Success Through Entrepreneurship Program (STEP)
Upcoming Program: April 10 – 14, 2023

Auburn University’s Outreach Global Office (OGO) in collaboration with (AU) Harbert College of Business (HCOB) offer a noncredit training program called: Success Through Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). STEP targets youth, female microentrepreneurs, and STEM students across the globe. The twelve day entrepreneurial training program aims to help women, youths and students learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to build a viable and sustainable business venture.

Participants in the program will learn basic business skills in finance, marketing, communication, and management. Additionally, participants will be trained in the lean startup methodology to learn how to develop effective value propositions and scalable business models and will engage in problem solving and idea generation activities. This program leverages the expertise of AU working with microentrepreneurs from historically underserved communities in the US and providing entrepreneurial skills training to low-income youths in the USA to work with microentrepreneurs and youths in developing countries. Although poverty in developing countries remains high, there is evidence that increased entrepreneurial activity can play a major role in economic advancement.

Instructor – Dr. Elizabeth Quansah

Dr. Elizabeth Quansah

Dr. Elizabeth Quansah is the Director of Auburn University Outreach Global. She principally facilitates and promote global education, community development, and practical enrichment partnerships with universities, businesses, governmental agencies, and NGOs across the globe for effective and sustainable developmental programs. She occasionally teaches "AU undergraduate Global Fluency class" and is a regular instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn (AU OLLI). Elizabeth also leads administrators, faculty and students for research and exchanges, developed free medical programs for developing countries, and has expertise in negotiating MOUs, establishment of international academic and non-academic partnerships and sustaining them. She was also a contributor and co-editor for "AU in Africa Magazine, help organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium's (ESC) 2017 National Outreach Scholarship Conference, a convener at ESC 2017 conference and remains active member of Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Elizabeth also served as an Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, for which she provided vision, revised the functions of the enrollment management department, reviewed and designed recruitment materials, admissions processes, and increased enrollment. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Instructor – Dr. Lakami Baker

Dr. Lakami Baker

Dr. LaKami Baker currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) in University Outreach and holds the Russell Foundation Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University. In this role, she helps drive and support economic development and entrepreneurship growth initiatives across the state of Alabama. Additionally, she provides training to civic and elected officials as well as economic developers. Prior to joining GEDI, she served as the Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, where she guided students, faculty and community entrepreneurs to creatively generate business ideas, refine their plans to maximize success potential, and prepared them to pitch in front of judges and investors. She prepares entrepreneurs to pitch in front of judges and investors. During her four-year tenure, the student teams she worked with won or raised over $850K in external sources and earned over $930K in revenue. Additionally, the community startups she mentored won $150K in state competitions to grow their businesses.

Dr. Baker is certified to provide training, coaching and mentoring on the lean startup methodologies, value proposition design, and creating and developing sustainable business models by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and also earned her Business Incubation Management (BIM) Certificate from InBIA. The BIM Certificate is the premier industry credential for the staff of incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, small business development centers and other entrepreneurship programs. She has completed the I-Corps South’s Instructor Academy, serves on the teaching team for Regional I-Corps short courses and has developed structured curriculum for technology commercialization courses.

Baker serves as a co-principal investigator on a $590K grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop an EDA University Center at Auburn University. The Center is focused on advancing regional commercialization efforts, entrepreneurship, innovation, business expansion, and developing a high-skilled regional workforce. She is the business expert on a research team awarded $1.275M to develop and commercialize biomedical implants and rehabilitative orthotics using additive manufacturing.

Baker earned her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Baker teaches courses in strategy and technology commercialization at the MBA and executive levels. Her academic research has appeared in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Prior to her academic work, Baker spent 11 years at 3M Corporation and held a variety of positions centered on engineering and product management. She served as the leader of the Electrical Supplies Business Unit, which had over $60 million in global revenue in the electrical construction and maintenance industry.

Fee: $400 per course per person, fee includes non-degree certificate.

Dr. Elizabeth Quansah
Office of Outreach Global
Tel: 334-844-5716

Last Updated: December 7, 2022