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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a product of collaboration between student entrepreneurs, college faculty and administration. Students come from a variety of grades, majors and interests. These students are the driving force behind the center’s operations. The CIE leadership team works everyday to foster entrepreneurship at the 5C’s. Below are bios covering the background and interests of the CIE leadership team.

Janet Kiholm Smith

Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Janet Kiholm Smith is the Von Tobel Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She received a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and has been on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Oberlin College. At CMC, she has served as Chair of the Department of Economics, Director of the Financial Economics Institute, and the founding Dean of the Robert Day School. She is coauthor of Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy, Valuation and Deal Structure (Stanford U Press), with translations into Japanese and Chinese. She is the author of numerous journal articles on topics ranging from IPO pricing to corporate philanthropy, including publications The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance. Current research interests are in the areas of new venture finance, investment behavior of not-for-profit institutions, and behavioral aspects of risk-taking. She teaches courses on entrepreneurial finance, strategy, and a practicum on new venture development.

Tyler Sonnemaker - '15

Student Manager

Tyler is a senior at CMC majoring in Philosophy & Public Affairs with a sequence in Leadership Studies. Aside from CIE, he works as the Managing Editor of The Forum and as a Consultant for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. He is originally from Oregon, but has also called Wellington, New Zealand and Houston, Texas home for brief stints. Outside of his interests in entrepreneurship, Tyler enjoys writing, playing basketball, and listening to and producing hip hop. He has gotten involved with entrepreneurship to empower more people to help others through their own creativity and resourcefulness.

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 10am-12pm

Julian Mackie - '15

Student Manager

Julian was raised in Santa Rosa, California and is currently a Government major completing the Leadership Sequence. He is a Lead Consultant with SOURCE, an on-campus non-profit consulting company, and a ASCMC student senator. He is interested in using entrepreneurship to help solve social issues around the globe and create innovative, sustainable types of ventures. His favorite company is Pacific Community Ventures, an investment and consulting company that focuses on small high-growth companies with positive missions.

Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 10am-12pm

Samantha Kunz - ’15

Head of Special Initiatives

Sam is a senior Econ-Accounting major at CMC hailing from Aurora, Colorado. On campus, she is a member of the CMS Women’s Soccer team and enjoys contributing to various community service projects. On the entrepreneurial front, Sam is particularly interested in social entrepreneurship and impact investing; she hopes to someday work on her own venture to improve athletic opportunities for women in underrepresented countries. Her favorite startup is Venmo.

Office Hours: Thurs. 10am-12pm & Fri. 1-3pm

Kyra McAndrews - '15

Head of Venture Development

A New Yorker born and raised, Kyra is currently trying to enjoy the California lifestyle as a Senior, studying Government at CMC. In addition to her role of Director of Events at the CIE, Kyra serves the Claremont community as co-leader of impACT, a campus-wide initiative to make Claremont McKenna College a hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship. Kyra aspires to use social entrepreneurship to improve the lives of people across the globe and solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Office Hours: Monday 3:30-5:30pm and Thurs. 10am-12pm

Sophie Galant - '15

Head of Events and Marketing

Sophie is a senior majoring in Organizational Studies. She loves connecting with people and hopes to work in the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding processes to help start-ups build company culture. Her favorite app is SideChef, which teaches you how to cook with step-by-step photos and other cool features. Sophie is probably the most photography-obsessed person you’ll meet without an instagram. She’s technically from Dallas but is almost never there, so you should probably just check out her website: whereintheworldissophie.com

Office Hours: Thurs. 10am-12pm & 3-5pm

Harry Pellicoro - '15

Vanguard Editor

Henry (Harry) Pellicoro  is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, dual majoring in Government and Philosophy, Politics, & Economics. Originally from New York City, Harry has worked at the CIE since his sophomore year of college. Having caught the supposed “travel bug” at a young age, Harry traveled to Hawaii, Mongolia, Scotland, England, Spain, Netherlands and Germany in the past year alone. Harry is also a devout New York sports fan, an avid reader, and a dedicated FIFA enthusiast. Outside of the CIE, Harry participates in CMC’s Student Investment Fund, CMC’s Model United Nations team, and works as a Tech at the CMC Bike Shop.

Brian Delaney - '16

Vanguard Editor

Brian Delaney is a junior at Claremont McKenna College pursuing a 4-year BA/MA Program through the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.  Originally from Connecticut, he developed his enthusiasm for journalism during his high school years spent in Boston.  When he is not found pouring over the newspaper, Brian can be found researching at the Financial Economics Institute or tutoring Economics and Math.  In his free time, Brian enjoys New York sports, boxing, and traveling.

Sophia Silva - CGU '15

KLI Liaison

Sophia Silva is currently a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University. She received her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology from CGU in 2014, and she will be receiving her MBA from Drucker’s School of Management in May, 2015. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Chapman University in 2011.

Sophia is a psychologist specializing in positivity. In 2011 she was invited to present her research on positive social skills and personal success at the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Philadelphia, and in 2013 she presented her research at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Hawaii.

She shares the knowledge of people and organizations that are leaders in their field, whose practices and experiences can provide a road map for anyone looking to achieve success and happiness. The purpose of her work is to decode the message of those who came before us so that we can start at the top of a foundation they built, without having to commit the same mistakes.

Sophia is also bilingual in Spanish, and has received international attention as a columnist for Unoticias and Monte Carlo.

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