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Knowledge Series

Two modules designed for working professionals that cover Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Whether you’ve been in the professional world for 6 months or 30 years, there is always room to hone your skills or develop new ones. The Knowledge Series, hosted by the Centennial Center at HWS, is designed to help you expand your capacity for leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, providing professional development that is applicable across industries.

Each module is built around a theme and consists of a series of four virtual sessions that include interactive lectures, peer-based discussions and guided reflective assignments. Intended for working professionals, the Knowledge Series is suitable for alums, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the Colleges. Participants will be charged a fee of $175 per module. Fees will be waived for HWS employees. Participants must commit to the full, four class schedule.

Meet the Team

All courses in the series will be led by the expert staff of the Centennial Center. Please reach out with questions.

Amy Forbes

Director of the Centennial Center
(315) 781-4550

At the forefront of leadership education, Amy Forbes’ courses blend contemporary leadership theory and cutting-edge innovation concepts. In her classroom, students prepare to lead diverse teams, cultivate inclusive and innovative cultures, and tackle significant challenges in organizational environments.

A practitioner of the Adaptive Leadership framework, an emerging model designed by faculty at Harvard University, Forbes says, “With increasing complexities and rapidly changing environments, this framework is useful toward helping leaders differentiate between technical and adaptive challenges, to diagnose the system, and see where they can leverage innovative solutions that might otherwise not be possible.”

As the director of the Centennial Center, Forbes teaches courses, facilitates sessions, advises students, develops content and builds programming that transforms students into change agents.

She holds a doctorate with a focus in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont. “Leadership as a field spoke to me largely because it plays host to so many interesting disciplines and it truly is where the action takes place,” she says. “I like the challenge of pursuing a craft where there’s no mastery, only continuous, lifelong learning to be the best version of yourself when you are an organizational leader.”

Forbes has presented on numerous topics including authentic leadership, ethical decision-making, group dynamics, organizational change, problem solving and innovation. Her areas of interest are leadership studies, leadership development, college student leadership, organizational development, and entrepreneurial leadership.

Ed Bizari

Entrepreneurial Fellow
(315) 781-4550

Ed Bizari is an entrepreneur based in Rochester, N.Y. with 30+ years of experience at Fortune 500 companies, funded startups, and early stage startup companies. Areas of expertise included strategy development, product management, sales, and marketing. At HWS, Bizari plays a vital role in developing the Colleges’ entrepreneurial programming, advising students and supporting their projects, directing the Summer Sandbox Student Startup Accelerator, facilitating workshops and coordinating entrepreneurial events on and off campus.

Since 2013 he has been with Launch NY, an Upstate NY venture development firm that advises and funds early stage startup companies, serves on several startup boards, is a National Science Foundations I-Corps Short Course instructor, has taught entrepreneurship courses at University of Rochester and Ithaca College, and serves as a mentor in regional clean energy and food/agriculture economic development competitions. Bizari holds an MBA and BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology.