Thursday, January 14, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
Member Name: Genelle Taylor
Member College: California State University, Fresno
City, State: Fresno, CA
Residence: Fresno, CA
Organization: Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno
Occupation: Associate Director, Lyles Center
First job: Growing up I always had to earn my keep around the house and got paid to do so. But my first "real job” was Bundough’s Pizza (pizza & sandwich shop) when I turned 15 years old.
Philosophy: You only live once…make the most of it!
Favorite Music: My favorite is pretty much whatever is topping the charts, but I love anything my 3-year old son dances around the living room to….even if it is The Wiggles.
Favorite TV show or movie: The Godfather series
Favorite book: With juggling such a young family (3 year old and 5 month old) and work, I don’t have the time I would like to read these days unless I’m skimming through a "how to get your baby to sleep” book!
What got me interested in my work: I have a passion for helping students and young people discover their self worth, increase their aspirations and provide them with greater opportunities in life.
Greatest accomplishment: My family
Success is...achieving the goals you set out in life and being happy in doing so.
Pet Peeve: When people complain about everything instead of offering up solutions to try and solve the problems at hand.
Favorite Quote: "Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” - Les Brown
Current Projects: The Lyles Center focuses on academic and youth programs as well as technology development and commercialization. We have a plethora of programs that we currently are running, but the largest and most impactful at the moment is our Community College Entrepreneur Pathway. The Pathway is an effort to build curricula, classroom content, and community support for the delivery of knowledge, skills, and actions for students seeking self-employment. The Entrepreneurial Pathway is built around curricula and learning that has explicit and standard knowledge delivered in the class setting with programs designed to build entrepreneurial skills. The Pathway is built through collaboration among Central Valley high schools, community colleges, and California State University, Fresno.
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