English 105i Professor Brings Shark Tank Star into the Classroom

On Monday, October 23rd, Dr. Melissa Geil, Teaching Assistant Professor, started off her Shark Tank unit with a surprise visit from a well-known Shark: Kevin O'Leary. Known to the Shark Tank audience as "Mr. Wonderful," O'Leary is the founder of O'Leary Funds and Softkey and has appeared on both Canadian and American business shows. According to Dr. Geil, O'Leary Skyped with her ENGL10i: Business students for about 15 minutes and "talked about the top 3 things that make a successful pitch. He also offered some advice to the students about gaining work experience while they are still in college to help them get some business experience as well as help them to figure out what they want to do in life." Dr. Geil says her students are still buzzing about the opportunity to have spoken with O'Leary and are "over the moon about the whole thing." Congratulations, Dr. Geil!