Lunchtime Link-Up Series with HR Learning & Development – May, 2021

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May 19,  202112:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Virtual Classroom via Zoom

Join us for HR Learning and Development’s new virtual Lunchtime Link-Up Series. This series will bring together employees from across the University to learn from WU subject matter experts sharing innovative ideas and best practices. The virtual Lunchtime Link-up is another way for us to provide support and create an opportunity for employees to learn from one another.

Each virtual Lunchtime Link-Up session will be hosted by a different subject matter expert focused on a topic relevant to help you learn and grow both personally and professionally.

All you have to do is bring your lunch, come link-up with other WU employees, and learn with L&D!

The virtual Lunchtime Link-Up Series will kick-off on May 19 with guest speaker Mike Seper who will share best practices on how to apply an entrepreneurial mindset within the workplace.

Course Description: Washington University has established excitement for entrepreneurship that has expanded across campus and into the culture for students and staff. The Skandalaris Center is the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship and we are proud to help world-class researchers, scientists, faculty, students and staff think like entrepreneurs to solve the problems we all encounter and strive to make the world a better place for everyone.

The entrepreneurial mindset starts by learning to listen to others, discovering the pain points in their lives and creating a solution to their problems. Anyone that develops a new venture makes a positive impact on their community and creates value for the users. We are all motivated to help make the lives of others better and learning an entrepreneurial mindset will help to transforms obstacles into opportunities, by thinking differently and acting altruistically.

Facilitator: Mike Seper is an entrepreneur, educator and leader on the Washington University campus and in the community. Mike serves as the Associate Director of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Site Director for the National Science Foundation Skandalaris I-Corps Site program at Washington University. Mike’s ventures have received recognition in Small Business Monthly as a Future 50 award winner and Entrepreneur magazine recognized him as ‘Trep of the Month. He is a National Security Innovation Network (NSIN DIA) Defense Innovation Accelerator FedTech graduate, served as an entrepreneurial lead for a successful NSF I-Corps National Team, represents Washington University through the Kauffman Foundation Heartland Communities of Practice program, and collaborator/ Co-PI on Kauffman Foundation funding opportunities with Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University and Missouri S&T.

Mr. Seper has made it his mission to engage universities across the country in innovation and entrepreneurship, served as keynote speaker and judge for the Idea Quest, Entrepreneur Quest and Socioeconomic Innovation competitions at all University of Missouri campuses, and currently leads the Saint Louis Entrepreneurial Educators Consortium.

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

An important note: Our goal in Learning and Development is to create the same level of rich engagement in our virtual classroom as we do in our in-person classes. Therefore, the day of the session:
– Ensure you’re in an environment that will allow you to participate fully! This will be an interactive session and your contribution is important.
– Turn off your email and phone notifications to avoid distractions.
– Be camera ready! Participants are expected to have their cameras on during the entire session.
– Have a pen and paper ready.
– Log in early to the session through the Zoom link.

Once registered in Learn@Work, you will receive a Zoom invitation for the date/time selected; instructions will be included in the invitation.

All programs are subject to change.

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