Bret Sweet, the college’s first Entrepreneurship Professor, will speak at the NAACP’s California & Hawaii Education Expo at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo. Sweet will speak about the value of entrepreneurship education and his own journey as an educator, entrepreneurial musician, music promoter and restaurateur at 10:00 am at the San Mateo Marriott. The college will be exhibiting at the Expo from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
“I am extremely honored to be speaking at the NAACP’s Education Expo,” Sweet said. “Creating awareness around opportunity, education and entrepreneurship is a concept very dear to my heart.” The 35-year-old Sweet has been teaching at Cogswell College since 2010. He holds an MBA and has been a driving force for high-school entrepreneurship through NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) for over a decade. Sweet is also a faculty member for the college’s newly-launched Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
“My grandfather led the NAACP in his town and fed the poor from his garden,” Sweet recalled. “He raised his children to do the same. Opening doors is the family business.” Sweet’s father, Clifford Sweet, served as executive director for Legal Aid Services of Alameda County Calif., twice arguing civil rights cases in front of the California Supreme Court. His uncle, Wester Sweet, was a San Jose attorney who marched with Martin Luther King and battled civil rights issues for over 40 years in the Bay Area.
At Cogswell College, Sweet mentors and inspires his entrepreneurship students. Of particular note is Michelle Washington, a software engineering major who was selected as a finalist in the Intel Global Challenge, a technology and entrepreneurship challenge to be held at UC Berkeley on November 2, 2012.
A Cogswell College information table will be onsite as part of the Expo’s exhibits in conjunction with Sweet’s presentations. The San Mateo Marriott is located at 1770 Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, Calif. 94402.