This fall, Hobart and William Smith welcome Ed Bizari, the Colleges’ inaugural Margiloff Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow. Underwritten by HWS Trustee Will ’92 and Colleen Margiloff, and administered by the Centennial Center, the Fellowship serves to enhance the Colleges’ entrepreneurial leadership programming and the applied experience component of the Entrepreneurial Studies minor.
“The generosity, vision and leadership Will and Colleen have demonstrated in establishing this fellowship will have an immediate and profound impact on the lives of Hobart and William Smith students,” says President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. “This kind of active engagement in the Colleges’ curricular needs is one of the important ways HWS stands out as a leading liberal arts institution. With the resources to bring experts like Ed Bizari to campus, we can ensure our students have the tools, experience and guidance to succeed in our rapidly changing world.”
“I’m thrilled to help build out this important initiative at the Colleges in one of the fastest growing minors in the schools’ history,” says Margiloff, an HWS Trustee and early pioneer and entrepreneur in the digital marketing field, currently CEO of IgnitionOne.
Bizari is an entrepreneur based in the Rochester, N.Y.-area who has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of the business sector, ranging from startups to multibillion-dollar international corporations. As the 2017-18 Margiloff Fellow, Bizari’s responsibilities include advising students and supporting their projects, designing new programs, facilitating workshops and coordinating large- and small-scale entrepreneurial events on and off campus. In addition, Bizari will manage the Entrepreneurial Leader-in-Residence program, bringing to campus speakers with entrepreneurial expertise, particularly HWS alumni, alumnae and parents.
“Ed has a deep understanding of how to develop entrepreneurial leaders, both for-profit and non-profit,” says Susan Pliner, associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment, who directs the Centennial Center as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning. “We are especially excited about his experience and expertise when it comes to identifying the specific skill work of entrepreneurship and helping students transfer those skills into their academic discipline.”
Most recently, Bizari has been entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and entrepreneur-in-residence at Launch NY, a venture development organization that identifies, supports and invests in companies in western New York. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business planning and entrepreneurship at Ithaca College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bizari is also a startup and small business consultant, a coach and mentor, and serves on the Board of Directors of Digital Rochester, a consortium of businesses and area professionals seeking to strengthen and grow the region’s technology community. Previously, Bizari held leadership positions at communications and technology companies, with responsibilities spanning sales, marketing, business development and strategy.
On the HWS Board of Trustees, Margiloff serves on the Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, Capital Resources and Communications committees. At HWS, he has participated in the Professionals in Residence series and created the Margiloff Foundation Endowed Scholarship through the Margiloff Charitable Foundation.
The Margiloff Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellowship is supported for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.
Bizari’s arrival at HWS coincides with the renaming of the Centennial Center and the establishment of the new downtown location of the Colleges’ Entrepreneurial Studies program, where the Margiloff Fellow’s office is located.
Pliner anticipates that as Bizari “steers the vision for the incubator space in downtown Geneva,” he will both “grow new programs and enhance existing ones in a way that establishes a training model for students at all stages of entrepreneurship, from an idea concept phase to a market entry phase. With so much percolating between the Centennial Center and Entrepreneurial Studies minor, we expect Ed to really bridge the co-curricular and curricular offerings for students by serving as an advisor, facilitator and coordinator of entrepreneurship content on campus. We are deeply grateful to the Margiloff family for allowing us to make this opportunity possible.”