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Professor Stevens Presents ‘Doorways to Creative Thinking’ at Gonzaga Guild March 26

Entrepreneurial Program Director Shares Keys to Creativity

SPOKANE, Wash. – Christopher Stevens, director of Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in the School of Business Administration, will discuss “Doorways to Creative Thinking” at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26 in the Martin Centre’s Bulldog Room. The event, sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, is free and open to the public.

As assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Stevens encourages his students to think “outside the box” and helps prepare them to deal with and learn from failure, an inevitable part of being an entrepreneur, he says. The talk will focus on these two concepts as Stevens shares insights and perspectives that demonstrate “creativity is a learned skill.” Creative success depends on one’s willingness to find and try new ideas and opportunities, says Stevens.

Stevens earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and an MBA at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to pursuing his doctoral program, he spent 15 years in the construction and construction consulting industries, working and living in Europe and Asia as part of a multi-family owned-and-operated business. He has served as a strategic and human resources consultant for several small businesses and start-ups in the construction and consumer products sectors.

Stevens’ research interests focus on a variety of areas, including social entrepreneurship, venture success and failure, entrepreneurial passion, human resource management in entrepreneurial firms, and Jesuit ethics, spirituality, moral imagination and entrepreneurship. His work has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Human Resource Management Review. He is the author of a chapter in the recent “Handbook of Social Entrepreneurship,” and has presented at numerous academic conferences on social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and business school ethics and mission.

The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of the Gonzaga scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning. Coffee and a social precede the lecture at 10 a.m.

The Martin Centre is located at E. 702 Cataldo Ave., immediately west of McCarthey Athletic Center. Free parking is available in the parking lot south of McCarthey.

For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, director of public and community relations for Gonzaga University, at (509) 313-6095 or via e-mail.


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