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DePaul Entrepreneurship Community

The Entrepreneurship program at DePaul University brings together dozens of talented business professionals and educational leaders.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Team

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Team leads the Center's programs and daily operations.

Bruce Leech (MBA '81), Executive Director

Bruce Leech, DePaul MBA alumnus, has been connected with the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center as a board member and mentor since 2005. Bruce has moved from his role as founder of CrossCom National to Executive Director of the Coleman Center with a wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience. Lead initiatives include involvement with Chicago's rich ecosystem of entrepreneurs, such as partnerships with incubators like 1871, development of mentorship programs for student support, and a focus on growing student businesses.

Dr. Harold P. Welsch (MBA '68, COM '66), Founder and Coleman Chair in Entrepreneurship

Dr. Welsch has been active in entrepreneurship development for more than two decades as an educator, consultant, researcher, entrepreneur, author and editor. He is well known for his research into the privatization of centrally planned economies, entrepreneurship career paths, strategic planning, ethnic entrepreneurship and problems encountered by small businesses. Dr. Welsch has held the Coleman Chair in Entrepreneurship at DePaul since 1989.

Abigail Ingram (MA '15), Assistant Director

Abigail joined the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center team with entrepreneurial and small business experience after two years of working within the DePaul University community. After co-founding and bootstrapping a music studio in Denver, Colorado, Abigail returned to her native Chicago to work in higher education. Abigail brings zeal for program development, connecting DePaul and Chicago entrepreneurs, and assisting aspiring students to the Coleman Center.

Entrepreneurship Faculty

DePaul's Entrepreneurship Faculty includes some of the nation's most respected entrepreneurship educators and practitioners.

Dr. Harold P. Welsch
Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship
Professor of Management
Entrepreneurship Program Director
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7014
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8471
hwelsch@depaul.edu

Raman Chadha
Clinical Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7000
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-7203
rchadha@depaul.edu

Dr. Lisa K. Gundry
Professor of Management
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7040
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8075
lgundry@depaul.edu

Laurie LaMantia
Adjunct Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7000
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8783
laurie_lamantia@hotmail.com
ignitewisdom.com

John Lump
Adjunct Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 5500
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 331-0481
jlump@fhlbc.com

Dr. Javier Monllor
Assistant Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7100
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-6783
jmonllor@depaul.edu

Dr. Patrick J. Murphy
Professor of Management
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7100
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-6783
pmurph12@depaul.edu
fac.comtech.depaul.edu/profpjm/

Eva Nelson
Adjunct Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7000
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8783
enelson1@depaul.edu

Edward Papabathini
Adjunct Professor
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7000
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8688
edwardpapabathini@eassociates.cc

Advisory Board

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center's Advisory Board is a consultative group of distinguished Chicago-area entrepreneurs that helps the Center fulfill its mission and advance its overall outcomes. It strives to create a dynamic relationship between DePaul's educational efforts and the Chicago entrepreneurial community.

Leo Friedman, Founder and CEO, iPromo

Leo Friedman began his entrepreneurial ventures in high school, buying inventory for his first business using his mother's credit card. A successful serial entrepreneur, Leo is the personification of right-brain, left-brain balance. His company, iPromo.com, has multimillion dollar revenues and a global presence as a leader in the promotional products industry. It serves most of the Fortune 500 companies and specializes in customized USB flash drives and mobile accessories. Leo is also the co-founder of the retail marketing agency Digital BrandWorks/Buy Happier, which was recently named #132 on the 2013 Inc. 500 list.

Joan Hannant, Board Co-Chair
Founder and President, The Soma Institute

While on leave from teaching political science in Canada, Joan Hannant was exposed to vocational education and became fascinated with the transformative power of adult retraining. Armed with a college textbook about how to write a business plan, she designed a training program in alternative and complementary medicine modalities, found an angel investor and moved to Chicago where she launched The Soma Institute. Soma is now one of the largest independently owned massage therapy schools in the U.S. and is in the process of expanding its program offerings and opening specialized alternative health care clinics. Joan is a member of Vistage International and the Committee of 200.

