Penn State Altoona announces change to 'Shark Tank' event lineup

Penn State Altoona's upcoming Speaker Series event with stars from ABC's "Shark Tank" will now feature Robert Herjavec and Barbara Corcoran. The two will take part in a moderated conversation with Steve Sheetz at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Corcoran will appear in place of previously announced Lori Greiner, who withdrew from the event due to scheduling conflicts. Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college, and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country; she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Corcoran would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business

In 2008, Corcoran was asked by Mark Burnett to be an investor on his new show "Shark Tank," which is now in its seventh season and the No. 1 show on Friday night. She is the author of the best-seller "Shark Tales: How I turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business." The book takes you behind the scenes of her life and business, and her “as seen on TV” venture capitalism. She is a motivational and inspirational speaker and is a frequent "Shark Tank" contributor on "Good Morning America" on ABC, as well as a frequent contributor to every major network.

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