Q & A: UM-Flint Hagerman Center Director Mark Simon


By ROBERT GOLD On October 7, 2016 2:24 pm

Mark Simon, PhD became director of the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation this fall. The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management center was created in 2015 thanks to a generous donation from Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman. Simon was recognized in his new role October 10 at an investiture ceremony. At the event, Simon said, “I can’t overstate how honored I feel.  I am truly humbled. But I know that with all the wonderful support I am receiving from so many, including the Hagerman’s, administration, faculty, staff, and students, I believe that together we can truly make a difference.”

Prior to Simon’s official investiture, he shared his thoughts about the center, its benefit for students, his impressions of the university community, and more in this Q&A with University Relations.

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UM-Flint SEI Summer Camp Students Explore Entrepreneurship

By Helen Lund

The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation held its Summer Entrepreneurship Institute camp for the first time on July 12-14.

High school juniors and seniors spent three days learning about multiple aspects of entrepreneurship, business, and marketing. The camp aims to help high school students understand entrepreneurship and the excitement surrounding new ventures that can solve real problems.

Professor Amy Gresock, Assistant Professor of Management, said she hopes to challenge the students to think about entrepreneurship in a multi-faceted way.

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Hagerman Student Scholars selected for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

By Helen Lund



Top, Left to Right: Lauren Adams, Byran Halpin, Nolan Moore. Bottom, Left to Right: Sean Tabor, and Emily Zoromski.

The Hagerman Student Scholars program has been expanded for the 2016-2017 academic year by adding two additional students to the lineup for its annual Hagerman Student Scholar Award. The Hagerman Student Scholar award was created in 2015 to support future entrepreneurs. Hagerman Student Scholars become ambassadors of the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation located inside the School of Management.

Lauren Adams, Bryan Halpin, Nolan Moore, Sean Tabor, and Emily Zoromski will step into their role of Hagerman Scholars in the Fall 2016 semester.  Along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship, they will become ambassadors of the School of Management Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Through this opportunity, the scholars will expand their networking opportunities while working one on one with School of Management professors and the community.

Adams, a senior majoring in Business Administration, expressed her excitement about being selected as a Hagerman Scholar. “It’s exciting to get involved this early on since I am only in my third year. I am excited for the networking opportunities and community involvement,” said Adams.

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Hagerman Student Scholars Selected

By Helen Lund, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

(From left to right: Jennifer Wenzlick, Justin Adsitt-Weiner, and Chloe’ Kas-Mikha)

University of Michigan-Flint students Justin Adsitt-Weiner, Chloe’ Kas-Mikha, and Jennifer Wenzlick were selected as  the School of Management’s Hagerman Student Scholars.   

Through this opportunity, Adsitt-Weiner, Kas-Mikha, and Wenzlick committed to being ambassadors for the new Hagerman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will get firsthand experience in working with the School of Management and its professors in order to build a network of professionals in the community.

The Hagerman Student Scholars program was made possible by a gift by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman to establish the  Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI).   

Justin Adsitt-Weiner, a sophomore majoring in international business, a former Business Plan Competition participant, cites the competition as motivation to apply for the Hagerman Student Scholar program. 

“Prior to the competition I had had limited exposure to what entrepreneurship looked like in practice, and it was the skills that I began developing for and through the competition along with the influence of faculty members such as Dr. Laurence and Dr. Witt that kindled my now burning excitement to incorporate an entrepreneurial mindset into whatever path I may take,” said Adsitt-Weiner.

With the experience he gained through the Business Plan Competition and with the opportunities he was offered through the Hagerman Scholarship, Adsitt-Weiner understands the significant impact this can have on future recipients.

 “By directly providing students with the support that is needed, they will have both more time and opportunity to take part in additional collegiate activities. With the addition of the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, these opportunities are boundless in their potential to help students achieve whatever goals they may have,” said Adsitt-Weiner.

Senior double majoring in health sciences and business marketing Chloe’ Kas-Mikha cites campus organizations such as Student Government, The Michigan Times, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority as giving her the skills to be an ambassador for the Hagerman Center. Her involvement with the community has strengthened after receiving the Hagerman Scholarship.

“I am thankful to the Hagerman’s for allowing the opportunity to apply for the scholarship and being a recipient of it. The Hagerman’s generosity has inspired me to continue to help others and give back to the community,” said Kas-Mikha.

Kas-Mikha cites the Hagerman’s involvement as inspiration to continue her education and educating others.“ The Hagermans have aided in fostering education and growth at the University of Michigan-Flint and throughout the Flint community. I am happy to be a part of that change and legacy to teach and aid others,” said Kas-Mikha.

