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Weather cancels Launch conference

Harris III will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Launch conference.
Harris III will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Launch conference.

Award-winning illusionist and entrepreneur Harris III will be the keynote speaker at the 14th-annual South Dakota Entrepreneurship Education Conference, which will take place April 12 in the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium’s Club 71 on the South Dakota State University campus. Due to the recent weather conditions, this event has been canceled.

Harris III, who has appeared on thousands of stages in 49 states and in nearly 40 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, opens the event with his 10:15 a.m. keynote speech.

Harris III founded the Istoria Collective, an event and production company that creates and executes meaningful and transformative experiences for people and brands through both live events and a variety of other mediums. After an already successful career as a speaker and performer, Harris began a new season by relaunching STORY, the nation's premier conference for creators and storytellers. What began as a simple two-day annual conference has exploded into a prolific movement of culture-shaping storytelling. Under his leadership, STORY has turned into a community that gathers in multiple cities around the world through a variety of workshops, conferences and events.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be two activities. One will be a panel discussion with South Dakota entrepreneurs Laurel Diekhoff, Dhiraj Sharan and Jessica Herrboldt. Fire Brothers Fireworks’ Andy Jorgensen will moderate the panel discussion. He will also serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Running concurrently will be Harris III’s presentation, “Creating a Culture of Wow in a World of How.”

Following lunch, Harris III ends the day with “Storytelling and the Powerful Tool of Wonder” at 1:30 p.m.

The event is supported by the Ness Endowment for Management and Economics and the Research Park at South Dakota State University.

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