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St. Francis College hosts ‘Power of Entrepreneurship’ discussion

Special Guest: Steve Mariotti, Founder Of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

March 30, 2016 Special to the Brooklyn Eagle
Steve Mariotti. Photos courtesy of St. Francis College

The St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship will welcome Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Founder (NFTE) Steve Mariotti for a discussion titled “Power of Entrepreneurship” on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. in the college’s Founders Hall (180 Remsen St.).

Mariotti left a successful business career in 1982 to become a special education teacher in such New York City neighborhoods as East New York, Brooklyn and Fort Apache in the South Bronx. Frustrated by his rowdy classrooms, Mariotti discovered he could reach and motivate his students by teaching them to run small businesses. This experience inspired him to create NFTE in 1987 to bring entrepreneurship education to low-income youth, and empower them to create their own pathways out of poverty.

More than 600,000 young people worldwide have graduated from NFTE programs since. Mariotti is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of “The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business,” “Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future,” “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management” and “Entrepreneurs In Profile.”

Joining Mariotti will be 1979 St. Francis alumnus Lou Pastina, chairman of the Center Advisory Board and former executive vice president of the New York Stock Exchange, and 1983 alumnus Walt Pearson of Brown Capital Management.

Other panelists include Kiante Young of Brightline Interactive, and author of the upcoming novel “Ninjas in Brooklyn;” Michael Caslin, founder and CEO of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship; and Rodney Walker, founder of Forever Life Productions and author of the educational memoir “A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale.”

A reception will follow the event.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is designed to stimulate and promote entrepreneurial activity in Brooklyn; it seeks to create synergistic partnerships with Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs by providing them with access to faculty experts and to create socially responsible and robust entrepreneurial activity with its Brooklyn-based business partners.

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