Jill Hebert, Board Co-Chair
President and CEO, Matrex Exhibits, Inc.

After eight years in the trade show industry, Jill Hebert started Matrex in 1987 with a home equity loan and a passion for quality and excellent client service. Since then, she has grown Matrex into the largest woman-owned exhibit agency in the U.S. Three times Jill has been recognized by Ernst & Young as a finalist for its Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Western Michigan; has received the Trade Show Exhibitor Association's Focus Award and Exhibitor magazine's Sizzle Award for her marketing efforts and contribution to the industry. Jill is a member of the Committee of 200.

Al Kutchins (MST '75), Partner, Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.

Al Kutchins is one of the founding partners of Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd. (KRD), a full service, midsized, Chicago-based public accounting firm. Al provides an array of solutions to help accelerate client revenue growth, and is proactive in tax planning as well as succession and estate planning. Al is also well known for his devotion and involvement in numerous charitable organizations. He has participated for many years in TMA, one of the leading Midwest manufacturing associations, the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the Online Lenders Alliance and the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association. Al earned his Masters of Science in Taxation from DePaul University in 1975.

Bruce Leech (MBA '81), Co-Founder, evolve, LLC

Bruce Leech is the Founder and a Director of CrossCom National, an IT systems installation, service and maintenance company, supporting large national retailers such as Kohl's, Walmart, Walgreens and TJX. CrossCom attained over $90 million in revenue and has developed a network of over 1,500 service companies across the U.S. to provide support to the national retailers. He is also Co-Founder of evolve, a membership organization for business owners, helping them with their transition plans. Bruce also stays involved in his philanthropic work, serving on multiple organizations' boards. He received his BA from Michigan State University in 1978 and MBA from DePaul University in 1981.

Greg Silich (BSA '84), CEO, QUEsocial​

Greg Silich is a successful entrepreneur, operator, Advisory Board member and investor in growth businesses. Greg is the CEO of QUEsocial, a premier provider of social talent acquisition software and services. Before QUEsocial, Greg was the CEO of CVM Solutions and Capital H Group. These businesses have won numerous awards, including being named an Inc. 500 and 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Company and Network World Top 10 SaaS Companies To Watch. In addition, Greg has participated in mutiple successful strategic exit transactions, including the sale of CVM Solutions to a strategic buyer in 2011. Greg's strategic capabilities and business counsel have been integral as a member of the Advisory Boards for several privately held companies, including Resilinc, BCV, CPRi, Aquent Marketing Staffing, CVM Solutions and Diversity Quest. Greg received his BS in Accounting from DePaul University in 1984.

Dan Smith, President, Capsim Business Solutions

Daniel Smith is President of Capsim Management Simulations Inc., a firm specializing in the creation of business games and associated curriculum for management education. He is a leading expert in the field, having written simulations for industries such as banking, insurance, publishing, manufacturing and hotels. Dan's university-oriented simulations are in use in over 400 business schools in both MBA and undergraduate strategy courses, including Harvard and Berkley. In 1984 Dan published Stratplan, a simulation designed for MBA programs​. Since 1985 he has worked as a consultant to universities and private industry in works such as Capstone, Foundation and Comp-XM. Dan was listed in the Platinum Edition of Who's Who Worldwide.

Campus Advisory Team

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Campus Advisory Team is comprised of DePaul faculty and staff who support the Center's entrepreneurship efforts. They are valued members of DePaul's entrepreneurial community and help us extend the reach of the Center across the entire university.

Members provide:

  • Assistance to students across campus who have entrepreneurial interests
  • Recommendations on how the Coleman Center can support and collaborate with academic/administrative departments, centers and institutes, student organizations and campuses
  • Awareness of the services and programs available to students across the university through the Coleman Center

Members include:

