Former Helzberg Diamonds Chairman to Come to SLU

barnett-helzberg-jrBarnett Helzberg, Jr.

ST. LOUIS - Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former Chairman of the Board for Helzberg Diamonds, and Chairman and founder of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, will be the featured speaker at Saint Louis University’s Institute for Private Business spring seminar Wednesday, April 24, at the John Cook School of Business, 3674 Lindell. The seminar is presented by Brown Smith Wallace.

Helzberg, who expanded Helzberg Diamonds from 15 stores in 1962 into the third largest jewelry retailer in more than 20 states, and then selling the company to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett), will present “The Power of Mentorship in Business.”

As the Chairman and founder of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, which is “dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurial leaders through excellence in mentoring,” Barnett will focus the presentation on the impact of mentorship.

Additionally, Barnett established the Helzberg Leadership Fellows, a program to train young Jewish leadership, and is the co-founder and Board Member of the University Academy K-12 Charter School with a mission of providing “college preparation, career development, community service and leadership.”

During the Q&A session, Barnett will be joined by Melody Warren, a mentor with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, and Laura Laiben, a mentee of the program. Both Warren and Laiben are successful female business owners and will further highlight the importance of mentorship for entrepreneurs.

Laiben shares the following on her mentee experience, “It has changed the way I do business, but more importantly it has changed me. I feel a sense of obligation to share my failures and successes so that others can learn – not because I have all the answers, but because if my experiences can save some time and resources for others, then why wouldn’t I share them.”

Event Details

register-for-freeThe seminar begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Shanahan Atrium and will be followed by Helzberg’s presentation from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium.

Attendance is complimentary, however online registration is requested.

Parking is available in the University’s garages at Grand and Laclede or Olive and Compton.

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