Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship

The J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary center intended to help students from across campus learn how to turn their creative ideas into successful business ventures. The Connolly Center is named in recognition of the generosity and support of Leigh and Larry Connolly '79. Connolly is the former CEO of Connolly Inc., a recovery audit accounting and consulting firm. The couple gave $2.5 million to the university in 2013 to establish the center.

A liberal arts university is the ideal setting in which to foster entrepreneurship. Students are immersed in a course of study that emphasizes analytical thinking, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, creativity and innovation. The Connolly Center provides them with the necessary tools to develop business plans that are both executable and fundable, and an extremely supportive faculty and alumni community helps shepherd students' ventures from concept to business plan to launch and beyond.


Stephen Denny

Monday, August 03, 2015

Author Stephen Denny to Give Keynote Address at Entrepreneurship Summit Sept. 26

The J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship at Washington and Lee University announced that the keynote address for its fourth annual Entrepreneurship Summit will be given by Stephen Denny, marketing consultant and the author of "Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry." Denny's keynote will be on Sept. 26 at 5:45 […]

Friday, June 05, 2015

Registration Open for 2015 Entrepreneurship Summit

Registration is now open for Washington and Lee University's 2015 Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the Williams School's Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Summit will take place Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 and is open to all alumni, students and friends of the university. Attending the Summit is free but all attendees must register […]

J. Lawrence Connolly '79

Friday, May 15, 2015

J. Lawrence Connolly Joins W&L Board of Trustees

J. Lawrence Connolly, of Atlanta, the former CEO of Connolly Inc., a recovery audit accounting and consulting firm, joined the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees on May 15, at its spring meeting, in Lexington. He is a member of the W&L Class of 1979.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Washington and Lee to Host Business Plan Competition

Washington and Lee University's Business Plan Competition will take place this Saturday, April 11, in the Hillel House multipurpose room. Breakfast will be served at 7:15 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8 a.m. The Business Plan Competition was launched in 2010 by Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Jeffrey Shay and is one of the […]

Jerry Greenfield

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Fame, to Speak at W&L

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben and Jerry's ice cream fame, will speak at Washington and Lee University on March 23 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall. The event, sponsored by Contact, is co-sponsored by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Student Affairs.