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With Celena Aponte (VP Strategy, Partnerships & Education, Nasdaq Entrepreneur Center), Andrew Hutchinson (Global Affairs & Strategic Partnerships & Co-Lead, Veterans), Pinar Celik (Digital Instructional Designer).
Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 07:30 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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Exploring entrepreneurship & what it can mean for you.
About this event
In this highly interactive session, we will explore entrepreneurship & identify your entrepreneurial inspirations through examples & activities. We will help you answer questions like, what does entrepreneurship mean for me & how can entrepreneurship support my business dreams.

At the end of this session, you'll be able to:

Identify entrepreneurs who inspire you & why.
Define the characteristics of an entrepreneur & which characteristics you also have.
Explore different journeys entrepreneurs experience.
Identify your entrepreneurial inspirations.
Formulate next steps to pursue curiosity & learning.
As a participant in this session, you will get first access to the Emerging Entrepreneur Toolkit in partnership with Airbnb, a Nasdaq Listed Company. Activities included in this toolkit are designed to take you through exploratory steps to help crystalize any business ideas you have & put them into action.

Toolkit Overview:

Part 1: Entrepreneurs & Entrepreneurship
Part 2: Entrepreneurship to Unlock Your BIG Dreams
Part 3: Idea to Action
(Note: we will only cover Part 1 & Part 2 together in this session; we'll provide Part 3 for you to complete at your convenience.)


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Celena Aponte
VP Strategy, Partnerships, & Education Programs
Celena is responsible for developing research, programs & resources that fuel accessible & equitable entrepreneurship at the Nasdaq Entrepreneur Center. Future facing, she's skilled at leading a data-driven approach to identifying entrepreneur needs & building collaborative support to address not only immediate pain points but also systemic, root causes.

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Pnar M. elik, PhD
Digital Instructional Designer
Pinar is experienced instructional designer & dedicated edupreneur. She has over a decade long experience designing & developing learning solutions for higher education & adult education in formal & informal settings. Pinar is fluent with many delivery models including instructor-led, blended, & online. She has a master's degree in Labor Economics & a PhD in Curriculum & Instructional Technology specializing in adult education.

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Andrew Hutchinson
Global Affairs & Strategic Partnerships & Co-lead, Veterans@
Andrew Hutchinson is a partnership manager on the Global Affairs & Strategic Partnership team at Airbnb. Andrew graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point & served for 8 years in the Army. Andrew enjoys building community & helping empower others - this took him to a veteran support nonprofit for 3 years after the Army, & ultimately, led him to join Airbnb. Andrew is a new dad & lives with his wife & daughter near Portland, OR. When he's not working on slide decks or chasing around his toddler, Andrew likes to run, cook, play guitar, & spend time outdoors.

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The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources & mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us & make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.

About Brotherhood Crusade
Celebrating 54 years of service to the Los Angeles community, Brotherhood Crusade was founded in 1968. The organization's principal mission is to champion equality & equity by removing and/or helping individuals overcome the barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life & facilitate opportunities for a better quality of life by effectuating improved health & wellness, facilitating academic success, promoting personal, social & economic growth, providing access to artistic excellence & cultural awareness, increasing financial literacy & building community agencies & institutions. Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations, & foundations of goodwill that are committed to & understand the tremendous need for helping our community & people grow & prosper.

Brotherhood Crusade 200 E Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011 - 323-846-1649 office
All Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center programs & services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 48 hours in advance of this event; please send an email to with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST. For assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact
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