Convocation Speaker Challenges HSU Students in Business, Leadership, and Honors Programs to Think Differently

After delivering the keynote speech for HSU’s Convocation earlier in the day, Wilkerson took yet another opportunity to share her inspirational story by communicating with students what it means to be an entrepreneur.

 

Students from the Kelly College of Business and Hardin Simmons’ Leadership and Honors programs, along with several HSU faculty and staff, were invited to a luncheon with nationally acclaimed entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Carrie Wilkerson, on Thursday, September 4, 2014. 

After delivering the keynote speech for HSU’s Convocation earlier in the day, Wilkerson took yet another opportunity to share her inspirational story by communicating with students what it means to be an entrepreneur.

“It seems that students are waiting for permission to think differently,” said Wilkerson.  “I want to send the message that there is no magic idea, or moment and that they should seize the opportunities before them.” 

According to Kyla Stanton, junior finance and marketing major from Idalou, HSU students received that message loud and clear.

“It was inspirational to see someone who attended Hardin-Simmons go out and make a difference in the world,” said Stanton.

Additionally, Wilkerson offered young business professionals ideas about how to enhance and grow their own starter companies. 

“I was excited to gain ideas and motivation from someone who has gone before me,” said Jason Ligon, sophomore finance major from Abilene, who attended the luncheon because he wanted to ask Wilkerson questions that might help him with his own business. 

During the luncheon, Wilkerson further challenged students to stop waiting for their opportunity to see where their idea can make a difference.  This especially spoke to Emily Fitzhugh, sophomore social work major from Abilene. 

“She [Wilkerson] inspired me not to be afraid and to step out and be productive,” said Fitzhugh.

Dr. Coleman Patterson, professor of management and leadership, and director of the leadership studies program, was excited to see the students come alive in the room when they were asked about their individual company ideas. 

“It is wonderful to have a speaker come in and really confirm and reinforce what we are teaching about in our Leadership Program,” said Patterson.

As the luncheon came to a close, Wilkerson challenged the students to start solving problems while also inviting them to message her directly via Facebook with any further questions or ideas with which she might be able to help. 

Video of Wilkerson’s Convocation address is available on the HSU website at www.hsutx.edu.

 

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