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October 27th, 2020

  • Mohan Nair 9:00am - 10:00am: Expert in Residence: Mohan Nair - Health Care
  • Traci Rossi 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Traci Rossi

    Listen to the Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Portland address the widening digital divide and the resultant issues impacting underrepresented children across Portland. Traci will discuss the challenges that “going virtual” has presented to her mission of removing the obstacles that stand in the way of success for these highest priority youth, and discuss solutions for closing that digital divide.

October 28th, 2020

  • A portrait of Beth Ford, president of Land O Lakes at the company’s headquarters in Arden Hills... 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Beth Ford

    Converse with the first openly gay woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Beth Ford, CEO of Land O Lakes ( a company that touches 300,000 farmers and half the harvested acres in the nation) wants to respond to your questions about career advancement, innovations in sustainable agriculture, and amplifying underrepresented voices in the workplace. Beth is getting to know Lewis & Clark with her daughter, Gigi, who happens to be a First year here!

October 29th, 2020

  • Brie Bridegum Pierznik 10:00am - 11:00am: Expert in Residence: Brie Bridegum Pierznik - Law

    Wondering what legal issues you should consider when exploring ideas? Do you need to form a business entity? Thinking about law school? Meet our Expert in Residence, Brie Bridegum Pierznik. Brie is an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and an active member of the firm’s start-up and emerging companies practice. Office hours with Brie will be available via Zoom! 

  • Zoe Feldman 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Zoe Feldman

    Come learn about Zoe’s mission to make the food sector more diverse and inclusive and why she is backing companies overlooked by traditional investors. The Chobani Incubator tackles broken food systems and provides start-ups with access and expertise to achieve scale and growth.

November 10th, 2020

  • Sandra Shotwell 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Sandra Shotwell

    Engage with a seasoned life science entrepreneur on the various and nefarious ways to engage in entrepreneurship. Sandra’s career has involved product development, IP licensing, global health, and relationship-building among NGOs, government agencies and international businesses. She will share insights gleaned from work in academia, government agencies in the U.S. and Europe, start-up companies and nonprofits.


  • October 19
    Semester updates from the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • September 1

    Fall 2020 is different for all of us but the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership continue to be your advocate in Portland and beyond. Use our office hours to learn more about what we have to offer. 




  • April 2
    Do you have some time on your hands and skills that need exercising? Remember Emma McIlroy, Wildfang CEO, who served as a mentor at Winterim? Bet you do. Like many small businesses Wildfang is really scrambling with this COVID/recession cocktail we’re all swimming in. HOWEVER, here’s a chance for you to shine
  • March 3

    March 3, 2020.
    Lewis & Clark Faculty just voted to approve the new Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation. 

  • Renee Allums
    June 12
    Alumna Renee Allums ’18 speaks to why she didn’t quit on Portland. Over the last four years, Emerging Leaders, the nonprofit Ryan Buchanan helped found, has placed 322 students of color in paid internships in the Portland area.
  • Nick Lombardi and Shvetank Prakash
    June 4
    Roommates Nick Lombardi and Shvetank Prakash became partners of an InventOR finalist team. The Z-Tracker team is serious about safety for the firefighters who are risking their lives to save others. With an innovative technology that can track a firefighter’s location in real time, Z-Tracker aims to roll out its invention at fire stations across the country.
  • 1st and 2nd Place Pitch Contest Winners with Center for Entrepreneurship Directors:  [Left to Rig...
    January 22
    What happens when you put 22 students from all academic disciplines together for a week with seven speakers, seven mentors and six judges? You get a deep dive into the principles of entrepreneurship, and everyone learns and creates together!
  • Matt on left, Ramez on right
    October 2
    Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.
  • March 6

    The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously on March 3 to approve the creation of a minor in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation. The strong support for the new program underscores the fact that the liberal arts and entrepreneurship share a common interdisciplinary approach rooted in understanding people, systems, and methods of creating positive change.

  • Kray (L) and Rose (R) at the grand opening party of Hydra's offices at General Industry.
    December 2

    After building a 3D printer for a class during his senior year, John Kray BA ’17 enlisted the help of Zach Rose BA ’18 to build and sell innovative desktop 3D printers. Their most recent model is so easy to use that Lewis & Clark purchased one for the physics lab.

