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St. John’s University

October 22, 2012

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“Empowering Your Entrepreneurial Spirit”

The D2C Tour visited St. John’s University Monday, October 22, 2012. The event, “Empowering Your Entrepreneurial Spirit,” hosted by St. John’s School of Law and The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, engaged students and professors representing various academic disciplines as well as area business executives from a cross-section of industries. The panelists covered a broad spectrum of timely topics relevant to the practice of law and doing business in today’s competitive marketplace.

Topics included:

  • Common attributes of successful entrepreneurs
  • Leadership in the workplace
  • Taking calculated business risks
  • Fostering your “entrepreneurial spirit”
  • Harnessing the power of teamwork
  • Cultivating business integrity
  • Social entrepreneurship and giving back to your community
  • Doing business in a global economy

 

Moderator:

D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams

M. Quentin Williams, Esq. C’91L, Founder & Chairman, D2C Tour; Chairman & CEO, The Butler Lappert Williams Firm, PC and Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC

Panelists:

 

Comments:

“To have the unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with world-class business leaders who have reached the pinnacle of success in their respective industries—in real time—is an education most rarely receive.  These captains of industry shared their respective journeys in a very personal and spiritually uplifting manner. I left the program percolating with ideas and felt a renewed sense of owning my power—owning my career path and my life.  The ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ is not only about owning your own business but it is also about taking ownership and responsibility for developing your product—you!!   That is empowering!  No matter where you are in your life, this program is transformative and it should be a required course for creating one’s career and one’s life!”

            ~ Dorothy P. Moran, Associate Director of Admissions

St. John’s University School of Law

“The program was an incredible gift and inspiration to those attending—and especially for students about to begin their careers.  The panelists, all successful in diverse fields and themselves ‘diverse’—in age, field, and background, were able to connect to their audience by their willingness to share their stories and lessons learned.  The stories engaged the students and provided concrete examples of how entrepreneurship, risk, hard work, leadership and social responsibility can direct them to ‘success’ that is not defined solely by accumulation of wealth, but also includes achieving career and personal goals and maintaining a strong commitment to family and community.”

~ Ettie Ward, J.D., Professor and Director, Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

in International and Comparative Sports Law

St. John’s University School of Law

“I truly had an amazing experience at the D2C event last Monday. Although I have been blessed to observe many panels with fantastic speakers, I can honestly say that the quality and breadth of the panel I witnessed on the 22nd was probably one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever seen. Each individual had something real and tangible to leave with the students and they all were genuinely interested in interacting with us before and after. This meant a lot to us as we got to experience firsthand how success does not always corrupt as some of the world’s adages claim.”

                                                  ~ Patrick Diamitani, Student

St. John’s University

“My name is Mina Salib, and I am senior at St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I have been to many business and leadership forums but none quite like this one. The collection of successful and motivational leaders that were speaking to us on Monday, October 22nd, was truly extraordinary. The fact that we had the ability to get an inside scoop on what it means to be truly successful was priceless. What I mean by truly successful is not just measured by the amount of money these people accumulated, but also by the amount of time, money and care that they gave back to students like myself and the less fortunate. They all emphasized how important hard work is. One of the panelists, Michael P. Williams, said: ‘The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.’ The quote was actually jaw-dropping because of how creative and true it was. Angel Laws, another panelist, was quoted as saying, ‘Stick with your guns and know your perspective and keep it moving.’ This helped me keep all my goals in perspective and I appreciate her inspirational words. Finally, Ted Reid recited a verse at the end of the night which stated, ‘To whom much is given, much is required,’ and we are given so many opportunities and with all these blessings we must become great so we can give back just like all these leaders. Special thanks to the moderator and founder, Michael Q. Williams and his team, who made this all happen.”

                                                                  ~ Mina Salib, Student

St. John’s University

“As a seasoned corporate executive, I walked away feeling motivated and inspired. I can only imagine what the law & business students took away from the event. I can sincerely say that what D2C is doing for law and business students is fantastic. Of the several things I found lacking in my undergraduate education (and in academia as a whole) was access to real-life success stories. It’s one thing to read about it in the pages of Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, text books, etc., but when given the chance to actually hear and see an individual tell you about their failures and successes—that’s awe-inspiring.  Formal education is great, but lessons learned and experiences garnered from the ‘school of hard knocks’ is invaluable.”

         ~Norman Vlahos, Director of Accounting & Controller,  Arizona Beverages USA LLC/  

Hornell Brewing Company, Inc.

View event photo gallery below. View event videos at D2C’s online video gallery.

 

D2C Industry Expert Panelist Ed Foster-Simeon and St. John's students St. John's students at Welcome Reception D2C Panelists & VIP Guests at Welcome Reception D2C Panelists Angel Laws with St. John's students D2C Panelists Ed Foster-Simeon & Ed Fantegrossi D2C Panelist Angel Laws with St. John's students D2C Panelist Michael Doyle at Welcome Reception D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams with St. John's student D2C Team with Seton Hall Professor Michael Reuter D2C Panelist Angel Laws with Seton Hall Professor Michael Reuter D2C Panelist Ed Fantegrossi with VIP guests D2C Panelist Michael Doyle with D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams with VIP guests D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams with D2C Panelists Ed Foster-Simeon & Michael P. Williams D2C Panelist Angel Laws & VIP guests D2C Team & D2C Panelist Michael P. Williams D2C Team with D2C Panelist Michael P. Williams St. John's students with D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C at St. John's University D2C Panelists at St. John's University D2C Panelists before the discussion D2C's audience at St. John's University D2C Panel & St. John's University's Dorothy Moran St. John's University's Dorothy Moran & D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Panelists & Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Panel Discussion at St. John's University D2C Panelists at St. John's University D2C Panelists Ted Reid & Michael P. Williams D2C Panelists Ed Fantegrossi, Ed Foster-Simeon & Dr. Michael Doyle D2C Panelist Dr. Michael Doyle D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Panelists Ed Fantegrossi & Ed Foster-Simeon D2C Panelists at St. John's University D2C Panelists Jennifer Pogolerec O'Sullivan & Ted Reid D2C Panelists Angel Laws & Ed Fantegrossi D2C Panelist Jennifer Pogolerec O'Sullivan D2C Panelist Angel Laws D2C Panelists Angel Laws & Ed Fantegrossi D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams D2C Panel & Team at St. John's University D2C at St. John's University D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams & D2C Panelist Jennifer Pogolerec O'Sullivan
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D2C Moderator M. Quentin Williams with D2C Panelists Ed Foster-Simeon & Michael P. Williams

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October 22, 2012
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St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439 United States
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