Founder and CEO of Applegate to give 15th Annual Lecture

MADISON, NJ (April 15, 2013)—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship invites the public to the 15th Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture featuring Stephen McDonnell, founder and CEO of Applegate. The lecture is free, and will be held on Monday, April 29 from 6-8:15 p.m. at FDU’s College at Florham in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall.

McDonnell founded Applegate, a leading producer of organic and natural meats and cheeses sold in supermarkets and natural food stores throughout the U.S. Since Applegate’s start in 1987, McDonnell has been a major proponent of sustainable agricultural practices and the humane treatment of livestock. His primary focus is on the misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and its impact on public health.

Outside of Applegate, McDonnell fosters entrepreneurial approaches to solving environmental and social problems.  He and his wife, Jill, work with a cooperative of 800 Quechua Indian families in the Ecuadorian rainforest, establishing an organic chocolate business, where 100 percent of the profits support community development, education and health initiatives. Stephen also works with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a program that inspires young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in the nation (as ranked by the Princeton Review). For more information, go to www.fdu.edu/rothman.

Pre-registration is necessary before Thursday, April 25 by going online to www.fdu.edu/rothman. For more information, call the Rothman Institute at (973) 443-8842 or email rothman@fdu.edu. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony for the FDU Innovation Challenge Awards programs at 6:45 p.m. McDonnell will give his lecture at 7 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J.

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