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CEO of J. Crew to speak, June 2

Mickey Drexler, chief executive officer of J. Crew, will give the keynote address at a conference on entrepreneurship on Friday, June 2, at the Friend Center for Engineering Education.

The conference, which will run from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., is organized by an alumni group, the Princeton Entrepreneurs' Network. It will feature panels and workshops on running a business and raising capital. Among special topics for discussion will be legal issues, technology trends and not-for-profit management.

Panelists will include: John Quigley, founder of Nassau Capital; Jared Polis, a 1996 alumnus who is founder of Blue Mountain Arts and Pro Flowers.com; and Diane deCordova, a 1983 alumna who is founder of Strategic Business Development Partners Inc. and former director of strategic alliances at Yahoo.

H. Vincent Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will deliver opening remarks. Drexler's address will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Prior to joining J. Crew in 2003, Drexler spent 18 years at Gap Inc., where he was named president in 1987 and CEO in 1995. While there, Drexler and his team increased the company's annual sales from $400 million to $14 billion.

The conference also will feature the conclusion of the Entrepreneurs' Network annual business plan contest. Six finalists will compete for a $10,000 prize to be awarded by a panel of successful venture capitalists and entrepreneurs for the best business plan.

The conference, open to alumni, students and the general public, is co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Bendheim Center for Finance. For more details and registration information, visit the conference's Web site.

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