Mason University’s School of Management welcomes trailblazer and true Renaissance woman Sandra Lerner as the next speaker in the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series. The event takes place on September 24 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Mason Inn on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

A global revolutionary, Lerner has made an impact on diverse industries, from technology and cosmetics to the preservation of English literature and heritage breeds of livestock. With a sharp pioneering instinct for innovative and successful business models, Lerner has shifted her focus to the development of humane, sustainable and profitable farming practices at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Virginia.

Recalling her experiences as an entrepreneur, Lerner will discuss her time working at Cisco Systems, a company she co-founded in 1984. When she left Cisco six years later, she pursued other high-tech and philanthropic ventures. She later purchased and restored Chawton House, a manor house in the English county of Hampshire owned by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight, making it a center for the study of English women’s writing. Later, Lerner founded Urban Decay Cosmetics before opening the certified organic Ayrshire Farm.

Established in 2009, the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series (previously called the Johnson & Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series) has brought a diverse group of guest speakers, ranging from corporate leaders to government officials, to Mason’s campus. These thought leaders discuss relevant business issues and hot topics that impact today’s global economy.

This community-based, academic initiative aims to enrich the educational experience of the School of Management’s students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.

More information about the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series can be found here. To RSVP for the event, visit the website.

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