Wade Fellows Pre-Professional Series: April 15, 2011

What's Your Big Idea?

                                Entrepreneurship after Amherst


Friday, April 15th

Panel: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Pruyne Auditorium, Fayerweather Hall

You have an idea for a business, a solution to a social concern or the desire to find a new approach to existing problems. How do you know if your idea is a good one? How do you get started? What are the next steps?

            Innovative thinking is an increasingly sought-after skill, both in those starting a business and those working in the business world. Three Amherst alumni—a former venture capitalist, a professor of entrepreneurship at UVA and the founder of two thriving companies—will describe the mentality, skills and best practices essential to success in their field. Learn to think creatively but realistically, and to turn your ideas into results.     

Final Dinner: 6:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

            After the panel, a catered dinner will be held celebrating the culmination of the Wade Fellows Pre-Professional Series. Tebogo Phiri ’94, a managing director at the Royal Bank of Canada in New York City, will speak about his formative experiences connecting with Amherst alumni after graduation. Mr. Phiri will offer advice on how students can effectively reach out to alumni and broaden their network of mentors and connections, as well as the benefits of doing so. Furthermore, the current Wade Fellows—Nikki Scott ’97 and Stan Calhoun ’94—will give brief remarks on the purpose of the series, the benefits of learning from fellow Amherst graduates and final advice for those students striving for entry and success in the professional world.

            Also at the dinner, the winner of the Wade Fellows Raffle will be chosen, and students will have the opportunity to review handouts, materials and alumni contact information from the entire series.


Brought to you by the Wade Fellowship and the Amherst College Office of Alumni and Parent Programming