Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) major is designed to help you develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to spot trends, recognize opportunities, and develop plans to capitalize on high-potential ideas. Emerging entrepreneurs and innovative managers of small to large businesses must be competent in various mediums of communication, have good negotiation skills, lead with ethics and integrity, and be grounded in business aspects of planning, capital investing, goal setting, and decision making.

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Featured Alumni

Teresa Avery

Smeal Alumni
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Executive MBA Program Managing Director Smeal College of Business at Penn State

Jerry Breshin

Smeal Alumni
  • Naples, Florida
  • Real Estate Sales and Consulting Waterfront Realty Group Inc.

Robert Bussey

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  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Regional Cyber Security Analyst Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Angela Jones

Smeal Alumni
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Principal and Consultant Carpenter Lane Partners, LLC

Robert Jubin Jr

Smeal Alumni
  • Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
  • Insurance Agent Robert Jubin Jr Agency
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Admissions Advisor ECPI University
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Retired Information Systems Consultant / Former Adjunct Professor

Heather Northcutt

Smeal Alumni
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Field Sales and Marketing Rep Techtronic Industries

Melissa O’Brien

Smeal Alumni
  • Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • Senior Consultant Gallagher Benefits

Colette Rodger

Smeal Alumni
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Development Associate Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State

Karl Schmidt

Smeal Alumni
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • BPI Delivery Manager Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Tanya Stokely

Smeal Alumni
  • Hurst, Texas
  • SAP Super User Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division

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