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.

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Jeff Shay, Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership, appears on WMRA Today to discuss entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

W&L Professor Jeff Shay Named NACRA Fellow

Jeffrey P. Shay, Rupert A. Johnson, Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at Washington and Lee University, has been named a fellow of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA).

Erika Hagberg '97

Friday, September 02, 2016

Sutton and Hagberg to Keynote W&L's 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit

The 2016 Washington and Lee University Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship at W&L, will take place Sept 23–24. The keynote speakers are Ben Sutton, co-founder and chairman emeritus of IMG College and Erika Hagberg, the head of Food and Beverage at Google.

Kelly Dyer '98 (left) and Andrew Ruppar '98 (center) chat with a participant at the Entrepreneurship Summit.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Alumni Registration Open for 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit

Registration is now open to Washington and Lee alumni for the 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the Williams School's Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Summit will take place Sept. 23–24 and is open to all alumni, students and friends of the university. Attending the Summit is free but all attendees must register by Sept. 16.

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 […]

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