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Denise Williams is Minnesota’s 2017 Veteran’s Small Business Champion

Dr. Denise E. Williams, College of Management, Build Your Dream Initiative
Dr. Denise E. Williams, College of Management, Build Your Dream Initiative

Dr. Denise E. Williams has been chosen as Minnesota’s 2017 Veteran’s Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dr. Williams is assistant professor and researcher at Metropolitan State University in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior and CEO of the DEW Consulting Group LLC, an educational and human potential development consulting service. She was nominated by the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Minneapolis.

Williams was chosen for her advocacy for veteran’s entrepreneurship, curriculum development and training efforts in Minnesota. She has been instrumental in helping veterans and other underserved communities become successful entrepreneurs through her work with SBA’s Boots to Business Reboot classes, her research partnership with Women Venture and much more.

“Veterans in our state and across the nation are fortunate to have the dedication and expertise of Dr. Williams in their business corner,” explains Nancy Libersky, Minnesota’s SBA district director. “Her commitment to their success is matched only by her expertise in how they can make it happen.”

Additionally, Williams is particularly proud of the “Build Your Dream” conference she created at Metropolitan State in partnership with SCORE Minnesota, which focuses on women veteran entrepreneurship training. Williams organized and facilitated this premiere event targeted to women and service members. It included a panel of five successful women veteran business owners and involvement of at least 10 community partners. Several other trainings have stemmed from this effort including the Build Your Dream veteran training with SCORE.

“It is my privilege and honor to help veterans identify a career path that utilizes their existing talents and creates an opportunity to contribute to their families and the community.”

Williams adds, “This award belongs also to the team of organizations who supported this vision, particularly Metropolitan State University’s college of management and veteran affairs office; SCORE Minnesota, Minnesota PTAC, WomenVenture, Women Business Development Center, NAWBO and many others.”

With extensive corporate experience, Williams delivers engaging and culturally sensitive curriculum to diverse participants and has a special commitment to the underserved. Shared through conferences and publications, her research examines factors influencing the success of entrepreneurship, as well as the relationship between the entrepreneurial mindset and well-being.

Her research focus is on diverse entrepreneurs. To further help people understand and develop the skills needed to succeed in business, Williams has researched the various entrepreneurial mindset models and has become a national certified facilitator of a research tool developed by Eckerd College. The Entrepreneurial Mindset research tool measures fourteen main competencies of the entrepreneurial mindset and had been used in several pilot entrepreneurship training programs.

Williams earned her Doctorate and Masters in Business from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business; a MBA from the Wharton School of Business; and BA in economics from Spelman College; and Ordination from One Spirit Learning Alliance. She serves as a National Association of Women Business Owners Minnesota Board of Directors; Women Business Development Center Regional Advisory Committee; MEDA’s African American Women CEO Brain Trust; and has served as a business competition judge for both University of St. Thomas and Jr. Achievement.

The SBA, along with the SCORE Association and the Small Business Development Center, will honor Williams at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 4, 2017, at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

New “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” degree program for those who dream of self-employment

Are you ready to take action toward creating the career that you deserve? If building your dream means , small business ownership or innovative leadership within an existing company, Metropolitan State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation major or minor offered through the College of Management is designed just for you.

Career success today means mastering both your courses and developing the skills that give you the competitive advantage. Learn to “think like an entrepreneur” and develop the highly demanded entrepreneurial mindset in a diverse world in ENTR400 or master the challenges and choices in entrepreneurship and innovation in ENTR490. If you’re a non-business major, you are one step away from this path starting with a business boot camp-type course exposing you to business basics in ENTR300.

With these basics under your belt, choose from another seven electives that further strengthen your skills and career opportunities from building business plans to small businessfocused marketing, finance, and law. Or, find a place to explore how to make money while doing good for society and your community in the social entrepreneurship course, ENTR510. Take control of your future and build your dream!

For further information, contact Dr. Denise E. Williams
(Denise.Williams@metrostate.edu) or Dr. Patricia Borchert (Pat.Borchert@metrostate.edu) in the College of Management.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, authors new book

Nearly concurrent with the announcement of the new College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, Dr. Frank Schweigert published a new book which nearly screams relevance in today’s public affairs and echoes a similar significance within the educational community, particularly in regards to economic practice and participation and how it is taught throughout our universities and interwoven into our lives.

Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
Dr. Frank Schweigert, dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs

The book, “Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good,” is an extended argument for and about the compulsory idea that business ethics should be taught as a part of, and in tandem with, business strategy. It discusses the severance of ethics from within business practice and how that detachment, or lack of emphasis, has thoroughly marginalized the concept of ethics in business from education, and thusly, how modern business practice fails to be accountable to the public.

