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Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Community Newsletter

November, 2017



Dr. Leonard H. Lavin was an American businessman, navy veteran, racehorse owner and breeder, and philanthropist, who, in 1955 founded the Alberto-Culver Company. He was also our great friend, benefactor, and namesake of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. On October 26th, we celebrated his life and legacy. The celebration took place at Barra Barra in Old Town where close friends and family flew in from Chicago to join us. San Diego State University students and alumni of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program also came to pay tribute.

We heard commemorative speeches from several guests, including Dr. Sanford B. Ehrlich, who was the former Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of National University, and Dr. Gail Naughton, Chief Science Officer and Founder of Histogen, are both former deans of the Fowler College of Business who also honored Dr. Lavin. We especially had the pleasure to hear Dr. Lavin’s daughter Carol Bernick who shared anecdotes about her father. Shortly after, alumni and now company founders also paid their tribute to Dr. Lavin and thanked the Lavin family for their continual support of our center. The celebration of life was a memorable event filled with personal stories, a private acapella band, and laughter and tears as we remembered Dr. Lavin. Part of his change-making ability led him to work with several universities and SDSU is proud to have partnered with him. Future generations of SDSU students will benefit from the time and energy he spent with us. His legacy here will last forever.

“My father believed in people and entrepreneurship. He believed that with tenacity and resilience you can accomplish anything; and that’s our homework for the students at San Diego State University.” -Carol Lavin Bernick, Dr. Lavin’s daughter



Our annual California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference continues to attract divergent thinkers willing to share new ideas. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center continues to push the edge of entrepreneurship by uniting educators, researchers, and thought leaders every year to facilitate sharing of new ideas. During our two-day immersive conference, attendees will participate in collaborative sessions and workshops, sharing and exchanging ideas to implement on their respective university campuses. Join us April 12th-14th, 2018 as we brainstorm how we might “creatively disrupt” entrepreneurship for our students of tomorrow.

Confirmed session leader Dr. Doan Winkel invites you to step out of your comfort zone as we uncover different frameworks and approaches to teaching entrepreneurship in the classroom with the goal of creating the maelstrom of excitement in students. Dr. Winkel is the John J. Kahl Sr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director at the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Lubar School of Business.

During our conference, Dr. Winkel will demonstrate that by stepping over the line of discomfort, (mostly safe) adventures and consequences can arise and lead into some wonderfully uncomfortable places. His ultimate goal for his session “The Breathless Classroom” is to inspire educators and researchers to try something different and new. Dr. Winkle will leave us with the ideas, tools and confidence to engage our students on a whole new level.

The stellar group of session leaders for our conference is getting bigger and better. Seating is limited, so it is important to reserve your spot early. Register for the 2018 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, to be held in sunny San Diego, by clicking here.

For questions, contact Pamela Razo at or call our center at 619-594-2781.


New Business

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at SDSU, the Entrepreneurship Clinic at the USD School of Law, and Duane Morris LLP are unveiling a new collaborative program to support business startups and companies in the region. Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 750 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges. USD School of Law’s Entrepreneurship Clinic provides transactional legal services targeting high technology business startups and other emerging growth companies.

The collaborative program will feature an annual Duane Morris seminar to teach students in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program about common legal pitfalls of startups. Duane Morris will then also host legal clinics for the students in its San Diego office several times a year to help students handle any legal issues that may arise, as well as to offering general legal advice on their business matters. Lavin Entrepreneur students will also be paired up with USD law students who will provide legal counsel to support their new startup endeavors. This tremendous opportunity will not only support local start-ups, but also create a positive impact in the San Diego community.

“As a longtime board member of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, I felt this was a tremendous opportunity for us to support start-ups as a firm and individually,” said Duane Morris partner Michelle Hon Donovan. “Not only is it a win for the students involved, but it allows our attorneys the chance to assist these emerging ventures, which will have an incredibly positive impact on San Diego.”



On October 11th, 2017, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at SDSU hosted the Management Apprentice Program (MAP) for Lavin Entrepreneur students to network with local executives from the Business Executives Council (BEC). Founded in 1971, the Business Executives Council has a long history of providing a forum where San Diego business leaders from privately held middle market companies can make helpful connections and develop lasting relationships.

The BEC strives to create a comfortable and fun environment where members can share experiences and perspectives with each other. MAP is a program designed by the Business Executive's Council of San Diego to help underclassmen prepare to enter the business world. During the event, Lavin Entrepreneur students had the opportunity to have an intimate conversation with local leaders and learn from their journey, and what it takes to succeed in our current economy. The goal of this event was to help students learn how to navigate their future, as well as build lasting relationships with executives from the community.

If you wish to organize a special event for Lavin Entrepreneur students, please contact the Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Alex F. DeNoble, at

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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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