Senior human resources major Jennifer Wenzlick hopes the Hagerman Scholarship will benefit the next round of recipients the same way it helped her.

“It is inspiring and motivating to do more in community and to be more involved. I hope it gives them the same passion and drive that it has given me. I hope that it will follow through with the next recipients,” said Wenzlick.

Wenzlick’s involvement with the community and School of Management events has increased since receiving the scholarship. Along with attending the Business Plan Competition last year, she is excited for what is to come in this year’s Business Plan Competition event.

“I watched the final rounds last year and thought the Business Plan Competition was pretty cool. I am really excited to hear about the new ideas from inspiring entrepreneurs in our community. I still follow the companies from last year’s Business Plan Competition to see how they grow,” said Wenzlick.

UM-Flint Launches New Major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

By ROBERT GOLD On August 27, 2015 2:47 pm

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management (SOM) is unveiling a new major this fall as part of its burgeoning entrepreneurship and innovation offerings.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management major blends the expertise of the school’s marketing and management faculty, and covers an array of issues, such as product design, business start-ups, technological innovation, marketing research, project management, and negotiation skills.

SOM Dean Scott Johnson said business education is trending towards product and service innovation, along with entrepreneurial skills. That can mean starting up one’s own business or creating new products or ideas within existing companies.

“I look at entrepreneurship as a mindset, how we can improve processes, how we can do things differently. It’s not necessarily about starting a new business,” he said.

The School of Management received a $2 million leadership gift from Philip and Jocelyn Hagerman early this year, which made it the largest ever single donation to the SOM. This led to the creation of the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the school. Philip Hagerman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc., which is headquartered in Flint.

The major was planned before the Hagerman gift, Johnson said, but the donation further supported it.

“It all came together around the center at the same time,” he said.

The center is located within the Riverfront Center.

Johnson said he expects to announce an interim director for the center shortly, with a permanent director expected to be chosen within the year.

The first group of Hagerman Scholars, students who receive competitively awarded scholarships, will also be announced soon, Johnson said. They will work on the annual Business Plan Competition, help with faculty research, work with high school students, and be involved in the center.

A faculty member involved with entrepreneurship and innovation research, will receive a stipend and support, too.

SOM also plans to start a summer camp for high school students next year for those interested in the field.

Thomas Hemphill, professor of strategy, innovation and public policy, said the major and center came together in “perfect timing”. Hemphill teaches the Innovation Management course that is part of the major.

The background and expertise of the SOM faculty equips the program with a range of skills and knowledge for both innovation management and entrepreneurial curriculum, he said.

SOM associate professor of organizational behavior & human resources Brian D. Blume said the major leverages the talents and insights of the broader community.

“In my course on New Venture Creation, I encourage students to interact with and learn from entrepreneurs. For example, in one of my assignments I have students interview an entrepreneur,” Blume said. “ I also bring entrepreneurs into the classroom as guest speakers. I’ve found that the business community in the Flint area, and successful entrepreneurs in particular, have been very generous with their time and are willing to share their experiences with UM-Flint’s School of Management students.”

Business Plan Competition Winner Moves into Innovation Incubator

By Robert Gold On June 9, 2015 6:07 pm

University of Michigan-Flint student Ashley Knific will move her venture, Jobs 4 Moms, into the university’s Innovation Incubator later this month.

At the core of her organization’s concept is finding balance between raising a family and succeeding professionally. Knific aims to connect employers and employees, which will allow people to work from home and help employers find qualified staff.

Knific, a biology major, came up with the idea last year, which won her the UM-Flint School of Management’s Business Plan competition this spring. The $5,000 prize money­ provided by the competition’s sponsor Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy will help develop her website www.jobs4moms.org.

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Congrats to Ashley Knific, SOM Business Plan Competition Winner

Ashley Knific
Winner of the 2015 SoM
Business Plan Competition

Sponsored by Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

After months of hard work, research, and tough competition, University of Michigan-Flint student and aspiring educator, Ashley Knific, was named the winner of the Annual School of Management Business Plan Competition.

According to the research of Sheryl Sandberg, author and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, 43% of highly qualified women risk their careers when deciding to take leaves of absence to raise their children.

Ashley’s proposed multi-level nonprofit, Jobs 4 Moms, aims to eliminate the tough decision that mothers often face between fostering their children and pursuing career goals, by implementing emerging technologies and proprietary software to pair mothers with businesses willing to employ skilled workers in flexible positions.

