TAPPING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

University School's Entrepreneur Institute was founded in 2006 to help students learn entrepreneurial skills, provide opportunities to experience entrepreneurship, connect to other Northeast Ohio students and entrepreneur organizations, and encourage them to return to Northeast Ohio to pursue careers.

Since its founding, several thousand students have participated in one or more Entrepreneur Institute activities. In addition, many educators and schools across the region have benefited from the programs, materials and advice provided by the Institute.

OUR MOST RECENT ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKER


CELEBRATION OF YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING - SPEAKER SHAMA KABANI
April 2014

Known as the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Shama Kabani is a visionary strategist for the digital age. Ms. Kabani spoke about entrepreneurship to an audience of middle and high school students during the day and about social media marketing to adults during an evening program in April 2014.

Ms. Kabani is the founder and CEO of the Marketing Zen Group, an online marketing and digital PR firm. She has led the organization through an explosive expansion, averaging 400% growth annually since its start in 2009. She is the bestselling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing and was named one of the “Top 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs” by Inc. Magazine.

She is a regular correspondent for Bloomberg and Fox business and a blogger for Forbes Magazine. The recipient of the prestigious Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award, Ms. Kabani is passionate about empowering youth and works closely with the Young Entrepreneur Council in fostering youth entrepreneurship around the world.

A Youth Entrepreneurship Fair followed the lecture. Teenage entrepreneurs and organizations supporting youth entrepreneurship participated, including Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, Lemonade Day NEO, Young Entrepreneur Market, Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, and Entrepreneur Institute at U.S. Ms. Kabani’s lecture was presented by University School’s Entrepreneur Institute, as part of its “Celebration of Youth Entrepreneurship,” and was made possible with the generous support of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.




PRODUCT BUILDING - SPEAKER CARL SJOGREEN, US CLASS OF '96

In April 2013, Carl Sjogreen '96 offered pointers and encouragement to young entrepreneurs during his talk, Lessons from the Trenches of Silicon Valley. Mr. Sjogreen is an entrepreneur and product builder who is currently working on a new startup project, Shadow Puppet. He has held various roles in product management at Google and Facebook, and has also started three successful software companies.  
 
At Google, Mr. Sjogreen led the development of Google Calendar and a variety of product initiatives for Google Maps.  At Facebook, he was the Director of Product Management for the Facebook Platform and led the Platform and Mobile product teams.  

Carl Sjogreen's appearance was sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and presented by the US Entrepreneur Institute. To watch the talk, click HERE.

MORE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

    • Shama Kabani - Zen of Social Media Marketing

      Shama Kabani - Zen of Social Media Marketing

MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE

  • Mr.  Greg  Malkin 

    Director Of The Leadership Center, Director Of The Entrepreneur Institute
    216-831-2200 x7466
  • Mrs.  Janet  Jones 

    Assistant Director, Entrepreneur Institute
    216-831-2200
  • Mrs.  Ilene  Frankel 

    Assistant Director, Entrepreneur Institute
    216-831-2200
  • Mrs.  Margaret  Bell 

    Asst. to the Leadership Center, REACH Coordinator
    216-831-2200 x7180