Mentor, OH, April 6, 2016 – The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) is pleased to name Bree Langemo, J.D., as president. As Dean of Business, Public Service & Social Sciences at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Langemo helped coordinate the initial rollout of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program as a required student success course in Fall 2014 with significant results. Immediately following her hiring as ELI Vice President of Strategic Partnerships in early 2015, Langemo led the development of ELI’s newest product, the Ice House Student Success Program, a student success course designed to inspire and engage students with the perseverance and determination of an entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed in school and in life.
With more than a decade in higher education as a faculty, chair, and dean, Langemo’s work has focused on student success by serving as a campus lead for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Completion by Design” grant at Sinclair Community College, helping to implement the Lumina Foundation’s Achieving the Dream grant, and leading a number of institutional student success initiatives centered on the First Year Experience.
“In my many years of work with students, in the classroom and in leadership roles, I have long come to realize that student success is based on student engagement. When we empower students with an entrepreneurial mindset, we engage them to take ownership of their academics and their lives,” said Langemo. “We are now seeing the impact of instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in individuals, organizations, and communities around the world. ELI’s work is truly moving entrepreneurship from the perimeter to the core, and it is a real honor to be a part of such a high-impact organization.”
Langemo’s work, both in higher education and now at ELI, has focused on leading higher education institutions and organizations to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture with stakeholder buy-in and to plan impactful, metric driven implementations.
Dr. Andy Gold, long-time Ice House Facilitator and Business Administration Faculty at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida, stated: “I have been working in partnership with ELI for several years and have had the great honor to collaborate with Bree on several initiatives. Bree is a change agent that has contributed to transforming ELI into the high impact company that it has become. She is an action oriented individual, and I am inspired to have the opportunity to work along with Bree and ELI as a key strategic partner.”
A former accountant and attorney, Langemo will provide overall strategic and operational direction for ELI with a focus on developing high impact national and international partnerships.
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) President Rebecca Corbin commented: “NACCE celebrates the appointment of Bree Langemo as the President of ELI. She is smart, dedicated to serving community colleges, and innovative and collaborative in her work style! We are delighted to have worked closely with her over the past year to forge a meaningful partnership between our organizations that provides excellent training and certification to faculty through the Ice House program. Our collaboration with Bree and her team on a Student Success Campaign will break new ground and position tens of thousands of community college students for success.”
Langemo’s work will focus on high impact, large scale Ice House implementations in academic, government, and profit/nonprofit organizations. In addition, Langemo will be working closely with Founder and CEO, Gary Schoeniger, on the long-term visioning process of ELI as well as ongoing thought leadership and product development.
“Bree combines a wealth of academic experience and organizational leadership with a passion for education and student engagement. Her leadership will enable us to expand our mission in classrooms and communities across the U.S. and around the world,” stated Gary Schoeniger.
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) is a global thought leader dedicated to expanding human potential through entrepreneurial mindset education. ELI serves academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit and community organizations around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset through professional development training, facilitator certification, and curriculum content. ELI Operations are headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, with an office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.