Our network of students, faculty and alumni is inclusive, diverse and dedicated to the the three pillars on which Baker is built: entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

The Baker Institute team is a small group of talented individuals who are dedicated to our students' success.  The Institute is an entrepreneurial venture itself and we practice what we preach: we look for opportunities to create value for our customers by understanding their needs and providing solutions that are transformative.

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Executive Director

Lisa Getzler is Executive Director of Lehigh University's Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation, which was launched in 2010 to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking and foster the realization of entrepreneurial ideas.

Lisa is responsible for the Institute's strategy, mission driven program design, internal and external partnerships and developing the resources needed to provide students from all disciplines with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and actionable skills as well as their early stage ventures. Design Thinking is at the heart of Baker Institute programming and Lisa has been a DT practitioner and facilitator for over a decade. Lisa has worked to champion forward looking approaches to students' intellectual property and is nationally known for developing assessment tools to directly measure student performance in multi-disciplined, team-based, immersive learning environments. The assessment measures she developed for the Integrated Product Development Capstone Program at Lehigh University, have been recognized as best practices in assessment of student performance and adopted by similar programs across the country.

 

These works have been the basis for partnerships with peer institutions, garnering National Science Foundation funding and have been recognized by ABET, the accrediting agency for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.


In 2017 she spearheaded Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, a partnership between Lehigh and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, providing Lehigh a permanent, year-round academic presence on the West Coast, particularly in the globally renowned startup hub of nearby Silicon Valley. Lisa is a co-founder of TEDxLehighRiver where she serves as curator and speaker coach. Lisa was named a Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence and is the recipient of Lehigh U's Hillman Award for her major impact on advancing the role of entrepreneurship at Lehigh, and has served on the executive board of directors at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.

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Innovation Programs Manager

In this role, Renée is responsible for building the entrepreneurship community at Lehigh through Baker's many programs and initiatives. She brings two decades of entrepreneurship to the Baker team. Through Renée Baran Presentations, she designed and presented student development workshops for high school and college students as well as professional teams. She is a 1994 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations and received her M.Ed in Higher and Postsecondary Education in 2012 from Argosy University. 

Innovator-in-Residence

Chris Kauzmann teaches entrepreneurship and design thinking at Lehigh University. Chris's main focus is to assist and encourage students at any and every point in their entrepreneurial journey in and out of the classroom. Chris graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and Entrepreneurship Minor, followed by a Master's of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship in 2014.

Senior Administrative Coordinator

With over a decade of service at Lehigh, Catherine is a highly visible, key player within the Baker Institute. Her duties are wide-ranging and cut across numerous programs and events. She provides support and assistance to the Executive Director as well as managing day-to-day operations within Baker, including financials for all programs.  Catherine is also responsible for managing its flagship LehighSiliconValley program as the Logistics Manager for LSV. 
 

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Media & Marketing Manager

With a passion for connections and storytelling, Brittany leads the Baker Institute's communication efforts. Whether she is sharing the stories of our student entrepreneurs with the expansive Lehigh University community or keeping students connected to our programs and events, Brittany's efforts help keep entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation alive across all of campus. She is a 2016 graduate of DeSales University with a B.A. in Communication.