Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM PST

“Being an entrepreneur means you’re innovative, you think outside the box, you always see the shortest path to success.” – May McCarthy, ’84

 On November 19, the Seattle University Alumni Association hosts the fall installment of the acclaimed SU Advantage | Networking Night series entitled, "Cultivating Entrepreneurial Spirit: The New Career Path."

The night promises to change your idea of what it takes to get ahead in a competitive business landscape. Speakers, May McCarthy and Randy Massengale, will take turns breaking down the formula for success for entrepreneurs as well as those working in a company or nonprofit.

May McCarthy, a best-selling author, angel investor and Albers School of Business and Economics board member, is well known for her success with startups and her passion for sharing her knowledge with others. “I’ve started six successful businesses, the first when I was a sophomore in college. That company grew to have 450 employees in four different states,” May said of her beginnings in the business world.

May shared her five qualities of successful entrepreneurs. They:

Are risk takers.

Have vision to see beyond the status quo.

Are tenacious.

Are creative.

Are passionate.

“You need to be passionate about what you’re doing. After working a 20-hour day, it will be that passion that keeps you up at night thinking about how you can do it better and create the best possible product. People succeed because there’s a problem to be solved and they create the solution.” 

This event isn’t just for those interested in creating a successful startup. Seattle University Extraordinary Leadership professor, Randy Massengale, will delve into the importance of these lessons for “intrepeneurs”- those individuals inside a company or organization who want to be innovators, execute ideas and get ahead. 

“People want to think that things haven’t changed and it is just a matter of time until they get promoted, but if you don’t take the initiative, the chances of that happening are small. You need to hustle to get ahead,” Randy shared.

With over 30 years in the technology sector, Randy says the first step to becoming a successful “intepeneur” is to disengage from your prior knowledge. “People need to unlearn old mindsets and habits.”

Both May and Randy are avid supporters of Seattle University and are excited for this opportunity to connect with alumni and help prepare them to get ahead in their careers. 

“It is my sincere hope that people will come away from this event knowing that what they learned at SU is real and it is like currency to be spent in the business and nonprofit community,” Randy said. 

Reserve your spot for the November 19th SU Advantage Networking event and learn what it takes to prosper in today’s competitive landscape. After the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in rounds of structured networking. 


SU Advantage | Networking Night
"Cultivating Entrepreneurial Spirit: The New Career Path"
Thursday, November 19 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sorrento Hotel  | Top of the Town Room
Register now.