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Entrepreneur, Educator Charles Clark Coming to EFSC

February 25, 2019 - Charles Clark has a message for today’s youth: “Don’t play it safe, play to thrive.”

Charles Clark portraitClark should know. The former Florida State University world-class sprinter has gone on to start an international consulting firm and dedicate himself to motiving young people toward success.

Clark will bring his unique story to Eastern Florida State College on Tuesday, March 26 as part of the Simpkins Entrepreneur Series.

The college and Florida Today co-sponsor the series with lectures free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Clark will speak at two locations:

•    The Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Cocoa Campus at 9:30 a.m.
•    The King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne Campus at 11 a.m.

Clark was the sixth fastest man in the world at the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in 2009 before an injury ended his career at age 24.

He did not let that stop him. He went on to found and become CEO of the Charles Clark International business-consulting firm.

He also founded the Charles Clark What Matters Foundation to teach youth and young adults how to prepare for careers through education, fitness and health.

Clark believes that personal accountability and responsibility helps individuals face their failures and create success.

The lecture series is named after Bernard Simpkins, a highly successful entrepreneur and Space Coast business leader who established the sessions that have brought some of nation’s top business leaders to Brevard.

A Simpkins endowment also started the college’s Business Entrepreneurship Program to educate the next generation of business innovators. For more information, visit