Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Visiting Southeast During National Entrepreneurship Week
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University will launch National
Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 17-23, with a variety of activities for
students, business and civic leaders as well as high school students.
National Entrepreneurship Week celebrates the heritage of
entrepreneurial leadership in America and encourages support for the
growth of entrepreneurship education as a life-long learning process.
There will be structured events that will engage participants in various
dimensions of entrepreneurship, including presentations by some of the
nation's top young entrepreneurs with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour
and a keynote address by Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer Prize nominee and
author of the book "Who Owns the Ice House?” Events are planned on
Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall 105, 2-4 p.m.
The country's most successful young entrepreneurs will
deliver presentations, display exhibits, host workshops, and
question-and-answer sessions as part of the Extreme Entrepreneurship
Tour – the first ever collegiate entrepreneur tour. The Tour was created
in 2006 by two 20-somethings aiming to expose young people to
entrepreneurship and inspire students to look at entrepreneurship as a
viable career pathway. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is organized by
Empact [www.iempact.com], and has
held more than 400 events across 35 states since 2006. The tour features
several of the country's top young entrepreneurs who have built or sold
successful companies for more than $1 million each before the age of
"Creating a culture of entrepreneurship in our students is
paramount to leading us out of the current economic downturn, and
driving job growth, both now and for the future,” said Arel Moodie,
partner at Empact. Empact's work focuses on# facilitating a culture of
entrepreneurship in communities across the globe through exposure,
celebration and early stage startup support#.
Friday, Feb. 22
Keynote address by Clifton Taulbert
University Center Ballroom, 11a.m.
Webinar, 1:30 p.m.
Best-selling, Pulitzer-Nominee Clifton L. Taulbert is the
author of 13 books including "Who Owns the Ice House?” and "Eight Habits
of the Heart.” In his writing, Taulbert focuses on the keys to
community building and entrepreneurial thinking as assets in the
contemporary workplace. Taulbert is the president and founder of the
Building Community Institute headquartered in Tulsa, Okla. Through
engaging and interactive workshops, executive forums and keynote
conversation, he provides human capital development techniques and
organizational capacity building skills. Taulbert has been honored by
the Sales and Marketing Academy of Achievement and inducted into the
United Air Force Airman's Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by the
Library of Congress, the National Association of Colored People and
Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. Taulbert captivates
audiences by painting a picture of his life growing up in the legally
segregated Mississippi Delta and how a community of unselfish people
around him taught leadership skills that helped him become the man he is
today. He says these life lessons of hard work and responsibility show
that "we should never underestimate the power of our influence on the
life of others.”
"There is a growing movement of entrepreneurial people
generating new ideas and seeking better ways of doing things in all
sectors of our economy and society,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive
director of Southeast's Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship. "National Entrepreneurship Week is an excellent
opportunity to celebrate the role of entrepreneurs and to reflect on the
impact of entrepreneurship on our national and regional economy.”
Stapleton encourages members of the community and students to attend the
on-campus address at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom and for
high schools and community members unable to attend, to join the webinar
at 1:30 p.m. For more information about National Entrepreneurship Week
at Southeast or for webinar registration please visit www.semo.edu/new.
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the
most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the
Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and
services, including: innovation development and research;
entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business
incubation and development services. The CIE supports Southeast Missouri
State University's strategic priority to accelerate entrepreneurial
growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities
and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.
For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.
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