The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) held their second Faces of Entrepreneurship event. This semester, ENI has hosted the Faces of Entrepreneurship series as a way to showcase GSU alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs in various industries, as well as to connect current students with influential alumni. In February, ENI featured Wallace Taylor, a GSU alum (D.B.A. ’15) and the founder of Taylor Holdings International.
Dr. Taylor comes from humble beginnings. Originally from British Guyana in South America, Taylor moved to Atlanta at the age of twelve. Since then, Taylor has had a successful journey through education, including being a two-time alumnus of Georgia State (B.S. in. Kinesiology and Exercise Science ’00, and D.B.A. in Executive Business ’15).
To visually explain entrepreneurship, Taylor used students in attendance to illustrate the difference between owning a corporation as a CEO as opposed the owning a company as an entrepreneur. He pulled one student from the crowd and named him the CEO. Then selected several students to represent the various departments of the company. Wallace instructed the CEO to tell his peers, representing the departments what goals he wanted to accomplish – therefore shifting the responsibility to the group of students to come up with the business-related solution.
Taylor finally instructed each of the students to sit, except for the CEO, and said, “in entrepreneurship, all the advice and work starts with you.”
Students left the event and demonstration with a fresh perspective on entrepreneurship.
“Entrepreneurship is bringing together people and resources to create value, that individuals would not be able to do alone.”- Wallace Taylor