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MSU Panel Discussion: Will Entrepreneurship Thrive During a Trump Presidency?


MONTCLAIR/LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Donald J. Trump was an unconventional candidate, and many expect him to be an unconventional president. What will this mean in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship?

On Monday, January 30, a panel of experts will provide insight on how a Trump administration could impact entrepreneurs, startup founders, innovators and inventors. You'll hear from:

Two political strategists/consultants, Democrat Julie Roginsky and Republican Michael DuHaime. Roginsky is a Fox News contributor who has been an advisor to Cory Booker, Frank Lautenberg and many others, including gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy. DuHaime has held senior positions with George W. Bush, Chris Christie, John McCain and others. What can we expect from a Trump White House? How will the Democrats interact with a Trump administration? Roginsky and DuHaime will provide their expert analysis, with viewpoints from both parties.

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Political expert and Montclair State's own Brigid Callahan Harrison will serve on the panel.  She is a Professor of Political Science and Law, Harrison is a frequent commentator on U.S. politics in print, electronic and broadcast media. Harrison will provide the larger context of how Trump and his administration could influence innovation and entrepreneurship.

The moderator will be patent and intellectual property attorney, David Postolski. A partner at Gearhart Law, Postolski is well-known and well-respected in the startup community in New Jersey, and beyond. Postolski, serving as moderator, will steer us through the state of innovation today, and where it could be headed under a Trump administration.

Event is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, and Department of Political Science and Law.

Event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.

6:00-6:45 pm  Networking with pizza   
6:45-7:00 pm  Welcome and 30-second pitches from the audience   
7:00-8:30 pm  Panel discussion with audience Q&A  

Location: Room 101, Feliciano School of Business

To learn more, and to pre-register:


For more information, contact Sharon Waters, Program Manager at

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