Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Honors Local Business Leaders At Mentor Breakfast on Oct. 25

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (10/02/2018) Celebrating the role of mentors in nurturing entrepreneurial endeavors, Wilkes University's Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is hosting the third annual mentor breakfast honoring three executive mentors. The event will occur at 8 a.m. on Oct. 25 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center.

The center offers a mentoring program for new businesses and maintains a network of advisors who offer their services on a limited pro-bono basis. In conjunction with the academic resources of Wilkes University, these business and industry leaders offer years of experience and mentorship to students and prospective start-up businesses. At the breakfast, three business leaders from the community are being honored for their work in the mentoring program

The honorees include:

  • Peter Cronk, attorney and partner at Duane Morris Law firm.
  • Laura Ducceschi, president and CEO of The Scranton Area Foundation.
  • James Lennox, director of instrumentation in the College of Science and Engineering at Wilkes University.

Five Wilkes University students who serve as Kirby Scholars will also be recognized. They are Gerard Setteducato, accounting; Jordan Fritz, communication studies; Sean Westawski, electrical engineering; Madison Kaminski, digital design and media art; and Jessie Lopez, biology. The students undergo a rigorous selection process involving a review committee of faculty, Allan P. Kirby Center staff, and the executive-in-residence. The scholars provide services to the clients and to the Allan P. Kirby Center. In turn, they receive valuable experience in their field of study and formal recognition of their work.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 undergraduate majors, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.