Grantham University Professional Development Workshop on Business Globalization and the Movement of Entrepreneurship

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Grantham University recently hosted a Professional Development Workshop on Business Globalization and the Movement of Entrepreneurship and How This Affects Students and Higher Education

The event was held at the Cohen Center at the Plaza Library at 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 and was sponsored by the Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business The Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business offers online degrees in a variety of programs, including accounting, business administration, business management, and performance improvement. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Mark Skousen School of Business has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.

Guest panelists representing academia, small business and global business school accreditors guided the discussion and included:

  • Eden and Jeff Lord, owners, Dash Enterprises LLC 
  • Dr. Janet Smith, entrepreneur and business faculty member at Grantham 
  • Roben Graziadei, entrepreneur, corporate trainer and senior account manager at McGraw Hill 
  • Jason Grill, business owner and radio show host 
  • Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik, vice president and chief operations officer, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Eden Lord, Dash Enterprises, LLC (Co-Owner), Grantham Business Faculty Member
Eden Lord is co-founder and chief executive officer of Dash Enterprises, LLC, a web-based multimedia firm. An adjunct instructor for Grantham, she also serves on Grantham’s Employer Advisory Board. Eden helms the Cambria Lord Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with chronically ill children, and is involved with a number of other philanthropic organizations. She has taught for several other colleges and holds a bachelor of arts in economics, a paralegal certificate and a master of science. She will soon complete her doctorate in education.

Jeff Lord, Dash Enterprises, LLC (Co-Owner), Grantham Business Faculty Member
As co-founder and chief technology officer of Dash Enterprises, LLC, Jeff Lord also serves as director of information technology for a local Kansas City specialty foods company. With 25 years of information technology experience to his credit, Jeff has been an adjunct instructor with Grantham since 2009. In addition, he has taught for ITT Technical. Jeff holds a bachelor’s in organizational management and leadership, a master’s of science in management, and will complete his doctorate of management in information systems technology in December 2013.

Roben Graziadei, Corporate Trainer and Senior Account Manager at McGraw Hill
As founder and owner of Net Result, Roben Graziadei is a learning and development solutions provider who delivers bottom-line results. She has collaborated with such companies as AMD, AutoDesk, Google, Seagate Technologies, Safeway Corporation and Microsoft, and is a compelling speaker who captivates her audiences with warmth, sincerity and humor. Roben graduated with distinctions from National University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Jason Grill, Business Owner, Radio Show Host
Jason Grill is the owner of JGrill Media & Consulting, a strategic media relations, public affairs and government relations firm. As an attorney and former Missouri State Representative, Jason is also founder and host of the Entrepreneur KC Radio Show on the KMBZ Business Channel. 

Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik, VP and COO at IACBE
As vice president and chief operations officer for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Dr. Margareta Knopik brings a combination of corporate and academic experience to the table.  Her research interest is entrepreneurship with a particular focus on female entrepreneurs, rural area entrepreneurship, and innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Edward Bernica, Senior Executive Coach, Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, Inc.
Edward Bernica is a financial and operations management executive with expertise in capital markets, process management, strategic planning, operations, and mergers and acquisitions. His achievements include raising more than $4 billion in the long-term capital market, and turning around and re-financing a struggling $50 million company. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Bernica brings to the UEP special knowledge of financial and operations services within the energy, utilities and tech sectors. He previously held executive positions with ACT Teleconferencing in Denver, Energy West in Great Falls, and U.S. West International in Englewood, Colorado. Mr. Bernica holds an M.B.A. from Creighton University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.


1.     Do entrepreneurs and small businesses hold the keys to global economic recovery?
2.     What role do entrepreneurs and small business have to play in global economic recovery?
3.     What does this mean for today’s business students?
4.     In the 2012 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, it was reported that businesses are actually being created at a rate 5% higher now than before the recession began, with approximately 543,000 new businesses being started each month. How does this entrepreneur movement impact business faculty?
5.     In a study conducted by the Kauffman foundation in 2009, titled “The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur”, they found that over 95% of respondents had a bachelor’s degree and 47% had an advanced degree. With those statistics in mind, how do you think higher education helps meet the needs or increase the likelihood of success for students who want to start their own businesses?
6.     Does the movement of entrepreneurship in any way negate the need for formal higher education?  
7.     What alternative forms of higher education might meet the needs of entrepreneurial students?
8.     How do you or how could college faculty and instructors weave the importance of entrepreneurship into college courses?
9.     How is globalization impacting higher education and, in particular, how we should teach our students? How is globalization impacting entrepreneurship?
10.  In your opinion, what are some of the growing global industries higher education should focus on to prepare an entrepreneurial student for success?
11.  If you could give one piece of advice to a business student on small business ownership in a time of global economic recovery, what would it be?
12.  What one point or theme should we take from this panel?


Barbara Davis – BA661, Human Resource Strategies
Course Description: Students examine HR’s evolving role as an important element of strategic management and as a source of competitive advantage. Course topics include diversity and effective management, change and performance management, teams and team effectiveness, and the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals, managers, and employees.

Jeff Lord – BA365, Introduction to Operations Management
Course Description: This course is an introduction to operations management that strikes a balance between both the managerial issues and quantitative techniques of operations. There is an increased emphasis on information technology and the effect of the Internet and e-business on operations management. Important changes taking place in operations, such as supply chains, e-business, and information technology are integrated with more traditional topics in operations such as strategy, quality, and competitiveness. Topics include the strategic importance of operations, designing the operating system, managing the supply chain, and ensuring quality.

Eden Lord – BA150, Principles of Business Management
Course Description: Principles of Business Management is an introductory course that provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today’s new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager’s role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.


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Becky works in the health sciences industry and spends most of her professional work day in the research and development laboratory working on applied solutions for health and wellness. Becky is an avant supporter of her alma mater Grantham University. In her free time she writes articles for the Grantham University Fan Club site and volunteers at the local Chicago suburb elementary school where her children attend. Her motto is, “Changing the world, one smile at a time!”