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Social Entrepreneur Engaging the Public at Lakehead U

October 27, 2006

Lakehead University Speaker Series Presents Greg Forbes Siegman on October 30

Educator, artist, and social entrepreneur Greg Forbes Siegman will be the next guest in the Lakehead University Speaker Series. On October 30, Siegman — whose first thirty years of life serve as the basis for The First Thirty by Jillip Naysinthe Paxson — will speak about dealing with rejection, discovering your passion, and redefining success. He will also take part in a book signing before the start of the session and a Question & Answer afterwards.

At 33, Siegman is the youngest person to date invited to take part in the Lakehead University Speaker Series — with previous guests including top leaders from media, business, and government. In conjunction with Siegman's visit, Lakehead University will host a one-night-only exhibit of part of his art collection, My Sleepless Nights. Siegman’s talk has appealed to a very wide audience in the U.S., and his talk relate to both students and the wider community.

The Lakehead University Speaker Series is a free public lecture offered by Lakehead University as an information-sharing event and dialogue, in partnership with The Chronicle-Journal and Travelodge Airlane. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited - come early. Parking after 6 p.m. is free. For more, please visit
Background On Greg Forbes Siegman
After graduating college at the top of his class, Greg Forbes Siegman appeared to be on the 'fast track' to corporate success, but he chose to follow his heart and take a detour — becoming a substitute teacher for one year. One year turned into eight, and along the way, he established The Brunch Bunch Mentoring Program, designed to break down racial, cultural, and social barriers, and The 11-10-02 Foundation, which helps overlooked students get to college. He is also the founder of

Siegman has received some special honours including the Jefferson Award for Public Service and being named America's Daily Point of Light. In 2005, he was honoured at Princeton University as one of the top social entrepreneurs under 40. He has been featured by media such as Good Morning America, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Global Heroes Magazine, Volunteer Leadership Magazine, and Education Week. He has written for the media as well. For more, please visit

Background On The Book
Co-authored by Jillip Naysinthe Paxson, The First Thirty is based on the first thirty lessons learned from the full-circle, first thirty years of Greg Forbes Siegman's life — from underestimated student to substitute teacher exploring racial and cultural barriers to young philanthropist helping other overlooked students get to college. The book is now used at a wide variety of schools, organizations and companies. For more, please visit

Background On The Art
Called a 'tribute to tolerance and diversity' by Art World News, the collection known as My Sleepless Nights features Greg Forbes Siegman's pencil-based portraits of the contemporary, historical and cinematic figures who have inspired him. The collection , which includes portraits of people such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, and Rocky Balboa, has previously been on display in places such as California, New York and Chicago. For more, visit

Members of the Media: To schedule time for a phone or e-mail interview with Mr. Siegman in advance of his trip to Thunder Bay, please contact Marla Tomlinson at 807-343-8177.



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