Wednesday, November 8, 2023

17th Annual Prechter Lecture Featuring Andy Dunn

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

University of Michigan
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Bldg
Kahn Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

This event is free and open to the public. Face masks are encouraged and will be available on-site.

Keynote speaker Andy Dunn, entrepreneur, author, and investor
Panel discussion about research into bipolar disorder, moderated by Melvin McInnis, M.D., director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program


  • Andy Dunn
  • Maria Bastida, N.P., Advanced Practice Nurse, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry
  • Christine Ribbens Grimm, B.A., B.S.N, R.N., Prechter Program Clinical Care Coordinator
  • Sarah A., Member of the Prechter Program Bipolar Disorder Learning Community
  • Michelle Y., Prechter Program Research Participant

Entrepreneur, investor, and author of Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind. 

The 17th Annual Prechter Lecture will feature keynote speaker Andy Dunn, entrepreneur, author, and investor. Dunn co-founded the menswear ecommerce brand Bonobos in 2007 and served as the company’s CEO for its first ten years, pioneering the digitally native brand movement. Bonobos was the first American brand launched to scale using e-commerce. The company’s inventory-free store model, called guideshops, redefined what an offline retail experience can be in the digital era. A decade after its founding, Bonobos was acquired for $310 million. In 2022, Dunn published a memoir. In it, he lifts the veil on the mental health demons he’d been privately battling as he built Bonobos. "Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind(link is external)" chronicles his journey at the intersection of entrepreneurship and bipolar disorder.

Following Andy Dunn's presentation, "The Gift is in the Wound," there will be a panel discussion highlighting the Prechter Program's research projects. We will close out the night with a reception with light refreshments and mental health community resources.

Andy Dunn, 17th Annual Prechter Lecture keynote speaker