Winter Institute - Innovative Economics

2017 Winter Institute


2017: Ideas and Innovation

Feb. 23 at 912 Regency Plaza, St. Cloud
Feb. 24 in Atwood Memorial Center, St. Cloud State

7-10 a.m.

Innovation Tour/Breakfast - at Electrolux in St. Cloud organized by Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association 

Thursday's events - 912 Regency Plaza, St. Cloud, Minnesota

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Intersectional Luncheon: Deirdre McCloskey
"Adventures of a New Transwoman, 1995 - 2017"

4-5 p.m.

Welcome Reception (cash bar)
Sponsor displays

5-6:15 p.m.

Economic Outlook: Nimantha Manamperi, Luke Greiner and King Banaian

6:15-7:15 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Corey Tollefson

"How to Grow a Business from an Idea to 900 employees in 18 Months"

7:15-10 p.m.

Networking Reception
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Friday's events - Atwood Memorial Center, St. Cloud State

8-8:15 a.m.

Teacher Workshop Check-in/Welcome

8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Teacher Workshop: "Fundamentals of Environmental Economics & Entrepreneurship"

8:30 a.m.

Winter Institute Registration

9-9:50 a.m.

Concurrent sessions

Colin O’Reilly, University of Wisconsin Stout
“Rocks to Rock Candy: Why Money and Inflation Matter”

Richard MacDonald, St. Cloud State University
"Regional Consortium on Cybersecurity and Workforce Development”

Matthew Vorell, St. Cloud State University
"Creating Innovation Through Communication"

10-11:20 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Deirdre McCloskey
"Liberal Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Make Us Rich"

11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Teresa Bohnen and Gail Ivers - Panel Presentation, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
"Innovation in Action"

1-1:50 p.m.

Concurrent sessions

Deirdre McCloskey
"Tests of Statistical Significance are Virtually Meaningless"*
*some statistics knowledge required

Aaron Moore and Erin Perry Borron, DAYTA Marketing
"Innovation: A Branding Guide"

John Blaska, Everspring Health
"Personalized Healthcare: A Path to Accessible Affordable Primary Care"

2-2:50 p.m.

Concurrent sessions

John Rasmussen and Josh Bauer, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School-DECA Chapter
"DECA Market Research Projects"

Andrew Dahlberg, Members of SCSU Entrepreneurship Club
"SCSU Shark Tank"

Sonja Gidlow, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, and Brian Hart, Sandler Training
"The Economic Impact of Recent Innovations in Greater St. Cloud"

4-7 p.m.

Winter Institute Farewell Reception
Red Carpet Martini Lounge
(cash bar)

Teacher Workshop

Fundamentals of Environmental Economics & Entrepreneurship

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
St. Cloud State University

This one-day workshop is designed to familiarize middle and high school teachers and curriculum specialists with a non-biased approach that introduces the basics of environmental economics & entrepreneurship and provides effective classroom simulations to introduce the concepts into the classroom.

8 a.m.

Registration and Check-in (light breakfast provided)

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

8:30-10 a.m.

Overview and Introductory Lecture: "An Introduction to Environmental & Entrepreneurship Economic Concepts"

Lecture/Activity 1: "The Tragedy of the Commons" and Activity

10-11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Deirdre McCloskey

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

"Introduction to Marginal Analysis"

Working Lunch and "World Issues Simulation"

1:15-1:35 p.m.

Lecture 2: "Using Marginal Analysis to Make Environmental Decisions"

1:35-2:15 p.m.

Lecture 3: "Addressing Climate Change: Alternative Policies"

2:30-3 p.m. Activity 2: "A Cost/Benefit Simulation: Would You Swim Here?"
3:00- 3:15 p.m.

Review of FTE/St. Cloud State University Center programs, Evaluations and Adjournment

 Presented by the Foundation for Teaching Economics in partnership with the St. Cloud State University Center for Economic Education.

Featured Speakers

Deirdre McCloskey, Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

Deirdre McCloskey
"Adventures of a New Transwoman: 1995-2017"
Luncheon Speaker
Feb. 23, 2017
912 Regency Plaza

Deirdre will discuss her experience transitioning from Donald to Deirdre. We will follow her journey navigating the world and we’ll hear about the joys and pains of this journey.  This talk relates to her book Crossing: A Memoir.  The Library Journal shares this commentary on Crossing: "McCloskey, married for 30 years, the father of two, and an economics and history professor, was a secret crossdresser for 41 years, as 'Jane.' At 52, he realized that his real identity was as a woman and began transitioning as 'Dee' to become 'Deirdre.' At the heart of this fascinating and poignant story, told in the third person, are the two years (one in Holland) of hormones, multiple surgeries, electrolysis, and a legal name change, all part of the physical and emotional 'crossing' from male to female. The big-boned Deirdre describes the joy of 'passing,' the fear of being 'read,' and the occasional loving support she has received in contrast to painful estrangement from family, friends, and colleagues ... Revealing, humorous, and provocative."  $25 or $18 for students.  

"Liberal Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Make Us Rich”
Keynote Speaker
Feb. 24, 2017
Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall

McCloskey taught economics, history, English and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from 2000-2015. A well-known economist, historian and rhetorician, she has written 17 books and about 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. 

She is known as a "conservative” economist, Chicago-School style, but protests that "I’m a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive-Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not 'conservative'! I'm a Christian libertarian."

  • Until 1995 Deirdre McCloskey was "Donald." A Harvard graduate, she was tenured in economics and history at the University of Chicago and taught for 19 years at the University of Iowa.
  • She's been at UIC since 2000 as a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, and adjunct in Classics and Philosophy.
  • Her book Crossing was a New York Times Notable Book in 1999.
  • She has held a Guggenheim and National Humanities Fellowship, and National Science Foundation grants, and has been a Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer.

"Tests of Statistical Significance are Virtually Meaningless*"
Concurrent Session Presenter
Feb. 24, 2017
Atwood Theater, Atwood Memorial Center

*Some statistics knowledge required

Corey Tollefson, Featured Speaker

Corey Tollefson
SVP and GM of Retail, Infor
"How to Grow a Business from an Idea to 900 employees in 18 Months"
Feb. 23, 2017
912 Regency Plaza

Corey is highly regarded for his innovative work and strategies which have helped propel Infor's Retail division to the market leader in providing.  Under Corey's leadership, Infor Retail was launched and proudly has created a "co-innovation" approach to working with their clients.

Bio: Tollefson is responsible for leading a global team to develop, market, and service the industry's first cloud-based, retail suite of applications. His organizational design principle is to serve retailers in a more strategic 21st century fashion; based upon co-innovation, shared success while providing a relationship that enables digital transformations. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the team, having worked with some of the largest retailers in the world, including Macy's, Safeway, Williams Sonoma and countless more.

Prior to joining Infor, Tollefson held a variety of roles in retail, including software development, license sales, and product strategy. Most recently he served as the head of strategy for Oracle Retail, where he spent 11 years helping Oracle formulate its Retail division following the Retek acquisition.

In his spare time, Corey is involved in the music scene with ownership in, a new modern experience platform designed to tilt the economics to indie artists and create one to one relationships between artists and their fans.

Tollefson holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Saint Cloud State University - G.R. Herberger College of Business.