Student Stories & Photos
Renee Allums-D’Espyne ’18
Major/Minor: 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.
Micah Leinbach ’14
Major: 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.)
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 Kavanaugh ’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.