Lester Center Awards Dinner Wrap Up

In addition to the inaugural John E. Martin Fellowship and the third annual Han Soo Lee Fellowship, the LC honored a number of other student leaders at the recent awards dinner.

Here’s a quick recap:

Turner Fellowship in Entrepreneurship
This year’s recipient, EWMBA Megan Mokri, was unable to receive the award in person—one of the drivers for her startup (180Eats) called in sick and she had to step in. This kind of dedication is exactly why Daniel J. Turner established the fellowship to award EWMBAs engaged in entrepreneurial ventures, specifically those without company affiliations to provide financial support.

Jack Larson Scholarship
Jack Larson established a scholarship program in 2008 to support MBA and undergraduate Haas students interested in entrepreneurial careers.

This year’s MBA student recipients were:

  • Ashley Lohmann, the founder of Amplify Impact, a company building cross-cultural understanding in the Middle East by producing and distributing viral videos for social ventures in the Middle East to build awareness and drive fundraising.
  • George Roche, founder of Daffodil, working with a cross disciplinary team of students from the schools of public health and information – an e-commerce platform for small food brands.
  • Erica Jayne Walsh, co-president of BEA and founder of Newbie, a mobile application that helps new members of a community engage with other like-minded individuals.

Undergrad Recipients:

  • Lonjino Lazcano
  • Erica Lee
  • Victor Umunze

Gloria Appel Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship
Ali Kelley & David Sagalov (both MBA, ’16 and pictured above), will split the $5,000 prize awarded to student leaders of “outstanding caliber who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the entrepreneurship program at Haas.  Both Ali and David have been integral in Challenging the Status Quo of everything from GSVC to VCIC and HVF.