  • Olayele Adelakun, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Jane Baxter, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Lemont Black, Driehaus College of Business
  • Karen Burgard, Driehaus College of Business
  • Raman Chadha, Driehaus College of Business
  • Ed Childs, Career Center
  • Tim Cole, College of Communications
  • Chris Collins, Office of Advancement
  • Arlene Cortez, Office of Advancement
  • Robin Florzak, Driehaus College of Business
  • Ruth Gannon Cook, School of New Learning
  • Shelley Gibbons, School of Hospitality Leadership
  • Daniel Gillespie, College of Law
  • Andrew Gold, College of Law
  • Lisa Gundry, Driehaus College of Business
  • Lawrence Hamer, Driehaus College of Business
  • Kathy Hillegonds, Driehaus College of Business
  • Christa Hinton, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Judy Hogel, Chicago Family Business Council
  • Elizabeth Hollendoner, Office of Advancement
  • Kathryn C. Ibata-Arens, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Xiaoping Jia, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Christie Klimas, College of Science and Health
  • Tracy Krahl, Alumni Relations
  • John Lump, Driehaus College of Business
  • Jason Martin, College of Communication
  • William "Marty" Martin, Driehaus College of Business
  • John Mazzeo, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Karyn McCoy, Career Center
  • Craig Miller, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Javier Monllor, Driehaus College of Business
  • Carol Montgomery, Career Center
  • James Moore, Driehaus College of Business
  • Keala Murdock, Career Center
  • Patrick J. Murphy, Driehaus College of Business
  • Tom Nguyen, Office of Advancement
  • Matt Ragas, College of Communication
  • Felicia Richardson-McGee, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Lisa Riley, Office of Advancement
  • John Ronquillo, School of Public Service
  • Howard Rosing, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Alan Salzenstein, School of Music
  • Leslie Shook, The Theatre School
  • Gina Sian, Alumni Sharing Knowledge
  • Gillian Steele, Career Center
  • Terry Steinbach, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Jason Ulaszek, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • T.J. Veneris, Office of Advancement
  • Harold Welsch, Driehaus College of Business
  • Scott Young, Driehaus College of Business

Coleman Fellows

Coleman Fellows are DePaul University faculty who teach across disciplines, many of which fall outside the Driehaus College of Business. They integrate concepts of entrepreneurship into their classes, extending the reach and impact of entrepreneurship education across campus. The program is sponsored in part by The Coleman Foundation.

Coleman Fellows are valued members of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Campus Advisory Team. Upon the completion of their fellowship (generally one year), they retain an ongoing connection to DePaul's Entrepreneurship program. They also continue as part of the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Community of Practice, a growing national cohort of colleagues dedicated to spreading Entrepreneurship education across college and university campuses.

Coleman Fellow AY16-17:

Eiron Cudaback, Health Sciences
ecudabac@depaul.edu

William "Marty" Martin, Health Sector Management
MARTYM@depaul.edu

Tim Cole, College of Communication
tcole@depaul.edu

Veteran Coleman Fellows:

Jason Martin, College of Communication
JMART181@depaul.edu

William "Marty" Martin, Health Sector Management
MARTYM@depaul.edu

John Mazzeo, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,
Director of Master of Public Health Program
JMAZZEO@depaul.edu

Matt Ragas, College of Communication
mragas@depaul.edu

Tim Cole, College of Communication
tcole@depaul.edu

Dr. Christie Klimas, College of Science and Health
cklimas@depaul.edu

Judge Daniel T. Gillespie, Business Law and Entrepreneurship Law
dgilles2@depaul.edu

Terry Steinbach, College of Computing and Digital Media
tsteinbach@cdm.depaul.edu

Nicholas Thomas, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Nthoma15@depaul.edu

Daniel Gillespie, College of Law
Dgilles2@depaul.edu

Kathryn Ibata-Arens, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
kibataar@depaul.edu

Ed Childs, Career Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
echilds@depaul.edu

Stephen Luecking, College of Computing and Digital Media
slueckin@depaul.edu

Margaret Lanterman, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
mlaterm@depaul.edu

Kevin Taylor, College of Computing and Digital Media
Kevin683@gmail.com

John Lump, Driehaus College of Business
jlump@depaul.edu

Leslie Shook, The Theatre School
lshook@depaul.edu

Alan Salzenstein, School of Music
asalzens@depaul.edu

Matthew Irvine, College of Computing and Digital Media
mirvine@depaul.edu​​

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