Director of Entrepreneurship Academy at LindenPointe Stepping Down

HERMITAGE, Pa. – After seven years at the helm, the program director at the Entrepreneurship Academy has decided to step down.

Lisa Evans has led the multidistrict, high school entrepreneurship program since its inception in 2014 and will continue to work with the program through its leadership transition, she said. 

“It has been a privilege to share in the senior year of so many incredible students,” Evans said. “I am grateful to the many local businesses, community leaders, area school district administrators and the city of Hermitage for their collaboration and support of the eAcademy. I look forward to working with the eCenter team during the transition as the eAcademy is and will continue to be near and dear to my heart.”

The entrepreneurship academy provides local high school seniors with a unique experience to develop knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and confidence to be successful in an ever-changing, global economy, according to a statement from LindenPointe Development Corp.’s board of directors. Through company visits and guest speakers, students are connected with local businesses, colleges and successful entrepreneurs.  The program teaches the students an entrepreneurial mindset which is a tremendous gift preparing them to think about business whether they start their own business or work for a large company. 

A search committee is looking for candidates to fill Evans’ position for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. 

Under Evans’ leadership, the program expanded to include students from 11 area school districts and received statewide recognition as the 2018 Pennsylvania Economic Development Association “Program of the Year” for connecting talented students with business leaders and educational institutions.

Evans is recognized for teaching the students business, entrepreneurial and leadership skills while exposing them to real-world business operations. Students develop reasoning, problem-solving, communication and task management skills preparing them for life after high school.

 “The vision of the eAcademy to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurship skills in high school seniors would not have been realized without the passion and expertise of Lisa,”said Kim Zippie, superintendent at Commodore Perry School District.  “Dozens of young adults’ lives have been impacted and their futures directed because of her ability to bring such a unique learning opportunity to life.” 

The Entrepreneurship Academy is housed at the [email protected], a startup business incubator that gives entrepreneurs support such as technical infrastructure, education, training, mentorship and a network of service providers to help them build their ideas into successful businesses. 

Pictured: Lisa Evans, program director of the Entrepreneurship Academy at LindenPointe, will be stepping down from her position.

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