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Engineered for the Future: FedEx and FIRST Robotics

IMG_1578-square.jpg In 1989, Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and the portable insulin pump, wanted to find a way to share his enthusiasm and inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

Kamen’s passion for science and education led to the creation of FIRST Robotics. More than just a robot building competition, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) engages students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

This year’s FIRST team competitions are...

Generation Global: Today’s teenagers, tomorrow’s entrepreneurs?

junioracheivement.jpg Forget Gen Y or Gen Z. There’s now only Generation Global.

This week, 54 of Asia’s best and brightest students landed in Hong Kong for the 7th FedEx Express Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge here in Asia.

Yet while these students, from nine different countries across Asia, might be far from home, what stands out for me is that the concept of “home” is not what it used to be.

“Shop Small ®” and Support Mom-and-Pop Shops on Small Business Saturday

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The sun is about to set on Black Friday, and rise on Small Business Saturday; a day to embrace local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and promote vibrant communities across the country.

Back to School - the Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit

m_summit_web_half.jpg Oh - the life of a student! I'm at the age where I can look back with nostalgia on my days as a student. I had a great, memorable experience while a student at Notre Dame (undergrad) and Georgia Tech (grad school) - even the all nighters!

This weekend I have the opportunity to represent FedEx at the 22nd Annual Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit. It is an MBA and undergraduate marketing case competition where top schools compete and are challenged by a 36 hour time constraint (speaking of all nighters) to develop solutions

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Beyond the dramatic excitement and showmanship, we’re confident all of the attendees appreciated the spirit of the JA-YE experience: the culture that arises when young entrepreneurs from all over the world get together, what we call the celebration of the “entrepreneurial spirit”. These up and coming youngsters really got off to a flying start and got a genuine taste of what real business is about.

Let us set the record straight: JA-YE is everything BUT a classroom. It is about having an idea and believing in it, then getting out there and working hard to make it happen.

And while all of the young entrepreneurs are different, they share one commonality; they took a risk and went for it.