Susan Scherreik, founding director of the Stillman School of Business' Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, has been named a 2016 Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur of New Jersey by Leading Women Entrepreneurs. The group annually acknowledges business women who have demonstrated stellar performance and achievement in business and economic innovation, community involvement and advocacy for women. Scherreik was recognized in the Intrapreneur category.
"The women we recognize are amazing role models for women in entrepreneurship and business everywhere," said Linda Wellbrock, CEO, Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
"Their tremendous accomplishments are representative of the increasing impact women are making in the world of business. Every year, we continue to be blown away by how many successful women are nominated."
An executive advisory board selected the winners from nearly 700 initial nominees, based on their performance in four categories, including business savvy and social consciousness. Scherreik and her fellow honorees will be celebrated at the 6th Annual Top 25 Leading Women's recognition event on November 14, at the Liberty House in Jersey City.
Scherreik joined Seton Hall University in 2003. Under her leadership, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has launched Certificate in Entrepreneurship programs for undergraduate and M.B.A. students, awarded more than $200,000 in entrepreneurship scholarships, created an Advisory Board and initiated the Seton Hall University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Additionally, Scherreik launched two student business competitions - the Pirates Pitch New Venture Competition which awards $10,000 in prizes annually to college students, and Pirates Pitch for high school students, which awards over $50,000 in scholarships and prizes. More than 50 entrepreneurs visit the Seton Hall University campus each year to lecture both in classrooms and at extracurricular events.
"Our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship in today's business world, and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in all of our students," Scherreik said.
In addition, Scherreik was a driving force behind the creation of UPitchNJ, a business idea competition that involved 11 New Jersey universities, and which was held in April. She also served as a judge in the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year/NJ competition.
Previously, Scherreik was an editor at Business Week magazine. She holds an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow, and a B.A. in History from Rutgers University.