Clarkson student Jamie Griffin was selected as a Student Ambassador for the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations last November.
The sophomore information systems & business processes and communication double major from Bronx, N.Y., joined a student ambassador global initiative from other top universities, like Stanford, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, Babson and University of Oxford, and a global team of World Ambassadors from China to Pakistan.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day was celebrated at the United Nations in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and the U.S. Department of State.
It was billed as the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare in 144 countries. A goal of the event is to “bring awareness to the 250 million girls living in poverty, who we will inspire and empower.”
Griffin, an intern at Clarkson’s Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, serves as human resource specialist in the center’s student-run coffee kiosk, MoJoe. She got her start as an entrepreneur as a high school sophomore, when she co-founded and operated a clothing brand with her friends.
“Clarkson University is excited to be playing this special role in the very first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day,” said School of Business Dean Dayle Smith. “As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than 20 events here on our campus, Jamie will add a truly global element as she interacts with other student ambassadors from all over the world. I’m looking forward to the ideas and global entrepreneurial spirit, which I know she will bring back to us.
During the first two semesters of their freshman year, all Clarkson School of Business students work in groups to develop a business concept, formulate a business plan, pitch to investors, and open a real business.
Clarkson’s entrepreneurship program is one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The two named Clarkson to their 2015 list of “Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Programs,” where it ranks #14. Entrepreneur also notes Clarkson as one of “Five Schools That Cater to Undergrads Who Want to Be Tech Innovators,” which lists entrepreneurship programs that highlight offering students the chance to develop new tech products. Forbes magazine ranks Clarkson in its top-50 list of “America’s most entrepreneurial universities.”
Read more about Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at http://www.womenseday.org .