Shakespeare, An Orignial Entrepeneur

William Shakespeare ranks among the greatest creative geniuses and innovators of all time. Artistically, he has few peers. Perhaps the most important element of his success — during his time and since — is due to the Bard’s phenomenal entrepreneurials skills. Dr. Anthony Smith, managing director of the American Shakespeare Center, will speak on Shakespeare and the spirit of innovation at Mary Baldwin College at 5:30 p.m., March 14 in Francis Auditorium.

Smith previously served as national program leader for community-based entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. He has served in various leadership capacities as executive director, president, and strategic planning consultant with 30 years experience in community economic development, social entrepreneurship, and leadership development.

He earned his BA from Haverford College, a master’s of architecture from University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in social system sciences from Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the university graduate level in the USA and Turkey in business policy, social entrepreneurship, and the management of innovation.

This lecture, as part of the Smyth Business Lecture Series, is made possible by the Smyth Foundation, an organization established by Mary Baldwin College former trustee H. Gordon Smyth and his wife, Mary Beth Smyth ’47. This lecture is sponsored by the Business Administration department, along with the economics, theatre, and communication departments.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. on March 14 in the James D. Francis Auditorium, at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (540) 887-7009.


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