Our Mission

The Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center exists to educate, inspire, and support students in developing the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur. We view entrepreneurship through the wider lens of entrepreneurial thinking—a highly versatile set of skills and a mindset that is necessary to solve wicked problems.

Opportunity Discovery

The ability to spot opportunities where others do not.

Failing Wisely

Risking what you can afford to lose and making certain that learning is a primary goal.

Improvisation

Putting something out into the world and adjusting course as necessary.

Collaboration

The ability to pull in complementary perspectives and skills on projects.

Openness to Risk

Turning towards opportunity rather than away, even when there is risk of failure.

Tolerance for Ambiguity

Resisting the urge to try to predict the future and instead letting the best plan emerge.

Grit

Persistence in the face of challenges.

Self-Direction

Not waiting for instruction; a bias towards personal action.

Our Story

Learn about how the EC became what it is today. The Miller Center is powered by a collaborative effort between students, coaches, and faculty. Made up of over 50 dedicated, enthusiastic people, the Miller EC Team is the definition of teamwork at its best. Together, we make sure the EC runs smoothly and achieves its goal of engaging students and fostering the entrepreneurial mindset.

2010

Our Start

The Entrepreneurship Center is established thanks to a generous contribution by Alan B. Miller ’58

2011

Faculty Join

Dick Ash and Ron Monark join the Mason School of Business faculty to teach entrepreneurship and direct Miller Center activities

2014

Our Progress

W&M’s 4th SECon (Social Entrepreneurship Conference)

2015

Additions to Our Team

Graham Henshaw joins the Center as the new Executive Director, bringing additional venture capital and startup experience

2016

Growth Begins

Tribe Ventures, W&M’s first student group focused on entrepreneurship, becomes the Miller Center Fellowship program that powers Miller Center operations

2017

Our First Space

The Miller Center cuts the ribbon on a creative and dynamic space located in the Mason School of Business

2018

Addition of Minor

W&M’s first ever interdisciplinary minor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is launched

2019

Another Team Addition

Rachel Frazier joins the team as Associate Director, overseeing the regional Launchpad incubator partnership

2020

Our Hub Opens

The 7,000-square foot Entrepreneurship Hub at Tribe Square opens and becomes the new home of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center

2021

Where We Are Now

For the first time since its inception, the majority of Miller Center students are non-business majors

Our Team

The Fellows

The fellowship is made up of 5 dedicated students. From a variety of backgrounds, the fellows fill roles in 5 areas: Communications, Community, Outreach, Operations, and Technology.

JR is a sophomore majoring in Classics and Ancient Near East & Africa Studies.  As Communications Fellow, JR oversees center communications including weekly and monthly newsletters, flyers, and social media initiatives. JR also serves as Managing Editor of Flat Hat Magazine and as Associate Variety Editor at Flat Hat.

JR Herman

Communications

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Sara is a sophomore majoring in Marketing. She focuses on the membership experience by creating engagement strategies and maintaining an entrepreneurial environment at the Hub. Sara is an exec member for TribeTHON, an organization that raises money for children’s hospitals, and she is also involved in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.

Sara Curtiss

Community

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Neha is a senior majoring in Accounting. As Outreach Fellow, Neha handles center activities related to alumni engagement and programming.  Outside the EC, she is involved in tutoring for younger students and is a member of the South Asian Student Organization.

Neha Kosaraju

Outreach

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Melody is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She works on optimizing the EC team experience and sorting out the logistics for internal processes. When she’s not working, you can find her crocheting, drawing, or playing tin whistle at the amphitheater.

Melody Llinas

Operations

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Victor is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics. As the Technology Fellow, Victor manages the technology and workflows that enable the center to run smoothly. Outside of the EC, Victor is involved with TribeHacks, William & Mary’s Hackathon.

Victor Tran

Technology

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The Program Coordinators

The Miller Center’s Program Coordinators work with the fellows to make sure that the Center’s many events and programs run smoothly.

Aalia is a freshman intending to major in Finance with a concentration in Marketing. As Communications Program Coordinator, Aalia assists the Communications Fellow with all things marketing. Outside of the EC, Aalia is a member of Smart Women Securities and Women in Business and serves as an analyst for the Mason Investment Club.

Aalia Husain

Communications

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Tanvi is freshmen planning on majoring in International Relations. As Communications Program Coordinator, Tanvi assists the Communications Fellow with all things marketing. Outside of the EC, Tanvi is part of the Botetourt Chamber Singers and a member of the South Asian Student Association.

Tanvi Padole

Communications

Brandon Nguyen is a sophomore planning to major in Marketing and minor in Asian Pacific Islander American Studies (APIA). As Community Program Coordinator, Brandon hosts Rocket Pitch every Friday. Outside of the EC, Brandon is heavily involved in culture organizations like the Filipino American Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association.

Brandon Nguyen

Community

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Alekhya is a freshman intending to major in Finance. As Outreach Program Coordinator, Alekhya manages the Entrepreneurship Center’s LinkedIn content, assists the Outreach Fellow in alumni engagement initiatives, and helps host Alumni Founder Series. Outside of the EC, Alekhya is involved with both Women in Business and Smart Woman Securities. 

Alekhya Marapaka

Outreach

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Darius is a freshman double majoring in Finance and Data Science. As Operations Program Coordinator, Darius assists the Operations Fellow in onboarding new team members and improving the team member experience. Outside of the EC, Darius is an active member in the Finance Academy and is an incoming Summer 2022 Financial Analyst Intern at GDIT.

Darius Dixon

Operations

Duke is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Finance. On the tech team, he creates applications and maintains software to propel the missions of the EC. Duke is also involved with the Association for Computing Machinery, Developer Student Club, Investment Club, and Agency 1693.

Duke Tran

Technology

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Sarah is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. On the tech team, Sarah assists the Technology Fellow with center technology needs. Outside the EC, Sarah dances on the Syndicate Hip Hop Dance Team, and spends her free time exploring her interest in art.

Sarah Wang

Technology

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The Faculty

The Miller Center is brought to life by William & Mary’s faculty.

Graham Henshaw is a Clinical Associate Professor at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business and Executive Director of the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to joining W&M, Graham served as Director of Venture Development at New Richmond Ventures.

Graham Henshaw

Executive Director

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Rachel is an inventor and entrepreneur with a passion for helping high tech startups and academic innovators identify viable business models and connect to their first customer.

Rachel Frazier

Associate Director

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Contact Us

Email: millerec@wm.edu

Address: 249 Richmond Road Williamsburg, VA 23185

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