The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Issue 12 | December 2019  
ELI Reaches New Heights 2019

Our Year in Review

Hi there,

As 2019 comes to a close, the ELI team has been reflecting on a great year and how far the entrepreneurial mindset has come to empower ordinary people to succeed. 

Throughout 2019, our team, led by founder Gary Schoeniger, has delivered keynotes, workshops, trainings, and other speaking engagements in a variety of states and countries around the world. From West Virginia to South Africa, we have worked to develop entrepreneurial attitudes, behaviors, and skills that transform communities, classrooms, and organizations. 

Also to be celebrated, we trained nearly 400 new individuals as Ice House Entrepreneurship Program facilitators this year. We can’t thank our community partners and training hosts enough for their work to engage their regional ecosystems with the entrepreneurial mindset. These events, whether open to the public or for private organizations, show us that everyone can benefit from entrepreneurial mindset education.

Finally, we developed new products such as the audiobook version of Who Owns the Ice House?, a self-paced version of the course, and online facilitator training. You can learn a bit more about those below.

In the spirit of the season, the entire ELI team wishes you a very happy year end! We cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store! 




Library Participating In Statewide Pilot Program – Transylvania County, NC

The Transylvania County Library is one of 22 North Carolina libraries selected to participate in a pilot delivery of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. This pilot program takes advantage of all that libraries have to offer by expanding on services that encourage individuals to forge new paths and bringing the power of entrepreneurial thinking to everyone.




SAS Institute 2019

ELI's Nic Houle is excited to present at this Pennsylvania conference alongside Dave Cross and Chris Popa from Erie School District on Building Career Ready Skills Through Entrepreneurial Mindset Education!


Online Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator Training

Become a certified facilitator in our first-ever, 4-week, online course in February 2020. Led by Gary Schoeniger and Rob Herndon, the program will be a blend of pre-recorded lectures, live sessions, as well as group discussions and activities to immerse new facilitators in the power of the eight life lessons.





Entrepreneurial Mindset 101

Tune into our monthly live webinar to discover the 8 life lessons of unlikely entrepreneurs. We will provide insights into the entrepreneurial mindset while discussing ways to engage yourself and others in the entrepreneurial thought process. This will be a 45-minute webinar with 15 minutes of Q & A.

  Tues, Dec 17 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM EST

Register Today


An Entrepreneurial Mindset Intervention: Rodney Walker Shares His Journey From Foster Care to Harvard

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Rodney Walker who will discuss the challenges he faced as a child, and how an encounter with an entrepreneurial experience altered the course of his life.

  Tues. Jan 14 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM EST

Register Today






What Can I Do To Better My Community?

Last month, ELI was honored to be included in the programming of NC IDEA's inaugural Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit. The event was a joining of hundreds to exchange and collaborate on ideas to catalyze entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy across the state. 

Also in attendance was soon-to-be Ice House Facilitator, Lindsay Keisler, President and CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. After leaving inspired, Lindsay shared her thoughts in a column about what action she can take to better her community now as well as a story of unlikely entrepreneurs that started a brewery and represent many of the lessons within Ice House.



Give the Gift of an Entrepreneurial Mindset!

This holiday season, "Who Owns the Ice House?" is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, AND audiobook! Whether you're looking for a gift for a young adult, a colleague, or friend, there is something for everyone within the 8 life lessons of Uncle Cleve, Clifton Taulbert, and Gary Schoeniger.



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