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Entrepreneur Ping Fu, co-founder of Geomagic and chief strategic officer of 3D Systems Inc., will discuss her path to success Thursday (Nov. 7) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fu’s talk is the 2013-14 Hilliard Gold ’39 Lecture, which is part of the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Speaker Series. The free public event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

In 2005, Inc. Magazine named Fu its Entrepreneur of the Year. Her company, Geomagic, creates 3D software to customize product manufacturing, from personalized shoes to prosthetic limbs to NASA spaceship repairs. In 2010, she was appointed to President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Hillard Gold Lecture is hosted by Honors Carolina and the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. It is made possible by a gift from James Gold and Jonathan Gold in honor of their late father.

The Eve Marie Carson Memorial Speakers Series honors the late student body president. It is co-sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, UNC Student Government and Honors Carolina. “Eve was such an inspiration to everyone,” said Shelayne Sutton, a member of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council. “This lecture series was one of her visions. Supporting it is our way of carrying on her legacy.”

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