Programs & Initiatives

The Ed Snider Center helps current and future thought leaders – from researchers and academicians to business leaders – understand the fundamental role innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets play in the evolution of enterprise and markets. The Center believes these values can be taught and embraced regardless of where an individual is in their career – from a high school student seeking an early start in their professional development to a senior executive with decades of experience.

The Center develops curricula not to simply teach from a textbook, but to help individuals lead purpose-driven careers and lives. It teaches respectful and reasoned dialogue, business ethics, and the values of civil society. It fosters creativity, productivity, and innovation. It creates opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of enterprise and markets by identifying, conducting and disseminating their own research. 

But this personal and professional development cannot happen in a vacuum. It must be celebrated. That’s why the Center supplements curricula with programs that honor, recognize, and promote leadership among those who deliver trailblazing research, show extraordinary vision, exhibit leadership through teamwork, and demonstrate personal growth and success rooted in resilience and integrity.

The Center encourages everyone to take part in these programs to accelerate their personal and professional growth.