SLU colleagues head east for CEO Conference

November 19, 2012
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

On October 31, Dr. K. Ravindra, Dr. Ray LeBeau and Dr. Huliyar Mallikarjuna from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and Dr. Jerome Katz from John Cook School of Business traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend the Coleman Fellows Summit at the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Conference 2012.

They joined more than 1200 students, faculty and young entrepreneurs from across the U.S. for the 2-½ day conference. There they created modules related to public relations, marketing and communications, attended the CEO expo and breakout sessions and networked with fellow colleagues from other institutions.

“By attending this CEO conference, I came away with a new perspective for engineering education to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset and also network with other faculty members for innovative teaching resources,” said Dr. Ravindra.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization SM (CEO) is on over 240 university campuses across North America, providing young entrepreneurs with networking opportunities chapter activities, and conferences to help them start their own businesses. The mission of CEO is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.

The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) and The Coleman Foundation sponsored their travels. KEEN is a collaboration of 19 universities around the U.S. that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students. The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest. Foundation resources support education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship.

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