Business Leaders Unleashing Entrepreneurship at STU
Miami’s St. Thomas University is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week - the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life - for the fifth consecutive year. The program has demonstrated its continuity due to the increasing number of individuals who decide to chart their own courses in the business arena instead of waiting to get a job in a most competitive environment.
Last week, the “Crossing Borders” panel discussion and networking reception served as this year’s kick-off, with featured speakers Manny Mencia
, Senior VP form Enterprise Florida and the Hon. H. Ricardo Treco
, Bahamas Consul General to Miami. From November 20th to 22nd, South Florida business leaders are coming to campus to share their journeys, obstacles and successes to instill the “make it happen” attitude in youngsters and urge them to learn about potential rewards that come from being their own boss. STU is steadily engaging the wider community through its Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, directed by Dr. Justin Peart
. Highlights for the week’s events and panels follow.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - 1:00 – 2:30 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1:00-2:30 PM
- 1) Opening ceremony at the Bobcat Hall of Fame, featuring Jorge Rico – Managing Director of MBF Healthcare Partners - as keynote speaker and Dean Tony Villamil as moderator.
- 2) Industry options for future entrepreneurs, 4:00-6:00 PM – a panel on marketing, developing high-tech solutions, management consulting, tourism and hospitality and sports management, moderated by Paul Maxwell. Speakers include Michelle McKoy from Global PR Flow; Ray Willig from The Fresh Diet, Miami; John Ekstrom from Ekstrom Properties; Guy Trusty from Lodging and Hospitality Realty; and Seth Fine from FineAwards.com
The Bobcat Hall of Fame will host a handful of women success stories, featuring Jessica Goldman Srebnick
from Goldman Properties; Peggy Nordeem
from Starmark; Elena Suarez
from Math Monkey; Jacqueline Buckley
from Exotic Island Products; and Sophia Thompson-Marston
from Norkobes Beauty.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (both at Evelyn and George Goldbloom Convocation Hall)
- 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon: special guest Jimmy Tate will address students and campus community on “Unleash your Entrepreneurial Spirit”
- 3:00-5:00 PM: Student Entrepreneur Competition, with Dr. Justin Peart moderating the closing session that features the following business leaders as judges: Ben Chen from Chen Moore and Associates; Joseph Roisman from Perry Ellis International; and Neil Waugh, an independent consultant and social entrepreneur.
South Florida’s business community has once again supported the intimate gatherings, mentoring opportunities and panel discussions. Special thanks are extended to the GEW planning committee from the School of Business: Dean Tony Villamil, Dr. Justin Peart, Dr. Hagai Gringarten, Dr. Lisa Knowles, Professor Lloyd Mitchell, Dr. Jose Rocha and Coordinator Verity Finch. Sponsors include: The Washington Economics Group, Linq Financial Group, and Crystal & Company. A long list of supporters and biographical information on all participants is available upon request.