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 2019

Leadership Applied Workshops (Tuesdays)
Over the course of the fall semester, the Centennial Center Staff and Campus Partners are offering 6 leadership applied workshops, training sessions, and speakers that are specifically designed to assist students in making connections between leadership theory and applied leadership experiences.

Idea Generator (September 12)
Need an idea? Join us for this evening program where the Centennial Center will take participants through a series of creative prompts designed to help stimulate ideas for entrepreneurial ventures.

IdeaLab (September 26 – November 7)
IdeaLab is designed to bring student ideas to reality as well as promote an entrepreneurial mindset on the HWS campus. This is the earliest of start-up accelerator programs and offers a creative environment, peer feedback, mentoring resources, structured workshops and funding support for new student ideas.

Hackathon (October 5)
Each fall semester, the Centennial Center hosts a hackathon that is designed to innovate new ideas that address complex problems. Teams are fast-paced, high energy and produce ideas that are intended to address challenges, transform communities, improve systems or create products or services that change the way we interact with our world, communities, and with each other.

HWS Leads Fall 2019 Cohort Applications  (October 28)
Applications for the upcoming HWS Leads Fall 2019 cohort are due October 28 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 Applications  (November 11)
Applications for participating in The Pitch are due November 11 at noon. Take advantage of the opportunity to take part in an entrepreneurial leadership contest that will help one student bring his or her big idea to life.

Innovation Fest (November 16)
Join us as we breakdown the elements of innovation in an exciting one-day professional development conference. Under our theme, Thinking, Creating, Doing, the Centennial Center will steer a set of dynamic workshops with topics that include problem-solving, idea generation, pitching and presenting, strategic decision-making, creative thinking and effecting and managing change.

Click here to view videos of The Pitch and Summer Sandbox.

10th Anniversary


Revamped HWS Leads Welcomes New Cohort

Leadership Showcase Seniors-00013HWS Leads — the certificate program that began with the Centennial Center’s founding in 2008 — will launch its fall 2019 session with a new cohort of candidates and a…
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Pitch Winners: Where Are They Now?

The Pitch Contest held by the Centennial Center for Leadership.The Pitch Contest held by the Centennial Center for Leadership.This spring, Maxim Zibitsker ’19 won $10,000 in the final round of the Pitch Contest to launch Aqua Salutem Technologies, which uses artificial intelligence and a computer-based echolocation system to…
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Geneva Mural to Showcase Diversity and Inclusion

Hackathon 3Since winning the fourth annual HWS Hackathon, the victorious team, “The Innovators” have started to realize their successful idea of partnering with North Street Elementary School to create a mural…
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