Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #270
CE Offered: BACB
Let's Start a Business! Fulfilling Skinner's Vision Through Entrepreneurship
Sunday, May 28, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Granite
Area: OBM/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Todd A. Ward, Ph.D.
Chair: Todd A. Ward (bSci21 Media, LLC)
AMY D. WIECH (ABC Group, Inc. Hawaii)
ANGELA CATHEY (Enso Contextual Behavioral Innovations)

Skinner envisioned a technology of behavior applicable to all all the world's problems. 80 years after the publication of Behavior of Organisms, it is safe to say that we have not fulfilled his vision. If the field is to grow and diversify, behavior analysts need diverse job opportunities that can only come about through entrepreneurship. By interacting with real people offering solutions to real problems, behavior analytic jobs can expand, and create demand for new academic programs and certification, similar to the autism field. Within this context, we discuss the process of starting a behavior analytic business from three diverse entrepreneurs, and discuss challenges they face on a daily basis. Particular emphasis will be placed on making the transition from an employee to being your own boss.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): business, entrepreneurship, obm



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