Deadline Extended for Thought Leader Scholarships to Food for Thought, "The Next Generation of Inspiration"

Applications due March 13 for scholarships covering registration fees plus travel costs

Feb 26, 2013, 16:04 ET from Erwin-Penland

GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Because great ideas know no socioeconomic boundaries, creativity and inspiration gathering Food For Thought has extended its deadline to apply for one of 10 full scholarships providing access to a diverse pool of attendees.

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The event, set for April 23-25, in Greenville, S.C., is limited to approximately 80 guests to maintain an unparalleled level of intimacy and interactivity.  Food For Thought organizers offer Thought Leader Scholarships to allow budding entrepreneurs, educators, non-profit workers and public servants to participate without having to pay the $1,575 registration fee or even any travel costs.

"Food For Thought has always been about sharing great ideas," said event founder Joe Erwin, president of Greenville-based integrated marketing firm Erwin Penland.  "Having a diverse group of presenters and participants enhances the creative dynamic, and our Thought Leader Scholarships allow recipients to participate as equals with CEOs, entrepreneurs and other accomplished professionals."

Scholarship candidates should apply at by March 13.  Those selected to receive a scholarship will be notified in plenty of time to coordinate travel plans with Food For Thought organizers.

The agenda for this year's Food For Thought includes an array of sessions designed to impact how attendees view their work, the world and even themselves, including:

  • A panel discussion featuring some of the most forward-thinking CMOs in the country:  Tami Erwin of Verizon Wireless, Seth Farbman of Gap Inc. and Dave Ridley of Southwest Airlines.
  • An intentionally discomforting conversation with Yael Cohen, the 25-year-old visionary behind the make-no-apologies charity F*ck Cancer.
  • The amazing story of Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman, two Harvard grads whose start-up Uncharted Play created a soccer ball that harnesses energy for use as a portable generator.
  • Insights into how leaders can transform their business by communicating in a language that all stakeholders can understand, from "The Chocolate Conversation" author Rose Fass.
  • An afternoon of high-revving driving action at the BMW Performance Center.
  • The best food you ever had at a conference, including a an intimate dinner with Chris Hastings, award-winning chef/owner of the acclaimed Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Ala.
  • A rip-roaring performance by one of America's hottest new bands, Vintage Trouble, an LA-based foursome that has toured with the likes of The Who and Bon Jovi.

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SOURCE Erwin-Penland