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New member of COM Advising Team

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TheAlfreda 2 smiling voice you hear when you call the College of Management Undergraduate Advising Center belongs to our new Advising Support Staff Alfreda Amah-Clarke. Alfreda joins us from a primarily healthcare background, but she grew up under the wing of the higher education arena, as her father was a Chemistry professor. From Liberia, Iowa, Colorado and most recently Baltimore, Alfreda has honed customer service skills to an art form which she uses to engage, understand, appreciate and guide every student that contacts the Advising Center. She believes strongly in the core values the Advising Center operates under and strives every day to up hold those standards of being responsible to our students, our institution and the pursuit of higher education.

Alfreda has a “let’s do this!” approach to almost every task, which makes her an absolute pleasure to work with. When she’s not hard at work, you’ll find her sharing a story…

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Spring semester 2016 outstanding students

Ten students were selected spring semester outstanding students at Metropolitan State. The honored students are Brielle Bernardy, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) graduate; Naw Dah Bu, School of Urban Education; Victoria Bugayev, College of Management (COM) graduate; John Lee Clark, College of Individualized Studies; Nora Dragich, COM undergraduate; Kathryn Herzog, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies (CHCPS) graduate; Maxwell Ingram, SLC undergraduate; Brittney Rademacher, CHCPS undergraduate; Rasmita Shrestha, School of Nursing graduate; and Michael Shyne, College of Arts and Sciences.

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Applied Doctorate in Business Administration program ranked 19th in nation

Metropolitan State’s Applied Doctorate in Business Administration was ranked 19th nationally for 2016 according to TopManagementDegrees.com. These rankings are aimed at potential students who are looking for a program in which to enroll.

“This is a welcomed recognition for the very hard work put in by a number of people who teach and advise in our DBA program. It is also a tribute to our students,” says Gary Seiler, interim director, DBA, College of Management.

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The following explains how Metropolitan State was selected:

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“This Top 50 list was ranked on the following criteria: accreditation, prestige, estimated cost, student satisfaction, and business management curriculum. Each criterion was given equal weight in order to gather a well-respected and high quality doctoral business management program. Data was gather from each program’s website, US News and World Report, the Princeton Review, as well as the National Center for Education Statistics. Let this ranking help you find the highest quality doctorate degree in business management.”

Open to the public, Feb. 13: Tadd M. Johnson discusses equity status of Native American community

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Tadd M. Johnson

Tadd M. Johnson speaks at an event open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course. The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306. Johnson directs the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program at University of Minnesota Duluth and is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bois Forte Band.

Johnson plans to discuss the equity status of the Native American community, particularly as seen though the lens of tribal sovereignty. Changes in sovereignty practices have complicated the discussion of which government has primary responsibility for encouraging equity.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Johnson is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, federal court and tribal court. In his career, he has served as a tribal administrator, a tribal attorney, a tribal court judge and has taught numerous courses on Federal Indian Law and American Indian History.

From 1990–1995 he served as counsel and staff director to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in the Office of Indian Affairs and the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. During the Clinton Administration, Johnson was appointed by the president to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.

This is the fourth event in a speaker series presented in the course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) Program in the College of Management. MAPL 668, Topics in Advocacy is an elective in the MAPL program, offered every other semester with the subject matter and focus selected by vote of MAPL students. This semester the focus is equity, with leaders from various communities addressing the subject for their group.

Feb. 20: College of Management info session

The College of Management hosts an information session for those interested in a master’s degree in nonprofit management (MNLM or MPNA), public administration (MPA or MPNA) or graduate certificates in arts and cultural heritage management (ACHM). The session is 10–11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 at Midway Center, Room 158, 1380 Energy Lane, Saint Paul.

For more information call 612-659-7258 or email COM.GraduatePrograms@metrostate.edu.

Open to the public: Lori Sturdevant discusses Minnesota women’s search for equity

Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist at the Star Tribune, and Phil Duran, legal director of OutFront Minnesota, are the guest speakers in a series of talks open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course.

Lori will begin the discussion at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306 with a talk about the history of the search for equity by Minnesota women and will be framed around her recent book, Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, about Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice.

OutFront Minnesota Legal Director Phil Duran.
OutFront Minnesota Legal Director Phil Duran.

At 10:30 a.m., Phil will discuss equity as it pertains to the LBGTQ community.

The event is the third in the speaker series presented in the course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program in the College of Management. MAPL 668, Topics in Advocacy is an elective in the MAPL program, offered every other semester with the subject matter and focus selected by vote of MAPL students. For this semester the focus is Equity with leaders from various communities addressing the subject for their group.

Open to the public: Dr. Colleen Wieck to speak on equity and the developmentally disabled community

Equity as it pertains to the developmentally disabled community will be the subject of a class discussion that will feature Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, 9 a.m. Jan. 23, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306.

The event is the second in a speaker series open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program in the College of Management.