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Renee Allums-D’Espyne ’18
Rhetoric & Media Studies/Ethnic Studies
For me, hearing inspirational speakers from various backgrounds and career paths has been helpful in reassuring me that there is no singular or linear pathway to a successful future. The Center of Entrepreneurship is an excellent resource for students who cannot quite figure out how their liberal arts education will be applicable to the business world. It offers the chance for exploration concerning topics that diverge from the classroom. Not only does this spark fascination and creativity, but also motivation that your liberal arts education actually does hold value in the real word. Bring an appetite for curiosity and the possibilities at the Center of Entrepreneurship are endless.

Max Clary ’18
Lewis & Clark College and the Center for Entrepreneurship have nourished my talents and accelerated me to new heights in my journey of helping create a brighter future for this world. Whether it is co-founding my nonprofit in Uganda, interning with CEOs around Portland, or designing photocatalytic clay disks to purify water in developing countries, I know I will always look back and owe a huge debt of gratitude towards Lewis & Clark College. Learn more about Max’s international venture. 

Andrew Cavanaugh ’17
Major: Economics
Interview prep, networking opportunities, and hands-on care from the Center for Entrepreneurship meant that I was able to land a dream internship with a San Francisco tech startup this summer. Believe it or not, I was actually able to leverage my liberal arts education to provide meaningful and valuable outcomes for the company that helped to solve years of analysis paralysis. Lewis & Clark provides a unique and holistic education that doesn’t necessarily arm students with concrete skills that entry-level positions seek. The events hosted by the Center, such as Winterim, were incredibly important in helping me formulate how my unique background as a liberal arts student provided value beyond crunching numbers or fetching coffee.


Micah Leinbach ’14
Environmental Studies
I was involved in the inaugural Winterim. Lewis & Clark’s budding entrepreneurship program offered an invaluable guide as I got my business operation, an adventure education company, off the ground. Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark is the perfect marriage of the liberal arts and the actual work of adding value to the world. The program helped me to create a career of my own making, while still taking full advantage of the theory, thinking, and big picture vision that takes place in a L&C classroom. Five years later, I am still grateful and still involved in entrepreneurship as a Venture for America fellow. With several rolling deadlines throughout the year, I am happy to discuss my experience with any student interested in applying. (Micah served in a range of leadership roles while on campus, from working with the school paper to advocating for an overhaul of student government. He was heavily involved with sustainability initiatives on campus. A College Outdoors trip leader, he credits a combination of outdoor leadership skills and an entrepreneurial attitude as the source of his success, both on and off-campus.)

Joyness Byarugaba ’19
Major: Economics and Biology
After participating in Winterim, I hoped to further my involvement within the Center for Entrepreneurship. Luckily, there was an opportunity to pitch a business idea and get start-up support and funding. That’s what my business partner and I did. iBraid was an idea just as many entrepreneurial ideas we all have, but this time there was an opportunity to put this idea into action. This has provided and still provides me experiences that teach me a lot. Additionally, this experience has brought into my world people who are knowledgeable, excited about entrepreneurship, helpful, supportive but also people who challenge you and your idea. Having such people around is inspiring, encourages more accountability, and assists continued self development in this field. I look forward to getting more involved with the Center for Entrepreneurship, utilizing available resources, especially the creative, friendly room in Howard, and also supporting others with the desire to be an entrepreneur.
Quotes about our Classes: 

This is one of (if not the) most broadly useful classes I’ve taken during my 4 years at LC. Learning skills like filing a provisional patent, design thinking and formulation through approaches like ‘Draw Toast’ and functional decomposition and business and marketing skills through rotation projects are things that I will continue to use in the long term. I love how much students from all different sections of the liberal arts come together in this course, bring different areas of expertise and their own spice to the stew of ideas we have.

Tech of the Future has not only been a class but an experience that has allowed me to grow personally, academically and as an entrepreneur.

This has been one of my all time favorite classes I have taken at LC. I have not taken many science classes and don’t consider myself very tech savvy so I was a little nervous about what I would be able to contribute to this class, but I always felt like I was able to use my knowledge and skills to engage with whatever we were working on or talking about. More importantly, I think this class has taught me more useful skills than I ever expected to get out of a single semester. All of the workshops presented us with numerous new ways to approach problems and ideas, and I have already used some of them in other classes and in my own life.

