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Leadership & OD SIG: "Intrapreneurship: Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Culture in an Organization"

  • September 21, 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law at Scarpa Hall 299 North Spring Mill Rd. Villanova, PA 19085


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As an employee, have you ever looked at a workplace process and said, “there’s got to be a better way”?

As an employer, are you sure you’re benefiting from your staff’s best and most innovative ideas?

In this session, we’ll explore intrapreneurship – a system that allows an employee to act as an entrepreneur within their organization. Intrapreneurs are self-motivated, proactive and action-oriented employees who take the initiative to pursue an innovative product or service. The success of many companies is due to their intrapreneurs and the systems that support them.

Come join us to hear from leaders of well-respected companies about how the entrepreneurial mindset has been extended to their employees and how they cultivate a culture that supports their thinking and actions.

We will have plenty of time for Q&A, as well as for you to network with your peers.

Agenda: 5:30 – 8:00 pm

5:30 – 6:15 pm: Registration / Light Meal / Networking
6:15 – 6:30 pm: Announcements 
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Program

This event is sponsored by Villanova University

Speaker Bios:

Trevor Prichett | CEO of Yards Brewing Company

Trevor Prichett

Trevor Prichett is the CEO of Yards Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Philadelphia, PA.  When Trevor joined Yards in 2009 the company had 12 employees and produced 9,000 barrels of beer annually.  The company now has over 150 employees, produces over 50,000 barrels annually, and operates a state-of-the-art production brewery and Taproom in downtown Philadelphia. 

Previously, Trevor served as a Director and Business Development Manager at Netesi SpA, a Milan, Italy based telecommunications provider. He also co-founded and served in various business development roles at Globaltron Communications and Pointe Communications in Miami, Florida and Latin America.  Trevor holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Chris P. Marr | President and CEO of CubeSmart

Christopher P. Marr has been Chief Executive Officer of CubeSmart since January 1, 2014. Previously, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of the Company, having assumed the President and Chief Investment Officer roles in 2008 and, additionally, the Chief Operating Officer role in May 2012. Chris joined the Company in 2006, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer until November 2008. 

Prior to joining CubeSmart, Chris was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brandywine Realty Trust, a publicly-traded office REIT, from August 2002 to June 2006. Prior to joining Brandywine Realty Trust, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, Inc., a publicly traded self-storage REIT, from 1998 to 2002. 

Chris currently serves on the CubeSmart Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors of STAG Industrial, Inc., a publicly traded industrial REIT, and also as a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts’ Board of Governors. 

Katie Webb | Director, US Innovation for Aflac 

Katie Webb

Katie Webb is a results-driven strategic innovator who has crafted a successful career in problem finding, creating charter and purpose, and being a disruptor. Her diverse career background spans sales, marketing, business strategy, customer experience, and technology. She is passionate about bringing people together who believe there is a better way and giving them the freedom, support, and leadership to drive meaningful change. She is a big believer in building systems and relationships to achieve success.

Katie has been with Aflac for nine years, where she currently serves as the Director of U.S. Innovation and leads the U.S. Value Creation initiative. In 2019 she spearheaded the creation and operationalization of the Aflac Innovation Lab, Hatch, which has shown continued growth and investment over the last three years.

Kevin Nolan | Founder of Nolan Painting

Kevin Nolan started Nolan Painting in 1979 while a student at Villanova. Nolan Painting has grown into the largest privately owned, residential painting business in America. Kevin also cofounded Nolan Consulting Group (NCG) in 2004. NCG helps other painting contractors throughout the United States run profitable, values driven businesses.

Kevin has been National Vice President of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and is a past Chairman of the Board of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

In 2021, Nolan Painting was recognized by “Civic 50” as one of Philadelphia's 50 most community minded companies. Nolan Painting was also recognized nationally with a Bronze Medal, as “The Best in the Business” by Inc. Magazine in the construction industry. Nolan Painting has been recognized as a “Top Place to Work“ by the Philadelphia Inquirer for the past 7 years.

Kevin graduated from Villanova in 1981. As a point of interest, he has run a marathon in all 50 states and completed an Ironman.


MarySheila McDonald (Director of the Scarpa Center of Law and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law)

MarySheila McDonald

MarySheila E. McDonald joined Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law as the inaugural John F. Scarpa Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship in June 2021.  

In this newly created role, MarySheila is expanding the practice and study of entrepreneurship at the Law School and University. She has developed curricula addressing strategic issues facing entrepreneurs and their lawyers and is taking a leading role in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the School of Engineering. MarySheila’s focus in the Scarpa Center continues to build on Villanova Law’s innovative “Where Law Meets Business” philosophy. 

MarySheila is an award-winning lawyer-teacher with a significant record of curricular development, program creation and a deep knowledge of experiential learning. Prior to joining Villanova, she served as the Dean of the School of Business for La Salle University.  MarySheila received her BA from the College of the Holy Cross and earned her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

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