VYEF Skill Building Workshop Day 22-23 » Veale Entrepreneurs



Funding for travel to programs may be available to non-Forum schools. Please contact us at programs@vealefound.org for more information.

  • Date: February 8, 2023, 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM
  • Location: Cleveland State University
  • Fee: No Charge
Skill Building Workshop Day Registration Form 22-23

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There has never been a more critical time to practice what is commonly referred to as “soft skills”. Often these are referred to as human skills. Soft skills are what differentiates humans from robots and are essential in personal and professional development from a young age.

The Skill Building Workshop Day will provide students the opportunity to learn a variety of skill sets that contribute to an entrepreneurial mindset. Join us for this interactive, engaging, and experiential learning opportunity for students.

We have partnered with successful community professionals and experts who will provide customized workshops designed to provide key entrepreneurial learnings.

Students will have the opportunity to enhance skill sets in multiple areas of entrepreneurship.

Sessions have been purposefully selected to achieve the outcome of strengthening skill sets specific to today’s entrepreneurial landscape.

Program Outline:

Four entrepreneurial organizations will set up skill-building sessions to train student groups in meaningful ways.

Each organization will provide interactive and informative presentations for student groups.

Areas of Focus:

Skills: Design Skills, Leadership and Collaboration, Business Model Canvas and Public Speaking.

Experiences: Networking with community experts and professionals, visiting Cleveland State University, and networking with students from other schools.

Meet the Workshop Providers:

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Weston Ideation Lab at Cleveland State University

The Weston Ideation Lab is a dedicated, physical place where your ideas are tested, validated, and transformed into reality. Designed as a collaborative, interdisciplinary learning laboratory, the Lab fosters creative thinking, the exploration of entrepreneurship, provides access to resources across the Cleveland State campus and hosts academic courses, workshops, guest speakers and more.
Activity: How to Integrate the Business Model Canvas to create growth in any area of business and social impact.
Meet Lynn Buchinksy: Lynn Buchinksy is an entrepreneur, Manager for the Weston Ideation Lab, and Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University.


DesignExplorr addresses the diversity gap within the design profession by partnering with education and corporate organizations.
Activity: designExplorr's design learning challenge is an interactive workshop that allows youth to think like a designer, practice empathy, and expand their imagination through creative exploration.
Meet Jacinda Walker: Jacinda Walker is a designer, entrepreneur, and instructor with over 20 years of industry experience who calls Cleveland, Ohio home. She believes that "participation is the key to success."
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Effective Leadership Academy

ELA's mission is to help people develop their most valuable asset-themselves. Through a variety of hands-on, engaging activities our students and educators take a “journey of self-discovery” and gain essential tools for success along the way.
Activity: Leadership and Teamwork: Students work together to navigate through an experiential learning activity representing the need for ‘smart failure,’ support from others, the ability to pivot, and resilience as entrepreneurs.
Meet Flo Brett: Flo Brett is the founder of the Effective Leadership Academy. With 25 years of experience in corporate leadership, she combined her passion for children and leadership development to found ELA.
Meet Jessica Vaughn: Jessica Vaughn is the Talent Manager for ELA. She created and implemented pilot children's programming for the School of Reform. She has a passion for equipping leaders, empowering learners, and cultivating collaboration that impacts communities.
Meet Tyelisha Johnson: Tyelisha Johnson is the Reentry Coordinator & Lead Facilitator for ELA. She is a youth advocate for education equity and culturally responsive teaching. She has a passion for community redevelopment with an emphasis on education and lessening environmental & social contributors to criminal behaviors.
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JumpStart Inc. is a venture development organization providing capital, services and connections to help entrepreneurs grow, researchers commercialize, and corporations innovate. Our mission is to unlock the full potential of entrepreneurship to transform entire communities.
Activity: A well-planned idea pitch will concisely convey the right information to decision-makers. In this workshop, students will learn the elements of an idea pitch, the benefits of pitching and the steps you can take to sell your idea.
Meet Lauren Smith-Petta: Lauren Smith-Petta is the Director of Education Services and leads Jumpstart's strategy for delivering scalable education offerings to the entrepreneurs and small businesses they serve.