CELL, VO team to help SSU students with risk-taking skills
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The Community for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning (CELL) at Sonoma State University is connected with VOICEOUT Theatre (VO), a not-for-profit multinational theatre organization serving the LGBTQ+ community, to grow the confident risk-taking skills that are essential for success as an entrepreneur.

Recently, VO and CELL led a workshop at SSU’s campus where students participated in physical theatre activities. These activities engaged students in literally feeling the excitement of risk taking – identifying strengths and weaknesses and allowing themselves to be challenged.  In a campus survey conducted in March of 2013, students cited the top skill an entrepreneur needs to succeed is a “willingness to take risks.”

“We decided to co-teach the CELL workshop to bring our methods into a space where entrepreneurs could explore what risk taking feels like, both how it affects the mind and body,” explained Angela Ciandro, Co-Executive Director of VOICEOUT Theatre.

VO Theatre is dedicated to empowering the creative voice of the LGBTQ+ community through physical theatre. VO’s techniques complement entrepreneurs aspiring to take the next steps.

Through their own aspirations with the foundational mentoring of Kirsten Ely, the faculty head of CELL, VOICEOUT received their first grant from the UK government to further their mission. 

As they continue their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, they are growing internationally. 

Ely has helped VO advance their business plan and grow as an entrepreneurial organization.

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