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Watson Preceptors and Curriculum

Teaching the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who believe they can change the world.

Putting theory to practice.

Preceptors are Watson Institute’s equivalent of faculty. They are carefully selected practitioners, leaders, and entrepreneurs who teach the Watson curriculum, draw on a wealth of personal experience, and individually mentor students.

Watson Institute’s team of Preceptors facilitate courses like Transformative Action, Transformative Entrepreneurship, Impact Gap Canvas, Leap of Faith, Apprenticing with a Problem, and the Watson Lab. These courses challenge students and put to practice the entrepreneurial and innovative mindset necessary for social impact.

Training

Watson Institute’s courses have an emphasis on personal growth, project development, and learning entrepreneurial, innovative, and business skills.

Mentorship

Beyond being master facilitators for Watson Institute’s courses, Preceptors also mentor students on how to implement the learnings from the courses on a weekly basis.

Practice

The courses taught by Preceptors serve as a launchpad for students to put theory to practice and develop the mindset to major in their mission and lead a life of impact.

A preview of the Watson Institute curriculum

Watson Institute, Boulder

The Watson Semester Accelerator curriculum was developed by examining best practices in supporting social entrepreneurs worldwide and consolidated into a curriculum that provides students with the skills and processes that contribute to their long-term success.

Transformative Action: ​Personal Development
The highly experiential Transformative Action (TA) course focuses on the soft skills and personal development at the core of Watson Institute’s curriculum including: courage, resilience, creativity, grit, leadership, and transformative communication. Transformative Action guides students through the process of overcoming key challenges faced during the process of building a social venture and becoming transformative leaders. The course is based on the principles of the Transformative Action Institute and is highly interactive, experiential, and dynamic.

Transformative Entrepreneurship: ​Venture Creation
This course is designed to equip Scholars with the tools and knowledge they need to build a social venture. Watson has licensed the curriculum of Uncharted, which is a leading training program for social entrepreneurs globally, having worked with 545 ventures who are creating impact in 96 countries. TE is divided into three sections: Business Model Validation, Funder Readiness, and Team Building.

Watson Lab: ​Business Acumen and Skill Acquisition
Scholars work side by side to accomplish structured activities with weekly hard skills workshops in areas such as marketing, sales, budgeting and excel.

Watson Institute at Lynn University

The Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at Lynn University consists of hands-on, interactive courses in social entrepreneurship, innovation, social change, and hard skill labs. As part of Lynn’s College of Business and Management, students will also take business courses, such as Project Management and Principles of Economics, and complete the nationally recognized Dialogues core curriculum.

The curriculum is geared towards preparing students with the skills and experience to design and lead impactful, successful careers. This one-of-a-kind program can be completed in as little as three years. Below you will find a sample of the kind of courses that students complete during the first year of the program:

Leap of Faith
The highly experiential Leap of Faith curriculum focuses on the soft skills and personal development at the core of Watson Institute’s curriculum including: courage, resilience, creativity, grit, leadership, and transformative communication. Transformative Action guides students through the process of overcoming key challenges faced during the process of building a social venture and becoming transformative leaders. The course is based on the principles of the Transformative Action Institute and is highly interactive, experiential, and dynamic.

Apprenticing with a Problem
Apprenticing with a Problem is structured as a series of challenges that lead students to identify and create solutions and harness self identified growth areas to further advance their mission.

Impact Gap Canvas
Impact Gap Canvas helps students map the key organizations, initiatives, people, and efforts in their field. Created by Daniela Papi-Thornton’s research, the Impact Gap Canvas is a tool used to understand the landscape of a problem identify gaps where individuals can contribute to a solution.

Transformative Entrepreneurship
Transformative Entrepreneurship is designed to equip students with the tools needed to build social ventures. It focuses on foundational skills including: fundraising, finance, rapid prototyping, customer discovery, problem solving, and human centered design.

Across locations, Preceptors include talented facilitators like:

Travis Thomas

Travis’ goal is to assist and inspire individuals and corporations in creating more authentic cultures through collaboration and purpose.

Molly Ganley

Molly works with early-stage, impact-driven entrepreneurs to help them clarify their strategies and streamline their operations.

Sam Elmore

Sam is an organizational development consultant and experiential coach. He is the cofounder of a consulting firm serving startups.

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