Event to cover mental side of startups
CLU offers free public workshop for entrepreneurs

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University is offering a free public workshop to help entrepreneurs deal with the psychological issues that come with launching new businesses.

“The Equipped Mind” will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Lundring Events Center on CLU’s Thousand Oaks campus.

Starting a business can cause significant stress, and entrepreneurs often keep feelings of anxiety and despair hidden from view. There is a high risk of failure and a lot of tasks to juggle. Consumed by work, they often make sacrifices in areas such as exercise, sleep, diet, hobbies and time with family and friends that can impair their ability to cope. Research also shows that many entrepreneurs share character traits that make them more vulnerable to mood swings.

Brandon Highland, an entrepreneur who provides consulting and support for the startup community in Ventura County, will discuss mental health as it relates to entrepreneurship. Highland graduated from CLU in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

Nelson Pizarro, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at CLU, will teach meditation techniques. Pizarro, who has founded six companies, meditates and practices yoga.

The presenters will provide insights into the entrepreneurial mind and tools for overcoming the mental challenges of starting and running a business. Topics will include stress management, concentration, healing, inner strength and the power of laughing.

CLU’s School of Management is sponsoring the event with assistance from CLU clubs Future Treps, which supports students’ entrepreneurial efforts, and Active Minds, which encourages students to speak openly about mental health.

Attendance is limited to 40 people. To RSVP, go to www.equippedmind.com. For more information, contact Future Treps President Rob Bueschen at rbuesche@callutheran.edu.