4th of July Fireworks

Seventy-Five Summers

July 3, 2024

  Talk to anyone in my family, and they’ll tell you that I’m wild about the 4th of July. Not in a decorate the house in bunting kind of way, but in being part of the quintessential American Independence Day celebration. I have lots of options in my hometown since both Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia, hold huge fireworks displays attended by tens of thousands each year. One in the colonial capital and one on the…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Two Girl Scouts sitting working on a project with a copy of Who Owns the Ice House on the table

Life Lessons from Leading Girl Scouts at NextGen Workshops in North Carolina

May 9, 2024

Setting the stage When Christina Williams-Debrew signed on to facilitate a new series of one-day workshops for young women, she went in with plenty of entrepreneurial mindset knowledge thanks to her certification as an Entrepreneurial Mindset Program facilitator. She was familiar with one of the organizers, NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting North Carolinians in achieving their entrepreneurial ambitions to start and grow high-potential companies, but she had less background with the other,…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Partner News, Student Engagement

“Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy,” Or, Optimal Engagement in the Workplace

April 10, 2024

  When I first heard Michael Stipe cry out that line from the R.E.M. song What’s the Frequency Kenneth? something about it stuck with me.  And it still resonates with me today. I was relatively new to the workforce, and that one line said a lot about what I saw every day in my workplace. I was surrounded by incredibly bright, capable people who, on the surface, seemed at best apathetic. Were they really apathetic,…

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Entrepreneurial Workforce, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Redefining Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development

Distracted people walking

Unplugging the Entrepreneurial Way: Strategies for Success in a Distracted World

March 7, 2024

Maybe you’ll see the humor in this blog by the end, maybe not. I sure did as I was writing it.  Around this time in 2021, I wrote a blog titled “A Managerial vs. Entrepreneurial Approach to Leadership.” At the end of the piece, I mentioned how future blogs would deliver more nuggets of wisdom. My assumption at the time was that I’d pump out a blog a month and become a prolific content creator.…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Workforce, Human Flourishing, Human Potential

Interlaced fingers of multi-colored hands in a mural.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice in Entrepreneurial Mindset Education

September 6, 2023

A Call to Listen I originally wrote this post as a response to a very important question. “How do white and non-black educators promote self-empowerment through entrepreneurship without invalidating the experiences of Black and Brown people?” How do we acknowledge the reality of systemic racism while teaching about the benefits of entrepreneurial thinking as a path to empowerment?  The events of recent years have put a global spotlight on the systematic racism that bars Black…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship