Training Services

Community Engagement Keynotes

Community engagement is essential to bring about organizational change. Our leadership team is comprised of internationally recognized thought leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education, philanthropy, economic development and higher education. By sharing our experiences in your community, we can help raise awareness and engage stakeholders to support an entrepreneurial culture.

Thom Ruhe CEOThom Ruhe is a world-renowned champion of entrepreneurship as a means to economic inclusion and societal engagement. He has served the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Fostering Entrepreneurship, presented at the United Nations, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

As CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Thom is leveraging over a decade of work in entrepreneurship led economic development. Drawing from the many programmatic accomplishments during his tenure at the Kauffman Foundation, most notably the creation of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, Thom now works with communities around the world to address entrepreneurship education, mentoring, access to capital and fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Thom also provides service to other innovative groups working to democratize entrepreneurship. He is on the Board of Advisers for The Kenan Institute of Free Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill, is a founding trustee for Innovation Fund America, and is on the Advisory Board for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.


Gary Schoeniger Founder

Author and ELI Founder Gary Schoeniger has emerged as an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education. 

Schoeniger’s message has influenced a broad audience from higher education and economic development organizations to government, corporate and non-profit clients worldwide. Clients include the Kauffman Foundation, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Banco Popular, Southern Bancorp, the Eurasia Foundation, the government of Buenos Aires, SEBRAE, the Colombian Ministry of Education, and the US State Department. 

With his focus on the entrepreneurial mindset, Schoeniger has presented numerous keynotes, workshops and training programs throughout the US and abroad. Recent engagements include the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio de Janeiro and Moscow, as well as speaking and training programs in Athens, London, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sofia, Santiago, Aberdeen, Nicosia, Zagreb, Tbilisi and Baku. 

Schoeniger led the development of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as “redefining entrepreneurship education in classrooms and communities around the world”. The Ice House Program has been featured at the United Nations General Assembly as well as National Public radio, Inc Magazine, CNN Money and the Huffington Post. 

Schoeniger, along with Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, is also the co-author of Who Owns The Ice House: Eight Life Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur, an international bestseller described as “required reading for humanity”.


Bree Bio PicBree Langemo, Bree Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, leads the national strategy for partnership development for the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. As Dean of Business, Public Service & Social Sciences at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Bree helped coordinate the rollout of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program as a required student success course with extraordinary results. With over a decade of experience in higher education and student success initiatives, Bree is now leading the development of the Ice House Student Success Program, a student success course that inspires and engages students with the perseverance and determination of an entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed academically and in life. Bree assists higher education institutions and organizations to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture with stakeholder buy-in and plan impactful, metric driven implementations.

Bree has authored multiple publications and has spoken at numerous regional, national and global conferences and educational events, most recently, The Rural Innovation Conference (Snow College) Keynote, American Association of Community Colleges’ Annual Conference, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference, Association for Managers of Innovation Keynote, Viborg International School – Mercantec (Denmark) Graduation Keynote Address, Colorado Springs Executives Association Keynote and the Southern Colorado Business Partnership.

Bree provides thought leadership on a number of topics including cultivating an entrepreneurial culture; the need for entrepreneurship education to advance student success; entrepreneurship as a mindset that every student needs and the workforce demands; and an entrepreneurial mindset to expand human potential, empowering ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.


If you are interested in having one of our accomplished speakers lead a discussion on the importance of encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in your community, contact our training and services manager to learn more.

Faculty In-Service & Professional Development

Organizational change begins with organizational culture. Our Staff and Faculty In-Service and Professional Development programs are designed to transform organizational culture through an entrepreneurial mindset. We offer a variety of one and two-day staff/faculty in-service & professional development programs for academic institutions, economic development organizations and corporate clients worldwide.

Contact our training and services manager to learn more about our faculty in-service and professional development programs.

ELI’s workshops were some of the most eye-opening learning experiences I have encountered. Their strong message on a redefined approach to entrepreneurship made an ever-lasting impact.

Ramina Murshudova
Alumni Outreach Coordinator
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative team has proven itself to Cisco. They created a world-class, multimedia course on The Entrepreneurial Mindset for the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute.

Vito Amato, Ph.D. Cisco Entrepreneur Institute


Thurs, October 22, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Ice House Student Success Product Demo Webinar 10/22 2pm EST

Ice House Student Success Product Demo Webinar 10/22 2pm EST

Tues, Oct 6, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 EST

Ice House Informational Webinar 10/6 3pm EST

Ice House Informational Webinar 10/6 3pm EST

October 26 – 29, 2015

Facilitator Training: October 2015

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Training – October 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Facilitator Training

Join a distinguished group of educators and economic development experts. Learn how to implement the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in your community:

  • Separating popular myths and common misconceptions from entrepreneurial practice, participants will understand entrepreneurship as a mindset that can empower anyone to succeed.
  • Review and discuss the Ice House course content, methodology, structure, learning objectives & delivery options. Participants will examine key concepts and best practices that foster the development of entrepreneurial skills.
  • Participants will experience the Ice House Opportunity Discovery Process designed to immerse students in real-world entrepreneurial circumstances that will enable them to develop entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors and skills.
  • Examine best practices and use cases for effective delivery of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in classrooms and communities around the world.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program “method” is wicked awesome. It turns the age-old misconceptions about entrepreneurism upside down and destroys the paradigm.

Gina L. Kinchlow, MBA

This three day intensive training is available as an open enrollment offering as well as on-site training. Click here for open enrollment. Contact our training and services manager to learn more about hosting onsite training at your organization.


Thurs, October 22, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Ice House Student Success Product Demo Webinar 10/22 2pm EST

Ice House Student Success Product Demo Webinar 10/22 2pm EST

Tues, Oct 6, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 EST

Ice House Informational Webinar 10/6 3pm EST

Ice House Informational Webinar 10/6 3pm EST

October 26 – 29, 2015

Facilitator Training: October 2015

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Training – October 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Octubre 26 – 29, 2015

Formación de Facilitadores: Octubre 2015

Formación de Facilitadores Programa de Emprendimiento de la Casa del Hielo – Octubre 2015 en Kansas City, Missouri. Fundación Kauffman.


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“I have been a student of self-improvement and business development strategies for many years, but the Ice House program has made the most impact in the shortest amount of time compared to other books I have read and courses I have taken. I thought I was about to engage in an exercise in entrepreneurial readiness. Imagine my amazement to learn I was taking a course in how to repair the human soul though self empowerment. I won’t gush, but it was really that impactful for me.”

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Our Team

ELI has assembled a team of educators, entrepreneurs and strategic partners who are dedicated to achieving our mission.

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