Jobs 4 Moms plans to use the $5,000 first place prize provided by event sponsor, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, to fund the development of a minimally viable website launch. This major first step will allow the nonprofit to fine tune the online platform to best suit both the employers’ and mothers’ needs, prior to full implementation and launch later this year when job placement is projected to begin.

Ashley worked closely with University Outreach's Innovation Incubator to develop her business plan and refine the final presentation. As the most recent qualifying not-for-profit tenant business, she will also begin receiving free office space in the Northbank Center this summer.


$2 Million to Drive Entrepreneurship at UM-Flint

By David Jesse, Detroit Free Press 3:32 p.m. EST January 16, 2015

The gift, the largest in School of Management history, will help U-M Flint introduce new programs in entrepreneurship.

A $2 million gift from a Flint businessman and his wife will be used to help drive entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan – Flint.

The gift, the largest in the university's School of Management history, was announced today. It's being given by the Hagerman Foundation on behalf of Philip and Jocelyn Hagerman. Philip Hagerman is the founder and chief executive officer of the Flint-based Diplomat Pharmacy.

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University of Michigan-Flint School of Management Receives Largest Gift in its History

By UM-FLINT NEWS On January 16, 2015 7:28 pm


The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to announce a leadership gift of $2 million from Philip and Jocelyn Hagerman, the largest single gift to the School of Management (SOM). The donation will create the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the SOM. Hagerman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc., headquartered in Flint.

“This generous gift by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman supporting entrepreneurship education enables the School of Management to better serve our students and our community,” stated SOM Dean Scott Johnson. “Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman’s gift is a testament to their recognition of the importance of higher education and of the transformative impact that entrepreneurship can have on the city and the region.”

The funding will also support the newly established Hagerman Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Center will be the platform for SOM to launch the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management major starting in the fall of 2015. The professor hired through the endowment will be responsible for running the Center, coordinating Center-related outreach efforts, encouraging faculty and student involvement, and planning the annual Business Plan Competition.

Assisting with the operations of the Center will be Hagerman Scholars. These will be students who receive scholarships that are competitively awarded based on the student’s interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Scholars will work with the Business Plan Competition, support faculty research, work with high school students, and offer support for the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Hagerman says that he and his wife Jocelyn, and their family have been blessed over the past years and now have the opportunity to give back to the community.

“Jocelyn and I believe UM-Flint is a critical and growing anchor in our community, and has been an important part of the turnaround happening in downtown Flint,” said Hagerman. “We believe in the school, in its leadership and in its mission. We also believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship and feel this is another way Flint and Genesee County can prosper in the coming years.  Our hope in funding the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is that it will foster and expand the growth of new businesses in Flint.”

In addition, the Hagerman gift will also provide the following.

• Faculty Entrepreneurship and Innovation Grants will support interdisciplinary research in entrepreneurship across various disciplines in the School of Management and the entire UM-Flint campus.

• The Entrepreneurs Society is an existing student organization that would benefit from support for its ongoing activities of visiting companies, participating in business plan competitions nationwide, and coordinating entrepreneurship themed events at the university and in the community as they currently do. 

• The Business Plan Competition will engage both students and local businesses in the entrepreneurial process. The competition will become a focal point of the curriculum for the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management students.

“Phil and Jocelyn are making a real, tangible difference for UM-Flint, and this funding will provide substantial opportunities and experiences for our students as well as our citizens,” said Chancellor Susan E. Borrego. “It is an honor to accept this gift, the largest gift to UM-Flint by a living donor, and the wonderful intention behind it which is to enhance not just our campus but also our community.”

Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman Donates $2 Million to Create Entrepreneur Center at UM-Flint

By Sarah Schuch | sschuch@mlive.com 
on January 16, 2015 at 2:43 PM, updated January 16, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Erin Kirkland | MLive.com

FLINT, MI – Phil Hagerman, chairman and CEO of Diplomat Pharmacy, is giving a $2-million endowment to University of Michigan-Flint's School of Management for a new center designed to grow entrepreneurship in Flint and across Michigan.

The donation, announced Friday, Jan. 16, comes from the newly formed Hagerman Foundation on behalf of Hagerman and his wife, Jocelyn, to create a scholarship program and the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – which will be the basis of a new business major at the university.

It's the largest gift to date for the School of Management, and the hope is to create a space to foster new ideas, businesses and opportunities while attracting students to Flint and persuading them to remain in the city.

"We need to keep these young students here. And by making this donation I feel confident that we're going to be able to not just give back that amount of money but that every student that goes through this process has the ability to do what I'm doing in the future," Hagerman said. "Not only run their business the way I am but create a legacy for themselves."

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