Thomas DavisLiberal Arts + Business = Enlightened Entrepreneurs

Search the internet for “qualities of successful entrepreneurs,” and you’ll find many numbered lists: five of this, eight of that, etc.

Flip through this self-help advice, and you’ll find that the successful entrepreneur benefits from:

  • A constant flow of ideas
  • Open-mindedness
  • Tolerance of ambiguity
  • Flexibility
  • Vision
  • Resilience
  • Unwavering passion
  • Listening and communicating well
  • Giving back.

Could you learn this stuff in business school? Sure. But more than anywhere else, these qualities are what we teach, nurture, and encourage in the liberal arts. They are the lifeblood of our educational philosophy and the key benefits our graduates bring to the working world and to civil society.

In this issue of Liberal Arts Matters, you’ll learn about some of our people – alumni, students, faculty and donors – who’ve been entrepreneurial in one way or another.

Following the August commencement, this academic year we will have graduated 800 more open-minded, flexible, resilient, passionate, idea-filled, visionary men and women. They’re good communicators. They can read between the lines. They can handle ambiguity and nuance. They’re lifelong learners. And they’re eager to give of their talent and give back to others.

It’s an honor to serve them, challenge them, engage them, nurture them, and send them out into the world.

Liberal arts works. And we can’t wait to see how the entrepreneurial class of ’17 delivers.

Tom Davis
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI