As faculty, staff, and students discuss the
impact of the economy on HPU and on the plans for its consolidation
of colleges, the Entrepreneurial Center, via the Pappas Entrepreneurial
Leadership Series (ENTLS), has dared to ask: “Will the
entrepreneurial vision be the ‘engine’ that pulls
the organization through these troubled times?”
The Pappas ENTLS hosted Dr. Patrick Sullivan, CEO of Oceanit
Laboratories, and Michael Paulin, chairman of Aqua Resort, Feb.
27 at the Plaza Club.
Their success stories were a big part of the meeting, emphasizing
the importance of optimism and hard work even when the economy
is not at its prime.
The topics included, “Technology and Tourism: The Entrepreneurial
Vision for Uncertain Times,” “Sustainability and
Entrepreneurship,” and “Entrepreneur and Venture
Capitalist: Relationships from a Partnership Perspective.”
The two accomplished entrepreneurs also discussed how they view
and strategically respond to the economic crisis. Dr. Bee-Leng
Chua, director of the Entrepreneurial Center said Sullivan and
Paulin “represent technology and tourism, two diverse sectors
that have been greatly impacted by the downturn of the economy.”
Sullivan and Paulin answered questions relating to how the global
downturn affects an organization’s vision and strategy.
They explored the expectations that investors and investees have
of one another and ways to use communication to manage conflict
Students who attended said that it was beneficial to meet entrepreneurs
and business leaders. Chua added that students can relate what
they learn in the classroom to the real world, “and that’s
what these meetings hope to accomplish.” She added that
the program invites entrepreneurs who want to share their experience
and knowledge with the students.
Students enjoyed meeting entrepreneurs and hearing their stories
about how they started their business and particularly how they
overcome obstacles,” Chua said, adding that this leadership
series gave students an opportunity to learn about the positive
values of tenacity, creativity, and hard work.
The topic in the news is our nation’s economic crisis and
how it is affecting the aspects of our lives, and that apparently
drew more students to the presentation than usual.
We had way over 80 people attending,” Chua said. “In
the past, we capped at 60. This time, it was oversubscribed so
we had increased the number of seats.”
Chua added that she had students call and e-mail her at the last minute wanting
to attend because the registration was closed. “I told them to take their
chances and come anyway.”