S: Hyperion Council, University of Miami
1: Dear Mr. Schein, Please accept this gift as a small token of our appreciation for your generous support of the Hyperion Council. You believed in our mission and provided us with the means to help communities around the world do better, be more. Thank You for helping us to make a difference! The Hyperion Council
2: The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove to be the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason but no morals. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of a true education. --The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
3: The mission of the Hyperion Council is to recognize the superior qualities and achievements of leaders from the School of Business at the University of Miami. Embracing the values of integrity, resilience, fortitude, excellence and initiative, each Titan strives to enhance his/her surrounding community through generosity and innovation. Bound by a shared commitment to scholarship and commerce, the Hyperion Council strengthens fellowship between the university and the business communities. The Hyperion Council will flourish through the continued contributions of its members with the goal of building a legacy that will exemplify the standards of uncompromising excellence.
5: Jamaica Project The Jamaica Project, a long-term project of the Hyperion Council, has been facilitated through a partnership with the MSME Alliance and the University of Technology in Jamaica. The council developed a series of workshops that were designed to enhance entrepreneurial capacity in under-served communities. The project has successfully gone through two iterations in 2008 and 2010 and is about to enter its third phase in May 2011. In each project phase the Council traveled to rural and urban settings in Jamaica to conduct seminars and workshops in order to equip entrepreneurs with business skills and tactics necessary to start or improve their business ventures. During Phase I of the project, Titans delivered lessons to a group of approximately forty women, including hair dressers, boutique owners, jam and jelly producers, and salon owners. Phase II focused on working with a group of farmers based in the Top Mountain area of Jamaica – a farming cooperative that owned a juice factory. Lessons and activities include the “Essentials of a Business Plan”, “Strengths, Needs, and Challenges”, “Goals, Objectives, and Progress Reporting”, “Creating and Marketing Your Product/Service”, “Operations”, and “Financial Statements and Planning.” These core lessons have been altered and adapted to address the unique needs of each targeted community. The Hyperion Council’s success and impact in Jamaica are clearly evident in the results of the post-tests conducted with the participants of Phase II of the project. Based on the survey, 100% of participants reported to have learned new relevant information, while 85% have implemented new business practices they learned from Hyperion. In addition, 77% of the participants were “very satisfied” with the lessons and 62% selected “much improvement” to describe the impact the lessons had on their businesses. These results have motivated us to continue making an impact in at-risk communities not only in Jamaica, but all around the world through the process of business education.
7: Clinton Global Initiative University The Clinton Global Initiative University is built on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global issues. CGIU is held yearly to foster a community of young leaders who commit to taking active, concrete steps toward solving the world’s challenges. Students develop Commitments to Action – specific plans that address challenges they deem relevant. The commitments focus on key areas including poverty alleviation, public health, and education. In April 2010, The Hyperion Council submitted a Commitment to Action designed to extend its entrepreneurial education into emerging economies. The Council’s submission was chosen from thousands of entries to receive a grant in recognition of our efforts and in hopes our ideas would come to fruition. The project, often referred to informally as “Business in a Box,” is based on the principles of the Jamaica Project and seeks to extend its reach to other emerging economies by creating a standard framework and comprehensive guide to provide to entrepreneurs in all phases of their business development process. Topics covered in this guide would potentially include writing a business plan, obtaining capital, market and advertising strategy, financial management and bookkeeping, developing and serving a customer base and ideas for sustainable growth. The idea holds that the lessons covering these topics will be versatile enough that entrepreneurs at any stage and in varying environments may benefit from the information. Beyond utilizing members of Hyperion Council, this system will allow for dissemination of branded materials to business professionals, teachers, and other business students that have the drive, acumen, and passion to successfully contribute their skills and knowledge to the global entrepreneurial market. The project is currently in its initial stages since the Council wanted to take to incorporate more information from the entrepreneurial education ventures of the current school year to develop the most comprehensive plan. Future plans include creation of lessons surrounding key entrepreneurial skills, standardizing and branding the materials, securing funding, conducting trial runs with the materials, and disseminating guide to trusted partnering organizations and individuals for the initial implementation phase. Success of this project will be measured quantitatively through volume of distributed business guide templates how many entrepreneurs have been reached. Going a step further, a simple conversion ratio may be calculated through pre- and post- testing that demonstrates how many recipients have actually read and implemented the plan. Also, figures including changes in revenues and profits may be determined by collecting data from the entrepreneurs’ businesses before and after using the guide to assess potential impact of the program.
