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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak To Speak in KC

Tech pioneer Steve Wozniak will speak at a celebration for local mentoring program HEMP.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak is coming to KC Thursday, November 19 as part of Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP)’s 20th anniversary celebration.

HEMP matches seasoned, successful entrepreneur mentors with less-experienced entrepreneur mentees, providing one-on-one relationships, networking opportunities and valuable insight.

“As a successful entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak understands the importance a mentor can make in someone’s life, which is why we’re so excited to have him help celebrate 20 years of inspiring people through mentorship in Kansas City,” says Barnett Helzberg Jr., HEMP founder.

Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products—the Apple I and II—and influenced the popular Macintosh. Mike Lundgren, founder and curator of TEDxKC and director of innovation strategy at global marketing agency VML, will moderate the discussion with Wozniak. Lundgren worked at Apple from 1989-1997 as director of worldwide market development.

The anniversary celebration, with keynote speaker Wozniak, will be held in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The first inductee into a newly established “HEMP Hall of Fame,” honoring mentors who have given their time to help other business owners thrive, will also be announced during the event.  Tickets are on sale now.