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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Entrepreneurial Industrial Engineers!!!!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Posted by vernon go , , , ,
PsychIEpreneurs: A Forum on Entrepreneurship
I got a chance to meet and listen to two CIT IE Alumi who are non-industry practitioners, but rather are engaged in Entrepreneurship. These were Engr. Floralyn T. Sevilla CIT IE batch 2000, owner of ABBYSEAN for her talk on "Youth as an Entrepreneur" and Engr. Pedro H. Delantar Jr. CIT IE batch 1983, owner of Nature's Legacy Ex-import with his talk on "Capitalizing on Your Capital". A very Exciting time for me to meet Entrepreneurial Industrial Engineers!

Preparation before the talk
Last Saturday, I was given a chance to partake in a learning session from my Alma mater-Department. Although it took awhile, this was somewhat an answer to a prayer said, long long ago during my college years. I had always believed that being an IE, Industrial Engineer was a very unique position to be in, being that our exposure is so vast in terms of learning that I believed that we are at an advantage when engaging into businesses. The problem at the time was that it was just theory, but now through the talk, it is a confirmation of such assumptions. I just have to figure out things from here on out!

Engr. Floralyn Sevilla doing her presentation
Lessons learned from Engr. Sevilla (who specializes in services through her firm--Events management and Wedding Planning):
  • Financial Literacy is necessary for long term planning--discipline discipline discipline
  • Today is the first and last day of my entire life--“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • Dwell in good vibes, positivity to attract Success--Law of Attraction
  • God created us in his image and likeness, therefore from birth--we were born already to succeed!
  • Keys to Success --attitude attitude attitude (head up in the clouds while feet on the ground--humility)--"The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.” (Confucius)
  • Start-Up Advice, simple yet complicated: Be Resourceful, find like minded people to build a team and invest in yourself first!--I was expecting a detailed answer when I asked for advice but that was very direct to the point! The answer got me excited since I realized everything boils down to one's hands and related skill sets
At the Lecturne
About Engr. Floralyn Sevilla:

She is a founding member of ASWPC (Association of Sugbus Wedding Planners and Coordinators) and Owner at Ralyn's Design / ABBYSEAN Events and Needs. She immediately pursued her business ventures after graduation. She also has affiliations and certifications from WBW (Weddings Beautiful Worldwide), PAWP (Philippine Association of Wedding Planners). (Via Corporate Site)

Engr. Delantar on Types of Capital for Start up entrepreneurs

Lessons learned from Engr. Pete Delantar (Who is one of the few Green-Social Entrepreneurs in the Philippines):
  • Two Types of Capital--Physical (Physical/Owned assets, Monetary as well) and Asset Based (Skill, knowledge, experience and the like)
  • The most basic type of business is yourself, learn how to sell yourself first
  • Learn CRM early on! (Customer Relationship Management) since they can be a source of income and new ventures [Build relationships, not clients]
  • Don't think its all about transactions, but Negotiations as well--hone it
  • Be Direct to the point, don't beat around the bush-Be real.
  • What goes around, comes around. Give back to community and promote sustainability
Engr. Pete Delantar shares his patents like Nature Cast and Corporate Blog!
About Engr. Pedro H. Delantar:

Pete is one of the pioneers responsible for "greening" the furniture industry. He is a trustee of the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation and member of the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Houseware (GTH) Manufacturers and Exporters Association. In 2007, Pete was named Environment-Friendly Entrepreneur of the Year given by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and in the same year, he also received the Excellence in Ecology and Economy (E3) Award given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (See 'Recognition' section to read more about his other awards.)

Pete is also a respected inventor, whose inventions are patented in the Philippines, US and Europe. He is a member of the Filipino Inventors Society and the Visayan Inventors Association. His pioneering embedded stonecasting technology was recognized as a finalist during the 2005 National Invention Contest at the National Inventors Week sponsored by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Naturescast, which is one of his later inventions in collaboration with his wife Cathy, was what caught the attention of the Sustainable Furniture Council, a US-based non-profit balanced coalition of industry players created to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. He is the first and only Filipino invited to be one of the founding members of SFC.

IE and Psychology Audience
Aside from being a businessman, designer, an inventor, and environmentalist, Pete is also a social entrepreneur with a heart. He is director of their own corporate foundation, Nature's Legacy Foundation, which received the 2007 Child-Friendly Organization Award given by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Nature's Legacy has often been cited by international institutions such as the ILO, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the German Development Service (DED) for best environment and corporate social responsibility practices. He is also very involved with the Rotary Club of Cebu and is a member of the Sword and Fire in the Spirit Charismatic Community.

Question and Answer Portion
Pete received training at the Stanford University through its Business Executive course; the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) - Asian Center for Entrepreneurship through its various executive programs; the University of Asia and the Pacific through its Strategic Business Economic Program (MBA Course); and the Cebu Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He completed his training on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) 101 Program: Getting Started with Green, by the US Green Building Council, in preparation for his LEED professional accreditation. (Via Nature's Legacy Webpage)

IE Department Chair and Speakers
The seminar was organized by the PsychIEpreneurs which is entitled A Forum on Entrepreneurship who are participating in a program wherein I participated before as well namely: IE Leadership Expedition~IELE ^_^.

PsychIEs and Speakers Group Picture2
The PsychIEpreneurs: A Forum on Entrepreneurship was held last Saturday 1 PM February 5 at the CIT University Case Room.
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