Episode 70 – Featuring Mark Uchida & Rebecca Harris

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Of the many areas of study available to college business students, entrepreneurship may be the most intriguing, given that the traits of a typical successful entrepreneur cannot be clearly defined or categorized to the point where his or her career path or business acumen can be laid out in a lesson plan for others to follow.

Or can it?

In the race to produce the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, collegiate entrepreneurship education has been among the fastest growing academic disciplines in the country, with schools such as Babson College and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania leading the way on a national level.  In the Western Pennsylvania area,  Duquesne Universitythe University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University are among the many that feature programs designed to foster the growth of the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

But among the Western Pennsylvania schools that feature entrepreneurial education, Chatham University stands out, thanks to their Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, focusing exclusively on the opportunities that are out there for women to succeed in starting and growing their own companies.

On this edition of Your American Story Radio, Raja talks with Rebecca Harris, the Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, about her story, the mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, and her thoughts on the role that women entrepreneurs can play in shaping the business landscape, not only in the region, but also in the country.

(And, much like our previous discussions with entrepreneurial educators such as Jack Mason of Duquesne University, we’ll ask Rebecca the age-old question….can entrepreneurship be taught?)

-Also, we check in with our friend Mark Uchida, owner of A Remarkable Kitchen Store in Blawnox.  Mark stops by to discuss the latest goings-on with his store, the trends he is seeing in the home remodeling industry, and what he is doing to stay on top of the competition.


Mark Uchida joins Raja in studio

Episode 70