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A Shark Tank State of Mind: Empowering an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

A Shark Tank State of Mind

Presented by Lauren Pingul, Senior Manager of K-12 Implementation, EVERFI; and Gianna Gurga, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator and Administrator Intern, Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, CT

Sponsored by EVERFI



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Entrepreneurial thinking means innovating, creative problem-solving, and seeking out new opportunities. These skills are critical to success now and in the careers of the future. By 2020, at least 40% of America’s workforce will be entrepreneurs, freelancers or contractors¹, and 54% of Millennials either want to start a business or have already done so.² The workforce of tomorrow will be more flexible, independent, and entrepreneurial, regardless of the field.

As we prepare students for their careers in this new economy — as employees or business owners — we have to acknowledge that they will need a very different set of skills than what has been taught in the past, and those skills will need to be taught in evolving ways.

This edWebinar will introduce activities and resources to help students hone their innovative thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and other entrepreneurial traits essential for success. Attendees will receive access to free online lessons focused on developing middle and high school students’ entrepreneurial mindsets.

This edWebinar will be of benefit to middle and high school teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

¹Emergent Research and Intuit, 2011
²Kauffman Foundation, 2011

Lauren PingulAbout the Presenters

Lauren Pingul is Senior Manager of K-12 Implementation at EVERFI. She has been in education for the past ten years, as both a teacher and administrator. In her current role, she helps districts, schools, and teachers implement no-cost digital resources in their classrooms. Lauren used EVERFI’s resources in her own classroom and now gets to help students across the state of Illinois gain access to engaging digital content.


Gianna GurgaGianna Gurga is a middle school family and consumer sciences teacher at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, focusing specifically on sewing for sixth grade, financial literacy for seventh grade, and interior design for eighth grade. Gianna shared a smart shopping activity to bring real-world learning into her classroom alongside the FutureSmart financial literacy program.


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EVERFIFrom grade school through retirement, EVERFI’s free digital education curriculums empower learners of all ages to make safe, smart and informed decisions. We bring together the public and private sectors so K-12 teachers can equip today’s learners with the skills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.


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