Instructor Stephen Brown - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Stephen's Background

Stephen Brown is a serial entrepreneur.

He founded his first company when he was 23 years old, generating 35% yearly return for his investors.

His present venture is Eltana Bagels which has three stores in Seattle and two in Japan.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, Stephen went on to get a Masters of Business Administration Stanford University.

Selected by the the Puget Sound Business Journal  as one of their inaugural 40 under 40 Business Achievers, Stephen has also been called a “visionary” by the Seattle Times.

His business ventures have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and Men’s Journal.

Stephen loves clever word puzzles, Rhone wine and his walking commute to and from work.

Except for a brief stint as a teacher’s assistant at Stanford, this is his first time teaching.


Stephen's Teaching Style & Approach

Stephen's teaching style is rooted in storytelling and group discovery. Classes will be fun, personal, sometimes intense and very participatory. He imagines his learning will be as profound as his students' learning.

Class will be a mix of 20% lecture; 40% exploration of existing wisdom (guest speakers, academic studies, media, popular works) and 40% hands-on interactive participatory exercises including group activities,

Stephen will hold office hours twice a week at his Capitol Hill bagel bakery. Anyone attending these hours will receive FREE breakfast/lunch and coffee/tea!

He will also respond to email inquiries within 48 hours.

Stephen's Resources

Recommended Books:

  • The Psychology of Entrepreneurship; Edited by J. Robert Baum, Michael Frese, Robert Baron. Psychology Press, 2007|
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
  • The Ten Commandments for Building a Growth Company, Stephen Brandt
  • The Call of Stories, Robert Coles, 1990

Stephen's Classes