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Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship

1201 Network Centre Dr.

Effingham, Illinois 62401

United States

Company Description

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship is an investment in the future, established by Midland States Bank. The Institute endeavors to establish the transformational program called "CEO" in communities in the Midland States Bank footprint and beyond. ... more

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Advance Illinois

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New Smithsonian Exhibition

Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Gala
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Craig Lindvahl Executive Director Email:

Craig Lindvahl - Executive Director
Craig Lindvahl is a nationally recognized educator and filmmaker. In more than thirty years of teaching, he has taught every grade k-12, and his work as a filmmaker and musician has taken him to nearly 20 countries and allowed him to work with young people from more than 25 countries. His television work is regularly seen on PBS stations around the country, and his most recent documentaries, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Cincinnati Reds, have enjoyed a run on the Major League Baseball Network.
He is the recipient of twelve Mid America Emmy Awards and eleven Telly Awards, for producing, writing, camera work, and composing, as well as the Studs Terkel Award for contributions to the humanities. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and has twice been recognized as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the year. In addition to being honored for excellence in teaching by a number of universities, he was also honored with a "Leaders in Learning" Award from the cable television industry and a distinguished educator award from Eastern Illinois University.
Along with his teaching partner, former Illinois Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree, Lindvahl has participated in a number of groundbreaking educational endeavors, including the establishment of a nationally known filmmaking program and the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class, a multi-district entrepreneurship class funded almost entirely by business investors.
As a result of his work with the innovative CEO class in Effingham, Illinois, he was recently named the Illinois "teacher-preneur" of the year.
Lindvahl is a sought after speaker and is available for speaking engagements in your community. Send an email to inquire about his availability

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This is what hooked me from the second I spoke with Craig Lindvahl, Executive Director for the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship, over the phone less than a year ago. When you talk to people who know CEO, are apart of CEO and have lived CEO, you can feel it. Our students and the other 695 students who have been in a CEO program in the country have had this opportunity because of Craig. Hundreds if students are gaining real world experiences, doing real work, and building networks with successful business people. Students are starting real businesses and, yes, dancing in the rain in their suits to celebrate first successes.

We received some pretty tough news on Tuesday during class. Craig shared with us in his weekly vlog that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer. He brushed over his cancer news and went on to ask our students to continue all of the great work they are doing and to make CEO proud.
"Here's the thing, if people don't hear it from me, they only get a chance to be sad," he explained.
A longtime teacher, award-winning filmmaker and creator of the CEO entrepreneurship program, Lindvahl was named the EDN 2015 Citizen of the Year in January. His ideas, perspective and vision for developing future leaders and entrepreneurs is life changing.
"In my 35 years of teaching, students have come back and shared what they learned from me," Lindvahl said. "It's not the content from the course they remember. They remember the life lessons."
Lindvahl shared that it takes seeking to understand others to be successful. He also believes very strongly in living a life beyond ourselves.
Thank you Craig and thank you CEO.
"Every great teacher teaches the same lesson. How to be successful."
Quotes included in the article are from Author Interview: Craig Lindvahl by Jeremy Rinkel and from Craig's blog

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In addition to a summary of workforce opportunities through technology internships and program directors input into workforce needs led by The MEK Group, Craig Lindvahl of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship discussed how to engage high school juniors and seniors to develop future leaders through the Institute's Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO).

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On August 2, 2013, more than 50 professionals, including Council members, WestGate-area industry executives and senior academic administrators gathered to hear presentations from Steve Ferguson, chairman of the Cook Group (regional workforce development); Craig Lindvahl, director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship (CEO program - Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities); Dr. Jonathon Day, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University (Economic and community development through tourism); Duane Embree, executive direction of the Indiana Office of Defense Development (Progress on expanding defense-related economic development); and Donald Schulte, executive director of the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park (how the WestGate tech park helps grow the region).

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Craig Lindvahl

Lindvahl finds the positive in serious pancreatic cancer diagnosis
This comment is one of thousands that have been shared online in regards to Craig Lindvahl's most recent announcement.
On Monday evening, Lindvahl announced that he has been diagnosed with stage-4, pancreatic cancer.
"It's not great," he said matter-of-factly. "But I'm young, and I'm healthy."
When asked his age, Lindvahl replied, "Seventy-five," without missing a beat. For those who know him, there is a sense of comfort in hearing him joke, a trademark of his character.
In reality, he will turn 58 next week, on November 22.
Lindvahl asked that the media share his news with the public so that he may keep moving forward with his story.
"I'm at peace with everything," he said.
While making a CEO presentation in Sterling last week, Lindvahl started having serious abdominal pain.
"After class, the teacher there said 'you need to go to the doctor because there's something wrong with you," Lindvahl noted.
After contacting his doctor, Lindvahl went to the emergency room in case the pain was from appendicitis. After a CAT scan, the ER doctor ruled that out, but said there were signs of cancer. In the days that followed, additional tests confirmed that.
As of Wednesday, Lindvahl started the most aggressive form of treatment available. He is being treated locally by oncologist, Dr. Philip Dy, and is grateful to live in a community where such "top-notch" care is available.
True to form, Lindvahl intends to use this twist of fate as an opportunity to teach.
"That's what I want to use whatever time I have left to do," he says. And he has plenty to keep him busy for the next several years, which he says he intends to be around for.
Lindvahl's achievements, thus far, have been substantial, not only in their quantity, but also in the impact they have had on the community, its youth and the individuals across the globe that have come in contact with him and his work.
As an award-winning filmmaker, educator and author, Lindvahl has traveled all over the world to work with students from more than 25 different countries. In the last three months, alone, he has traveled approximately 20,000 miles and spoken over 60 times on behalf of his work as the executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurial Learning.
He also currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Education, where he says he has been told by the State Superintendent and Chairman of the Board that he is welcome to stay on as a member of the board until he decides not to anymore.
Lindvahl, who has over 30 years of teaching experience under his belt, also writes a blog for his book, Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday: and other things you'll need to know tomorrow.
On Monday, Lindvahl wrote, "As a teacher, boss and friend, I give my heart away.

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