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White House Recognizes School Lecturer and Alumna as an Entrepreneurial Mentor and “Champion of Change”

March 07, 2012
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Alumnus and School lecturer Susan Amat (far left), was honored at the White HouseWATCH VIDEO

The White House on March 7 honored Susan Amat (BLA ’01, MBA ’04, PhD ’08), a management and marketing lecturer at the School of Business, as one of eleven “Champions of Change” for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training.  The White House calls Amat and the other honorees exceptional leaders who support small business owners by helping them accelerate their path to growth.

”Entrepreneurial mentors help American business owners fulfill their dreams every day,” said U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie Johns.  “Mentors volunteer their time to provide the counseling and expertise that small business owners need to succeed and create jobs.  In turn, entrepreneurs and small businesses support their local economy and provide goods and services to their neighbors.  These mentors are true Champions of Change, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate their success."

In addition to serving as a School lecturer, Amat is the co-founder and executive director of UM’s The Launch Pad, which recruits entrepreneurs across the campus, offering them access to resources and a network to support applied experiential educational opportunities. The Launch Pad entrepreneurs start real businesses, contributing to local economic development efforts and the community as a whole. In its first three years, over 2000 students and young alumni have become The Launch Pad members and over 900 concepts have received mentoring, totaling over 30,000 hours of mentoring and guidance. This model is being replicated nationally through the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

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