Entrepreneurship Initiative Launch

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Alvarez College Union

The Davidson College Entrepreneurship Launch Event, scheduled for Thursday, September 12, will engage key stakeholders in exploring and defining entrepreneurship in a liberal arts setting.

Just over six months ago, the Entrepreneurship Initiative began experimenting with a variety of strategies and programs. We recognize that, in addition to generating a range of opportunities for students, alumni, faculty and staff to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, the Initiative is itself an exercise in entrepreneurship. We intend to test strategies and ideas in iterative ways, learning and adapting as we go.

Our fall launch event will provide our first broad opportunity to convene key stakeholders and engage in conversation about the Entrepreneurship Initiative strategy and components, and how Davidson can leverage our role as a liberal arts college to exemplify how to cultivate creativity, courage, resilience, and analytical acuity.

Scheduled Events

Workshop: Exploring & Designing Entrepreneurship at Davidson

Facilitator: Tony Wagner
3:30-5 p.m.
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

As part of our build-measure-learn cycle, we will engage stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, alumni, entrepreneurs, and advocates) in a workshop focused on giving voice to our community's insights, ideas, and aspirations for entrepreneurship at Davidson. Dr. Tony Wagner serving as facilitator, participants will explore ideas and direction for the Entrepreneurship Initiative. All are welcome, but please submit your RSVP here.

"Creating Innovators: Re-imagining Higher Education"

7-8:30 p.m.
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

In a world where knowledge has become a free commodity, only one set of skills will guarantee our students and our country a prosperous future and that is the capacity to solve problems creatively-in a word, to innovate. As part of the Davidson College Entrepreneurship Initiative Launch Event, Tony Wagner- author of the bestsellers The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators-will talk about what parents and educators must do to better prepare young people to bring the skills of innovation to whatever they do. President Carol Quillen will provide opening remarks on entrepreneurship at Davidson.

Networking Reception & Student Entrepreneur Showcase

8:30-9:30 p.m.
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

Please join us for dessert and coffee following the keynote address. Additionally, student entrepreneurs will showcase their ventures at information booths.

About Our Facilitator

Tony WagnerTony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.

Wagner consults widely with schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previous work experience includes 12 years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

Wagner is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and five books. His latest, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, has just been published by Simon & Schuster. His recent book, The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—and What We Can do About It has been a best seller and is being translated into Chinese. Wagner's other titles include: Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools, Making the Grade: Reinventing America's Schools, and How Schools Change: Lessons from Three Communities Revisited. He has also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, The Finnish Phenomenon: Inside The World's Most Surprising School System.

Wagner earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.