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About the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

Mission

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center empowers students, alumni andcommunity members to build sustainable businesses that do good and do well in Chicago. We are the hub to connect, advise and inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in creating businesses with purpose and passion. Our experiential programs, vibrant ecosystem and academic curriculum cultivate a foundation for entrepreneurial success for our entire DePaul community.

History

Supported by a $5 million-plus grant from the Coleman Foundation, the center launched in 2003 and opened a 5,000-square-foot facility in 2016. The center complements DePaul's renowned academic entrepreneurship program, which was founded by Coleman Entrepreneurship Chair Harold Welsch in the 1980s.

Coleman Center Team

Staff

Bruce Leech

Bruce Leech
Executive Director

Email: bleech1@depaul.edu
Number: 312-362-6489

Abigail Ingram

Abigail Ingram
Assistant Director

Email: aingram7@depaul.edu
Number: 312-362-6480

Emily Doyle

Emily Doyle
Events Coordinator

Email: edoyle14@depaul.edu

Keyante Aytch

Keyante Aytch
Student Assistant

Email: KAYTCH@depaul.edu

Winnie Huang

Winnie Huang
Student Assistant

Email: yiziwinnieh@hotmail.com

Parth Shah

Parth Shah
Student Assistant

Email: PShah65@depaul.edu

Fern Teeraporn

Fern Teeraporn
Student Assistant

Email: TVISUTVA@depaul.edu

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.

  • JinJa Birkenbeuel, CEO, Birk Creative
  • Carol Bramson (BUS ’89), president and founder, TBG Capital, LLC
  • Terri Brax, founder, Women Tech Founders
  • Penny Brown, director and chair, Grant Park Music Festival
  • Bob Carmody, founder, Diana's Bananas
  • John Crosson (MBA ’95), founder, MainStreet Advisors
  • John Dilenschneider (MS ’92), owner and CEO, WebQA
  • Dima Elissa, CEO, Vismed
  • Laura Gale, executive coach, Right Management
  • Steven Gerbel (BS 94), founder and president, Chicago Capital Management
  • Russ Gottesman (MBA ’11), founder and CEO, CommuterAds
  • Joan Hannant, founder and president, The Soma Institute
  • Jill Hebert, CEO, Matrex Exhibits, Inc.
  • Michael Hennessy, president, Coleman Foundation 
  • Dave Jackson, principal, Evanston Advisors
  • Syed Khalid, founder, Nextplant
  • Allen Kutchins (MST '75), president and managing partner, Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.
  • Jodi Navta, marketing consultant
  • Bob Nuber, managing director, Technology, Tronc, Inc.
  • Robin Ross, leadership coach, R2 Coaching
  • Kevin Taylor (BA ’97, DBA ’20), principal, startup advisor and investor
  • Harold Welsch (BS ’66, MBA ’68), professor and Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Jim Wicklander, strategic account manager, Lake County Press
  • Darrell Williams (BS ’81), CEO, Loop Capital

Campus Advisory Team

The center's advisory team includes 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 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:

