By Gretchen Toy
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.– Radio talk show host and venture capitalist Glen Meakem discussed his concern Tuesday at Penn State New Kensington that Americans have made bad decisions for our country because they don’t know the facts.
According to Penn State New Kensington’s website, Meakem is the host of the “Glen Meakem Program,” which is broadcasted on FM News Talk 104.7. His speech entitled “Insights on the Global Economy,” was part of the “Insight Forum,” which is the campus’ inaugural lecture and discussion program.
The program is geared to the local community and invites local, regional, and nationally known guests to talk about various aspects of American life and take questions from the audience. The program was followed by a reception to allow audience members to meet Meakem. The program was established by Dr. Robert and Linda Mueller, Dr. Javier and Maria Gomez, Dr. Michael and Donna McGinnis, Professor Gary and Amy Heberling, and Dr. Arlene Hall with support from Swank Associated Companies Inc. and the Hyman Family Foundation.
Dr. Michael McGinnis, Associate Professor of Business at Penn State New Kensington, recommended Glen Meakem as a speaker for the series. “I had heard him talk on the radio several times, and I was very impressed by his success,” McGinnis said.
Meakem began his speech by discussing his stories from his personal life experiences as a successful entrepreneur. He also talked about the opportunities that America provides people with in order to be successful. Meakem ended with his concerns for the future. Much of Meakem’s discussion was focused towards the students who attended the speech. He provided advice to help them be successful.
“If you really have the guts and skills to be an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes, within ethical boundaries,” Meakem said. “Successful people are not successful because the road is paved with gold. People who are successful are people who get up swinging when they get knocked down.”
Meakem also emphasized the importance of studying and learning the history of America. Meakem expressed his belief that our economy isn’t doing great because many people have not studied American history.
“We’re making bad decisions because we don’t even know the facts,” Meakem said. He urged the audience members to “Learn the history, learn economics, talk to each other, take responsibility, and vote.”
Meakem continued by discussing the importance of honesty. “Truth is the number one thing,” Meakem said. “It would be amazing what would happen if we had a president who would always tell the truth and openly admit their mistakes.”
Meakem even based his insights about engaging younger people in reading and studying history on honesty.
“You have to talk really fast to young people, because they have so much going on at one time,” said Meakem jokingly. “But if you really take the time to care and tell young people the direct truth, that gets their attention really fast,” Meakem continued to say.
Cory Stivason, a senior at Penn State New Kensington, thought that Meakem provided the audience with good advice.
“I obviously agree that in order to be successful you have to take big risks,” Stivason said. “But I don’t think that history is that large of a part of today’s economy, I think learning history just makes you a more rounded individual.”
Stivason is studying business at Penn State New Kensington, and currently owns his own photography business.
“He encouraged audience members to reach their goals of creating their own business by providing the fact that roughly 20% of the economy is made up of the entrepreneurial sector,” Stivason said.
McGinnis also agreed that the advice Meakem provided the audience members with was very helpful. “The advice he gave to the students was excellent,” McGinnis said.