On this 66th edition of the podcast, Karen Roberts of Buffalo Grove High School is my guest. Karen heads the entrepreneurship program at the school known as “The Incubator EDU Program”. The lessons learned by the kids, mentors, and teachers are life changing, for all who participate. These young entrepreneurs are the next generation of innovators, trailblazers, and employers in our ever changing economy.
Karen Roberts started her journey in the corporate world working at First Chicago Bank. Karen, quickly realized this was not the path she was meant to be on. Deciding to leave the her job, Karen enrolled in a masters program to attain a degree in secondary education. And as the saying goes, “the rest is history.” After 23 years of teaching she says her the Incubator EDU Program has reinvigorated her hole outlook as an educator.
District 214 participates in the Incubator EDU Program, as many other high schools do around the country. With Karen’s business background she decided to delay an invitation, for a year, to join the Incubator Program to research how other schools were executing the platform. This being one of Karen’s best decisions has paid off mightlily. The Buffalo Grove High School Incubator Program is now the model for the rest of the country. With success stories like Skunk Aid & Hoodie Hoop, both former guests on this show, you can see how these amazing kids are benefitting from their experiences.
What is so great about this program is that it teaches how to turn failures into success. Entrepreneurs around the world have PIVOTED, a much used word in the program, their failures into hugely successful ideas. We all need to learn how to fail before we succeed in anything we do. It is the one lesson every kid will take with them as they go through their journey known as life.
Who knows, your child just may be the next great entrepreneur, it may even be you? So Make sure to let your kids know about this life changing program. Tune into this episode and share it with everyone you know. I have a feeling, it will inspire you and you children to find that inner entrepreneurial spirit. I have a feeling, your kids are going to tap you on the shoulder and say “I want to do get involved with that program.”
I want to finish by saying thanks to Karen Roberts and Mike Schiestel for inviting me to be a mentor for the kids. I will be teaching the art of storytelling. I know I have my hands full but like any entrepreneur, I am up for the challenge.
Ideas and Topics Discussed in This Episode:
How Learning To Fail Breeds Success
The Journey Of The Incubator EDU Program
How Everyone Learns From Each other
Incubator Success Stories
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