On 01.06 (Friday), at 14.00 p.m, a meeting will be held between the Varna University of Management lecturers and leading Silicon Valley lecturers. They will present an educational Entrepreneurship program “MOBI” (My Own Business Initiative) of the prestigious Santa Clara University. The delegation is led by Mr. Larry Biehl.
The aim of the meeting, organized by Stanimir Andonov, PhD, Marketing and regular lecturer at Varna University of Management, is to discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions in projects for the benefit of entrepreneurship development in Bulgaria. The rector of VUM, Prof. Todor Radev will also attend the meeting.
Larry Biehl is a financial consultant and investment manager with more than 50 years of experience working with Silicon Valley technology companies. He also has experience with asset management, personal finance management of technology entrepreneurs, branding and marketing of nonprofit companies and non-governmental organizations. He is the author of a textbook on finance and has publications in prestigious economic publications. He has lectured in many universities on “Financial Management”. He argued that “People should be remembered how they spent their money, not how they earned it,” “How did their wealth become important and how their success contributed to something important and good for society “. Larry has graduated from Stanford University with English Literature and is a Master of Finance. He is interested in country music and the culture of the ancient Indian population. Founder of the InterCulture Foundation, which supports Indian Reserves and the Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival in Nevada. Larry loves Bulgaria and has visited our country six times over the last 4 years, bringing with him a group of interesting mentors from different areas. At his initiative in March 2018, a branch of his foundation named “Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center” was established in Bulgaria. Larry’s goal for the upcoming visit is to promote a new MOBI training program at Santa Clara University, as well as to present interesting, successful people to motivate and encourage entrepreneurship in Bulgaria. BEC will provide the MOBI program free of charge to universities and non-governmental organizations.
Joan Bond is a senior business leadership coach with more than 30 years of experience. Works with startup companies that create teams and helps them to grow leaders. She also deals with female entrepreneurs who want to change their lifestyle and start a new career. Emphasis on emotional intelligence, self-management and self-awareness. Joan Bond has worked for the California Health Insurance Fund, training doctors and administrative staff. Her focus is specifically on the challenges of women in business and women’s organizations. She has a Master’s degree in “Communication Disorders”. She has also graduated from the prestigious Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara. Joan is a keen athlete and is actively engaged in sporty walking. She is in Bulgaria to motivate and inspire young entrepreneurs on their way to success, to develop the skills of enterprising, ambitious people, with an emphasis on working women.
Trish Kalbas-Schmidt is the director of the MOBI program (My Own Business Initiative), which is taught at the University of Santa Clara, California. The training aims small businesses as well as students at the beginning of their entrepreneurial education. It provides basic knowledge and practical advice to people, who have decided to start their own business. Prior to setting up MOBI, Trish served as assistant director of the Santa Clara University Business School. She has graduated two prestigious universities in the State of Wisconsin: ‘LaCrosse’ and ‘Whitewater’. He has worked for several years as Director of the Crews Entrepreneurship Center at Memphis University and as Marketing Director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. She is an avid athlete and is actively engaged in sports such as mountain biking, climbing and running. Trish is in Bulgaria to present the MOBI program, which could be part of the curriculum in several Bulgarian universities, as well as being useful for enterprising people who want or are already engaged in a small business.
Anton Tonev is one of the good examples of successful Bulgarians in the financial world. Although he is very young, he has his experience at the prestigious Morgan Stanley Investment Bank, where he is involved in financial engineering and analysis of credit instruments. He has experience in the field of quantitative analysis and algorithms for portfolio optimization as well as trading management. Currently, he works at AQR Capital Management, one of the world’s largest asset managers. Anton is CFA (Certified Financial Analyst). He graduated in Financial Engineering at Cornell University, as well as the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) with specialties Mathematics and Economics. Anton is in Bulgaria to motivate and help young, enterprising people to achieve their goals and achieve success outside of Bulgaria.