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WSP 98 — Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skills

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 9—Nov 10
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 2
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Areen Shahbari
Limit: 30
Status: Open
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Nov 9—Nov 10
2 days
Drop By
Nov 2
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Areen Shahbari
Ready to lead your entrepreneurial venture? Could you benefit from having strong persuasion skills, a creative mind, and a more expansive mindset so you can attract the resources you need, embrace challenges, confront uncertainties, and lead your venture successfully? In short, do you have the mindset and skills that belong to the most prosperous entrepreneurs? This workshop will provide an overview of what it takes to be an effective entrepreneur and an assessment of your current entrepreneurial mindset and skills. You will come to understand what aspects of your mindset might prevent you from achieving your venture’s goals and how to overcome any self-limiting beliefs. In addition, you will seek constructive feedback, improve your persuasion skills, and use creativity and innovation tools to solve a problem that will be presented to you in class. During the second day of the workshop you will pitch your solution to the class, and you will receive feedback on how to improve your pitching skills. Upon completion, you will be able to exercise a strong entrepreneurial mindset, and you will be equipped with frameworks and skills to create ideas, innovate, and solve problems.

Areen Shahbari, Founder and CEO, Cactus; Instructor, Harvard Extension School and Harvard Professional Development Programs

Areen Shahbari’s company promotes women’s entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa regions. She provides consulting services to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies, has taught in seven countries, and was formerly a journalist and TV host. Shahbari received an MBA from Simmons University, where she was a Fulbright scholar.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Eric Ries , The Lean Startup (ISBN 978-0307887894)
(Recommended) W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne , Blue Ocean Strategy (ISBN 978-1625274496)
(Recommended) Peter Thiel and Blake Masters , Zero to One (ISBN 978-0804139298)
(Recommended) Jennifer Dulski , Purposeful (ISBN 978-0735211377)
(Recommended) Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (ISBN 978-0143128854)