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FALL SERIES: Entrepreneurship in the Time of a Pandemic
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CST
Category: SIGS

This event is part three of the of the MOTA Fall Series, and will be held online at BigMarker.

Timed Agenda:

    •    5:30-6:00 Presentation
    •    6:00 - 6:30 Application, Discussion and Questions

Event Description:
This course will include:
    •    Definitions and contrast of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship

    •    Exploration of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship through the lens of the OT presenters’ experiences

    •    Five clues you may be an entrepreneur (handout)

    •    Additional resources for OT Entrepreneurship 

    •    Dialogue about identifying and acting on opportunities and choosing the best next steps for you

    •    May share and show links to opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs (i.e. OT Entrepreneur Summit, podcasts and OT salons)

Speaker Biographies:
Rhoda P. Erhardt, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA received her B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois, and her M.S. in child development and family relations from North Dakota State University. She was trained in pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment of cerebral palsy (NDT) in London, England. The former director of the Easter Seal Mobile Therapy Unit in Fargo, North Dakota, she is currently in private practice in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, providing evaluation and consultation services to a variety of health agencies, educational systems, and national corporations, as well as presenting workshops throughout the world. She has served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the first licensure board of North Dakota, was enrolled in the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 1983, and has been a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association since she moved to Minnesota in 1992. Her publications include books, chapters, journal articles, assessments, videotapes, and DVDs on topics such as normal and atypical development of hand function, hand preference, handwriting, vision, visual-perceptual-motor function, eye-hand coordination, and feeding in children with cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

Kary Gillenwaters, MA, OTR/L  has worked in health care for over 20 years. Her first career as an addiction counselor was foundational to her view that understanding how people make meaning during health challenges is essential when partnering with them to create effective care plans. As an occupational therapist, she has provided services in independent and assisted living, memory care, home health, hospice, long-term care, and school settings.

From rural to urban, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and in direct and indirect care, Kary has a passion for identifying and meeting unmet needs, often bridging mental and physical health care. She has spent the past 6 years working in health care consulting and as an intrapreneur. She is currently using her OT skills as a homeschooling mom, the creator of the blog, “To a Well Occupied Life,” and is making the leap into entrepreneurship as the founder of Solidago Ventures and Consulting, LLC. 

Learning Objectives:
Participants will:
    •    Participants will be able to describe a variety of contexts for becoming an

entrepreneur or intrapreneur.
    •    Participants will be able to recognize opportunities for career risk-taking.

    •    Participants will be able to identify specific personal and professional skills that would

assist in future career planning.
    •    Participants will be able to recognize if they may be suited for entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship and apply 1-2 resources for further exploration of possibilities for such opportunities during a pandemic and beyond.

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, and Students

Level of Content: Intermediate

AOTA Practice Area: Children & Youth, Health & Wellness, Mental Health, Productive Aging, Rehabilitation & Disability, Work & Industry

Fee (for the entire four-part series): $15/members, $75/non-members, $10 students members
** The recorded webinar will be available to registrants until 10pm Thursday, November 26. This individual webinar will be available for purchase on-demand at a later date for $10/members, $25/non-members, $5/student members.

** Please note: after registering with MOTA, you will receive an email with a link to enter your name and email address with Big Marker. You will then receive an email with your confirmation and unique link for the webinar. **

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