Graduate Business Career Services

Graduate Business Career Services

Master's Connection

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 AM

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Featuring Billy McLaughlin

McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class musician and composer whose career was nearly lost to a yet-to-be-cured neuromuscular disorder, focal dystonia. Today, he has reclaimed center stage, attracts a worldwide following and astounds audiences with his unique finger-style guitar music, which he has relearned one note at a time… left handed.
Through an innovative mix of music, storytelling and disarming humor, McLaughlin inspires action and helps you to:

  • Do more with less
  • Retool and reinvent to create your own opportunities
  • Succeed beyond your wildest dreams, even in a bad economy

Attendees of this event will gain insights into expanding their own vision, innovating and improving profitability.

To facilitate networking, seating is limited to the first 60 registrants.
Please register by Friday, October 4.

$8 in advance / $10 at the door

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
7:45 a.m.: Speaker
8:15 a.m.: Q&A
8:40 a.m.: Networking & conversation
9:30 a.m.: Session ends

About the Speaker
A serious professional in his teens, McLaughlin left his home and rock band in Minneapolis for the University of Southern California guitar department, where he became interested in minimalist composers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. Employing what would become his signature style, McLaughlin began composing for his first release using a technique that creates a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar.This unusual approach led to extensive national touring, earning multiple NACA Campus Entertainer awards. In 1995 McLaughlin signed a multi-album international contract with Virgin Records’ label Narada, and his first release, “Fingerdance,” peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts.

Following his diagnosis in 2001, McLaughlin went on to teach himself to play in his signature style, left-handed. In January 2007, he published a limited release of “Into the Light,” a concert recording of compositions for acoustic guitar with string orchestra. This collaboration with Grammy-nominated arranger, Eugenio Toussaint, is McLaughlin’s first recording as a left-handed guitarist.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (Chicago, IL) has named McLaughlin its first Ambassador for Public Awareness and, for his efforts, he has been awarded the international 2010 Leadership in Public Neurology Award at the American Academy of Neurology conference held in Toronto. Previous winners of the award include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer and Michael J. Fox. The documentary film, Changing Keys, chronicling McLaughlin’s physical and emotional struggles, the medical mysteries of dystonia, and this amazing musical come-back has been awarded top-honors at the Houston International Film Festival. McLaughlin was a featured speaker at the TED conference in Atlanta (May 2010) and tours internationally, including China, the Philippines, India, Europe and extensively throughout the US.  He is one of several world-renowned speakers who happen to reside in Minnesota and will be presenting at the  Spirit of Success Entrepreneurial Summit on October 17, 2013.

Event Details:
Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 AM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall
Room 252
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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