About Timely Topics:

One of the most powerful tools for an entrepreneur is being connected to the right resources when they are needed most. Timely Topics, a series hosted by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, features panels of speakers, workshops to engage our entrepreneurs, and fire side chats with successful business leaders. These sessions are a way for CCEI to provide ongoing opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs to learn, grow, and connect. 

How Grit Turns into Growth


Shannon Malkin Daniels

Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. The inevitable failures, pivots and “no thank you” replies along the founder’s journey require grit. It can be quite an emotional roller coaster with daily ups and downs. Sometimes, you just have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. But if you can stick it out and learn to fail forward, you can turn that grit into growth, and ultimately - with a bit of luck - success and personal fulfillment. 

In this week’s Timely Topics, Shannon Malkin Daniels, Founder & CEO of encaptiv will share her own entrepreneurial journey. She'll open up about some of her own wins and losses, and how grit, above all else, keeps her moving forward - even when the going gets tough. 

October 5, 2022, at 4:00 pm on Zoom


Timely Topics events are free and open to the general public. We ask that you please register ahead of the event.

Using Self-Awareness as a Strength in your Entrepreneurial Journey: celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Week


Jennifer Mathieu, Shay Cantner, Hayley Segar and Jayme Coates

October 17, 2022, at 12:00 pm on Zoom


Timely Topics events are free and open to the general public. We ask that you please register ahead of the event.

Past Events

Timely Topics: Commercializing Big Ideas 
with Rachel Brand


Timely Topics: An International Perspective on Scaling Your Business
with Andy Mackin

Timely Topics: Riding the Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship
with Ryan Gresh

Timely Topics: Productivity Powerhouse
with Dave Bruno

Timely Topics: The Value of Storytelling in your Business Pitch
with Rory McGloin

Timely Topics: Is it Time to Export?
by Erno de Brunjo

Timely Topics: Making Sales Simple
with Steve Lanzit

Up and Coming Professional: What It's Like Being a Young Woman Navigating the Professional World
with Meghan Diamond

Timely Topics: The Relationship Between Creativity and Burnout
with Nova Lorrainne



Timely Topics: Inflection Point: Leveraging Experience to Cultivate a New Business
with Joseph Skelnar

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