Welcome Letter from Chapman University Vice Chancellor, PK Shukla

At Chapman University’s top ten nationally ranked* Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, we focus upon the necessity of creativity and innovation for individual and organizational success in dynamic and competitive environments.  We are appreciative and enthusiastic about being a co-founder of the 2010 Innovation and Humanity Summit. We look forward to joining the brightest entrepreneurial minds across the globe in examining important topics at the Summit.

Our entrepreneurship program courses review recent advances in theoretical and applied models of creativity and innovation on different levels of analysis: global innovativeness and competitiveness of nations, industry level analysis of creativity and innovation in high technology sectors with consideration of government support of technology development, organizational level analysis of successful and unsuccessful case illustrations, and individual managerial level of analysis of creativity. Students actively engage in our program with required individual research, experiential exercises, reflection assignments, and group/individual presentations. 

For students, alumni and Orange County businesses, the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics provides resources for succeeding with both individual and corporate entrepreneurial pursuits.  The center provides advice in start-up strategies, business and marketing plans, strategies for growing firms, and guidance in securing angel or venture capital funding.  Students are provided opportunities for participation in student organizations, entrepreneurial internships, business plan contests, consulting team projects, and mentorship programs. The Leatherby Center sponsors the Issues in Ethics Forum lectures, in addition to entrepreneurship speakers and SCORE Small Business Administration business start-up/growth workshops held on campus. (*out of 2300 schools surveyed in 2008 by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review)

Our mission at the Leatherby Center is to transform the lives of students by preparing them to lead from day one. The Summit will greatly influence innovation and creativity by transcending across the academic, corporate, non-profit, community and personal sectors.  Chapman University is thrilled to take part in such a revolutionary event.


P.K. Shukla
Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship
Director, Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship
Chapman University

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