Rothman Institute honors two alumni, one student at 25th anniversary

This year, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship marks its 25th anniversary with a gala celebration on April 2, 2015 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.

The event, which will raise funds for innovation and entrepreneurship programs administered by The Rothman Institute, will feature a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by a keynote address, recognition of 12 honorees associated with Fairleigh Dickinson University, and dinner.

The Rothman Institute’s programs have touched the lives of many in local companies, high schools, and universities, and have supported entrepreneurs in starting and growing companies.

The Rothman Institute is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of two alumni and a current student.

R LaTorreL. Donald LaTorre is the recipient of the Rothman Institute’s Paying it Forward award. President of L & G Management Consultants, Inc., a company dedicated to providing leadership development for corporate senior management.  LaTorre serves as advisor on several boards including Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, and the UMass Lowell Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. He has been recognized by a number of organizations including Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, UMass Lowell Distinguished Alumni Award and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship.

“I’m flattered, honored, and pleasantly surprised to receive this award,” said LaTorre. “I’m also a believer in entrepreneurship and that it represents the future of our country. The Rothman Institute has been successfully pursuing this concept for 25 years. They are one of the first to do it, and now many have followed. The Rothman Institute should be commended for their foresight".

r wellbrock 3finalLinda Wellbrock is the recipient of the Rothman Institute Distinguished Alumna_ award. President of Leading Women Entrepreneurs, an initiative created to commend women entrepreneurs for their service, leadership, contribution to their communities and New Jersey’s economic recovery, Wellbrock has dedicated more than a decade of her career to the overall advancement of women and diversity efforts. Through Leading Women Entrepreneurs, Linda has created a national platform to showcase the efforts and accomplishments of some of New Jersey’s most innovative and influential women entrepreneurs. A seasoned spokesperson and advocate for women’s business issues, Linda has been featured in various media interviews and print publications including a cover story on NJBIZ, Newsweek, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, One on One with Steve Adubato, Fox 5 News, Enterprising Woman Magazine, North Jersey Women Magazine,, The Asbury Park Press, The Star Ledger, and more. She has been recognized by many organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and Fairleigh Dickinson University for her work for women.

"I am so honored to be a part of this 25th celebratory event," said Wellbrok. "The Rothman Institute has been a huge supporter of mine and an inspiration and support to so many entrepreneurs in the community. Earning my MBA in entrepreneurship provided me with a great foundation in starting a successful business and I look forward to being a part of future celebrations!"

R Delisha lgDelisha Thompson has been selected as a Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship 25th Anniversary Honoree. She is an entrepreneurship major who will be graduating in May and is a member the defending Division III National Championship Devils Women’s Basketball Team. A senior from East Orange, N.J., Thompson attended East Orange Campus High School.

“To win this award means a lot because to be recognized for my hard work both in class and on the court is truly breathtaking,” said Thompson. “I chose FDU because of its amazing business program. When I got a to chance to play basketball and study business with some of the best professors in their fields, FDU became my number one choice.”