Epic Spaces hosted the Leadership Pasadena class of 2017 educational session on Start ups and Entrepreneurs in Pasadena last Saturday. “The purpose of the day was to educate the Leadership Pasadena class members on what it takes to create a successful start up venture and why these efforts are important to the Pasadena area. Most of us have no real idea what an incubator, an Angel, a VC investor, etc is. And we need to know to be leaders in Pasadena,” according to LP Executive Director Cindy Bengtson.
Pasadena Angel Julie Pantiskas amazed the group with her personal business history and the work the Pasadena Angels do for the economic health of our area. “I had absolutely no idea of what an individual Angel investor was and how key they were for bringing innovative new businesses into fruition. I am stunned,” commented class member Anne Perry, Executive Director of Lindamood Bell Learning Processes.
Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar, discussed his personal philosophy of business and leadership. His stories of humanity and giving brought tears to many eyes and motivated all to do more for more. It was clear to all why Jim’s MasterMind groups have a many-month waiting list to learn from him and his vision and insight.
Per class member Manuel Carmona, who works for the City of Pasadena, “Jim McCarthy’s discussion on our responsibility as leaders changed my thinking about the meaning of prosperity. Its not about purchasing power but the ways that a stable well paying job help our colleagues contribute to our society that is most important. McCarthy’s philosophy demonstrates his power as a thought leader for our time.”