Our students have been working very hard to plan and organize the fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU to be held on February 20. With an impressive lineup of speakers around the theme of security, we know you will not want to miss this event.

We hope you will be inspired by the stories highlighted below helping students and others realize their entrepreneurial potential. 

Polly Black
John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director 
Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship 
Professor of Practice, Business and Entrepreneurship 
TEDxWakeForestU 2016 - Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined

Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined features eight inspiring speakers who will give presentations on security as it relates to each of their unique fields of expertise. This year's impressive speaker line-up includes Mark Hurd, chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and Nicole Hockley, founder and managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise. To register, click here. To learn more about this year's speakers, click here.

On Thursday, February 11, the TEDx team sponsored a special, pre-conference event on Manchester Plaza. Students were invited to write what they want to be kept secure, safe, and sacred on a padlock and hang it on the fencing. This piece of collaborative art will be displayed at the TEDx conference in order to illustrate what security means to students on Wake Forest's campus.
Women and Entrepreneurship: Economic Empowerment within the Latina Community in Winston-Salem
Thanks to the help of Angela Kocze and the students in her Women and Entrepreneurship class, El Buen Pastor Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem. "Today, 14.8% of the population of Winston-Salem identifies as Hispanic, of which approximately 73.8% are foreign-born," explained Dr. Kocze. "Through this project, we are able to empower women in the El Buen Pastor community to start their own businesses." Read more here.
Ed McLaughlin Answers Students' Biggest Questions about Becoming an Entrepreneur
Ed McLaughlin, a successful entrepreneur, executive, author, and investor visited Wake Forest earlier this month to host an E-Lab entitled "Becoming an Entrepreneur." During his presentation, McLaughlin answered many questions that young entrepreneurs face, including: Why do people become entrepreneurs? When is the right time to start a new business? How will you measure success? Click here to learn more about McLaughlin's presentation on Becoming an Entrepreneur.
Students Helping Students Expands Reach in 2016

Since his graduation in 2014, Bill Zandi has continued to expand his non-profit venture: Students Helping Students. "Our vision for SHS is to have a presence in all areas where there is an economic disparity," Zandi explained. In 2016, Students Helping Students hopes to provide over $600,000 worth of school or classroom supplies and materials to low-income schools in the Philadelphia area. To learn more about Students Helping Students and its expansion, click here.
February 2016   
In This Issue
TEDxWakeForestU 2016--
February 20, 2016
12pm-4pm, Wait Chapel

Ricky Van Veen --
Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Save the date for this year's ICE Awards Celebration featuring keynote speaker Ricky Van Veen. Van Veen, a WFU graduate, is the co-founder of CollegeHumor and a principal owner of Connected Ventures, a company that includes Vimeo and BustedTees. Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter.
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