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This fast-paced show drops listeners into a compelling conversation about higher education. In Your Element asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education.

Host Eric Stoller chats with Cliff Holekamp, Cofounder & Managing Director of Cultivation Capital. On episode 3 of In Your Element, Eric and Cliff discuss:

  • The ethical and financial ramifications of a needs-blind admissions model
  • Why university programs like entrepreneurship are becoming more and more popular
  • How recruiting and retention go hand in hand
  • The rise of technological innovation across universities and why colleges are really tech companies

About the Podcast

Eric Stoller

Host

Eric Stoller

Eric Stoller is the former Vice President of Product Strategy at Element451—an advanced student engagement CRM available, providing higher ed institutions with a competitive admissions advantage from recruitment to enrollment. You may know Eric from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, speaking engagements, or consulting work around digital engagement. He’s always loved doing marketing and public relations but never wanted to work for an agency. However, Eric’s experiences in student development services at the University of Illinois Chicago and enrollment management + academic advising at Oregon State University cemented his interest in the intersection of technology, student success, and digital engagement. Eric has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College, a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Oregon State University, and an honorary doctorate in coffee drinking.

Cliff Holekamp

Interviewee

Cliff Holekamp

Cliff Holekamp is the Cofounder & Managing Director of Cultivation Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Cliff was the Founder and President of Foot Healers (sold to private equity in 2007). He was also the Professor of Practice and Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis where he was named one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Professors in the World and where he led the entrepreneurship program from its infancy to being ranked #1 in the world (Inc. Magazine, 2019 & 2020).  His nonprofit board service includes at SC Launch at the South Carolina Research Authority, Venture for America, and the Saint Louis Zoo.  Cliff holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he currently serves on the National Council for entrepreneurship.

In Your Element

All things higher ed from application to graduation and beyond.

In Your Element host Eric Stoller from Element451 asks innovative leaders about the challenges, wins, and future of everything from meeting enrollment numbers to equity in education. His five-question format gets to the heart of what’s happening in each guest’s corner of higher education. The unifying theme: how do we all rally around students’ needs to help them succeed?

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