The Westminster College Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the eighth season of the Lectures in Entrepreneurship series. A college-level class that is also open to the public, the lecture series invites successful entrepreneurs to discuss critical issues relevant to their success. By bridging the gap between formal education and real-world experience, we are better able to help students master the entrepreneurial skills critical to successful careers in business, corporate, or social entrepreneurship. This event is open to the public!
Wendy Bird is the founder of Pearls with Purpose, a social-impact organization which combines micro-enterprising with humanitarian assistance. Since 2002, Wendy has inspired and motivated people all over the world by sharing her passion and experience with social entrepreneurship. A certified gemologist (GIA) and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB MBA program, Wendy leads women toward longterm selfsustainment by teaching them jewelrymaking (art) and business ownership (micro-enterprise skills). After beginning her work in the Philippines, Wendy added Ban Nam Kem, Thailand in 2006; Barathapurham, India in 2010; and Cambodia in 2013. This worldwide outreach program has assisted over 300 women in creating sustainability for themselves and their families. Over 400 students have received educational scholarships. Wendy has received awards such as Humanitarian of the Year, Utah Woman Making a Difference, and Best of State in jewelry production.
Shawn Peterson is a doer who loves trying new things. He is in awe of the incredible potential humans have and does not believe that not knowing how to do something is a reason not to do it. He loves to tackle challenging problems. He finds the hard physical and mental work of solving large problems exhilarating. At his core, Shawn is an entrepreneur who believes in the power of business to change the world. He has owned a number of small businesses and is currently the founder and director of The Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB), a community food-production agency that operates as a social enterprise. At GULB, Shawn works to find creative solutions to the age-old problem of hunger. Shawn has a love for adventure; some of his adventures include riding a motorcycle down the Pacific Coast of America, teaching himself to sail, and crossing the Pacific Ocean.