James Hubbell and Philip Matzigkeit

James Hubbell, artist, architect, and president of the Ilan-Lael Foundation, and Philip Matzigkeit, lecturer at SDSU’s School of Art and Design. Hubbell appeared as an Entrepreneurship Lecture Series speaker on September 12, 2017 where he encouraged students to “try new things that have never been done before,” and to “persevere until you succeed.”

Lecture Series Helps Art + Design Students Turn Talent into Entrepreneurial Success

Industry Leaders Provide Guidance, Inspiration and Motivation to SDSU’s Art + Design Students at the 2017-2018 Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

by Mara Parker

Entrepreneurship Lecture Series posterIn response to a nationwide survey of alumni that illustrated a need for entrepreneurial training and education for success in the workplace, the School of Art + Design, is offering a series of lectures from industry entrepreneurs.

The second annual Entrepreneurship Lecture Series (ELS) aims to fill the skill gap identified in the 2015 Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP) survey. The data reveal over 40% of Art + Design alumni considered entrepreneurial skills as crucial to performing effectively in their profession.

Addressing the Skill Gap with Real World Experience
Now in its second year, ELS was conceived and has been generously funded by School of Art + Design alumnus and successful designer and entrepreneur, Thom McElroy. ELS is a yearlong event that brings well known industry leaders — who also happen to be artists and designers — to campus to share their personal and professional stories of success, and to provide guidance, advice and inspiration to undergrad and graduate students. ELS seeks to help students make the leap from talented artists and designers to financially and professionally successful entrepreneurs.

Industry Leaders Provide Valuable Entrepreneurial Insight and Guidance
“We feel very fortunate to have such an outstanding group of ELS speakers this year, including renowned artist, architect, and president of the Ilan Lael Foundation, James Hubbell, illustrator and founder of Suzy’s Zoo, Suzy Spafford and Greg Goldstein, the chief operating officer at IDW, one of the country’s top four comic book publishers, among others,” said Kotaro Nakamura, director of the School of Art + Design. “These industry leaders provide valuable real-world insight and guidance to our students that you’d be hard pressed to find in any text book. Our goal with ELS is to give students the inspiration, motivation and tools needed to help them become as successful at business as they are at their craft.”

ELS lectures are held during regular class times. An expanded list of speakers, dates, times and locations, can be found here