  • Gonzalo Obelleiro, instructional assistant professor, curriculum studies, College of Education
  • Behice Ece Ilhan, adjunct professor, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Eric Landahl, associate professor & graduate program director, College of Science and Health
  • Grace Lemmon, associate professor of Management and faculty director of the Management Honors Program, Driehaus College of Business
  • Betty Shanahan, assistant vice president, Administration & Operations, DePaul University
  • Jennifer Tatum, executive assistant to Dean College of Education, DePaul University
  • Donna Kiel, director of the Office of Innovative Professional Learning, College of Education
  • Kathryn Ibata-Arens, director, Global Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Felicia Richardson-McGee, director of Advising, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Salma Ghanem, dean, College of Communication, DePaul University
  • Marty Martin, professor of Management and faculty director of the MS in Human Resources Program, Driehaus College of Business
  • Jason Martin, journalism program director and chair, College of Communications
  • Howard Rosing, executive director, Steans Center, DePaul University
  • Lisa Riley, director of Development, Office of Advancement
  • Nezih Altay, associate professor and faculty director of Supply Chain Management Program, Driehaus College of Business
  • Jaclyn Jensen, associate professor and faculty director of Human Resources Program, Driehaus College of Business
  • Tim Cole, associate professor, College of Communication
  • Martin Schray, adjunct faculty, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Ken Thompson, professor, Driehaus College of Business
  • Andy Clark, visiting assistant professor and faculty coordinator of Sports Management Curriculum, Driehaus College of Business
  • Susanne Mickey. assistant to the chair, Department of Management, Driehaus College of Business
  • Jacob Furst, professor, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Ruth Gannon-Cook, professor, School for New Learning
  • Leslie Shook, theatre manager, The Theatre School
  • Andrew Gold, professor, College of Law
  • Christie Klimas, assistant professor, Environmental Science and Studies, College of Science and Health
  • B Rich, assistant professor, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Rachael Smith, coordinator of Career and Performance Services, School of Music
  • Scott Walter, university librarian, University Library
  • Lisa Gundry, professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • Patrick Murphy, professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • Dan Heiser, chair, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • Allison Tirres, associate professor of law, College of Law
  • Robin Florzak, assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications, Driehaus College of Business
  • Julie Lawton, clinical professor of law; director, Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic, College of Law
  • Karen Burgard, assistant dean and director, Undergraduate Programs Office, Driehaus College of Business
  • Craig Miller, professor, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Matt Ragas, assistant professor, College of Communications
  • John Mazzeo, associate professor of anthropology; director, Master of Public Health Program, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Tom Nguyen, senior director of Corporate Relations, Office of Advancement
  • Christa Hinton, director, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • Dan Gillespie, adjunct professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • Lawrence Hamer, assistant provost, Academic Affairs, Driehaus College of Business
  • Lamont Black, assistant professor, Department of Finance, Driehaus College of Busienss
  • Theresa Steinbach, associate dean, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Terri Lonier, dean of the Career + Co-Op Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Karen Budd, professor emeritus, Catholic studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Alan Salzenstein, professor, School of Music
  • Alyssa Westring, associate professor, Deparment of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • James Moore, director, Online Learning, Driehaus Driehaus College of Business
  • Tracy Krahl, assistant vice president, Alumni Engagement, Office of Advancement
  • John Lump, adjunct professor, Department of Finance, Driehaus College of Business
  • Leslie Chamberlain, associate director, Alumni Sharing Knowledge, DePaul University Career Services
  • Eiron Cudaback, assistant professor, College of Science and Health
  • Steven Rubinow, executive-in-residence, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Jaclyn Lansbery, website content editor, Driehaus College of Business
  • Karyn McCoy, director, Employer Relations, DePaul University Career Center
  • Kristin Mathews, integrated content manager, Public Relations & Communications
  • Richard Rocco, professor, Department of Marketing, Driehaus College of Business
  • John Shanahan, associate dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Melissa Markley, assistant professor, Department of Marketing, Driehaus College of Business
  • Misty Johanson, interim dean, Driehaus College of Business; associate professor, School of Hospitality Leadership, Driehaus College of Business
  • Mary Mindak, associate professor, School of Accountancy & Management Information Systems, Driehaus College of Business
  • Heather Quinn, instructor, College of Computing and Digital Media
  • Caroline McAteer, associate director, Employer Partnerships, DePaul University Career Center
  • Krystal Lewis, information commons librarian, University Library
  • Shena Ramsay, assistant dean, College of Communications
  • Patrizia Acerra, instructor, School for New Learning
  • Sheleene Bell, executive assistant to Dean of the Theater School
  • Ivana Zilic, visiting assistant professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehaus College of Business
  • Nicholas Thomas, interim associate director and assistant professor, School of Hospitality Leadership; director, J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement, Driehaus College of Business

Coleman Center Mentors

Coleman Center mentors provide advice, consultation, financial support and networking connections to the center. Our mentors represent a range of expertise and include distinguished entrepreneurs, established business executives and professional advisors.

  • Marc Grens
  • Kristy Nittskoff
  • Levi Baer
  • Jon Berbaum
  • Mike Bodalia
  • Beth Bond
  • Bob Borden
  • John Calzaretta
  • Pat Coveny
  • Archel Desir
  • Ed Doyle
  • Jean Einstein
  • Omar Elkuka
  • Rania El-Sorrogy
  • Brad Emanuel
  • Dmitry Faybysh
  • Eric Gastevich
  • Andrew Given
  • Sheri Hammonds
  • Joel Harris
  • Barb Healy O'Laughlin
  • Cliff Helm
  • Carl Hirschman
  • Jason Jacobsohn
  • Kellee Johnson
  • Steve Krull
  • William Little
  • Jim Longino
  • Martin McGovern
  • Rajiv Nathan
  • Amanda Neely
  • David Novak
  • Bob Nuber
  • Rob Pasquesi
  • Remo Picchietti
  • Rich Reising
  • Jeff Rosset
  • Danny Schuman
  • Justin Sorto
  • Jeffrey Spetter
  • Oliver Stahl
  • Liam Stanton
  • Michael Stark
  • Debra Sunderland
  • Brian Sutherland
  • Anthony Termini
  • Becky Thomas
  • Gabriel Wiesen
  • Koray Yesilli
  • John Yi
  • David Zaretsky

DePaul and 1871

DePaul has a partnership with 1871, the largest incubator in North America, which is located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Students from every college across the university are welcome to apply for approval to reserve work space in the 1871 DePaul office.  Faculty interested in using the space may email DePaul1871@depaul.edu.

DePaul and 2112 

Starting autumn quarter 2017, all DePaul students will have access to our office space and programming at 2112. Check out the workshops and events that will be available and watch for an email at the beginning of autumn quarter with details on how to reserve space and tickets. Current students, faculty, and staff may apply to access 2112 here. To stay in touch with Coleman Entrepreneurship Center activities, join our mailing list, E'ship Buzz, to receive updates on our news and events.To stay in touch with Coleman Entrepreneurship Center activities, join our mailing list to receive updates on our news and events. Check out the press coverage in DNA info and Chicago Tribune.

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is funded in part by The Coleman Foundation, a private, independent grant-making organization.

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