I feel like the most important thing I learned from this class is how to recognize a need within an organization or society and then how to go about figuring out how to solve that need by working with other people and asking the right questions. That is a skill that I think will be applicable in any field that I choose to enter after graduation. I think this is a type of class that everyone should take before they graduate, in order to learn the skills to function most effectively in the ever changing future.

Tech of the Future has easily been the most exciting, interesting, and rewarding class I have taken at LC. The lectures and discussions were usually great, but what really took this course to the next level was the projects, workshops, and group work. There is so much freedom to explore hunches, hobbies, and passions and really flesh out your ideas with a great team of people to work with. I also loved the diverse and interesting array of individuals in this class that would have never met otherwise.

We have done some super impressive work in this class. I learned a lot concerning how to approach work in my other classes and throughout life in general. Principals of having a growth mindset, networking, finding ones skill set, and not being afraid of ambition have been imbued on the whole class. This class really showed how to apply a liberal arts education unlike any other class I’ve taken. This is a course everyone should take before leaving LC.

This class is honestly the best class I’ve taken at L&C and that’s not an easy achievement. The design thinking, entrepreneurial skill, teamwork, and general knowledge I’ve attained has already begun to be valuable personally and professionally. And it was so fun! I honestly had a blast in this class.

Specific Quotes about Winterim:

Madelaine Hyde ’16 (International Affairs and Economics): Winterim was one of the most valuable experiences I have had at my time at LC. This week was filled with speakers that pushed my boundaries of what I believed about business and showed me how we could harness profit to serve the common good.

Zach Kavanagh ’18 (Studio Art): For me, the experience of Winterim was entirely invaluable, confirming the non-academic applications of a liberal arts education, something that I had been greatly questioning until this week. The networking activities alone were absolutely incredible and made for a week that was beyond expectations.

Gabriella Seltzer ’16 (SOAN and minor ENVS): Winterim made me feel like anything is possible. Through the lens of entrepreneurship—specifically social entrepreneurship—every problem becomes an opportunity for a solution. Jed Emerson’s passionate persistence in breaking down the separation between doing good (donating money and service) and doing well (making money) convinced me that the critical mind of a liberal arts student can visualize and create paradigm-shifting new ways of understanding the world. As someone with no previous business or finance experience, Winterim provided an incredible opportunity to engage with the process of turning ideas into practical and profitable ventures.

Alexa Jakusovszky ’16 (International Affairs): The program elucidated how entrepreneurial thinking alongside meaningful collaboration has limitless potential in changing the world for the better. The incredible line-up of speakers provided invaluable insight into the entrepreneurial world by highlighting the ways a liberal arts education uniquely prepares students to engage with innovative design.

Joshua Proto ’16 (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology): A lot of my friends in their social science classes have been telling me about their “capstone” classes where a broad topic in their field of study is analyzed through a variety of intellectual frameworks they have learned up to that point. Reflecting on last week, I feel that Winterim was my quintessential capstone of the Liberal Arts, providing me the space to gather up all the knowledge, communication skills, and creativity I have learned so far to solve a pressing social problem.

At Winterim not only did I meet pioneers of social entrepreneurship and learn first hand the skills they have used to become successful and positively affect their communities, but I learned more about what makes me feel empowered to be a social entrepreneur and found mentors who are willing to help me succeed.

Frances Swanson ’17 (ENVS) The Winterim opened my mind to the world of social entrepreneurship, a field I would have never considered if I had not taken this valuable course. It was both inspiring and practical in its content and skill development. I ended the week feeling empowered to harness my liberal arts education to make a difference using my career. 
  • Max Clary ’18

    Major: Chemistry
    Lewis & Clark College and the Center for Entrepreneurship have nourished my talents and accelerated me to new heights in my journey of helping create a brighter future for this world. Whether it is co-founding my nonprofit in Uganda, interning with CEOs around Portland, or designing photocatalytic clay disks to purify water in developing countries, I know I will always look back and owe a huge debt of gratitude towards Lewis & Clark College. Learn more about Max’s international venture.