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The Robert C. McDermond Center for Management & Entrepreneurship

The Robert C. McDermond Center for Management & Entrepreneurship

"Developing Business-Ready Leaders the World Needs"

The Robert C. McDermond Center for Management & Entrepreneurship helps students blend their business and entrepreneurial spirit with a liberal arts education through a focus on leadership development and experiential learning.

The McDermond Center was founded in 1980, the vision of President Richard Rosser, and several dedicated trustees and alumni, including James W. Emison ’52, Charles L. Grannon, and Robert C. McDermond ’31. 

Three ideas were fundamental in the creation of the McDermond Center: 

  1. A good liberal arts education, in addition to its intrinsic merit, is also excellent preparation for a management career.

  2. New graduates with bachelor’s degrees who have no managerial training are at a significant disadvantage in the job market

  3. Practical experiences and internships prove especially useful to students as complements to their academic work

Thus, for more than three decades, the McDermond Center has provided students with an array of programming and learning opportunities, including lectures, networking events, one-on-one alumni mentoring, student group leadership experiences, real-world business projects participation, field trips, access to software tools and training, and internships.  The services and programs offered by the McDermond Center are open to all DePauw students, regardless of year or major

Alumni are also welcome to participate in programming sponsored by the McDermond Center and to take advantage of the Center’s resources.

To learn more, visit the links below (or side-bar content links) which provide more information about current academic year activities:

  • McDermond Center Speaker Series: This speaker series brings over 10 acclaimed industry leaders per year, from a variety of fields, to meet and speak with DePauw students interested in management, business and entrepreneurship. 

  • Industry Insights Series: This panel discussion series brings 30-40 experts per year to campus to discuss topics such as consulting, corporate finance, marketing, investment banking, wealth management, supply chain, public affairs, human resources, treasury and real estate.

  • Young Alumni Discussions: This new series brings an alumnus, or panel of alumni, that graduated in the last 3-15 years to share their transition from student to graduate and their successes and struggles in the early years of their careers.  The relaxed, interactive format provides extra time for student questions. 

  • Engaged Entrepreneur Speakers and Programs: Key speakers, panels discussions and off-campus visits that offer opportunities for mentoring and gaining insights from today's successful entrepreneurs.  Programs include a campus pitch competition, alumni mentors, lean business canvas/pitch deck advising, strategic networking raising capital, intellectual property ownership and more.  

  • No Harm In Charm Workshop: Soft-skill development workshop.  Programs include Interview Skills, Dress for Success, Personal Branding, How to Work a Room, Dining Etiquette and Networking

  • From College to Career: Your Personal Financial Literacy Workshop:  Preparing for financial decisions post graduation workshop.  Programs include The Time Value of Saving Money, Your Personal Financial Balance Sheet, Renting vs Buying, Investing for Your Future, Your Credit Score and Budgeting.

  • Darnall Industry Tours: Students spend the day off campus at a mid-west city visiting several companies in industries of interest.  Recent tours included startup successes and digital marketing companies

  • Management Fellows ProgramThe Management Fellows honors program provides highly motivated and talented students education in business, management and entrepreneurship by combining a liberal arts major, specialized business courses and seminars, and a variety of experiential opportunities, including a semester-long internship.

Student Groups sponsored by the McDermond Center:

  • Women in Economics and BusinessWEB is a network of students and alumnae committed to the growth and expansion of professional and personal opportunities for its members, with a focus on business and leadership. 

  • DePauw Investment GroupDePauw Investment Group is a student-run group that researches investments, hosts speakers, plans strategies and manages part of DePauw's endowment through the Herman Crown Investment Fund. 

  • DePauw Consulting Group: DePauw Consulting Group is a student-run group that provides consulting services for community businesses, not-for-profits and alumni companies.  During each semester they complete specific projects for these organizations.

  • Engaged Entrepreneur Group: The Engaged Entrepreneur Group provides peer-to-peer and mentor collaboration opportunities for students with startup ideas, as well as providing tools and resources for business model canvas, business plan and pitch deck preparation.  

  • DePauw Marketing Group: The Marketing Group brings in speakers who are successful in the changing world of marketing.  They also provide marketing services to business and not-for-profits such as branding, promotional materials and web design.

  • Investment Banking Workshop: The Investment Banking Workshop is a seven-week program aimed at Juniors interested in an investment analyst internship. The program includes guidance from dedicated mentors, exclusive networking events and a series of mock interviews.

Other McDermond Center Initiatives:

 Industry Insights - Founders PanelEngaged Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Winner

James Stevenson LectureDarnall Indy Start Up TourSocial Deviant Lecture