Travis Lesser

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Adjunct Instructor

Department Management and Organization
Office Address 451 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-0195
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Travis is an Entrepreneurship Instructor, primarily teaching courses in Penn State’s cross-college Entrepreneurship Minor. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, he is himself a business owner in the Centre Region.

In addition, his role as Student Program Coordinator with the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship, he administers such programming as the CIENT Student Experienceship Program and the Propel Business - New Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program.


MBA, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Penn State University, 2014

BS, Business Administration w/ concentration in Professional Golf Management, Methodist University (NC), 2001

Courses Taught

MGMT 365 – Social Entrepreneurship (3)
Social entrepreneurship exposes students to the power of solving social problems through market-based solutions. Entrepreneurs, in general, create opportunities through resource integration. Therefore, social entrepreneurs create socially beneficial opportunities through the integration of public and private resources. In this course, students will explore the latest regulatory, legal and macroenvironmental policies and issues related to social entrepreneurship.In contrast to existing entrepreneurship courses, social impact is the primary purpose driving firm creation. Profitability, or value capture is not required, but might provide an innovative business model choice. In order to support the creation and growth of important social opportunities, entrepreneurs should consider different business model innovations beyond financial returns alone might produce.After taking this course, students will be alert to legal and regulatory opportunities, be capable of developing relevant marketing innovations and provide measurement and impact analyses prior to and after implementation of their strategies associated with social entrepreneurship. These learning outcomes will benefit traditional entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions.

MGMT 215 – Entr Mindset (3)
This course provides the opportunity to learn to think like an entrepreneur in the broader context of social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, creative problem solving, opportunity recognition, and innovation. MGMT 215 Entrepreneurial Mindset (3) An entrepreneurial mindset can be applied to different situations such as social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, creative problem solving, opportunity recognition, technology management, innovation and career development, etc. The skills and attributes of an entrepreneurial mindset can be used to expand career options and career paths for students in any major. Students will develop self-efficacy, leadership, recognition of new opportunities, resourcefulness, creativity and comfort with ambiguity. Further, this course will help students develop an appreciation for mistakes and failure as valuable learning opportunities. Through experiential exercises and problem based learning the student will be afforded the opportunity to study, apply and absorb an entrepreneurial mindset as an approach to viewing the world, to recognizing opportunities and to developing novel solutions. After taking this course the student, regardless of a student's major or college, will have a greater understanding of how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to problems and adopt entrepreneurial solutions to those problems to transform them from problems into opportunities.

ENGR 310 – Entrepreneurial Leadership (3)
This course develops leadership and entrepreneurial skills using collabora- tive, problem-based projects, with engineering and business students working in teams.