‘Who Owns the Ice House?’ Author to Speak During Global Entrepreneurship Week


by News Bureau on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Clifton Taulbert

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 31, 2011 – A best-selling author and professional workplace consultant who offers insights on the “power of community” to ensure “organizational effectiveness” in the 21st century will speak during Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Clifton Taulbert, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of the recently released “Who Owns the Ice House?” will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. His presentation, “Who Owns the Ice House?” is also part of the 2011-2012 University Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.

Taulbert’s “Who Owns the Ice House?” is based on his own life experience and chronicles his journey from his life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by TIME magazine as “one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.” Drawing on the wisdom he gained from his Uncle Cleve, “Who Owns the Ice House?” is a powerful and compelling story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. In this book, Taulbert has teamed up with entrepreneurial thought leader Gary Schoeniger to capture the entrepreneurial life lessons that can empower anyone to succeed.


Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast is directed by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“It is such an honor to have Mr. Taulbert visit our campus during this exciting week,” stated Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management at Southeast.  “Clifton’s life and experiences growing up in the Mississippi Delta provide inspiration to anyone attempting to overcome challenges. The entrepreneurial life lessons he learned as a child from his uncle Cleve provided him a set of tools he has used to impact countless others on his path to success. We look forward to him sharing these timeless principles with our students and community.”

Taulbert’s literary works and passion for the power of community sparked him to pioneer the Building Community Institute and to be chosen by CNN as one of their voices of community to the world. He is currently chief executive officer, president and founder of The Freemount Corp./Building Community Institute.

He grew up in the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation – the world that provided him the wellspring from which he draws his inspiration. His first book, “Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored,” became the groundwork for his writing career while giving the world an opportunity to experience life “inside” the homes of those who nurtured him. His journey from the Delta has been a testament to the long reach of community in people’s lives.

His second volume of memoirs, “The Last Train North,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is scheduled to become Taulbert’s next major film. He is also the author of “Eight Habits of the Heart.”

Taulbert’s lectures and writings have taken him to the Library of Congress where, as a personal guest of Sandra Day O’Connor, he addressed members of the Supreme Court. His company serves clients globally, including leadership development for executives of Fortune 500 Companies and the 27 federal agencies reporting to the President of the United States.

Taulbert has also served as guest professor at Harvard University and the U.S. Air Force Academy, and has lectured at a NATO gathering in Brussels, Belgium. In all of Taulbert’s work, both his lectures and writings, he pays homage to those ordinary people from the Mississippi Delta who seized the moment on his behalf. He and his wife Barbara live in Tulsa, Okla., where their company is headquartered. They share the joy of their son, Marshall Danzy Taulbert, who is pursuing a film career in Los Angeles.

Taulbert’s presentation will be a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities, now in its fourth year at Southeast. The week is designed to connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and culture. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others will participate in a range of activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings. The week will focus on generating new ideas and seeking better ways of doing things.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and the Make Your Mark campaign in the United Kingdom in 2008. Students around the world will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 events.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast is directed by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week or the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, visit www.semo.edu/cie or send an inquiry to cie@semo.edu.