During World Entrepreneurship Week, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) of the Faculty of Business and the Women’s Center showed students the documentary film “Shot of Influence”.
According to Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of the Women’s Center, the main objective of viewing the documentary was the idea that everyone is capable of entrepreneurship.
“I want the students to see themselves in the women represented in the documentary. That was a big part of it. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine ourselves in the role until we see someone like us in that position. The reason we wanted to invite her is because the whole premise of her documentary is these twelve incredible business leaders in Minneapolis who share what it means to be a part of the community, as well as what it means to be an entrepreneur and a woman in business. Steinborn-Gourley said.
Businesswoman Gabrieline Reece, who directed “Shot of Influence,” was a guest at the show. She answered students’ questions after the film and shared her experience in the business.
Reece said she believes a woman’s experience in business is important to society because women approach managerial tasks with a special passion.
“The reason the issue of women in business is important is that we have something inside of us that men don’t. We are educators and teachers. We bring energy and emotions. We put our whole being into the thing. We created a completely different economic system,” Reece said.
The documentary “Getting Influence” showed the students 12 businesswomen who shared the history of their organizations, as well as the motivation to manage these companies. Businesswoman Nancy Korsah shared in the documentary that her motivation was that she, in her childhood, watched her mother get denied various jobs despite her abilities.
The students who attended the event hoped to gain experience in the business field, as well as certain areas of this field that they would like to delve into. Freshman Tiera McGill said she found the documentary empowering and wanted to use this opportunity to gain more experience for a future career.
“The way they were able to start their own business is empowering because it’s hard enough for women. I want to be a public relations manager and a lot of [entrepreneurs] came out of it. I’m studying marketing right now and I hope that one day I can help others and not just myself,” McGill said. “I’m going to talk to Reece and ask her how she started because I want to do the same as her. Reece has firsthand experience of that, too.”
According to freshman Cameron Miller, watching the documentary was a motivational boost for all women who dream of owning their own business and doing what they love. Miller dreams of opening a bakery one day.
“I’m trying to own my bakery in the future, so watching the documentary was very helpful,” Miller said. “It was very empowering and encouraging for the women. It is good that we have opportunities, we can also arrive and we have resources”.
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