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Travelocity founder Terry Jones gives business speech at Wilkes University on Oct. 21

Travelocity founder Terry Jones gives business speech at Wilkes University on Oct. 21
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From a press release:

Terry Jones, founder of and founding chairman of, will deliver the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Jones will deliver the lecture “On Innovation: Powerful Ideas to Create a More Innovative Organization” at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts (239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre) at 7 p.m. The lecture will also be live streamed for registrants who cannot attend in person.

His lecture will focus on the need for business to continually innovate while giving leaders simple but powerful ideas they can use to create a more innovative organization.

Earlier in the day, Jones will meet with a small group of Wilkes students for a question-and-answer session.

As the founder of Travelocity and founding chairman of Kayak, Jones helps audiences turn innovation into an everyday skill. His career and personal experiences provide real-world illustrations of how challenging and ultimately rewarding it can be to gather a team and establish a culture that is open to change, and he gives audiences step-by-step plans to create that culture.

He authored the books “On Innovation” and “Disruption Off” and is managing principal of On Inc., a consultancy he founded to help companies transition to the digital economy. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and Sierra Angels.

Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit Questions about the event can be directed to Mildred Urban, director of university events, at or 570-408-4330.

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs.

Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility.

In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing.