2013 CEE FORUM Held in Cleveland
Each year, the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education holds a national FORUM for entrepreneurship educators, providing them with plenty of opportunities to learn, share and network. The 2013 FORUM was held in Cleveland and hosted 160 educators from around the globe, including 36 from Northeast Ohio.
Highlights of the 3-day event included keynote speakers Jeff Hoffman, Steve Mariotti, Cathy Horton, and Deb Stanzak, as well as a fundraising workshop led by Cynthia Bailie, Executive Director of The Veale Foundation; Deborah Hoover, President and CEO of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation; David Holmes, Acting Director of The Foundation Center; and Rosa Berardi, Program Officer at The Coleman Foundation. Participants enjoyed “Meet the Entrepreneur” sessions, and had the opportunity to tour The Global Center for Health Innovation after a presentation by Aram Nerpouni, President and CEO of BioEnterprise Corporation. This forum also featured eight groups of student entrepreneurs, ages 9-25, who participated in a student marketplace and interacted with attendees.
Perhaps the most special part of the weekend was a banquet held on Sunday evening honoring Cathy Ashmore, pictured right, who founded the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education and served as executive director for 30 years. Dr. Ashmore, an inspirational educator who has advanced the field of entrepreneurship in many ways throughout her career, was moved by the evening and the accolades she so richly deserved. Many thanks to the planning committee, led by Hank Kopcial and Ilene Frankel, for helping to make this entire weekend possible.
The Consortium is now being led by Dr. Gene Coulson, pictured left, who was recently named Executive Director. Next year’s FORUM is in the planning stages and will be held in Cincinnati.