Getting Hired: How Entrepreneurial Thinking Sets Job Candidates Apart

Friday, April 11, 2014 10:00 am

Location: DeBaun Auditorium

Getting Hired: How Entrepreneurial Thinking Sets Job Candidates Apart

April 11, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

DeBaun Auditorium


Executives at many of the best-performing corporations believe entrepreneurial thinking is a critical skill in today’s workplace, which may be as important as reading or writing. Stevens is excited to welcome senior R&D executives from Avon, BD, ExxonMobil, P&G and Stryker to discuss how entrepreneurial thinking sets job candidates and new employees apart.

Most undergraduate education schools in the United States, with the exception of Babson, Northeastern, Stanford and Stevens, often fail to provide students with the critical skills needed to solve real world problems. Students need a broader set of skills - entrepreneurial thinking skills – which isn’t just for people who want to start their own companies. It’s a way of thinking and discovering new opportunities and innovations. It involves addressing problems through the perspective of an entrepreneur, who looks at challenges from a holistic perspective: What are the customer needs? What business models are needed? How much money do we need? Is the team functioning correctly? What is the benefit? What different solutions are available? What technical, market, organizational and regulatory risks are involved? Learn why these skills are important to large corporations.


§ Pete Abitante, VP of R&D and Business Development, Stryker. Pete helps identify and deliver products and technologies that create value for the health care system through the reconstructive division at Stryker.

§ Josie Adams, VP of Global Product Development & New Product Engineering, Avon, Josie leads the R&D team for Avon’s $4 billion global fragrance and color cosmetics business.

§ Nazeer Bhore, Planning Executive, ExxonMobil. Nazeer is responsible for shaping many of the strategic programs at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering that cover basic sciences, R&D, manufacturing and marketing support, and capital projects.

§ Rick Byrd, VP and General Manager, Becton Dickinson. Rick is responsible for the performance of BD’s global injection systems business, with more than $1.2 billion in worldwide revenues.

§ John Leikhim (retired), former Chief of Staff to the CTO, P&G. John was responsible for new business creation strategy, new innovation capability methodology and operations of the worldwide R&D function.

For more information contact:  Siwei Zhu   e-mail:[email protected]