Center for Innovation & Growth


The Center for Innovation & Growth Team

Lacey Kogelnik, MA
Director, Center for Innovation & Growth
Lacey is a higher education professional experienced in academic leadership, student and staff development, teaching, mentoring and coaching at leading colleges and universities in northeast Ohio. At CIG, she provides students of all majors with the opportunity to learn - and practice - skills in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship built upon a foundation of personal values and integrity. Lacey oversees all aspects of the Center, including its Growth Practice, CIG Network Entrepreneurship Event programming, Blackstone LaunchPad, and partner/sponsor relationships. She also is adjunct faculty in BW's School of Business Administration and helps facilitate the CIG Student Fellows and CIG Student Athlete Fellows colloquiums.

Dr. Thomas Sutton -
Burton D. Morgan Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies

Director, Community Research Institute
Professor, Political Science Department

Tom leads the CIG Faculty Fellows entrepreneurship curriculum initiative and teaches the CIG Student Fellows colloquium. Tom has been active in the Center since its inception and is a proven leader integrating teaching and research in service to the northeast Ohio community in his capacity as director of the Community Research Institute. A Fulbright Scholar who taught and conducted research at University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 2013-14, Tom was appointed Burton D. Morgan Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies in August 2014. 

Dr. Alan Kolp -
Co-founder, Center for Innovation & Growth
Professor of Religion, Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life
Alan teaches the CIG Student Athlete Fellows colloquium and provides leadership on the global aspects of business and human interaction. He earned degrees from Guilford College, Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Alan co-authored Igniting Innovation with Integrity with CIG co-founder Peter Rea and Pierre Everaert and Integrity Is a Growth Market with Peter Rea. He is in demand as a speaker, retreat leader, and along with Peter, a consultant for businesses, nonprofit organizations and a variety of faith communities. During 2007-2008, Alan and Peter led seminars in Russia, China, Lithuania, Brazil, England, India and the United States.

Dr. Lori Long 
CIG Fellow 
Professor of Human Resources and General Management
Lori is director of the CIG Student Fellows colloquium and also provides leadership to include entrepreneurship into BW's core Liberal Arts and Sciences course. She is a professor in the School of Business, instructing courses in human resources and general management. 

Dr. Ven Ochaya
Director, MBA in Entrepreneurship
George Herzog Chair in Free Enterprise
CIG Fellow
Ven directs Baldwin Wallace University's MBA in Entrepreneurship program.  Ven holds a Ph.D. in chemistry in addition to an MBA.  He has 17 years experience as a global leader of research and development.

Mike Nock, BA - 
Director, Blackstone LaunchPad

Mike is charged with implementing the innovative and time-tested Blackstone LaunchPad initiative at BW. He is an entrepreneur with a demonstrated interest and commitment to education. 

Jen Chandler, BS-Journalism -
Program Assistant, Blackstone LaunchPad
Jen advises aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and nonprofit founders, and has more than 15 years business experience in marketing, communications and event planning.

Katie Dixon, MCRP 
Growth Practice Manager, Center for Innovation & Growth
Katie manages the CIG Growth Practice – identifying, coordinating, and completing Growth Projects – while developing and leading CIG’s student interns. An accomplished project manager, Katie is the most recent member of the CIG team, joining BW in April 2015, after more than 10 years of national experience in the environmental consulting industry with additional volunteer work mentoring and tutoring students in Buffalo, NY. Upon joining CIG, Katie returned to her home state where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and master’s from The Ohio State University. 

Kim Chapple, BS-Journalism - 
Office Manager & Program Coordinator, Center for Innovation & Growth
Kim provides program, communications and administrative support to the CIG team and is an experienced writer, editor, sales consultant and office manager.

CIG Fellows

This team of faculty, administration and staff provides leadership to "infuse entrepreneurship campus-wide." The interdisciplinary nature of our CIG Fellows results in half the students enrolled in BW's Introduction to Entrepreneurship course coming from fields other than business. To learn more, contact Tom Sutton, BW's Burton D. Morgan Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. 



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