Fisk Alumnus and President and CEO of Music World Entertainment Mathew Knowles encouraged students to pursue success as critical and creative thinkers in his lecture, “Thinking Outside of the Box: Ten Traits of Successful People” at the “Global and Community Lecture Series” in the Fisk Memorial Chapel.
Knowles spoke to a receptive student body as he emphasized goal-setting and pursuit of career-based internships. A delegation of students in Fisk’s music program assisted Knowles in a dramitization as he emphasized the importance of creative thinking beyond boundaries as an important aspect of success. The lecture was the first of four appearances that Knowles will make on the campus of Fisk this year as he returns to his alma mater to provide seminars on the entertainment industry for Fisk’s music and business majors.
Knowles’ return to Fisk comes 4 months after he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters during the University’s Commencement 2008 ceremony. Before giving his lecture, Knowles made an on-air appearance at WFSK-FM, met students and faculty, and spoke to Nashville area reporters about common traits of successful people.
“Some of the things that I’ve found that successful people have are passion and vision…They are not afraid to make mistakes and they are risk takers,” Knowles said.
After graduating from Fisk University in 1975, he began his professional career as a marketing and sales professional and earned the rank of the Xerox Corporation’s top salesman of MRI, medical equipment. Knowles decided to leave Xerox in 1989 and moved into full-time music management and founded Music World Entertainment. Knowles’ efforts led to the mainstream success of “Destiny’s Child,” as well as the solo careers of Destiny’s Child members Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. In addition to managing, Mr. Knowles has also guided the careers of Earth Wind and Fire, The O’Jays, Chaka Khan, Mario, Gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7, Lyfe Jennings, Katy Shotter, 2Much, Brian C. Wilson, Billy Joe Shaver, and his youngest daughter, Solange.
Knowles follows poet, author and educator Nikki Giovanni, activist, scholar and distinguished professor Dr. Preston King and former U.S. Ambassador Mickey Kantor as the fourth speaker in the University’s “Global and Community Lecture Series.” The University established the lecture series in 2006 in order to expose students to individuals who have made stellar contributions to the global and local community.
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