Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship Celebrates 25 Years


Madison, NJ (January 30, 2015) — This year, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship marks its 25th anniversary and invites the business community to join in its gala celebration on April 2, 2015 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. The event will feature a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by a keynote address, recognition of ten honorees associated with Fairleigh Dickinson University, and dinner.  
The event will raise funds for innovation and entrepreneurship programs administered by The Rothman Institute. These programs have touched the lives of many in local companies, high schools, universities and have supported entrepreneurs in starting and growing companies.
The cost of a ticket is $350, $150 of which is tax-deductible. Tickets can be ordered here.
The Rothman Institute has been making a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs, family business and students since 1989, and appreciates the contribution of those who have helped it advance its mission to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business, and nonprofit communities. The innovation programs coordinated by the Institute reach into corporations and Fortune 500 companies in New Jersey and our focus on women’s entrepreneurship helps to support research into and growth of women-owned companies.
Robert Hugin, CEO of Celgene, will deliver the keynote address. Celgene is known for its embrace of innovation and entrepreneurship. The company has been a leader in its pursuit of solutions for rare diseases by finding scientific breakthroughs to create new treatments. Hugin will be joined by our faculty, students and honorees who will share their personal stories of how the Rothman Institute has touched lives for 25 years.
One such honoree is Donald LaTorre who, with his wife, Gloria, has generously provided financial support to students since 2006. Don serves on the Silberman College of Business Board of Advisors and is a graduate of UMass Lowell. Don is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, having started his career with BASF, a company that embodies innovation in the chemical industry. A second honoree is Adenah Bayoh, ’01, a Silberman College of Business alumna and restaurant and real estate entrepreneur who owns and operates companies in New Jersey. A third honoree is Delisha Thompson, a current student-athlete and entrepreneurship scholarship recipient, who will share her reflections on being a member of the FDU basketball team that won the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship.
At the event, Andrew Rosman, Dean of Silberman College of Business and Ethné Swartz, Associate Dean of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for the College, will discuss initiatives that will be undertaken to propel The Rothman Institute to another 25 years of touching lives and advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in education and the business community. One announcement that will be made is the appointment of a new executive director of The Rothman Institute, after the conclusion of a national search for a new executive director.
The gala will be witness to an announcement of a new collaboration between The Rothman Center for Entrepreneurship, which will be renamed The Rothman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the FDU School of Pharmacy. This partnership will have as its mission creating the opportunity for students to enhance their education by applying the lessons of business, pharmacy, and science taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Over the last 25 years The Rothman Institute has always been at the forefront of developments in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem. It has attracted to our New Jersey campuses speakers of national renown, celebrated locally-grown and globally successful companies while raising financial support for those wishing to obtain an education in business and entrepreneurship. The gala celebration of our achievements will help secure our continued contribution to the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that make New Jersey such an exciting state to do business.


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