CalBusiness


Summer 2007

Feature Story

Your Haas Network

Stefanie Lenway, MBA 79, Ph.D. 82
Dean, College of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

 

As dean of the College of Business Administration, Stefanie Lenway, MBA 79, Ph.D. 82, wants the Windy City to be known for its innovative business community instead of its gusty weather.

 

"Ultimately what I'd like to do is link Chicago with other entrepreneurial hotbeds like Silicon Valley," Lenway says. "I'm trying to get more venture capitalists to come to Chicago and take a look around."

 

Since her arrival in 2005, Lenway has designed several initiatives to foster students' entrepreneurial spirit, including a master's program in innovation and an innovation generation scholars program, a mentoring partnership with Motorola. This summer the college plans to launch an interdisciplinary innovation center drawing on research from other colleges at UIC.

 

"I am always looking at entrepreneurship and innovation because it's a way people can really contribute to economic growth while at the same time drawing on their creativity and engaging in freedom of expression," Lenway says. The daughter of a commodities and currency trader, Lenway, who received her undergraduate degree in politics from UC Santa Cruz, grew up in an entrepreneurial household. Having an interest in business and in academic inquiry, Lenway stayed at Haas after finishing her MBA to complete her Ph.D. in business and public policy.

 

"Back in the late seventies, we thought of companies as fairly bureaucratic places where you had to be sort of a conformist to succeed," says Lenway. "Many of us turned to teaching because college campuses provided more opportunity for creative expression."

 

From there Lenway made a career in academia. After two years at Washington University, Lenway spent over two decades as a faculty member at the Carlson School of Management, publishing books and articles on international trade policy and new industry creation, globalization, and technology management. During her last three years at the Carlson School, she was the Associate Dean for MBA Programs.

 

Stefanie Lenway, MBA 79, Ph.D. 82

Stefanie Lenway,
MBA 79, Ph.D. 82

Dean, College of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)