Chicago Cubs and Incapital owner Tom Ricketts to speak at IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day

  • Sept. 6, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Chicago Cubs and of Incapital LLC, will speak at this year's ninth annual IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Registration is required to attend, and admission is limited. The event, on Friday, Sept. 9, is being presented by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IU Bloomington.

“Mr. Ricketts has a great perspective on the entrepreneurial nature of businesses, even those as old as the Cubs organization,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the IU Kelley School of Business and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “We’re very pleased that he’ll be our keynote speaker, and I’m sure his insights will be interesting and valuable to those who attend.”

Ricketts’ presentation, at 1 p.m. in Room 2075 of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, will be followed by an annual networking event for IU Kelley entrepreneur alumni and students from 2 to 4 p.m.

In rapid-fire fashion, entrepreneurs briefly summarize their businesses and ideas at the networking event. Whether the need be funding, employees, partners or know-how, it is designed to spread the word and enable faster connections. 

A lifelong fan of the Cubs, Ricketts led his family’s acquisition of the team from the Tribune Co. in 2009. When he and his family were introduced as the Cubs’ new owners, he outlined three goals for the organization: win the World Series; preserve and improve Wrigley Field for future generations; and be good neighbors, giving back to the city and neighborhood. He and his siblings Laura and Todd serve as the team’s board of directors.

Ricketts also chairs Incapital LLC, which he co-founded in 1999. Incapital is an investment bank with underwriting and distribution expertise in a wide range of securities.

Beginning with Incapital's corporate notes platform, Ricketts led its diversification initiatives in U.S. agencies, certificates of deposit, mortgage-backed securities, municipal bonds and structured notes. Incapital's platform has more recently been expanded to include preferred stock offerings, unit investment trusts and annuities.

Ricketts serves on the boards of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Field Museum, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Club of Chicago and the Wood Family Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

The IU Entrepreneurial Connection Day is sponsored by the Kelley School of Business and the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The free event is open to IU students, faculty and staff, but reservations are required. For more information, call 812-855-4248, visit the Johnson Center website or register online.

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