What Is Entrepreneurship?ANSWER:Entrepreneurship is about seeing opportunities and bringing about change.Aspira and our corporate partner, Morgan Stanley, believe that true opportunitieslie in our young people. Aspirantes demonstrate every day that they have thecreativity and the motivation to change their world. Through this course, wehope to provide you with more tools to see possibilities and succeed inwhatever you choose. Aspira supports business education because we believethat the Latino community will not move forward as long as it remains poor.More Latinos need to embrace financial opportunities, both in their careers andin their personal lives. Imagine how the world would change if more Latinosheld high-powered positions in companies or owned their own businesses.During the next ten sessions, you will learn about leadership. More importantly,you will start to see that you already have many leadership qualities. We willdiscuss the fundamentals of being successful in business, including attitude andgoal-setting, as well how to put yourself on the right educational track for asolid career in business. However, this class is not just talk. This will be a handsonexperience, where you will have a chance to develop a successful businessplan and actually start your own business. You will also learn about investingand practice managing your own stock portfolio. You will visit the financialcenter of your city, tour the trading floor, see the offices of major investmentbanks, and visit the campuses of nearby business programs. You will have achance to mentor with an investment banker and intern at a local small businessor at a major corporation.This class is about you. We want it to be driven by the students. If you don’t likesomething or see something missing, speak up! You have a chance torecommend activities, trips and other opportunities. Aspira Business Clubs arebeing created in four cities: New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington (DE) andChicago. Each group will be full of talented young people who have alreadyshown strong initiative to take on new challenges while having fun. We hopeyou decide to communicate with the other Aspira Business Clubs to share ideasand maybe plan to meet.Just like starting a business, being a part of this class involves commitment andhard work.
Because there is a lot of information to cover, you will have to workoutside of class to cover the background reading and research, as well as todevelop plans for your own business. We want this experience to be rewardingfor you, one that may change the course of your life. Are you ready?Session Goals:The introductory session to the Entrepreneurial Leadership Course and the first meetingof the ASPIRA Business Club should serve to welcome the participants, break the ice,discuss the broad outline of the course and the schedule of activities, and get feedbackfrom the participants in terms of what they want to get out of the course.Section activities at a glance:Suggested Activities Time Objective1.1 Introduction 15 Present students with the classto the Course: format and schedule; discussObjectives/ what the course will cover;Format/Goals (optional) explain planningexercise.1.2 What is 20 Give an overview of howEntrepreneurship entrepreneurship is different fromand why should other careers. Discuss thewe learn about it? reasons that entrepreneurshipeducation benefits young peopleand the problems it can helpsolve.1.3 Class Discussion: 25 Solicit input from students onReview preliminary what they have observed aboutresearch, current entrepreneurship. Define caseevents and studies and explain their use.case studies Detail how journals will be usedthroughout course.1.4 Discussion of 25 Discuss this week’s assigned text.Background Review the major lessons andReading answer any questions. Determinehow students can put theinformation to use for their ownentrepreneurship plans.1.5 Session II 10 Provide overview of next session’sPreview and topic. Clarify time and meetingAssignments place of next activity. Assignbackground reading.