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On-site Pre-conference Sessions - Sunday Morning

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Extended Off-site Trainings


Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Training

Date & Time: Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7; 8 AM - 4 PM

Location: 33605 Tarrant County College 300 Trinity River Circle Fort Worth, TX 76102

Audience: Open to all sectors including public, private, and non-profit

Description: The Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certification prepares participants to implement Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs.  These programs are experiential, problem-based learning programs designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. This interactive training will engage participants in the Ice House Philosophy, Ice House Opportunity Discovery Process, and the key constructs behind the eight life lessons of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs. Upon successful completion of the certification training, participants will receive an Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Certificate qualifying them to facilitate any of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs.This event is organized by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and hosted by Tarrant County College.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Ice House philosophy and methodology
  • Develop your entrepreneurial mindset with the Ice House Lessons
  • Cultivate your entrepreneurial skills with the Ice House Opportunity Discovery Process
  • Connect the classroom to community by interacting with local entrepreneurs
  • Distinguish between program options, delivery, and outcomes
  • Understand program impact from best practices and use cases
  • Practice facilitating the Ice House Program with onsite coaching
  • Create an implementation plan to implement Ice House

For more information and to register, please click here.


* Please email for the $175 NACCE Member Discount code.


* Please note: This registration is separate from the annual conference registration.



  Gary Schoeniger
  Founder & CEO
  The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative





  Rob Herndon
  Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
  The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative





On-site Pre-conference Sessions - Sunday Morning


The Entrepreneurial Future of STEM: Understanding & Communicating the Value Proposition

Date & Time: Sunday, October 7 from 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Texas Ballroom C)

Description: This interactive workshop will help participants define the STEM and entrepreneurship skills that are key to solving the future challenges of our nation, while providing best practices and strategies for articulating the value proposition of entrepreneurial STEM workforce initiatives in our communities. The National Science Foundation will then provide key insight on the types of STEM initiatives that are funded and how to prepare effective NSF Grant proposals for STEM initiatives. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the national dialogue and goals for innovation and entrepreneurship in STEM workforce development
  • Determine and align the value proposition of entrepreneurship in creating better futures for our youth and value for our communities
  • Learn the role entrepreneurship and the adaptable/innovative mindset plays in STEM workforce development   
  • Identify how to engage community stakeholders by providing awareness of pathways to local STEM career opportunities
  • Understand STEM initiatives that are funded by the NSF and how to submit a successful NSF Grant proposal  

Presented by:

Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna
Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education & Human Resources
National Science Foundation






Drew Glassford
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Boy Scouts of America





Bree Langemo, J.D.
Founding Board Member & Board Chair





Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Students through Academic Coaching

Date & Time: 
Sunday, October 7 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Texas Ballroom A)

LifeBound’s Academic Coaching training establishes a campus-wide culture of coaching through faculty, administrators, advisors, and staff to facilitate, collaborate, and co-create with students. Collegiate cultures that deliver this inquiry-based model, produce graduates with self-awareness, accountability, ownership and professional skills that take them from entry level to promotional pathways. In this interactive session, faculty and administrators will learn the research-proven power of coaching to help students heighten their self-awareness, learn accountability, and self-direct with the initiative that the working world expects and requires of our graduates.

Upon leaving the session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn Academic Coaching strategies to help students:
  • Promote an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Develop Professional Habits of Success
  • Build Self-awareness and Purpose

Presented by:  

Donelle Hogarth





On-site Pre-conference Sessions - Sunday Afternoon


Determining Learning Investment Value:  Entrepreneurs & Community College Partnerships

Date & Time: Sunday, October 7 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Texas Ballroom G)

Description: This workshop will discuss how Community Colleges can support entrepreneurs and enterprises in measuring their learning interventions’ return on investment.  From discussing partnerships to measurement strategies, we will discuss how Bellevue University’s Human Capital Lab supports organizations in understanding and appreciating the value learning investments contribute to a business.  Participants will actively participate in the foundational planning steps for defining Key Performance Indicators, learn how to involve stakeholders in learning outcome measurement, and be provided with common mistakes or assumptions made in human capital initiatives. Participants will be provided with lessons learned from our partnerships and how these partnerships can support institutional missions to develop the workforce.

Upon leaving the session, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will learn how to involve stakeholders in learning outcome measurement with partner enterprises.
  • Participants will learn how partnerships with entrepreneurs can support institutional missions to develop the workforce.
  • Participants will develop a foundational understanding in how measure enterprise investments in people.
  • Participants will actively participate in the foundational planning steps for defining Key Performance Indicators with partners to measure learning intervention impacts.

Presented By:

Dr. Michelle Eppler
Associate Vice President of Human Capital Lab
Bellevue University





Financial Literacy and the Next Gen Entrepreneur

Date & Time: Sunday, October 7 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel (Texas Ballroom D)

Description: Most all have seen the statistics . . . yet one statistic alone drives home the need for Financial Literacy for college students aspiring to become Entrepreneurs:  “82% of businesses fail due to cash flow mismanagement” (according to a study by Jessie Hagan at US Bank).  But, it goes much deeper than that.  Students across the nation are graduating high school knowing the Pythagorean Theorem (and how to pass a standardized exam), yet have little idea how to create and balance their own personal financial budget.  These students are in your classrooms today, developing into tomorrow’s business owners. We must create the ecosystem that gives them a fighting chance for entrepreneurial success!  Together, we must develop a stronger network that generates Financial Literacy for young people, preparing the Next Generation for business leadership and personal financial accountability.

This session will help you identify the resources and partners to get the Next Gen Entrepreneur better Financial Literacy-prepared by:

  • Clarifying the importance of sound Financial Literacy for college student Entrepreneurs.

  • Identifying all the Financial Literacy/Education knowledge, skills, roles and influences that must be better developed in the Next Gen financial ecosystem.

  • Developing an asset map of Financial Literacy resources and partners (the ‘what’ and the ‘who’) to deepen financial capability for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

  • Preparing educators to play their role in nurturing the Financial Literacy ecosystems burgeoning (or dormant) in their communities.

Presented By:

Barry Altland
Florida Prosperity Partnership




Dr. Andy Gold
Hillsborough Community College





Bill Mills
Florida Prosperity Partnership






Sign Up Instructions

To sign up for Pre-Conference Sessions:

1. Register for the event (select "Register" in the conference menu).

2. Conference Ticket:  Select the "NACCE2018 Conference Registration" Ticket

3. Off-site Tour:  If you would like to attend, Select the Optional Ticket "NACCE18 Off-site Tour - fort Worth Stockyards". 

4. Pre-Conference Sessions:  Select the Pre-Conference Session(s) you want to attend along with the corresponding ticket(s).  Don't forget to select the corresponding ticket!

NOTE: You cannot select over lapping sessions.



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