The Entrepreneur Workshop Series

Join TCU Neeley Executive Education for an engaging series exploring entrepreneurship and real-world applications for the modern day business owner. Neeley School of Business faculty member and William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence, Michael Sherrod will tackle a series of topics with local successful business owners and entrepreneurs to work with participants.

Cost: $495* per workshop or $1,500 for all four workshops

Leading through Change: Effective Business Leadership in the Age of Disruption

Featuring Sol Kanthack, CEO of Left Dial

8:30 am – noon
October 3, 2018
Cost: $495 covers all course materials and refreshments.

Leading a company today takes business intelligence, emotional intelligence, strategic intelligence and just about every other kind of intelligence known to trendy business writers. Those topics will be discussed, but more importantly, you'll learn how to strengthen your own leadership approach and why it is important to work on your core leadership principles daily.

Raising Capital 

Featuring Nick Fowler, CEO, Founder and Co-Owner, REXtac, LLC and Deborah Lawrence, Project Manager at REXtac, LLC

8:30 am – noon
November 5, 2018
Cost: $495 covers all course materials and refreshments.

This course focuses on the reality of raising capital for growth–what it takes to successfully raise $300,000 or $300,000,000. The presenters have done it and can tell how it really works and what you need to know to be successful raising capital for your own business

Funding Your Business Through the "Ups" & "Downs"

Featuring Doug Renfro, President of Fort Worth's Renfro Foods
8:30 am – noon
November 29, 2018
Cost: $495 covers all course materials and refreshments.

The funding of an ongoing business is a critically important strategy for every successful company. This course will help you understand how the funding of your business day-to-day is as important to your overall success as marketing and sales - if not more so.

Doug Renfro, President of Fort Worth’s Renfro Foods, will discuss how Renfro Foods has funded their business through recession and growth for more than 40 years.

Michael Sherrod, TCU’s Entrepreneur in Residence, will co-teach the course, facilitate the discussion and bring insights from an entrepreneurial career spanning  40+ years and 17 companies.

You will gain valuable insights from people who are currently successful practitioners of what they preach.

HR as Business Strategy: Maximizing the Performance and the Potential of Your Company

8:30 am – noon
December 4, 2018
Cost: $495 covers all course materials and refreshments.

Successful businesses today still rely on hiring good people to be, and remain, successful. Yet, 99% of current human resource managers in global companies don't understand how to hire through crowdsourcing, or how use the newest tools and strategies to help their companies hire for the 21st century. Human Resources is now more important than ever and the strategies you use and the tools you'll need will determine if the people you hire can help your company succeed - or not.

Faculty Leaders

Michael Sherrod
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence

Michael Sherrod began his career in 1976 by starting a magazine publishing company right out of grad school. He transitioned from the print world into the online world in 1985 when he helped manage a video-text news service for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In his career Michael has founded or co-founded 15 companies, including Black Dove Media,, AOL Local and Additionally, he has served in senior management roles and started new companies inside CapCities/ABC, AMR Information Services, AOL,, and The Anschutz Companies. In 2010, he served as the first Publisher of The Texas Tribune (, a non-profit, non-partisan media site covering Texas government, politics, and public policy and is founding board member.

Michael is Chairman of the Board of the Urban Library Council, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute, the world’s leading research institute for sex, gender and reproduction, and a former board member of the Craigslist Foundation. He also serves as board member and advisor to a number of online organizations around the world and is an active Angel investor. Michael is an author and frequent speaker on online, cultural and media issues.

Sherrod holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied in the interdisciplinary Great Books Program, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MBA from The Neeley School of Business at TCU.

Doug Renfro
President of Renfro Foods

Doug Renfro is President of Renfro Foods. He oversees new product development and helps manage a number of strategic and administrative areas of the business, including sales, purchasing, legal, and information systems. 

Involved in a number of professional and community organizations, Doug is a past president of the Tarrant Area Food Bank , the Texas Food Processors Association and the North Texas Food Sales Association. Doug currently serves as chairman of the board of Casa Mañana, a not-for-profit theater organization and is a past executive committee member of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, a non-profit conservation and preservation institute. Doug is also on the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, the Chile Pepper Institute’s Advisory Council and TCU’s Neeley School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He has also served as a board member of Fort Worth South, a non-profit organization that works to renovate Fort Worth’s southern inner city.

Sol Kanthack
CEO of Left Dial

Through Left Dial, Sol invests in partnership with private equity and serves as an Operating Partner, working alongside management teams to help grow their companies by building out the team, developing their retail and ecommerce strategies and sourcing and integrating M&A transactions. 

Throughout his career Sol has established, managed and executed significant revenue generating partnerships with global brands such as: Amazon, Google, The Home Depot, The Walt Disney Company, Cisco, Bank of America, ING Group, Honda/Acura, Ford, Land Rover, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) producers of the New York City Marathon, Ironman Triathlon/World Triathlon Corporation, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series/Competitor Group, Ingram Content Group, the American Booksellers Association, and Macmillan.

Sol received a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with the Dean's Award of Distinction and degree concentrations in Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Finance. Sol is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) both in the Fort Worth, TX Chapter and Internationally.

Deborah Lawrence
Project Manager at REXtac, LLC

Deborah Lawrence is currently the project manager for a Zero Carbon Emissions (ZCE) program at REXtac, LLC. The company believes it will be the first petrochemical company in the world to achieve zero carbon emissions.

Deborah started her career in London as an Investment banker. In 2009, She was one of the first to identify the financial anomalies of shale gas and tight oil production. Subsequently, she became an international go-to source for independent information on fracking.

She was appointed to a U.S. Department of Interior Committee for a three year term, served on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and testified before the Senate Committee On Energy and Natural Resources regarding exportation of shale gas from the US. She was subsequently invited to present before the European Union Parliamentary Delegation regarding the economic performance of fracked wells in the United States. Currently, She is involved in a Working Group for the Annual Energy Outlook for the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Deborah is an international keynote speaker and has been featured in publications, both domestic and international including the New York Times, RollingStone Magazine, London's Guardian, MSNBC and al-Jazeera to name a few.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement