Lemonade Day Teams Up with Gallup on Jan. 17 to Host 2nd Annual Briefing on Business Startup Challenges and Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities

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HOUSTON, Texas, and WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 3, 2019) –  Lemonade Day, a well-established global national youth entrepreneurship program that teaches leadership and business skills by encouraging children to launch a lemonade business in their hometown, is teaming up again with Gallup to host its second annual briefing on “Business Startup Challenges and Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities.”  The 2019 Gallup-Lemonade Day briefing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Elected officials, leaders of youth organizations, educators, students, business owners and executives, media representatives and others who support youth entrepreneurship are invited to attend.

Registration and a networking breakfast are scheduled from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. The Main Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:47 a.m.  Attendees are also invited to participate in breakout sessions from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. There will also be a special lunch session. For updated details about the agenda and speakers, please click on the hyperlinks. To RSVP, please click on this link.

The featured speakers will be Jim Clifton, chairman of Gallup; Dr. Ronald Beghetto, PhD, professor of educational psychology and director of the University of Connecticut’s Innovation House; Amanda Roman, chief strategy officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.; and Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; Luis Fortuño, former governor of Puerto Rico; and Hailey Hertzman and Katie Vonder Haar, founders of Ooh La Lemon.

Co-hosts for this briefing are Steven Gordon, Lemonade Day national president, Charlie Hamilton, Lemonade Day national board chairman and serial entrepreneur, and Joe Daly, a partner with Gallup and a member of the Lemonade Day national board of directors. They will share big ideas focused on improving the lives of kids, transforming their thinking, encouraging them to explore potential opportunities, and how adult leaders can influence student achievements that develop character, careers, and companies.

Gallup research indicates that entrepreneurial aspiration is diminishing and that less than .25 percent of approximately four million high school graduates in the U.S. each is contributing to the economic vitality of their local community. Gallup’s findings reflect the current state of cultural and entrepreneurial deficits in our kids today, regardless of their parents’ income level.

“Lemonade Day and Gallup are committed to empowering youth with confidence, valuable skillsets and strategic relationships. Together, our organizations are igniting the sparks of entrepreneurship in young kids that will impact them for life,” Gordon said. “Gallup is an outspoken proponent of youth entrepreneurship and of our program. Charlie Hamilton and I are honored to join Jim Clifton, Joe Daly, and other thought leaders in furthering the important conversation about inspiring young kids today to be business leaders of tomorrow. Through these briefings and other events in North America, we are actively seeking to recruit more communities, more sponsors, and more mentors to help us ‘build the future and stir up success’ one lemonade stand at a time.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for several activities throughout the briefing. Please contact Meghan Kelleher, Lemonade Day National development manager, at 281-972-4195, or


Current Agenda Framework (subject to change)

Registration and Breakfast                                                       8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

PBS News Hour feature (video) viewing in the meeting room


Morning Session                                                                     9:00 a.m. to 10:47 a.m.

Welcome and Outline for the Day                                   9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

Presented by: Joe Daly and Steven Gordon


Poll Results – Youth and Entrepreneurial Aspiration        9:05 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Presented by: Joe Daly


The Lemonade Day Movement                                      9:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Mission, Value, Future of Program

Presented by Steven Gordon


Making Lemons into Lemonade: Launching          9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Lemonade Day in Puerto Rico

Presented by Charlie Hamilton and Luis Fortuño, former governor of Puerto Rico


Government Regulations on Lemonade Stands (video)   9:50 a.m. to 9:52 a.m.

Youth Entrepreneurship in Action – From Lemonade       9:52 a.m. to 10:07 a.m.

Stand to Online Store: Launching Ooh La Lemon Store at 12 years old

Presented by Hailey Hertzman and Katie Vonder Haar: 2017 Lemonade Day National Entrepreneurs of the Year


Parental and Adult Mentor Support for Kidpreneurs         10:07 a.m. to 10:17 a.m.

Presented by Libby Gray and Michelle Hertzman: Hailey’s and Katie’s moms


The Small Business Ecosystem: Embracing the Risks of Entrepreneurship     10:17 a.m. to 10:32 a.m.

Presented by Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council


Corporate Support of Youth Entrepreneur Education       10:32 a.m. to 10:42 a.m.

Presented by Megan Hernandez, senior brand manager for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers®


Morning session wrap up                                               10:42 a.m. to 10:47 a.m.


Networking Coffee Break                                                         10:47 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.


Breakout Sessions                                                                   10:55 to noon

Breakout Session:  Educators

Moderator: Ron Beghetto

Breakout Session: Business and Elected Officials

Moderators/Panelists: Gina Spagnola, Amanda Roman, Karen Kerrigan and Brian Park

Breakout Session:  Youth Organizations

Moderator: Debbie Nazarian


Lunch Session

Lunch                                                                           12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Afternoon Session Kick Off                               12:30 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.

Presented by Charlie Hamilton


Feedback/Key Takeaways from Breakout Sessions         12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Representative of each group to give five-minute synopsis of what was discussed

and Key Takeaways


Dr. Ronald Beghetto                                                      12:50 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

Building Young People’s Creative Confidence through Beautiful Risks


Amanda Roman                                                            1:05 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Conscious Capitalism: How to Elevate Humanity through Business at Any Age

Entrepreneur Magazine – video message from the Editor 1:20 p.m. to 1:23 p.m.


Jim Clifton                                                                    1:23 p.m. to 1:38 p.m.

Who Will Build the Next America?


Question and Answer Session                                                1:38 p.m to 2:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks – Steven Gordan and Charlie Hamilton       2:00 p.m.


