Entrepreneurship For Everyone

Panelists discuss U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

In today’s commerce-driven world, virtually anyone is capable of starting a business. That’s why it’s important to give all students, regardless of their majors, an opportunity to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. “Who is to say who can and cannot start a business?” asks Leann Mischel, assistant professor of management, who coordinates Entrepreneurship Week at Susquehanna University.

Entrepreneurship Week, which began in 2007 as a national initiative by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, expanded globally last year when students from 77 countries participated in activities that brought them one step closer to acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to emerge as entrepreneurs in the future.

Susquehanna’s Entrepreneurship Week activities included two panel discussions by entrepreneurs and executives from a variety of industries including retail, medical services, manufacturing and humanitarian causes. The first discussion, The Future of Education, examined how education can keep up with the changing ways in which people learn in a technological society. The second, Competing in a Global Economy, considered the obstacles that face the United States due to the rapid expansion of the global economy.

Both discussions featured Peter Capolino ’76, founder of Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.; Charles D. “Rusty” Flack Jr. ’76, chief executive officer of Diamond Consolidated Industries Inc.; Anne Kalin, co-founder of the Children’s Medical Foundation of Central and Eastern Europe; Rocco A. Ortenzio P’83, H’08, executive chairman of Select Medical Corp.; Denise Prince, chief executive officer of Geisinger Ventures; and Michael S. Levin, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The panel discussions were moderated by John Resnick, creator of the radio program Legends of Success.


Contributing writers to the People & Places section are Sondra Zanetto ’09 and Julie Buckingham ’09.

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