SLU Center for Entrepreneurship Announces the 2014-2015 Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
SLU will award four alumnae during annual ceremony
April 27, 2015 - The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business presents the 2014-2015 inductees of the Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame. This year the Center recognizes four female Saint Louis University graduates for their distinguished careers and personification of the Center’s motto “Do Good, Do Well.”
The 2014-2015 Hall of Fame class is:
- Small Independent Entrepreneurship: Joyce Aboussie is the CEO of Aboussie & Associates and Telephone Contact Incorporated, a voter contact, telemarketing and direct mail firm. In addition, Aboussie has served as chairperson of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Board of Directors and was the first woman to be elected to that national position.
- Large Independent Entrepreneurship: Mary Jo Gorman is the founder of Advanced ICU, which provides hospitals with a sustainable solution to manage their ICUs more effectively. Gorman grew the company to be the largest provider of tele-ICU services in the country in six years. She is the Lead Managing Partner of Prosper Capital, which focuses on advancing female entrepreneurship in St. Louis. In addition, she is the Managing Director of Golden Seeds, which is an early stage investment angel network focused on women led businesses.
- Social Entrepreneurship: Trish Curtis is the director of the Urban Montessori Institute of St. Louis. While living in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, Curtis founded a small preschool with the intent to provide high-quality early educational experiences to children in the City of St. Louis for a very affordable price. Thus the City Garden Montessori School was born. Since then an elementary school was added. Curtis also founded the Urban Montessori Institute of St. Louis and the Forest Park Montessori School.
- Corporate Entrepreneurship: Pat Smith Thurman is the president, CEO and co-founder of 10th Street Art Gallery. Smith Thurman previously held the position of Group Executive of Global Information Products at MasterCard where she was responsible for overhauling their global information infrastructure. In addition to her milestones in innovation at the multinational financial services company, she also serves on numerous boards including St. Louis Children’s Hospital, African American Heritage Festival, United Way and the YWCA.
The inductees will be recognized during a special ceremony on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Gallery in DuBourg Hall at Saint Louis University.
The event will also celebrate the next of generation of SLU entrepreneurs as the Center will introduce the undergraduate student winners of the Pure Idea Generator Challenge, the SLU ‘Real’ Elevator Pitch competition and the Pitch and Catch. Additionally, a Diamond in the Rough member, the most exclusive club on campus for SLU student entrepreneurs that run legitimate businesses, will receive a $5,000 award.
Saint Louis University is celebrating more than forty years of teaching entrepreneurship, making the institution one of the first twenty-five in the world to teach this crucial business skill. Today the John Cook School of Business’ entrepreneurship program is not only one of the longest standing programs of its kind, but also one of the leading top 15 nationally ranked programs.
The event will be open to the public. Registration is available by contacting Jeanne Rhodes at email@example.com or 314.977.3850.View All News