calling all leaders and agents of change.
The Centennial Center is the hub on campus for engaging in hands-on, experiential learning.
Whether it’s building entrepreneurial skills, exercising leadership in action, or innovating aging systems, the Centennial Center provides a safe and collaborative space for putting your classroom skills into action.
A place where your ground-breaking ideas for social, political, entrepreneurial and cultural progress are born, nurtured and released to the world. Through trying, failure, and success, we empower you to confidently go out and create change, pursue innovative solutions to the world’s emerging challenges and become a leader in your chosen field.
Signature ProgramsExplore principles of leadership and entrepreneurship by setting them in motion.
The Centennial Center is expanding its Leadership development programs to offer two pathways: Degree with Leadership Distinction and HWS LEADS Certificate.
Participants in Centennial Center courses and programs have gone on to found businesses and non-profit organizations, lead critical projects in the public and private sector, pursue graduate degrees and give back to individuals and communities across the country and around the globe.
Your Path, Your Pace
We understand that life is multifaceted, and your leadership journey should be too. Both pathways to leadership programs allow you to choose the order of milestones, accommodating study abroad, extracurricular commitments, and personal growth. What sets us apart? Unparalleled flexibility with versatile options.
Degree with Leadership Distinction
A Degree with Leadership Distinction is more than an academic pursuit; it is a life-changing experience that empowers individuals to become globally aware, adaptable, ethical, and effective leaders within their chosen field. This program offers a multifaceted approach to leadership development, creating a pathway to personal growth, career advancement, and meaningful impact in the world. Embrace this opportunity to become a leader of distinction within your discipline and drive positive change in your professional and personal spheres.
Study leadership and start your journey to becoming an ethical, inclusive and value-based leader.
March 7, 2024 at 7 p.m.
Win up to $10,000 in startup funding through the Colleges’ Shark Tank inspired competition.
September 14 - October 19 at 7 p.m.
Six week accelerator program designed to shape, refine and differentiate your big idea.
Spend a summer at the Centennial Center gaining valuable leadership experience.
A merit-based award offered to incoming students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to leadership.
Opell Start-Up Fund Committee
The HWS Start-Up Fund Committee (SFC) is a program that is meant to resemble a venture capital (VC) investment model for early-stage entrepreneurial ventures.
First-Year Mentor Program
First-Year Mentors are an integral part of each First Year Seminar.
centennial-centerQuinn ’23 Wins the Pitch while Holograms Connect HWS to LA
Connor Quinn ‘23 is the winner of the Todd Feldman ’89 and Family Pitch Contest. The event included a surprise hologram display and special appearance by Howie Mandel, the host of America’s Got Talent.
EntrepreneurshipFinalists Chosen for Pitch Competition
Four finalists have been selected for the annual Todd Feldman ‘89 and Family Pitch Contest with business models ranging from rural transportation services to gourmet hot sauces.
Internships-&-OutcomesMeet the 2023 Pitch Semifinalists
Ten student ventures have advanced to the semifinals in the Todd Feldman ’89 and Family Pitch Contest.