Alumni Engagement in the Entrepreneurship Program

While Macalester prioritized entrepreneurship in its 2014 strategic plan Thrive, Entrepreneurship at Macalester has been historically grounded in student and alumni driven initiatives designed to solve real world problems using the tool kit of entrepreneurship. Building upon the framework of student and alumni interest, the program offers students many opportunities in entrepreneurship, including coursework, internships, seed funding, an accelerator program, community project funding, and a hackathon. Of these opportunities, alumni founded initiatives include Macathon and the Zia & Priti Fund for Innovation and Impact

At every stage of Entrepreneurship’s programs, alumni empower students by sharing their stories, expertise and insights. Alumni support the program as pitch judges, mentors, guest speakers, and internship supervisors. Not only do alumni help students think strategically and creatively, but also by sharing their stories they embody powerful examples of the diverse pathways to entrepreneurship for students in which to envision themselves in. 

Interested in Getting Involved?

Want to plug in and help us continue to build Entrepreneurship at Macalester? There are many opportunities to get involved, depending on your interests and availability. Alumni provide crucial support to the program in the following ways.

  • Mentors for students
  • Guest speakers and workshop leaders
  • Judges for pitches and hackathons
  • Internship supervisors
  • By sharing stories in videos, social media or the newsletter
  • Attendees of events and student showcases

If you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions, email our engagement coordinator, Elice Brunnette, at We can’t wait to hear from you!

Entrepreneurship Taskforce

Alumni are integral thought partners in designing Entrepreneurship’s strategic direction, and in helping the program to represent an authentic experience of entrepreneurship in an evolving landscape. We are grateful to have the partnership of an entrepreneurial Taskforce, made up of alumni representing a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. The Taskforce is a key source of innovation in Entrepreneurship, asking big questions and challenging us to see the world through the lens of radical creativity. 

Martha Danly ‘76, Principal, Martha Danly Consulting

Dan Rippy ‘89 (Alumni Board retiree), Vice President Business Development, Lantheus Medical Imaging

Gloria Perez ‘88, External Consultant to the Board of Directors and President & CEO, Jeremiah Program

Norman Praught ‘93, Principal, Massasoit Advisory

Peter Ahn ‘87 (Board of Trustees), Principal and a co-founder, Hemisphere

Roya Ansari ‘83, Vice President of Business Management, Trendage

TJ Mahony ‘99, Partner, Accomplice VC

Toni Symonds ‘83, Senior Policy Advisor, California State Legislature

Zia Yusuf ‘91, Senior Partner and Marketing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Steve Arnold ‘72, Co-founder and Partner Emeritus, Polaris Partners

Alumni Stories

Macalester alumni represent innovation throughout professional fields, and continue their commitment to positive social impact long after they graduate and start their own ventures. From technology startups to coffee roasters, alumni model incredible creativity and purposefulness in their businesses and nonprofits. We have collected some of their stories both as a way to recognize and celebrate their incredible entrepreneurial journeys, to learn from their expertise and to spark the imaginations of future entrepreneurs!

To check out videos created by alumni, sharing theirs experience and expertise, click here!

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