Putting ideas in motion

The ICE Institute is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The ICE Institute has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University’s strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture.

In recent surveys of executives, the ability to think entrepreneurially is considered the #1 most important leadership characteristic moving forward and over 60% of Fortune 500 indicated that the ability to think creatively was more important than intelligence. Additionally, while the importance of traditional entrepreneurship in the form of startup organizations remains a central driver of economic growth (and is also supported by ICE), over 70% of existing organizations cite innovation and “intrapreneurship” as a key factor in their future growth and success. To that end, ICE strives to support traditional student-entrepreneurship and startups, but its broader mission is to serve as a symbol to the Villanova community and beyond of our university’s commitment to nurture students so they stand out in the marketplace as creative and innovative thinkers. Villanova students are already known to be among the best, most well-rounded there is – The ICE Institute seeks to provide opportunities to develop and highlight their entrepreneurial spirit as well.

A main principle of the ICE Institute is the belief that students from the Colleges of Professional Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Law can all learn from one another how to become more well-rounded innovative and creative thinkers. ICE fosters opportunities for this cross-disciplinary learning to occur.




Our Advisory Council members bring a wealth of experience from a multitude of industries.

  • Kevin Alward
    Chief Executive Officer, SwiftReach Networks
  • Joseph Beebe (CLAS ’81)
    Managing Director, Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods Inc.
  • Barbara Bigford
    Chief Executive Officer, Seabreeze Products, Inc
  • Jeffrey Bodle, Esq (CLAS ’95, VLS ’99)
    Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • William Burke (VSB ’77)
    Professor of the Practice, Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University
  • Daniel Byrne (VSB ’99)
    President and Founder, Merch Hub LLC.
  • Dominic Canuso, CFA (VSB ’98, EMBA ’06)
    Executive Vice President & CFO, WSFS Bank
  • Thomas Christopoul
    Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, 54 Madison Partners
  • Deepanjan De (COE ’05)
    Head of Industry, Banking, Facebook
  • Richard F. Fonash, CFA (VSB ’86)
    Senior Investment Manager, Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.
  • Michael Gardner (CLAS ’67)
    Chief Executive Officer, Vital Enterprises
  • Deborah Mohr Geffken
    Founder and President, Mohr Options LLC
  • Catherine Gross (CLAS ’07)
    Manager Procurement Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson
  • Chris Hickey (VSB ’95)
    President and CEO, The Isopure Company
  • Daniel Hogarty, Jr (VSB ’61)
    Retired Chairman, President, and CEO, Troy Financial Corporation
  • John Jaworski (VSB ’91)
    Founder, Easy Closets
  • Jason Judge (VSB ’91)
    CEO, 5Nine Software
  • James Klingler, PhD
    Retired Assistant Professor, Villanova School of Business
  • Daniel Lammot (CLAS ’98)
    Chief Executive Officer, roundCorner, Inc.
  • Thomas Land (VSB ’82)
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Maloof Companies
  • John Larre (VSB ’91)
    Chief Financial Officer, Folger Hill Asset Management
  • John Leighton (VSB ’05)
    President, Office Basics
  • Don Mahoney
    VP and Global Head of Chemicals, SAP
  • Michael McCarthy (VSB ’78)
    Managing Partner, Acuitive Technologies Inc.
  • Ted McLaughlin (CLAS ’90)
    President, DiSorb Systems, Inc
  • Robert McNally, PhD (COE ’70)
    President and CEO, GeoVax Labs, Inc
  • Edward Meyer (VSB ’86)
    President & Managing Member, Iluna USA, LLC
  • Edmund Moore (VSB ’90)
    Chief Executive Officer, Clutch
  • Matthew Scalaro
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner, CapConnect Funding Group
  • Kristy Sisko Wallace (CLAS ’99)
    CEO, Ellevate Network
  • Paul Stein (VSB ’93)
    Advisory Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Donald Volk (VSB ’71)
    Director, Karlani Capital
  • Raymond Walheim (VSB ’89, VLS ’96)
    Partner, Robin Hood Ventures


Beyond Ideas Committee

A committee of faculty and staff across campus that focuses on generating new ideas along the entrepreneurial process.

  • Trish Burdo
  • Ed Dougherty
  • Gayle Doyle
  • Michelle Galloway
  • Martae Giometti
  • Kevin Grubb
  • Amanda Kelly
  • Jim Klingler
  • II Luscri
  • Melanie McMenamin
  • Joyce Munyan
  • Stephanie Nissen
  • Mike Pennington
  • Debra Shearer
  • George Simmons
  • Maureen Piotti