Seminar March 6 helps veterans transition from ‘Battlefield to Boardroom'

By Kim Chaudoin on 3/1/2012


Veterans have a wealth of experience on the battlefield and in service to their country. But, when they leave the military behind to pursue other career interests, some find it difficult to translate that experience into a language that resonates with corporate America. They may desire to launch a business but may not know how to get started on such a venture.

The Lipscomb University Center for Entrepreneurship is partnering with the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville to offer advice for budding entrepreneurs with a special seminar, “Battlefield to Boardroom: The Journey of Building a Company,” Tuesday, March 6 from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Ezell Center, Room 301, on the Lipscomb campus.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. All attendees will receive a free ticket to the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarships for Heroes Concert later that day featuring Charlie Daniels and his guests Gary Sinise, Chris Young, Darryl Worley, The Grascals and other special guests. To reserve a seat for the seminar, e-mail

Joe Ivey, director of the Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship, and Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, are the featured speakers. Their two organizations have developed seminars and programs specifically tailored to veterans to help them network with other entrepreneurs and to provide useful resources.

“Our veterans have a tremendous amount of leadership experience that will serve them well in the corporate world, but much of that training and experience is not geared toward being an entrepreneur. We want to help connect veterans with the training and resources they need to launch their own businesses,” said Ivey.

Veterans typically have characteristics that make them valuable employees in the corporate sector or especially equipped to launch a business.

“These men and women already possess a host of knowledge and skills to help them be successful in almost any business. They simply need help in transferring those assets into a corporate environment. They are leaders and self-starters who are accustomed to taking the initiative. They are dependable, reliable, respectful, full of integrity and well prepared to handle stressful situations. A company who hires one of our veterans is getting someone who quickly fits into the fabric of the organization, or someone who has the courage and attributes to launch a business,” said Jim Humphrey, director of veterans’ services and assistant dean of students at Lipscomb.

Lipscomb’s Center for Entrepreneurship promotes entrepreneurship by providing the resources to turn dreams into successful economic enterprises. It offers academic concentrations in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship within the management major, and a minor in entrepreneurship is available for all Lipscomb majors – including students outside of the College of Business. The center also conducts student- and community-focused activities to raise awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities.

For more information about the seminar or the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb, visit or call 615.966.6229.