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St. Aug students learn from successful entrepreneurs

Leah Chase
Whether you want to be your own boss or climb the career ladder, you must develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

That was the message heard by students at the Entrepreneurship Day, a yearly event planned by St. Augustine business studies instructor Ms. Sandra Davis.

The St. Augustine chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and several business classes celebrated Entrepreneur Day in the fall. More than 60 students and teachers, visited Dooky Chase’s Restaurant for a day of education and motivation to study business and entrepreneurship.

The students meet Leah Chase, the renowned master chef and entrepreneur who treated the group to a delicious lunch. For the past 53 years, Leah Chase has been the Executive Chef of Dooky Chase Restaurant – a New Orleans Creole landmark. 

It was also a chance to hear from some of St. Augustine's most successful alumni and established business professionals, including 2016 valedictorian and Purple Knight Award recipient Malik Gibson. Malik was joined by his father Malcolm Gibson '87 a Purple Knight Award recipient, and founder and owner of Divine Foundation, Inc. & Professional Funeral Services.

“At St. Augustine, our focus is to make sure we produce future-ready graduates who want to drive social change, contribute to community development and thrive in a complex, ever-changing world,” instructor Ms. Davis said.

The group of students were very enthusiastic about the event and took away helpful advice that they can apply to their future careers. Some plan to become entrepreneurs, but all appreciated the guidance offered by the presenters.

“With such a growing demand for innovative and creative skills, it is important that we foster entrepreneurial capacity in students so they can apply these skills across all facets of their life, including their study and career,” Ms. Davis added.