Breakout Session 3


Room: Sunset

Level: Beginner

Track: Institutional Advancement & Fundraising Track

Inventathon@HCC have become signature events drawing hundreds of high school and college students with dozens of mentors solving for community problems in maker spaces. Learn the elements of this successful event that solves problems, generates community support, and leads to many unexpected wins!

Learning Objectives:

  • How to build and sponsor an effective Inventathon/hackathon at your college.
  • How to attract the community and build awareness.
  • How Inventathon@HCC solves big problems with local creativity!

RAVI BRAHMBHATT, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

MAYA DURNOVO, Associate Vice Chancellor, Houston Community College, TX


Room: Cardiff

Level: Intermediate

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

It’s estimated that 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented. In fact, the students in our classrooms today will create these careers. Join this engaging session on how to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in your community’s emerging workforce. We’ll share best practices for K-14 collaboration, integration of entrepreneurship into the core academic curricula, and ignition of the innovation mindset in communities across the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the future of work and its impact on the current workforce landscape.
  • Learn best practices from successful K-14 entrepreneurship education initiatives.
  • Create an action plan for your community to prepare the entrepreneurship pipeline.

AMBER RAVENSCROFT, Manager of Innovation, The EdVenture Group, IL


Room: Diamond Cove

Level: Intermediate

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

During this interactive session, we will discuss ways to connect with our community.  We offer a great deal of support and resources to entrepreneurs.  We will explore best practices of reaching those who need our support and organizations with whom we should partner.  Everyone will leave with a strategy specific to their community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore best practices.
  • Perform needs assessment.
  • Create a strategy.

ALLAN YOUNGER, Director, Small Business Center, Forsyth Technical Community College, NC


Room: Crystal Cove

Level:  Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

At Chippewa Valley Technical College, we have developed a holistic approach to connecting an entrepreneurial culture across the  School of Business Division with employees, credit courses, partnerships with national entrepreneurial organizations and non-credit seminars and training.

From these efforts, we have experienced increased enrollment, entrepreneurs launching new businesses in our community and employees developing innovative ideas to support our College's mission and vision.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what types of activities could benefit your institution to support entrepreneurism.
  • Develop strategies that will connect students to relevant and applied learning as it relates to entrepreneurism.
  • Hear from local entrepreneurs and the impact the program and activities have had on them personally.
  • Learn how we established a consistent connection between One Million Cups and our program curriculum.

LISA ARENDT, Director, School of Business, Chippewa Valley Technical College, WI

BEN ZUGAY, Program Director - Entrepreneurship Program, Chippewa Valley Technical College, WI


Room: Copper Cove

Level:  Beginner

Track: Entrepreneurship 101 Track

The purpose of this interactive session is to share the startup story of City College of San Francisco’a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and how we utilize the entrepreneurial skills we teach our students to become successful education entrepreneurs. From securing funding to building community to creating certificates, we will highlight the steps we took to develop high impact programs, increase social media marketing, educate inmates, get buy in, and create an interdisciplinary team of faculty, department chairs, staff, and administrators to collaborate on making this Center the premier entrepreneurship resource center in San Francisco.

More importantly, we hope to inspire the audience to adopt an intrapreneurial mindset to be visionary thinkers and strategic disruptors in their effort to create something new from scratch within their work environment/organization. We will invite the audience to share success stories and lessons learned from mistakes in our collective effort to redefine our sense of what is possible. Several themes will be highlighted, such as bootstrapping, failing forward, resiliency, design thinking, focusing on what matters, and navigating political landscape. Key takeaway is the “invent as you go approach”to emphasize the importance of taking action without overanalyzing situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the traits and characteristics of an entrepreneur in higher education.
  • Increase understanding of the importance of an intrapreneurial mindset to effect change.
  • Generate ideas and opportunities to pursue as an education entrepreneur.

GEISCE LY, Dean, School of Business, Fashion & Culinary Arts, City College of San Francisco, CA

VIVIAN FAUSTINO-PULLMAN, Faculty and Program Lead, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, City College of San Francisco, CA


Room: Coral Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Workforce & Continuing Education Track

Based on the research collected from 116 colleges and noncredit institutions in California, San Diego Continuing Education, the noncredit division of the San Diego Community College District, produced a comprehensive report, The Past, Present, and Future of Noncredit Education in California. The study highlighted educational growth opportunities that are not unique to California: namely, the need for noncredit program development that fosters innovation and grows vocational education; and culminated in recommendations for noncredit funding and program growth. Learn how SDCE conducted the study and how it may benefit your institution. Hear about and discuss programs that have been developed to support enterprising vocational pathways that in turn support student equity and success.

Facilitated breakouts will focus on the vocational areas that have garnered the most prospect for growth and recommendations for advancing noncredit: #1: Creating noncredit online and hybrid entrepreneurship certificate programming and utilization of funding sources; #2: Growing vocational pathways related to entrepreneurship for student success; and #3: Taking a deep dive into advocacy and overall recommendations for growth of noncredit programs to benefit student equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain high-level understanding of noncredit adult education programming, services, and operational trends occurring across California and through the local experience at a large noncredit institution.
  • Learn how SDCE used federal funds to implement entrepreneurship-related CTE programs.
  • Understand how expanding noncredit opportunities in your institution can benefit student equity.

DR. CARLOS O. TURNER-CORTEZ, President, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

MICHELLE FISCHTHAL, Vice President of Instruction, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

MATTHEW RIVALDI, Faculty, San Diego Continuing Education, CA

AARON IFFLAND, Faculty, San Diego Continuing Education, CA, San Diego Continuing Education, CA


Room: Sapphire Cove

Level: Beginner

Track: Academic Programs Track

Online course options are increasingly in demand, but can you teach entrepreneurship and innovation online that really makes a difference? The answer is YES. Effective online course delivery can increase the accessibility, demand and engagement of students and give faculty more flexibility. This session will provide the nuts and bolts needed to develop a fully online or hybrid course that gets rave reviews and measurable student outcomes.  Both first timers and experienced faculty will take away useful tools and learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced curriculum developer and online entrepreneurship instructor. During the session, participants will assemble a personalized toolbox and practice completing an online course roadmap that can be applied to designing their new course right away.

The 4 key strategies we will cover in the session include:

  1. Adapting to different online teaching environments- asynchronous versus the hybrid/blended course.
  2. Organizing your course and communicating for maximum engagement and participation.
  3. Where to find and access free learning tools and content for online formats.
  4. Innovative assignment design and grading elements that make your faculty workload manageable

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore 4 key strategies that enhance online entrepreneurship education.
  • Participants will assemble a personalized toolbox of online teaching tools for entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and innovation courses.
  • Participants will practice the use of an online course roadmap that can be applied to syllabus creation, course layout, and assessment of student learning activities.

CHRISTINE PIGSLEY, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Mankato, MN

NANCY LAICHAS, Chief of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Direct Selling Education Foundation, DC