9: Hyperion Overtown Day The Hyperion Council participated and helped run the event called Black Awareness Month Day of Service. The event was coordinated by the University's United Black Students organization to support the under-served community of Overtown. The Council traveled to the Overtown Youth Center to devote our time to help young boys and girls (8-14) to learn while having fun both inside and outside of the classroom. The event involved tutoring and assisting students in elementary and middle school with homework in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we participated in a carnival designed to promote healthy habits. The Hyperion Council provided fun games for the youth revolving around the themes of financial literacy and team building. The financial literacy booth sponsored activities to promote smart spending habits, ideas about getting ready for college, credit and saving. In the teamwork booth, the young participants learned the value of teamwork and communication
11: JRE Lee High School Project The Hyperion Council worked with the JRE LEE High School during the Spring semesters of 2009 and 2010. The purpose of the project was to spark an entrepreneurial spirit within the student body of JRE Lee High School through the application of real-world business concepts and hands-on learning experiences. JRE Lee, also called the Young Women’s Academy for Academic and Civic Development, is an alternative school in South Miami for young women grades 6-12. These young women are assigned to the alternative education program after violating various parts of the Code of Student Conduct at their respective general population schools. All of the students at JRE Lee are considered to be at-risk. One of the school’s main goals is to prepare the students for a productive entry into adult society and to help ensure they seek gainful employment and do not fall prey to ‘easy’ and illegal means of supporting themselves. To this end, it is imperative to link educational achievement with practical job skills – this is where Hyperion fits in perfectly. Members of the Council traveled to the school once a week and delivered lessons along with interactive activities and evaluations. The participants included students from a Fashion Marketing class with 14 students and a Family and Consumer sciences class with 12 students. The students were introduced to five main topics that ranged from R&D and Design to Production/Distribution to Customer Service. The primary goal of the interaction between the Hyperion members and the students in the project was to inspire the young women to pursue feasible and honorable post- high school endeavors including the start of a small business enterprise. The outcome of the project was successful by accomplishing Hyperion’s shared commitment to strengthening the fellowship between the university and the business communities. The results were so favorable, that the school has invited us back to produce a third program that will continue to make a positive impact on the students each semester.
13: Liberty City Over the 2011 Spring Semester the Hyperion Council planned and executed an entrepreneurship education project in collaboration with Project Hope, an educational non-profit in Liberty City, one of Miami’s poorest communities. The goal of the project was to spark middle school boys' interest in business concepts, practical life skills, and public speaking. Over the course of 6 one-hour classes, students learned about the various business functions of companies, applied for company leadership roles, formed teams, developed basic business plans, and formulated a pitch. The project culminated with students delivering a pitch to a panel of judges acting as potential investors to their imaginary companies. While teaching the students the basics of starting a business, the course also focused on the idea that people invest in an individual as much as they invest in a business idea. Through the proven model of the Success for Teens book, students learned practical life skills to develop themselves their "individual brand", one who venture capitalist would potentially invest in. The outcome of the project was successful and the Hyperion Council looks forward to engaging in more business education initiatives with Project Hope in the future.
15: FIAC FIAC (Florida Immigrant Advisory Center) is a non-profit legal organization founded to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants. Their clients are mainly middle-low class Latin American immigrants who are victims of a wide variety of work-related problems, including: wage-theft, wages well below the minimum, and general maltreatment by employers. Because of their negative experiences in formal work environments, several participants expressed their desire to become entrepreneurs and become truly independent, contributing members of society. The Hyperion Council developed a series of workshops to provide the non-English speakers' access to new business skills. These bi-lingual programs were also filmed into separate DVD modules to accommodate their erratic work schedules and long commutes and to provide 24/7 access. Several of the women are in the process of starting a co-op to provide catering services to social institutions in the Miami area, and others have interests that range from selling jewelry, to growing home crops, to providing child day care or laundry services. In addition to the workshops and filmed modules, council members met with the group of women generally once a month in FIAC's offices to present a lecture on various business topics, The topics included: Developing a Business Plan, Accounting Statements, Pricing Strategies, Marketing Principles, and Operations Management. Our experience at FIAC has been very fulfilling, not only because we applied our theoretical business knowledge to practical situations that help others, but also because we learned valuable lessons about the importance of a humanitarian side of business.
