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10-14-2010

Gen Y Guy Jason Ryan Dorsey to Speak at Clarkson University October 26

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Jason Ryan Dorsey, the "Gen Y Guy," will speak at Clarkson University on Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cheel Campus Center Barben Rooms. The event is free and open to the public.jdorsey

Dorsey is a thought leader on Gen Y and bridging the generations. Recognized as "The Gen Y Guy," Dorsey is an acclaimed keynote speaker, bestselling author, corporate consultant and award-winning entrepreneur. In the past 12 years, he has delivered 1,800 keynote speeches around the world-earning standing ovations from audiences as large as 13,000.

Dorsey’s clients have taken him to all 50 states and as far away as Egypt, Finland, Spain, and India. In a typical year, he delivers more than 120 customized programs at events ranging from CEO summits and high-profile education conferences to international association meetings.

A proud member of Gen Y (who text messages his mom every day), Dorsey has been featured as a generational expert on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, The View, in Fortune Magazine and over 100 other media outlets.

In recognition of his business achievements, Dorsey won the Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at age 25 -- one of the youngest winners ever. Dorsey’s newest book is titled Y-Size Your Business: How Gen Y Employees Can Grow Your Business and Save You Money.

Dorsey’s nontraditional path began at age 16. Growing up in small-town Texas, Dorsey saw few opportunities and abundant obstacles. At a pivotal time, one of his high school teachers encouraged Dorsey to leave his hometown behind and start college early.

Inspired by this teacher’s belief in his abilities, Dorsey attended Clarkson University’s Clarkson School and college programs in Florida and Israel on his way to becoming a junior at the University of Texas at Austin Business Honors Program at age 18.

While at UT, Dorsey built an extensive network from scratch, attracted respected mentors through cold calling, and positioned himself for great job opportunities. He also saw that many people his age -- Generation Y -- were struggling to make the same transition from education to career.

Dorsey realized he could help them by sharing what he had learned firsthand, so at age 18 he authored and self-published Graduate to Your Perfect Job in his college dorm room. Publishing his own book landed Dorsey $50,000 in debt and sleeping on the floor of a tiny garage apartment. He never felt more alive or vulnerable.

Through hard work and persistence, Dorsey’s book and message eventually reached the media. Business executives and education leaders began asking Dorsey to keynote their conferences and share how they could unlock Generation Y’s potential -- from the view of someone in Generation Y. The result was Dorsey speaking to business leaders around the world, on-site at over 700 schools and colleges, and earning standing ovations.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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