Interview With Sandra
Last week, we interviewed NACCE member Jeanne Wesley from Germanna Community College about why it was helpful to bring her tribe to the NACCE conference last year. Read her interview here.
This week, we talked to Sandra Louvier, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship from Houston Community College (HCC) NW about her thoughts on coming to NACCE2015: Cultivating An Entrepreneurial Culture.
Q: Sandra, how long have you attended our annual conference?
A: I have attended the annual NACCE conference every year since 2009 when we first launched our entrepreneurial initiatives at HCC. I remember thinking, "I've found my people!"
Q: What are your thoughts on attending the pre-conferences?
A:The pre-conference sessions solidified my first NACCE mentors and we still collaborate today.
Q: How about the general assembly speeches and break out sessions?
A: The general assemblies and speakers are so inspiring and the networking and break-out sessions were full of ideas, best practices and priceless advice about what works and doesn't work! I've learned from other presenters, formed friendships and alliances with other colleges, and continue to share ideas and best practices throughout the year.
Q: Your President, Dr. Zachary Hodges, signed the PFEP and has attended the conference in the past. How has this affected your campus?
A: Thanks to the PFEP, Dr. Zachary Hodges and Dr. Maya Durnovo, our entrepreneurial initiatives have grown phenomenally at HCC! I am now one of 25 plus staff and grant-funded persons dedicated to entrepreneurship, with Chancellor Maldonado and Dr. Butch Herod leading the charge to spread an entrepreneurial culture across the HCC system. The future holds our best, which is yet to come!
Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: It may take a year or two to gain some traction, but keep with it and the ripple effect set in motion by you and others at your college can be astounding! Also, welcome to Houston this October!
Thank you to Sandra for this interview! We appreciate you and can't wait to see you in Houston!