Live & Work with Purpose: Fireside Chat with Pete Wilkins

01/19/2022 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage

In the opening to his book, Purpose First Entrepreneur, Pete Wilkins explores the idea of purpose, saying “So often, we equate who we are with what we do… but so many of us don’t like what we do. But what if there were a way to marry your life’s purpose with the work you do? To feel engaged, excited and driven by meaning every single day? To start a business that will change the world?”. These questions set the stage for the content and framework that Pete explores through the rest of his book. 

Whether you are an entrepreneur shaping your business or part of a company looking to find meaning in your work, the guiding principles that Pete outlines ring true. He has lived and learned – often the hard way – and believes that those who align their goals with their life’s purpose end up being strong, thoughtful leaders. 

Purpose First Entrepreneurs – from startup founders to solopreneurs to business owners and everywhere in between – create value for others to enjoy by building their business and have a huge impact through how they build.  Join us for an intimate discussion between Pete and 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler covering the life experiences that led Pete to live with purpose and write his book, how you can get started with identifying your own purpose, the importance that purposefully guided people and culture can have on shaping a company and suggestions for how you too can lead (and live) with purpose.

In-person attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Purpose First Entrepreneur. Virtual attendees will be provided a link to download a digital workbook.  

This event is presented in a hybrid format. The in-person portion will be at 1871, from 9am – 11am CST. The virtual stream will be from 9:30am – 10:45am CST. 

All in-person guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the 1871 space. 

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Pete Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels

Pete is a purpose-driven leader committed to creating a positive impact in the world. Today, Pete leads HPA – one of the most active and successful early-stage venture investor groups in the country. Based on his experiences over the course of his life and career, he has put all of his tried-and-true practices into one platform, Purpose First Entrepreneur. The book and online resources offer a lifetime of lessons and research into key principles that people can use to lead and live more purposefully, ultimately helping them capitalize on their purpose, turn it into a business and manifest success and measurable outcomes in everyday life.

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