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.
Lisa Getzler is Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation, which is designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking and foster the realization of entrepreneurial ideas. In this role, Lisa is responsible for creating the strategy and programs and overseeing operations of the Institute.
Her work includes guiding undergraduate students through the early stages of venture creation as well as helping them find their entrepreneurial spirit if launching a startup is not what they are ready to do. Lisa has developed assessment tools for student performance in multi-disciplined, team-based, immersive learning environments. The innovative assessment measures she developed for Lehigh's Integrated Product Development Program (IPD) have been recognized as best practices in assessment of student performance and have been adopted by programs across the country. These works have been the basis for grant partnerships with peer institutions, garnering NSF funding and have been recognized by ABET, the accrediting agency for academic programs in applied science and engineering technology.
Lisa is a member of the founding team that has brought TEDxLehighRiver to PBS39's studios at SteelStacks and Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall, and serves as its curator. As an entrepreneur, Lisa founded and operated a boutique interior design company and early in her career was theatrical producer and director. She credits much of her entrepreneurial mindset and success to her deep roots in the world of performing arts. Lisa was honored with Lehigh University's Hillman Award for her "major impact on advancing the role of entrepreneurship at Lehigh." She was also named a Lehigh Valley Business "Woman of Influence" for her contributions to entrepreneurship education and the community. She was instrumental in the launch of Lehigh University's partnership with the NasdaqEntrepreneurial Center and previously served on their executive board.
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.
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.
Media & Marketing Specialist
Samantha joined the Baker Insititute in 2017 and brought with her a decade's worth of experience in higher education, including four previous years at Lehigh. She is charged with communicating Baker's story to a wide ranging audience and sharing the inspiring work done by its students. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a B.S. in Communications and Psychology and received her M.Ed in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2010.
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.
Erik has extensive experience in the industries of hospitality, retail and insurance. He joined the Baker Institute in 2015 with specific responsibility for its Innovation Programs, such as LaunchBayC and Baker’s Dozen. In his spare time, he is an avid off-roader and filmmaker. Erik is currently finishing his first feature length documentary film, called Life in Decay, about abandoned historic buildings in the Northeastern United States. Erik graduated from Ithaca College in 2008 with a B.A. in Culture and Communication.