Deaf entrepreneurs share success stories as featured Lyon lecture presenters Oct. 8

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The founders of Mozzeria, a San Francisco-based pizzeria with all deaf employees, will share their success stories as part of the Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. “Getting a Piece of the Pizza Pie: The Story of How we Launched a Successful Business” will be presented by Russell Stein and Melody Stein from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the college’s Dyer Arts Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall.

The Steins will talk about their journey of launching Mozzeria and how they are educating others about deaf entrepreneurship through their latest venture as co-CEOs of Yantern, a consulting and mentoring service for first-time or established business owners.

The free talk will be presented in American Sign Language. Interpreters have been requested. To register, go to .

The purpose of the Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series, established in 1980, is to bring distinguished speakers to RIT/NTID to share expertise and scholarly contributions that stand on the cutting-edge of advancement in the education and career success of deaf persons. Edmund Lyon (1855-1920) was a noted manufacturer, inventor, humanitarian and philanthropist in Rochester, who served as a trustee of both RIT and the Rochester School for the Deaf.

For more information, contact Vienna McGrain at 585-475-4952,, or on Twitter: @viennamcgrain.


Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

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