17: Malaika for Life University of Miami School of Communications Alumna, Kristen Kenney, founded Malaika for Life after a harrowing trip to Tanzania, Africa. In the country to film a documentary, Kenney contracted malaria and became gravely ill. Luckily, she was able to make it to a city in time to receive medicine that saved her life. Knowing that malaria is Africa’s biggest killer, Kristen was shocked to learn that the medicine that brought her back from death’s door cost less than $10. When Kristen returned home to the United States she left her job in broadcast journalism and began the non for profit, Malaika for Life with the goal of ensuring that every health facility in Tanzania is stocked with life-saving malaria medication. While this is an honorable goal, the Malaika organization takes it a step further. The organization raises money by selling bracelets made by the women who have been widowed and/or are afflicted by HIV/AIDS. In selling these bracelets to Malaika for resale in the United States, the women are able to earn a living for themselves and their children. In this way, everything comes full circle. When Hyperion Council began working with Kristen, the Malaika for Life organization was not much more than a brilliant idea. The Council helped incorporate Malaika into a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We equipped her with an inventory and financial management system and assisted in putting together marketing materials. With Hyperion Council’s help, Malaika has blossomed. Kristen and the organization have been featured on NBC, The Miami Herald, Vogue magazine, BET, and most importantly, they’ve provided over 20,000 people with lifesaving Malaria medication!
18: Tate Anderson Karelis Barrios Thomas Bartman Jermaine Bethune Brittany Birnbaum Michael Bonan Brett Brown Joseph Burke Juliana Castelli Jordan Chadsey Bradley Cohn Josh Crunk Alexandra DeFilippo Dhrushti Desai Rachel Dias Itziar Diez-Canedo Maite Diez-Canedo Hayley Donaldson Judson Dry Andres Engel Laura Farach Zachary Fishbain | Nicholas Gavronsky Kizzy Gift *Matthew Gill Christina Gomez Kimberly Gonzalez Andrew Haines Kyle Harke Jakub Hejl Henry Holaday Natalia Hoyos Naveen Kirpalani Dayu Li Kevin Limones Carlos Lovera Jennifer MacKenzie Carl Mbao Colby Meyers Sara Michalski Deborah Moss Shezan Mumtaz Shannon Nurse Marc O'Connor | Robyn Parris Kalpesh Patel Arthur Pearsall Lauren Petrosky Alexander Phillips David Pierlus Brandon Quarles Marshall Reiss Dante Roldan Jonathan Schrader Jared Stitz Aubrey Swanson Jennifer Tang *Priyanka Tayal Olga Terezi Hien Tran Sarah Varughese Ross Votel Jacob Weinfeld *Allison Williston *Leo Zabezhinsky Danlu Zeng | Titans 2002-2010 | *The Founding Four
19: "What Hyperion Means to Me..." Titans' Reflections
21: Andrew Haines BBA '09 Hyperion IV Finance, Political Science VP of International Business Development at Sustainable Garden Supply Inc. | I've always lived in a small town, so the hustle and bustle of Miami was a big change for me. I always assumed that after University, I would lead a life much like the one I previously had. It was The University of Miami Hyperion Council though, that changed my future and prepared me for something even larger. As a Titan, I it was interesting to work with everyone — they come from such diverse backgrounds. While collaborating with other members to design a curriculum of finance and entrepreneurship skills for the Miami Haitian Women's Community, I realized how my performance was hindered by my lack language skills and cultural understanding. During my senior year at UM, I took a critical look at myself and realized that though I had technical business experience, I lacked the skills necessary to compete in a globalized economy. It was my experience on Hyperion Council that convinced me to forgo a lucrative position in business after graduation and to instead dare to explore the world around me. After careful soul searching and some shell shock from my family and friends, I enrolled at a Chinese language institute in Beijing, China. At the time, I did not speak the language nor understand the culture. Now less than two years later, I not only speak Mandarin Chinese, but I am also well versed in China's culture and economy. I am presently interviewing for management consulting and finance positions in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Hyperion Council gave me the tools and knowledge to be able to make good business decisions. More importantly though, it allowed me to develop into a global citizen.
