Tuesday, August 15
Main Street Books, 8 Main Street, Minot, N.D., 1-3 p.m., conversation and booksigning. Joining him will be William Isaacson, a current resident of Stanley, who is profiled in Gjovig’s third book. Now retired, he was a longtime 3M Corporation innovator, engineer, entrepreneur, and business leader. Isaacson pioneered several breakthrough products in the optometric field and developed the world’s first implantable multifocal intraocular lens.
Gjovig, a native of Crosby, N.D., is CEO Emeritus of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation in Grand Forks, which he headed for 34 years. He has authored seven books, including three on entrepreneurs and innovators since 2019. The first, Innovative Entrepreneurs of North
Dakota and Northwest Minnesota: 150 Years of Impact! was written by Gjovig and the late Dr. Hiram Drache, a longtime historian-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. In 2021, he published Innovative Entrepreneurs from North Dakota: 125 Years of Impact! The third book, which was published in 2022, is The Innovators from North Dakota: The Change Agents!