Nov. 29, 2005
Dr. Pam Mickelson, professor of business administration and economics, and seven Morningside College students attended the 2005 Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) Annual Conference, "The Wonderful World of Entrepreneurship," held October 27-29, in Orlando, Fla.
Students who attended included: Caleb Lenhardt of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jessica Niemeyer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Debbie Noble of Louisburg, Kan.; John Page of Brookings, S.D.; Lisa Schoenberner of Crofton, Neb.; Travis Suhr of Ruthven, Iowa; and Samantha Wenger of Danbury, Iowa.
The students volunteered as moderators for the conference, providing leadership in introducing the speakers, maintaining the schedule of breakout sessions, and monitoring question and answer sessions. They each received a travel scholarship from The Coleman Foundation to attend the conference. More than 800 students from over 115 schools attended the conference.
Mickelson served on two panels at the conference including “Getting it Off the Ground: Starting a CEO Club” and “Q and A: What Questions Do You Have?” She also served as judge in the final round of competition for the CEO Elevator Pitch Competition, which featured twelve students presenting their business venture or idea to a panel of judges. The competition’s aim is to promote new venture creation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Mickelson is the faculty advisor for the Morningside chapter of CEO, now in its second year, and the Creative Edge Advertising Club. She serves as director of the Center of Entrepreneurship Education at Morningside, which began in 2002 with a grant from The Coleman Foundation. The center provides innovative entrepreneurship education and co-curricular activities to students while strengthening and developing partnerships with area education and business-related organizations.
CEO is a global entrepreneurship network serving more than 400 colleges and universities and 20,000 students. CEO’s mission is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunity through enterprise creation.