Park University’s Xerox Global Business Lecture to Feature “Shark Tank” Star Barbara Corcoran

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Barbara CorcoranOct. 16, 2013 — Barbara Corcoran, one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank,” will provide business expansion, investment and startup advice as the featured speaker of Park University’s fourth Xerox Global Business Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Kansas City’s Folly Theater, beginning at 7 p.m.

During the presentation, Corcoran will offer business advice, including starting, expanding, investing, and converting dreams into fortunes.

Corcoran took out a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group and built it into a $6 billion business. In 2001, she sold the company for $66 million and pursued other entrepreneurial endeavors including authoring numerous books and beginning a television career. As a “shark,” Corcoran has invested her own money in more than a dozen businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to national and global success.

Her newest book, Shark Tales, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her “seen on TV” venture capitalism. Corcoran is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent.

Tickets for the lecture go on sale Sunday, Oct. 20, for $10 each for the general public and $5 for Park University students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased at the Folly Theater box office, 1020 Central (Central Firehouse/Central Exchange Building), Suite 200, in Kansas City, Mo., by phone at (816) 474-4444 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Xerox Global Business Lecture Series, contact Alisha Blackwelder, special events manager at Park, at or (816) 584-6420.

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