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ICE: Encouraging the Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Cherie Ward, Candidate, Communication, Culture & Media Studies

ICE panelists discussing entrepreneurial opportunities and resources.
ICE panelists discussing entrepreneurial opportunities and resources.

Anticipation and excitement filled the air as members of the Howard University Library System launched a speakers’ series for the Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) project on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the auditorium of the School of Business.

The meeting was designed to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among students, faculty and staff, as well the surrounding metropolitan community.

The panelists included Howard Dodson, director, Howard University Library System; Gary L. Harris, associate provost for research and graduate studies; Melissa Bradley, professor of practice, McDonough School of Business; Michael Soileau, vice president for competitive planning strategy, communications, data, mobility, Comcast Cable Corporation; Brent Cuirlino, director, Office of Credit Risk Management, U.S. Small Business Administration; Eric Hammond, legislative specialist, National Science Foundation; Nancy Negron, senior executive for external affairs, Opportunity Finance Network; and Philip Reeves, director, Office of Technology and Innovation, D.C. Small and Local Business Development Agency.

Adia Coleman, ICE program coordinator, stated that “ICE was established to coordinate current and future activities that adhere to Howard University’s innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial landscape.”

Moderated by Melissa Bradley, professor of practice at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and faculty advisor to the Social Venture lab, the event’s panelists had two common goals: 1) to educate the audience on a variety of financial opportunities to fund entrepreneurial efforts; and 2) to encourage participants to provide opportunities for employing others, rather than looking for a job for themselves. Additionally, “the power of the community,” was a resonating theme, as panelists emphasized the “flow for intellectual property and devices available for the Howard University community.”

ICE program planners will host a series of afternoon and evening events on the University campus in the coming months. Dr. Harris, whose vision has been a pivotal catalyst for the project, will serve as the University’s representative for the organization. He concluded the night’s events by stating, “You are only limited by your ability to imagine.”

For more information, contact Adia Coleman at

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