Bauer Summer Business Institute – Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Photo: HS student luncheon with entrepreneurs at UH
Bauer Summer Business Institute – HS Luncheon with Entrepreneurs at UH

An entrepreneur standoff photo from yesterday at the University of Houston does us no justice in telling this story of a luncheon we were invited to participate in, hosted by the wonderful Leslie Killian, Assistant Director for Outreach at the Office of Undergraduate Business Programs at the C.T. Bauer College of Business.  Leslie and her team host 30 Houston area high school students for a 3 day summer camp every year at the Bauer Summer Business Institute where students develop leadership skills, set future goals and get to interact with the business community to explore possible future careers in business.  Yesterday morning on the final day of camp the students were focused on learning about entrepreneurship and we had a sort of musical chairs roundtable luncheon session with them.

The students didn’t hesitate to start firing off questions as soon as they sat down after each rotation and before lunch was over, we had 15 minutes to meet with all the students.  Some began by talking about their interests and asked how they could get into their field. They asked what our biggest challenges were and they even asked how communities overseas respond to our trips to work with them to get books in the hands of their youth and to support their educations.  A question that I’m not even sure crossed our minds until our first trip to Colombia last year.

Entrepreneurs on the panel included men and women with expertise in interior design, tech, rail, government, magazine/print publishing, weddings, education, furniture, media production and of course, social/crowdfunding. 🙂  Thanks to UH Bauer for this opportunity and for all the following students who applied and participated!

Anjay Batra, DeBakery
Alejandro Castillo, YES Prep East End
Sophia Cen, Bellaire
Samuel Cervantes, Pasadena Memorial
Natalie Day, Klein Collins
Eric DeCourcy, Clear Lake
Marika Goolsbee, HSPVA,
Anthony Jaramillo, Kingwood
Karuna Kankani, Seven Lakes
Pradhith Konduri, Harmony
JaMarcus Lacy, Kerr
Jennifer Li, Bellaire
Frances Luong, Clear Springs
Hafsa Malik, Cypress Ranch
Moises Mendoza, KIPP Houston
Donald Narcisse, Manvel
Olivia Netzel, Episcopal
Philippe Orion, Klein
Kennedy Powell, Memorial
Alex Ressler, Dawson
Daniel Salgado, YES Prep Gulfton
Rachel Sanchez, St. Agnes Academy
Jean-Paul Serrano, Cypress Springs
Claire Smith, Bellaire
Barbara Sun, Seven Lakes
Judy Torres, KIPP Houston
Tyler Turner, Ridge Point
Rachel Wix, Dulles
Kevin Xie, Bellaire
Sean Yuan, St. John’s

If you or someone you know is interested in entrepreneurship or startups, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, as a student or mentor. Just get involved somehow…everyone there is amazing! 🙂  AND IF YOU’RE A STUDENT AND ARE READING THIS—REACH OUT TO US ANYTIME TOO! WE ENJOY HEARING YOUR IDEAS AND HELPING AS WE’VE BEEN HELPED!!

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