As an undecided student in which particular section of business I want to major in, it feels a bit funny to say it’s essential for me to grow my “entrepreneurial mindset” throughout my time in the Haller Global Honors Fellowship. Google defines entrepreneurship as “the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit”. But regardless if I’d like to start my own business in the future or not, the entrepreneurial skills of initiative and self-reliance, future orientation, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, comfort with risk, flexibility and adaptability, and opportunity recognition, are all skills that I’ve learned can benefit me in all areas of my life: personally, academically, and professionally.
As a member of the Social Media and Development team, I’ve already had to use all of the above skills in developing an actionable plan for our client, the Southwark Pensioner’s Centre, to expand their organization and increase their outreach. Our time in the program has consisted of a lot of self organized work time, so my other team members and I have had to communicate ourselves to schedule out our time to ensure we were on pace to complete our project in a timely manner (self-reliance, communication and collaboration, flexibility and adaptability). A big part of our project has been researching other organizations and social media strategies to see what could work and what wouldn’t work for the needs of our organization (creativity and innovation, future orientation, critical thinking, comfort with risk, flexibility and adaptability, and opportunity recognition).
We had a guest speaker, Guillermo Velazquez, the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation. One aspect of the PHDC is the Incubator, in which they support local Hispanic organizations in their development and growth. Personally, I thought it was awesome that an organization exists in which local entrepreneurs connect, learn from each other, and support each other. I’ve learned so much about the entrepreneurial mindset and I can’t wait to see how much more I’ll learn during my time in the Haller program, and during the rest of my college career at Pitt.