Life Entrepreneur Program offers personal and professional development opportunities to sophomores
The Life Entrepreneur Program (LEP) hosts the annual spring 2017 retreat and welcomed 47 new students.
To kick off the 2017 spring semester of the Life Entrepreneur Program, 47 students attended a two-day retreat February 3-4 at Camp Hanes in King, N.C.
LEP is housed within the New Student & Transition Programs office and is open to any sophomore student at Elon. The program was created in partnership with author, CEO and entrepreneur Christopher Gergen of New Mountain Ventures. LEP is designed to prepare students to craft meaningful and flexible life plans to help them succeed in the fast-paced world outside of Elon.
Four facilitator pairs of faculty/staff and students led the retreat – Rex Waters and Libbi Grigg ‘17, Esther Freeman and Oscar Miranda ‘17, Phil Smith and Reid Burns ‘17, and Kim Lilienthal and Storey Stadler ’18. Students learned to identify their strengths, be alert to opportunities, take measured risks, set goals, think strategically and practice the art of reflection and renewal. In addition, participants developed skills to better align their core identity with their professional and personal goals.
Participant Camden Formy-Lavertu said, “The retreat helps you think critically about what your life goals are, why you have them, and how to get there. It's deeper than just thinking about your job after college."
Students formed new relationships with their peers and left the retreat with a strong support system. The participants will continue with a one-credit transitions course throughout the first half of the spring semester.