Workshops led by Business Professionals

Accomplished business professionals are tapped to work with CSEI participants in their fields of expertise. Leaders share  lessons from their career experiences that are directly applicable to the design challenges and leadership development of students. Volunteers can meet with the students in a classroom setting on the Collegiate campus or via online conference.

The Power of Diverse Perspectives
“A magical thing happens when you throw people together in a room to solve a problem that they care about. Within minutes, the students organized around the shared goal like living cells, which, for teenagers navigating their unique brand of social norms, is a multi-layered process. And while these high achieving students are used to being evaluated and rewarded on an individual basis, they were able to experience the exponential power of a team.”

Ashley Shoval Rose, Design Consultant at Hard Yards Read more of Ashley’s blog post about visiting CSEI here.


Lynne Jones Blain, Attorney with Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman

Bryan Bostic, Startup Virginia Board Member

Dave Clemans, Brand Innovation Consultant to Disney Streaming Services and the National Hockey League

John Dau, Founder of the John Day Foundation and Collegiate Global Scholar-in-Residence

Jeff Eastman, Urban Planner with Virginia Commonwealth University

Courtney Ferrell, Business Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Lauren Napolitano, Capital One Human Resources

Katherine Oliver, VCU Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications

Judy Pahren, Senior Vice President, Capital One and CSEI alumna

Matthew Robinette, Director of Convention and Sports Services for Richmond Region Tourism

Ashley Shoval Rose, Design Consultant with Hard Yards

Mark Smith, Owner of Midas of Richmond and FeedMore Board Member

Shep Ware, Director of Sales Operations at TemperPack

Richard Wintsch, Startup Virginia