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.

Upcoming Programs – Fall 2021

First-Year Information Session via Zoom (September 1 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 at 7p.m.: September 14 & 28, October 5 & 19, November 9)
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.

Leadership Case Competition (First Round Document due September 20 at noon)
New for the 2021-2022 academic year, the Centennial Center will launch the Stephen L. Cohen '67 Leadership Case Competition for Hobart and William Smith undergraduate and graduate students. Designed to provide a real-world leadership learning opportunity for students, the LCC will offer an original case study developed and written by college students in coordination with the Centennial Center.

Idea Generator (September 9 at 7 p.m.)
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 23 – October 28)
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 2-3)
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 Interest Meeting (October 19 at 6 p.m.)

The Pitch Interest Meeting (October 28 at 6 p.m.)

The Pitch  (Event March 3, 2022)
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 3, 2022.

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