Larry and Caryl continue to model the importance of generosity. Together, in 2009, they initiated the Abdo Dinner Series for MBA students at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Several times a year, the couple hosts an elegant evening at the Nicollet Island Inn for young entrepreneurs and their spouses, offering frank advice on the joys and challenges of simultaneously building a business and a strong marriage.

Larry is a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a founding director for the Notre Dame Irish Angels, an investment group that assists startups connected to the storied South Bend, IN, university. Larry also honors his roots by advising students at his old high school, DeLaSalle High, which is a literal stone’s throw from the Nicollet Island Inn.