Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business

Centers and Institutes

The centers and institutes at the Leavey School of Business focus on interdisciplinary research and cultivate partnerships with the business community to broaden and test their findings. These partnerships provide learning opportunities for students and professionals, and give faculty the chance to investigate particular business problems.


Established to lead the extension of Santa Clara University’s mission into the study and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) provides a hub for all entrepreneurial activity within the community. It also drives the development of entrepreneurship curricula and assists students, faculty, and alumni with the launch of new ventures.

With a distinguished advisory board that includes alumni entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, venture attorneys and accountants, corporate executives, and the deans of the schools of business, engineering, law and the college of arts and sciences, the CIE engages students with Silicon Valley community leaders and startups through internship and mentor opportunities.

Offering educational programs at the undergraduate level and concentrations at the graduate level, the CIE also sponsors a quarterly speaker series and Global Entrepreneurship Week activities.

Interested students are encouraged to enroll in the CIE Entrepreneurship Program. For more information, contact the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 408-554-5757, or visit the website.


Since 1957, the Executive Development Center (EDC) has collaborated with hundreds of companies to provide educational experiences geared toward developing employee leadership capabilities and organizational vitality.

The EDC offers business programs on emerging and current critical topics, as well as customized programs designed to assist companies in meeting the challenges of future business environments. We draw upon the complete resources of the University and its network of distinguished educators, scholars, practitioners, and consultants to design and facilitate business programs.


The Certified Equity Professional (CEP) Institute was established in 1989 to promote and provide a certification for the equity compensation administration profession. The CEP Institute offers three sequential independent study courses designed for equity compensation professionals to develop their knowledge and credibility in issues pertinent to the industry. The CEP Institute curriculum serves as the industry’s educational standard. Organizations and individuals use the institute’s exams to measure basic (Level I), intermediate (Level II), and advanced (Level III) knowledge, skills, and abilities related to equity compensation administration. The CEP program is designed for those directly involved in the day-to-day management and administration of equity compensation plans, as well as those working in related fields such as investment banking, equity brokerage, tax accounting, and law. Upon completion of the three courses and their corresponding examinations, the candidate receives the designation of Certified Equity Professional.

For further information, please contact:
Executive Development Center
Phone: 408-554-4521
Fax: 408-554-5143


The institute was formed in 1980 by Santa Clara faculty members working with an advisory board of leading figures in U.S. retailing. Today, the board includes national leaders in the retail industry, including senior executives from major retailers including DFS, Gap, Hugo Boss, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Trader Joe’s, Williams-Sonoma, and Wal-Mart. The focus of the institute is on innovation and disruptive events in retailing. Contemporary topics include the evolution of the Internet, multi-channel retailing, and business analytics. The institute provides unique educational and career development opportunities for students and retail professionals through three major programs.
The Retail Studies Program produces graduates who are strongly motivated and highly educated in both business and the humanities. Open to SCU undergraduates in every field who are interested in careers in retail and aligned industries, Santa Clara University’s Retail Management Institute is a global leader in preparing graduates to meet new and heightened challenges in the field.
The institute also is a leader in two other important areas—management development and active research. Retailers are served with executive education via open-enrollment management development programs, seminars, and custom-designed programs. The Institute’s retail research program, the Retail Workbench Research and Education Center, aims to expand knowledge and solve important problems using advanced analytical techniques and information technologies to meet the needs of decision makers in the rapidly changing retail environment.
For additional information, please contact the Retail Management Institute at 408-554-4960, via email at, or visit the website:


The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) Program provides the knowledge and understanding of principles of accounting in an intense, nine month sequence of courses offered on either Saturdays or Sundays. The program fosters an intimate learning environment with high-quality faculty, and delivers the necessary accounting units to sit for the CPA exam. There are additional requirements to take the California CPA Exam. For details, please visit the website.

The program can also be completed in a rigorous, accelerated 14-week summer sequence of classes. For more information, please contact the Executive development Center at 408-554-4521 or visit the website.


The Center for Accounting Education and Practice (CAEP) was established in 2000 to expand and develop relationships among business students, faculty, and Silicon Valley accounting professionals. One of the Center’s responsibilities is to sponsor or co-sponsor seminars on contemporary issues of interest to our students and external constituents. Guest speakers include chief financial officers, fraud auditors, accounting policymakers, valuation experts, and government regulators. MBA students are welcome to attend all CAEP events.


The Food and Agribusiness Institute (FAI) has a long, distinguished history within the Leavey School of Business. Since its inception in 1973, the Institute has graduated more than 600 MBA students, many of whom now hold executive and management positions in the food industry throughout the world. FAI faculty members are recognized scholars and instructors with expertise in a wide range of food industry issues.

The Concentration in Food and Agribusiness Management is one of the few programs in the nation that combines a fully accredited MBA degree with an emphasis on food and agribusiness management. Students pursuing the concentration in food and agribusiness are eligible to receive financial aid from the FAI.

The Food, Hunger, Poverty, and Environment (FHPE) Pathway offers undergraduates the opportunity to focus on the complex interrelationships among food production, food consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment. Students pursuing the FHPE Pathway are encouraged to apply for competitive Research Fellowships. Students chosen as Fellows pursue an original research project for a year that focuses on the themes within the FHPE Pathway.

All students are encouraged to enhance their coursework with the enrichment programs offered by the FAI. Through the Internship Program, students have the opportunity to apply their classroom education in a professional work environment. The Institute’s Mentor Program links students with food industry executives working in the student’s area of interest. The immersion program and field trips expose students to the rich diversity of the food industry through domestic and international learning experiences.

The Institute hosts numerous educational events throughout the year. The Food for Thought Speaker Series focuses on topics related to food, agribusiness, and social and environmental responsibility. Another Speaker Series, In the Business of ..., highlights the experience of an executive or entrepreneur related to a particular food industry or food product. Career Talks features Food and Agribusiness alumni and industry specialists discussing their career paths and experience. The FAI also sponsors executive development programs, conferences, campus initiatives, and research projects.

For further information, please contact:
Food & Agribusiness Institute
Phone: 408-554-5173
Fax: 408-554-4777


It is increasingly being recognized that there can be no peace, security, or sustainable economic development without women’s equal participation in all spheres of society.

Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) has long believed that empowering women is not only the RIGHT thing to do, but also the best means of ending poverty, violence, terrorism, and environmental degradation, and of creating a more just, free world. That is why GWLN is part of Santa Clara University—helping to build leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion—particularly women leaders.

As an organization dedicated to a new future for humanity, the GWLN is fueling this historic demographic shift towards female economic emancipation worldwide. In the past eight years, we have focused our capacity-building efforts for women around transformative leadership. We strive to engage and empower women as leaders and agents of change by shifting their thinking about themselves and their communities, giving them confidence in their abilities beyond what they ever imagined and networking them together for support and the proliferation of best practices.

GWLN’s vision is a world in which capable, competent and committed women assume leadership roles across all domains of society. GWLN’s vision and approach are built around three core principles for creating authentic, transformative and emboldened leaders embodying the quintessence of their character and community:

  • Whole Woman—as an individual, fulfilling her purpose
  • Whole Leader—inspiring and enrolling others because they are needed to fulfill a vision
  • Whole World—as part of a network, working to ignite a new future for humanity in harmony with nature

For additional information, please contact Linda Alepin at or visit the website:

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