The Centennial Center

Welcome to The Centennial Center

The Centennial Center is a dynamic center that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs to drive innovation. Through experiential education, the Centennial Center provides students and staff with the opportunities to explore leadership and entrepreneurship through the application of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Grounded in the campus values of equity, service and living lives of consequence, the Center is deeply invested in developing young leaders who are globally aware, community centric and exceedingly capable of leadership and entrepreneurship with significant social implications, and ethical business missions.

Keeping our community safe is of the utmost importance to us. We ask all individuals that enter the building to please wear a facemask and practice social distancing. We are encouraging virtual appointments where possible. If you would like to set up a virtual meeting with a staff member, please email We will respond promptly.

Upcoming Programs – Fall 2020

First-Year Information Session via Zoom (September 3rd at 6 p.m.)
Come learn about ways to engage in programs on campus for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Community Engagement & Service Learning.
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Leadership Applied Essentials Workshops (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Over the course of the fall semester, the Centennial Center is offering five leadership workshops. These workshops make up the core curriculum for this requirement of the Leads Certificate and are specifically designed to assist students in making connections between leadership theory and applied experiences.

Idea Generator (September 10)
This is a highly interactive two-hour session designed to help students craft an entrepreneurial idea. Participants will be guided through a series of creative prompts that stimulate idea generation and problem-solving.

IdeaLab (Consecutive Thursdays September 24 - October 29)
This is start-up accelerator program offers a creative environment, peer feedback, mentoring resources, structured workshops, and funding opportunities for new student ideas.

Hackathon (October 3-4)
At this event teams of 3-4 will have 24 hours to “hack” a complex local or global issue. The topic will be revealed Saturday morning and teams will have 24 hours to come up with a solution. Please register by Friday, September 25th, via Engage.

HWS Leads Spring 2021 Cohort  (October 26)
Applications for the upcoming HWS Leads Spring 2021 cohort are due October 26 at noon. Take part in a program that purposefully guides students in the study of leadership with the opportunity to develop as a leader through academic enrichment and applied learning.

The Pitch  (Event March 4)
This entrepreneurial leadership contest helps the winning student bring their big idea to life. Proposals for this year’s competition are due by November 9th at noon via Engage. Please join us at The Pitch event on March 4, 2021.

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HWS on Climate Action at International Leadership Competition

Leadership Conference Team KColton-0022This month, four Hobart and William Smith students tackled climate change and sustainable development in the International Leadership Association's virtual leadership competition. Camila Goclowski '22, William Koepp '23, Emma MacShara…
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Finger Lakes Goods Internships

FLX Goods Interns. KColton-118Maura McNamara '22 and Emma Nedeau '22 are interning this semester at Finger Lakes Goods, a new Geneva-based business owned by HWS alum Jim Cecere '91 that sells natural goods…
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Exploring Branding of a Non-Profit Agency

Onebead 4This semester, Sara Wroblewski '13, CEO and founder of the entrepreneurial programming non-profit One Bead, and Bekah Malover, a freelance graphic designer, visited Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah…
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