AUBURN UNIVERSITY’S commitment to its land, sea and air grant mission has created an environment that prepares, nurtures and inspires students to dream big and transform those dreams into reality. The academic knowledge as well as the professional and personal networks they acquired as students have launched many of our alumni into the exciting entrepreneurial world. They often reference excerpts from the Auburn Creed such as “I believe in work, hard work” and “a spirit that is not afraid” as part of their playbook that guides them on their journey.
Fostering entrepreneurial activity does not happen by accident. As any strategic planning expert will tell you, in order for a goal to be successful, it has to be fully supported by its stakeholders. This is exactly what the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business has done through the development of its entrepreneurship and family degree program. In addition to its commitment to provide academic leadership in this area, the college also launched the Entrepreneurship Summit in 2015, which features programming aimed at honoring alumni and students from each of Auburn University’s 12 degree-granting colleges and schools. This year’s summit is scheduled for March 30-31 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and will feature a Tiger Cage, Top Tigers and Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. To learn more, please visit: http://harbert.auburn.edu.
The entrepreneurial spirit also permeates our vast Auburn Alumni Clubs network. These volunteers are the best in the country and their commitment to advance Auburn University in their communities is priceless. Recently, I had the privilege to visit with many of them during the 2017 Club Leadership Conference and while they all deserve personal medals for their