Grove City College’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will kick off the upcoming Richard G. Staley ’62 Visionary Entrepreneur Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters on campus.
The first lecture – “You Might Be An Entrepreneur and Not Even Know It!” – will be delivered by Wendy Mascio ’88, CEO of Workscape, Inc. Workscape is a Pittsburgh-based, woman-owned business enterprise that provides innovative approaches to meeting top organizational challenges, such as attracting, engaging and retaining top talent by creation of beautiful and effective work environments. Prior to Workscape, Ms. Mascio was the CEO/founder of both Medical Equipment Source LLC and VIVO Worldwide Inc. She received a B.S. in biology and minored in business and chemistry while attending Grove City College.
At 4 p.m. Mar. 7 in the Great Room of Breen Student Union, Andrew Cunningham, owner of New Horizons Mozambique, will discuss “Starting from Scratch: How Entrepreneurship & Chickens are Fighting Poverty in Mozambique.” Cunningham, a Zimbabwean farmer, started the company in 2005 in order to help rural farmers produce the lowest-cost chicken in the world. New Horizons relies on 210 subsistence farmers to raise its chickens. The company provides training and advice. Andrew currently lives in Nampula, Mozambique with his wife Claire and their children.
At 7 p.m. April 6 in Sticht, Sam Weber ’14 will present “Stop Talking… Start Doing!” Weber is the founder and CEO of Profile Passer, an app that connects high school soccer players with college recruiters. She came up with the app while she was a senior at Grove City College, where she studied English and played varsity soccer. In 2014, Profile Passer was included on Inc. Magazine’s list of “Coolest College Startups in America.”
The speaker series brings successful entrepreneurs – and the lessons they learned – to Grove City College to share stories of success, experience and advice with students. Staley, a chemical engineering major during his time at Grove City College, pursued his entrepreneurial dream in 1977 when he founded Flavor House, a leading flavoring and extract manufacturer.
The lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit www.gccentrepreneurship.com/attend to register. Lectures are presented in cooperation with The Business Program (Departments of Accounting, Business and Entrepreneurship) at Grove City College. For more information, please call 724-458-2003.