I just got back late last night from that National Collegiate Entrepreneur's Conference in Chicago and enjoyed it tremendously. Over 1,600 college-aged entrepreneurs in one hotel & conference center is an extremely powerful group.
Physically I came back from the trip with a winter coat, hat, gloves, and an umbrella. But overall I gained much more than that. I met and networked with some of the most powerful 20-something year olds across the nation and world. My favorites was a small group from Melborne, Australia. One of them flipped when they heard of the LeBron project coming up, haha...he just about choked on his dinner. Nice to know I've got a couch with my name on it Down-Under; now I've definitely got to make a trip.
Some of the multiple highlights of the trip include listening and learning from Robert Kiyosaki, author of the international best selling series, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Doris Christopher from The Pamered Chef (which she just sold to Warren Buffet for a nice chunk of change). More than just those keynote speakers and the highly-effective group sessions that I participated in, I was also able to further my network outside the conference center and all over Chicago. I made sure to make time to visit all over the Chicago metro-area to the different sneaker boutiques - but I'll share more about them in my next post.
Truly, entrepreneurs, especially these young ones, are our nation's future. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, just wrote about the future of entrepreneurs in our country and how PE Obama made his first mistake by not having one entrepreneur on his advisory board. It's interesting, quickly read Cuban's statements HERE.