Launch Event and Open House Celebrates CMC New Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

It’s a generation that is very engaged and very much wants to solve the world’s problems, and now. They are chomping at the bit to apply what they are learning.
Ron Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology.

Join students, faculty, and staff on Friday, Sept. 28 for an all-day kick-off celebrating the launch of the brand new, experimental Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna College. The CIE is dedicated to supporting student curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship activities at the College.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch with an Entrepreneurial Leader (in conjunction with the RDS Distinguished Speaker Series), featuring speaker Wayne Slavitt ’80, president and CEO of The PrimeMark Group, which works with growing companies to maximize business value. Location: Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum; ****Reservations should be made through the Athenaeum.

1:45-3:15 p.m.: Entrepreneurship: Create your Futurepanel discussion; moderator: Jay Conger, director KLI, and the Henry R. Kravis Research Chair in Leadership Studies; panelists: Matthew Goldman ’04, Andy Horowitz P’03, Austin Kiessig ’06, Molly Schmidt, and Wayne Slavitt ’80. Location: Freeburg Forum/Kravis Center

3:30 p.m.: Open House at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 530 Mills Ave. (located on the east side of Mills, just south of the parking lot on Sixth Street)

ABOUT THE CENTER
Good ideas strike at all hours, and can hang on longer than the freshman fifteen. That’s why CMCers are excited about the launch of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Last spring, CMC student entrepreneurs, both commercially focused and social mission focused, approached KLI, the Robert Day School, and the Dean of the Faculty to explore the possibility of formalizing a program for innovation and entrepreneurship. A steering committee to guide the evolution of the program was formed in early September among faculty members Hilary Appel (Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow); Brock Blomberg P’13 (Peter K. Barker ’70 Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow), Gary Evans (HMC), Janet Smith (Von Tobel Professor of Economics), Jay Conger (the Henry R. Kravis Research Chair in Leadership Studies), and Sarah Smith Orr (executive director of the Kravis Leadership Institute). Student leaders on the committee were Tyler Sonnemaker ’15, Julian Mackie ’15, and Miles Bird ’13.

The resulting multidimensional program features a student club, alumni as advisors and mentors, co-curricular programs, and speakers. The Center will also now co-sponsor the Innovative Start-up Award program, as well as other entrepreneurial focused initiatives.

For more information about the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, contact Center Director Janet Smith: Janet.smith@cmc.edu, 909-607-3276.