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Thursday Gathering 8/22

August 22 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Growing Up Great! is the theme for August. This month will include a wide variety of topics that focus on the concept of growing oneself, ideas/visions, and businesses. Some possible sessions include grit, the power of play, and EdTech.

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3:15-4:15 | Conversation Corner on “Grit” | Grit is associated with Philadelphia, not just because of our orange, fuzzy friend. Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania has literally written the book on it. In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth notes “To be gritty is to resist complacency.” Inspired by Philly’s gritty legacy, we’ll talk about various definitions of grit and how to deepen your commitment as an innovator.

4:30-6:30pm | Design Dash: a fast-paced introduction to design thinking methods & mindsets w/ Kevin Jarrett | Working quickly and making fast decisions in a small group, you and your team will re-imagine a randomly-chosen everyday experience, focusing on the needs of the user. You will externalize your ideas using words, sketches, and finally, a low-resolution prototype which you’ll present to your user (and everyone else!) The goal: learn design thinking by DOING design thinking!

5:30-6:30pm | Maximizing Your Thursday Gathering Experience w/Ivy Ochieng | This session is for those new to Venture Café to hear about the resources, opportunities and programming offered, have someone ask them about what they are looking to get by attending, and potentially connect them to the right person or, at least, place them on the right path.

5:30-7:30pm | Next Gen Entrepreneurs Lightning Forum gives you a meal’s worth of bite-sized conversations. Each of our many round tables is hosted by a successful next gen entrepreneur, and participants will have the chance to join multiple thoughtful conversations and hear the lessons our hosts have learned as they’ve launched and grown successful businesses.

    • How to Prepare for Hard Questions During the Sales Process w/ Tamara Ali Bey
    • Overcoming Age Stereotypes w/Amy Funahashi
    • Managing Burnout: Self Care and Entrepreneurship w/ Regina Ford
    • Strategies for Protecting Business Assets: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You w/ Nicole Galli
    • The Business of French Toast w/Charisse McGill
    • Authenticity in Social Media and Branding w/ Kathleen Hayn
    • Funding Your Business w/ Linda Williams 



August 22
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venture Cafe
3675 Market St., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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