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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Entrepreneurs and how they can benefit those around them

Students interested in entrepreneurship should know that the Huntsman School struck gold with the recent hiring of Michael Glauser as the executive director of entrepreneurial programs. He was the featured speaker at the Dean’s Convocation today, and his experience, knowledge and passion for entrepreneurship were on full display.
Michael Glauser

Dr. Glauser is especially fond of organizations that seek to satisfy a social need in the community. He talked about Henri Landwirth and how he started Give Kids the World. He spoke of Mimi Silbert and the lives she has touched with the Delancey Street Foundation. It didn’t take him long to talk about our school’s namesake, Jon Huntsman, and all that he has done in cancer research and education.

Dr. Glauser was emotional at times as he talked about the great things these people have done, and his sincerity and passion made it impossible not to get on board with what he was saying. He has extensive experience starting up successful businesses of his own, and he has been exposed to many of the world’s best entrepreneurs.

He closed with a list of what makes a successful entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial leaders:
  • Work in the boundary of their organization
  • Apply creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Pivot to opportunities from being in market
  • Engage a "Brain Trust" of helpful mentors
  • Build powerful entrepreneurial teams
  • Establish networks to commercialize ventures
  • Create more with less resulting in lower costs
  • Build extraordinary customer service systems
  • Serve a broader purpose in their community

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