Economic Club to host Young Professionals event featuring Alex Banayan

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 (All day)

Event:               Alex Banayan

An Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series special event

When:               Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Where:              The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Tickets:            Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or


Economic Club to host Young Professionals event featuring Alex Banayan on Feb. 19


The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series is hosting an exciting professional development and networking event for young professionals when it welcomes author, venture capitalist, and thought leader on millennial trends for business Alex Banayan on Tuesday, February 19. Tickets are on sale now to the public.


Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Banayan is the author of the national bestseller The Third Door. The Third Door is Banayan's unbelievable journey tracking down the world's most successful people to uncover how they launched their careers. Over the course of his five-year quest, Banayan has sat down with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, and Steve Wozniak – and had remarkable run-ins with Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clinton, and more.


After exclusive interviews and extensive research, Banayan has uncovered the single trait every one of these leaders has in common. His discovery will change the way you understand and approach success. Banayan is the youngest business author ever signed to Crown Publishing in their 80-year history. 


As a keynote speaker, Banayan has presented to corporate leadership teams and conferences around the world, garnering standing ovations from Apple, Nike, IBM, Dell, MTV, Harvard, and countless others. Microsoft declared that Banayan “cracked the code for success.”


A leader of the next generation of entrepreneurs and the focus of major media around the world, Banayan is a venture associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a high-tech venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Fortune magazine reported that Banayan was "the world’s youngest venture capitalist" and Business Insider named him one of the “Most Powerful People Under 30.”


A leader of the next generation of entrepreneurs, Banayan has contributed to FastCompany, The Washington Post, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur magazine, The Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. He’s been featured in major media including Businessweek, Forbes magazine, Fortune magazine, Fox News, Bloomberg TV, and CBS News.


In this special young professionals’ presentation, Banayan will share his experiences in “How to Dream Bigger, Achieve Your Goals, and Take the Third Door.”


The presentation is primarily for students and individuals under 40. Membership is not required. Grand Upton Hall doors open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Tickets for this special event are $35 for speaker-only seating, $58 for dinner and presentation.Tables of 10 are available for $500. Dinner tickets need to be ordered by Tuesday, February 12. Speaker-only tickets will be available through the day of the event.


Order tickets at, call 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.


About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.


About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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