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February 14, 2013

Down to Business

Business is never something that I had imagined being interested in…until I came to Clark. Taking a variety of classes allowed me to experience new topics that I had never explored before. Social Entrepreneurship was a class I took last year and for the first time I found out that there was a name for what I want to do for the rest of my life. Since discovering this, I have been attending as many events as possible so I can learn as much as I can and gain new perspectives.

This past weekend I attended the Harvard Business School’s Social Entrepreneurship Conference. It was really interesting and I definitely learned a lot and had the chance to speak with some really intelligent people.

Some things I took away from my seven pages of notes:

Ben Rattray, founder of Change.org was one of the keynote speakers at the conference.

-Do what you love to do

-Automatic cars are being made—pretty soon taxi drivers won’t have jobs and people can sleep at the wheel because the car will do all the work for you.

-Commit yourself you something bigger than yourself

-Don’t always follow the rules

-You can’t predict the rate of social change

-We need more women in leadership positions

-“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

On Tuesday I attended the venture forum at WPI, a school just a few miles down the street from Clark. I’ve been to a few of them now. They take place once a month and bring together innovators in the area. Last night was a pitch contest. The company I am interning for competed and came in the top three for all around, second for crowd favorite, and first for the poster competition. It was an exciting night and a great chance to meet and mingle with some interesting people who are from the area.

A photo of all the people who gave pitches on behalf of their company.

No matter what you think you want to major in now, I’m sure you’ll have second guess and maybe even change your mind completely. If you have no idea, don’t worry. I came to Clark knowing that I wanted to study the environment but at the time I had no idea that business would be the facet through which I did that. Now I am interested in both individually and even more when they are together! Though I love to plan, many of the best decisions I have made, were done last minute…there’s a hint for next week’s blog. Until then, stay classy.

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