  • October 10
    Paula Hayes BS ’92—a Board of Trustees member and recipient of the Pioneer Alumna Leadership Award—was recently profiled by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) for her innovative cosmetics company. Hue Noir’s beauty products are designed for an underserved market of darker-skinned women whose skin colors and tones aren’t readily compatible with mainstream products.
  • September 23
    Renee Allums BA ’18 won the fifth annual PitchBlack business competition with her idea #tag that aims to highlight and compensate digital content creators who have previously gone unrecognized and uncompensated.
  • May 12

    Brothers and alumni Stein and Thor Retzlaff trained for years to survive one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition to the Atomfjella mountain range in Norway tested their survival skills, while also allowing them to ski incredible peaks and couloirs (steep mountainside gorges). They captured the experience in their short film, “AREA 11.”

  • The Winterim 2020 cohort
    January 22

    From January 12 to 17, 33 Lewis & Clark students from around the United States and across the globe immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership. A perennial favorite offering of the John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Winterim is a weeklong experience bringing students, speakers, and mentors together to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur. 

  • September 10
    A new merit scholarship being offered aims to encourage Oregon high school students to study entrepreneurship as part of their liberal arts experience. Scholarships will be available to selected students who apply to begin school in the fall of 2020.
  • May 28
    Nick Lombardi BA ’21 will appear on the upcoming season of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, which airs at 8pm on Wednesday, May 29. Lombardi, a student-athlete and entrepreneur, talks about his experience, his shave-ice food truck business, and how his love of Lilo and Stitch helped him get noticed in a sea of applicants.
  • Winterim 2019 cohort
    January 25
    From January 13 to 18, 30 Lewis & Clark students from all corners of the globe took a deep dive into entrepreneurship and leadership. The flagship program of the John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Winterim is a weeklong experience bringing students, speakers, and mentors together to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur.
  • November 2
    As sustainability becomes increasingly relevant in all academic and professional arenas, a new course offered in conjunction with the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership gives students of any major an introduction to the challenges of running a sustainable business and the laws and technicalities of sustainability in the business world.
  • Matt on left, Ramez on right
    October 2
    Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.
  • September 5
    Funds one-year Masters at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Subjects of study are public policy, economics and business, and International Studies
  • September 5
    The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society.
  • September 5
    For those who want to make a difference through a career related to public service.
  • Professor Samir Parikh
    April 9
    Lewis & Clark Law Professor Samir Parikh, the Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow and director of Lewis & Clark College’s Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, has received a Fulbright-Schuman Grant, which will allow him to spend six months of his upcoming sabbatical at various institutions throughout Europe.
  • February 19
    Paige Sanders BA ’18 and Ashley Garber BA ’17  started the Portland Panty Project to address the lack of clean, size-appropriate undergarments for homeless women in the Portland metro area. Their passion project has become a social enterprise.
  • February 7

    Students explore how entrepreneurs think at our annual Winterim workshop.  

  • January 22
    For 5 days, 30 Lewis & Clark students joined faculty and mentors to learn about entrepreneurship from the ground up, connecting their liberal arts training with tools for identifying problems and developing solutions. The driving philosophy behind Lewis & Clark’s Winterim experience? Leadership and entrepreneurship are lifelong mindsets.
  • December 11
    The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in all aspects of the public affairs arena.
  • November 22
    Trustee Paula Hayes BA ’92 has been named a recipient of a Portland Business Journal Small Business Innovation Award for her cosmetics company Hue Noir, which develops makeup designed for women of color.
  • October 19
    Max Clary ’18 has been using his education and skills to advocate for social change throughout his time at Lewis & Clark, and now he’s secured a nomination for the 2017 Wyatt Starnes Battle of the School Award. Given by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, the prize recognizes young leaders committed to improving the world through entrepreneurship.
  • Franny and Kori on the roof of the Sally McCracken Building in Portland.
    May 25
    Environmental studies majors and varsity track and cross country runners, Frances Swanson ’17 and teammate Kori Groenveld ’18 linked their passions for environmental sustainability and social justice. Their partnership yielded a project to help combat gentrification and the unequal distribution of renewable energy infrastructure in downtown Portland.
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