Those who think that "those who can’t, teach" have not met John Stavig, who left a successful consulting, startup, and technology career to become the Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center of Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management. Every year a new crop of student-entrepreneurs get inspired by John who calls upon his sizable business network to help him guide the we-can-do-anything undergraduates.
"I am not sure who benefits more," he says, "the students or the business leaders who come in to share their experiences and mentor." Not one to criticize the younger generations, "I believe we're in great shape for our future," says John.
With his BS from Carlson and an MBA from Wharton, the South Dakota native continued his professional development at Gemini Consulting and Arthur Andersen, and then put those lessons to good use leading early stage companies. "Once you see the passion of these student entrepreneurs, it makes you want to help. A little learning along the way makes them even more resilient."