22: Serving on the Hyperion Council was one of the defining elements of my University of Miami career. Throughout the course of our studies, we as students are motivated by- and always looking to- "The Next Step". First, that means landing an internship. Next, it means preparing to start a career. Seldom are we afforded the opportunity to follow our own moral compasses while sharpening the business skills we develop in the classroom. As a Hyperion Council Titan, I was able to do just that--passing on the knowledge that has been passed on to me. In my mind, our work with Malaika for Life was especially rewarding. We were able to develop a marketing plan and assist in the development of a not-for-profit organization that sells bracelets manufactured in Tanzania, then donates all of the profits towards malaria medication and prevention. My time on serving on the Hyperion Council is something I will not soon forget. In teaching and imparting our knowledge, we have also learned. These lessons learned as a part of the Hyperion Council have helped me to maintain a sense of social consciousness as I move forward in my career. Thank you for enabling us Titans to pursue our passions, and follow our collective moral compass. | Arthur Pearsall BBA 2010 Hyperion V Finance, Marketing; Spanish Analyst at Goldman Sachs
23: Aubrey Swanson BBA 2010 Hyperion V Accounting; International Finance & Marketing Social Media Coordinator at Kaufman, Rossin & Co. and Lit Software, LLC | I owe so much of my college experience and professional development to Hyperion Council. I was fortunate enough to be the project leader for our first international outreach – The Jamaica Project. It was one of most rewarding and unique experiences of my life. We were able to help so many entrepreneurs in Jamaica grow their businesses by teaching them the basic business fundamentals they never learned. The project required a huge amount of work but proved to be more than worth it. I was able to travel to Jamaica twice to meet the participants, experience the Jamaican culture and witness first-hand the challenges they were going through. I’m proud to say I was able to play such a major role in this effort. Hyperion Council has changed so many lives and improved a vast number of businesses in our communities. Since it brings together the best and the brightest University of Miami Business School students, we were all able to learn from each other and work as a team. Our collaborations have truly been remarkable. Currently, I work as the social media coordinator at Kaufman, Rossin & Co.Lit Software, LLC. in Miami. I am extremely happy to continue life after college in Miami where I can still maintain strong ties with Hyperion Council. The Council really helped shape me into the person I am today and taught me valuable life lessons. Having the opportunity to present and speak in front of the Jamaican participants prepared me for all the presentations I’ve conducted in my career now. Hyperion has also instilled great values and emphasized the importance of community involvement and giving back – which I have carried through to my professional development. I enjoy giving back to our community as an individual and with my Firm. I also believe that it is imperative to help and support the current Titans as much as possible and give back to the organization that gave me so much. The friendships I made through Hyperion seem to only grow stronger as the years pass. I really don’t know where I would be if it hadn’t been for Hyperion Council.
24: Thank you very much for your contributions to the Hyperion Council. I am currently finishing up my final semester of my MBA program at the University of Miami and the projects I participated in as a Titan are definitely some of the things I am most proud of in my six years at UM. Because of your gift, I was able to work with underprivileged youth who just aged out of the foster care system. We were able to teach these participants financial literacy such as balancing their budgets and check books, properly using credit cards, and saving so they could send their children to college. The gratification I felt after doing a project like this was amazing and showed me how important it is to give back to the community when in the business world. The lessons I learned from Hyperion will definitely be put to use when I am in the business world. The contributions you made has allowed Hyperion to help many people from Miami all the way to Jamaica. Thank you so much for everything. | Brad Cohn BBA 2009 MBA 2011 Hyperion IV Marketing, Management MBA Candidate University of Miami
25: Sara Michalski BSBA 2010 Hyperion VI Finance, Accounting Financial Analyst, General Mills | Hyperion Council is as a group of high-achieving, selfless, do-gooders. In order to be elected to Hyperion as a Titan, a person needs to display these qualities on his/her own, since the group is a flat-organization, meaning there is no hierarchy. When members are brought together in this flat-format, creative synergies and debates result, which simulates how situations often work in the real-world. As a direct result of being a Titan, I developed the skills to constructively debate different points of views, build upon others' ideas, concede when others had better ways of achieving the same end result, and most importantly, keep the end goal in mind. It is so easy to lose track of the end goal sometimes, but I learned from working with fellow Titans on numerous projects that the most important part of working on a team comprised of equally motivated people is to always keep the end goal in mind. With this lesson, I was able to not only help Hyperion generate successful projects, but also to successfully complete my college education early and begin working my field of interest. Thank you for your donation, which has allowed Titans to not only help a variety of people to understand and appreciate business, but also to develop many personal skills that are crucial to being successful in life.
26: The title of Hyperion Titan has definitely shaped my entire career and experience at the University of Miami. Not only did the Council provide me with endless opportunities to give back to the community, but also with a group of friends and colleagues that share my passion for business-related volunteer work. My greatest contribution to Hyperion was leading the FIAC Project, which is dedicated to imparting general business knowledge to Latin American immigrants who are victims of work-related legal cases. This project showed me the crude reality of work ethic issues and their consequences on employees, and allowed me to come close to my Mexican roots. Hyperion Council has changed my perspective on social entrepreneurship, and I am committed to expanding Hyperion's core values wherever I go. | Maite Diez-Canedo BSBA 2011 Hyperion VI Finance, Economics J.P. Morgan Investment Bank Financial Analyst
27: Nicholas Gavronsky BBA 2008 Hyperion III Finance, Marketing Analyst at Citi | Being a Titan on Hyperion was one of the most rewarding, humbling, and honorable experiences. Being able to take the skills we learned in both the classroom and life and share them with the community, especially those that are disadvantaged, was a wonderful experience. The trip we made to Jamaica to teach business skills to a group of women entrepreneurs was one of the most incredible journeys I have ever had. Without the support of the local community, alumni, and donors, none of this would be possible and our impact on the community, both domestic and international, would be severely limited. Thank you for your support!