More about the Gallup-Lemonade Day Relationship

Gallup, a major champion of entrepreneurship, has been involved with Lemonade Day since 2013.  Gallup collaborated with George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to launch the Lemonade Day program there.

Since 2007, the Lemonade Day program has been responsible for engaging one million children in business startup experiences. In 2018, Lemonade Day events were held in 66 licensed markets in the United States and Canada. Lemonade Day has become more than one day. It is a movement to shape the definition of what our country’s future creative leaders will look like. For more information, please visit


More About the Speakers

Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup – Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in public opinion research and advanced analytics, since 1988. Under his leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly U.S. based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions. He is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement and business outcomes. Mr. Clifton is the bestselling author of The Coming Jobs War and Born to Build, as well as many articles on global leadership. His blog appears regularly in the Influencer section of LinkedIn and on’s Chairman’s Blog. He serves on several boards and is Chairman Emeritus of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He has received honorary degrees from Medgar Evers, Jackson State and Bellevue Universities. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Dr. Ronald Beghetto, PhD – Dr. Ronald Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in education. He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Innovation House at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Beghetto is the editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a creativity advisor for the LEGO Foundation.  His most recent books are: What if? Building Students’ Problem Solving Skills Through Complex Challenges (ASCD) and Beautiful Risks: Having the Courage to Teach and Learn Creatively (Rowman & Littlefield).  More information about Dr. Beghetto can be found at his website:

Amanda Roman – Amanda Kathryn Roman, chief strategy officer at Conscious Capitalism, Inc., has been called a cultural translator, a catalyst for creativity, an innovative designer, a dynamic high-energy speaker, a rock star facilitator, a maven network-builder, and a transformational coach. At Conscious Capitalism, Roman drives global innovation and strategic alignment while directing the incubation of learning and development experiences that support business leaders in integrating and implementing conscious business principles through mastermind gatherings, on-site workshops, site visits, online curriculum, and a series of experiential conferences around the world. She also leads the initiative to support a diversified representation of business leaders in the growing global movement of leaders who live and lead according to the Conscious Capitalist Credo. Internally, she provides organization-wide coaching and serves as a member of the Conscious Capitalism, Inc. executive leadership team to support organizational development. Her work has been profiled in a variety of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and New York Post.

Karen Kerrigan – For nearly twenty-five years Karen Kerrigan’s leadership, advocacy and training work has helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global business growth.  She is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and is the group’s chief advocate for its members. Kerrigan regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress on the key issues impacting entrepreneurs, investment and the economy, and has been appointed to numerous federal advisory boards including the National Women’s Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialog, the U.S. Treasury’s Taxpayer Advisory Panel, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. She has been called America’s “entrepreneurial envoy” and “small business ambassador” for her extensive speaking, knowledge sharing and capacity-building work overseas. Kerrigan is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forumand has provided counsel to governments and business associations across the globe regarding entrepreneurial development, capacity building, policy formation and implementation. In July 2018, Kerrigan was named to Fit Small Business’s “Top Small Business Influencers of 2018.”

Luis Fortuño – Luis G. Fortuño is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C. He combines practical, business-savvy advice with an understanding of how legislative and regulatory policy can affect his customer’s business operations. His 12 years of government service includes serving as Puerto Rico’s governor and as its sole representative in the US House of Representatives. Under his leadership as governor from 2009 to 2012, Puerto Rico implemented the largest tax cut in the territory’s history, right-sized its government, reined in deficit spending, and developed new sources of government revenue, resulting in the island’s only period of economic growth in over a decade. Luis served from 2005 to 2008 in the US House of Representatives, holding the roles of vice-president of his House Republican freshman class and later as vice-chair and then chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th and 110th Congresses, respectively. Additionally, he served as co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus. In 2007, he was appointed as the Republican minority’s ranking member on the Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. He also served as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure, International Relations, and Education and Workforce committees.

Hailey Hertzman and Katie Vonder Haar (and their moms)

Ooh La Lemon was founded in June 2018 by Hailey and Katie, two 12-year olds from Louisville, Kentucky. Katie and Hailey won the Lemonade Day National Entrepreneurs of the Year Award in 2017. The girls loved working together and wanted to continue their entrepreneurial journey by starting a business. With the support of their families, Hailey and Katie sought out to bring the trendiest lemon- and fruit-themed products to their followers. They launched an online store and also sell their products at events, including a pop up store in a Louisville mall during the holidays. The talented entrepreneurs have also appeared on television and radio since beginning their venture and were even named Treasurer for the Day by Kentucky State Treasurer, Allison Ball. This will be their second speaking engagement at the Lemonade Day/Gallup briefing. Last year, they also spent time on Capital Hill lobbying for passage of mandates on financial literacy as well as re-visiting permitting and licensing requirements for lemonade stands.

Megan Hernandez – Megan Hernandez joined Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® nearly four years ago and is a Senior Brand Manager for the company. Her background includes retail marketing/project management for Zale Corporation and account executive/project manager at a creative design/marketing firm. She received both an Associate of Science degree in Advertising/Communications and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Marketing Management from The University of Dallas (Texas).

Brian Park – Brian Park is a public speaker, director of technology at Real Time Cases, director at Startup Grind – DC, managing partner at Fishbowl Labs, investor, and startup advisor. He was listed on Forbes 17 Top Business Gurus. He has 18 years of product development experience from various internet companies including AOL and Startup Grind (Google for Entrepreneurs). At Real Time Cases, his goal is to build a product that delivers the highest quality and value to the user’s educational experience. As the Director (Wash. D.C.) of Startup Grind, Brian is part of the largest independent startup community which actively educates, inspires, and connects more than 1.5 million entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters. The organization nurtures startup ecosystems in 125 countries through events, media, and partnership with other organizations.

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