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From Homeless to Entrepreneur, Design Thinking Workshop, and Student Innovation Pitches

  • Kingsborough Community College 2001 Oriental Boulevard, (MAC Rotunda) Brooklyn, NY, 11235 United States (map)
Courtesy of Fifty Eggs

Courtesy of Fifty Eggs

The Center for Economic and Workforce Development will host a day of activities on May 26th in the Lighthouse (formerly the MAC Rotunda).  The day includes a motivating keynote from entrepreneur Rahfeal Gordon and a workshop on design thinking (suitable for students, faculty members and administrators).  There will be students pitching their innovative ideas from several of CUNY’s Community Colleges, including our own campus.  This is all part of the CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge, funded by a grant from the bank.

Registration can be found at:
(Seats are limited.  But we can reserve a block if your students will be there.)



More about our keynote speaker:

Rahfeal Gordon   |  International Award Winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Author

Rahfeal Gordon has come a long way from his hardships of being homeless in the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Nowadays, he is recognized as one of the top international speakers and advisors for leaders and entrepreneurs who are impacting the world. For over a decade, Rahfeal has been leveraging the core fundamentals that promote productivity and impact. He provides in-depth strategies and key insight into the environmental and physical circumstances that impact an individual's personal and business performance. For more info on Rahfeal visit


More about the design thinking workshop:

Design thinking is using empathy and customer interviews to design products and services (such as curricula).  It is very much a tenant of lean startups and somewhat of the maker movement.  The workshop will be led by Larry Liu (CEO, ).  It will provide a framework for faculty, staff and students to incorporate entrepreneurial design thinking into courses, extracurricular activities and student clubs.


The tentative agenda:

9:30am - Opening Remarks
9:40am - Keynote by Rahfeal Gordon
10:40am - CUNY Student Pitches
1:20pm - Design Thinking workshop


This work is a collaboration between CUNY's Center for Student Entrepreneurship, Queensborough Community College and the Center for Economic and Workforce Development at Kingsborough.