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New Entrepreneurship Lecture Series Features National Speaker

3/4/2010 —

Sheila JohnsonSheila C. Johnson, entrepreneur, philanthropist, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, and president of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Washington Mystics is the featured speaker when Penn State York kicks off its new entrepreneurship lecture series, visionary leaders. The program is set for Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

“Penn State York is working on an entrepreneurship certificate program for science, engineering, business, and information sciences and technology students,” said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor of Penn State York. “We put together an advisory board of successful local entrepreneurs and they stressed the fact that what our students really need to learn is what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Our plan is to feature local and national entrepreneurs in this lecture series who will share information with our students and the public.”

“Lessons from a Groundbreaking Leader” is Johnson’s message about her path to success filled with hard lessons, including the absolute importance of collaboration. In today’s challenging business environment, entrepreneurs need encouragement more than ever before, and in this keynote address, Johnson not only offers that inspiration, but also imparts the important lessons she has learned including how to get in the door and how to create a new door when necessary; why it is critical to take calculated risks while owning your mistakes; and why there is no such thing as a straight line when it comes to business success.

Business leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students from throughout the central Pennsylvania region are invited to join the campus community to hear about Johnson’s journey to become a leader in the diversified fields of hospitality, aviation, sports, and film. Her entrepreneurship spirit did not stop with business. She is a leader in her volunteer endeavors as well, and was named a global ambassador for CARE and serves on numerous boards including Americans for the Arts and VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. There will be a question and answer session following Johnson’s remarks.

Sponsors for the event are Barton Associates, Inc.; Central Penn Business Journal; Fulton Bank; The Graham Group; Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center; MediaOnePA; Precision Custom Components, LLC; and MAXIMUM Business Consulting, LLC.

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