Jeff Hoffman to speak at Lake Erie College


Lake Erie College is proud to welcome Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of ColorJar and, to campus as the keynote speaker for the College’s annual Founders Day event. Hoffman will be presenting "Keys to Success for Entrepreneurs.” The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center, located at the corner of Gillett and Walnut Streets.

Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. He has been part of a number of well-known companies, including,, CTI, ColorJar and more.

Today, Hoffman serves on the boards of organizations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis, serving on the global board of directors of Global Entrepreneurship Week (supporting entrepreneurship in over 130 countries), the U.S. State Department’s GIST program (Global Innovation through Science and Technology, working in 49 emerging nations), the APEC Startup Initiative (the Asia Pacific Economic Council’s 21-member nation association) and many others. He supports the White House, the State Department, the United Nations and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.

Hoffman is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and business leadership, and he is the author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Hoffman also presents innovation workshops for major corporations on a regular basis. He is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and more.

Hoffman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National CEO Council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and he received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and Rising Tide Capital, as well as the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.

Outside of the world of technology, he has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.

Hoffman’s speech at Lake Erie College’s Founders Day event is free and open to the public. Guests must register online at by November 3, as space is limited. In addition, a meet-and-greet will be held in the lobby of the Osborne Center following the presentation. For more information, call 440-375-7224.

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