HPU Welcomes Global Leaders to Campus to Mentor Students

Sep 16th, 2022

HPU Welcomes Global Leaders to Campus to Mentor Students

JiNan George, Dr. Willie Jolley and Chris Ullman visited campus in the last two weeks.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 22, 2022 – High Point University welcomed three global leaders to campus in the last two weeks to kick off the first Access to Innovators program and provide numerous opportunities for students to connect with global leaders. World-renowned patent attorney JiNan Glasgow George, HPU’s Intellectual Property Expert in Residence, visited campus to work with students on Sept. 14, and Hall of Fame speaker Dr. Willie Jolley, HPU’s Personal Development Expert in Residence, visited on Sept. 15. Communications professional Chris Ullman, Strategic Communications Expert in Residence, also mentored students Sept. 20-22.

JiNan George, HPU’s Intellectual Property Expert in Residence:

JiNan spoke to several student groups across campus, including game design, electrical and computer engineering, entrepreneurship and more. One of her lectures involved the legal aspect of game development, including trade secrets, intellectual property and copyright.

“If you are first in line with a patent, no one can get in front of you,” said JiNan. “Intellectual property is valuable. Remember that it’s about business and that it is worth something.”

She added that it’s also good to start writing down ideas for patents and businesses.

“You have to document your ideas,” said George. “How many of you journal and how often do you journal? We learn through journaling that it’s not only nice to do, but it can also be rewarding. This is the first step in transforming ideas into assets.”

HPU students use the knowledge learned from global leaders in their studies and future careers.

“Having opportunities like this gives me access to great knowledge to help make a strong foundation when achieving my goals,” said Nate Bryant, a junior game design major from Waxhaw, North Carolina. “I learned how looking up patents and copyrights from others can be a great asset to learning how they are made but also a great way to make connections for jobs and internships by conversing with the companies and people that produced them.”

JiNan George is pictured speaking to an entrepreneurship class about turning ideas into reality.

Dr. Willie Jolley, Personal Development Expert in Residence:

Jolley spoke to students in HPU’s Hayworth Fine Arts Center during two sessions on developing an attitude of excellence. He says to win in life, you must transform your mindset.

“When you change your thinking, you change your future,” said Jolley. “It also takes understanding attitude versus aptitude to win in life. You need to start off with unlocking the secrets to a good mindset, which is attitude. Then you can add in your skillsets, which is aptitude.”

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Hall of Fame Speaker Dr. Willie Jolley, HPU’s Personal Development Expert in Residence, spoke to students in HPU’s Hayworth Fine Arts Center during two sessions on developing an attitude of excellence. He says to win in life, you must transform your mindset.

Sophomore Gabrielle Tita, a marketing student at HPU, also interviewed Jolley on the university’s Access to Innovators Podcast.

“This is one of the reasons I picked HPU,” said Tita, a sophomore marketing major from Durham, North Carolina. “Every day, I find more reasons why I love HPU. I love that HPU connects students to leaders like Willie Jolley and helps create these relationships. While I was interviewing him, I was soaking in all of his advice and wisdom.”

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Hall of Fame Speaker Dr. Willie Jolley, HPU’s Personal Development Expert in Residence, was interviewed by HPU student Gabrielle Tita, right, on the university’s Access to Innovators Podcast.

Chris Ullman, Strategic Communications Expert in Residence:

Ullman spoke to several different student groups, including pharmacy, communications, freshmen and students pursuing their master’s degree. He shared tips on brand development and reputation management during the Life Skills Seminar.

He provided students with 10 lessons from top business leaders he has interacted with throughout his career.

  1. Act like you’re relevant, even when you’re not.
  2. It’s not how much you pay, it’s if you do the deal.
  3. Hang around the [basketball] “hoop.”
  4. Think like your successor every day.
  5. Be joyful at the office.
  6. Choose to be happy.
  7. Stay focused on your objectives.
  8. Define your personal brand.
  9. Be an advisor, not a notetaker.
  10. Homeless people have names, too.

“This notion of the hoop has this logic-emotion component to it, but it is very much a physical stance,” said Ullman. “Hanging around the hoop is having your knees bent, your hands are out because you don’t know if the ball is coming in your direction or not. There’s another aspect of hanging around the hoop is by having the right attitude and the right spirit about how you’re dealing with people.”

Jada Komadina, a junior strategic communication major from Swedesboro, New Jersey, was excited to hear from Ullman after watching two of his TED Talks.

“My dad also texted me about Chris Ullman speaking at HPU and said that this was a great opportunity I should not miss,” said Komadina. “Having this opportunity to hear global leaders speak is amazing. This is probably my fifth or sixth innovator lecture I’ve been to, and I takeaway key points from each one.”

You can read more about the In Residence leaders by clicking here.