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Business Leaders Discuss Art of Nurturing Innovation

International Business Leaders Share Strategies for Nurturing Innovation at CSU Presidential Forum

If you want to succeed in business . . . fail!

Wait – what? This was just one piece of unconventional wisdom that emerged during “From Laboratory to Wall Street: How Hopes and Dreams Enter the Marketplace,” a 50th Anniversary CSU Presidential Forum held March 4 at Cleveland State University.

“Most of the big successes in my career came from failures – things I learned from those failures and turned around and made a profit from at some point in the future,” Peter Buca, vice president of technology and innovation for the Fluid Innovations Group of Parker Hannifin, told attendees who packed the CSU Student Center’s Glasscock Family Ballroom.

Also taking part in the inspiring and illuminating discussion were Lloyd Trotter of GenNx360Capital Partners, Maryrose Sylvester of GE Lighting and Anthony Knight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The event was a homecoming for Trotter, Sylvester and Buca, all of whom are proud CSU alumni. The forum was emceed by Dean Anette Karlsson of the Washkewicz College of Engineering and moderated by Dean Joseph Mazzola of the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

Get the full story on CSU’s ENGAGED blog.