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Campbell Hall and LMU designed Games Changers to encourage young men of color to develop their entrepreneurial and business skills. The one-day event intends to equip students with the inspiration and skills necessary to grow and serve as change agents in their communities. Approximately 50 participants attend the symposium and last year they represented seven independent schools, one parochial school, and ten public schools from all over Los Angeles. The Symposium gives these students the opportunity to hear from accomplished business leaders and attend a variety of workshops including studying business case studies, assessing leadership styles and learning about the essentials of entrepreneurship. In addition, participants are able to network with their peers, share ideas and embrace the synergy that exists between success in business and civic responsibility.
The highlight of the afternoon is the “Shark Tank” challenge, which requires teams of young men to develop and present their business ideas to a panel of successful professional entrepreneurs. This is a competition for cash prizes donated by GE Capital. In 2012, the winning team presented a business plan titled “Extreme Homeless Makeovers,” a non-profit venture that focused on positively impacting the lives of homeless men and women in Los Angeles.
As a result of the success of the initial event, Game Changers will now include symposia for both young men and women of color.
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