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Anthony Mendes


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Anthony M. Mendes, Ph.D.
Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
2001 South First St., Suite 107 Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217) 265-7619

Dr. Tony Mendes, Executive Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership (AEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an acclaimed entrepreneurial educator who formerly served as Director of College Initiatives at the Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. There he managed a program grant portfolio with over 200 colleges and universities. Many of the collegiate programs that Dr. Mendes initiated have received national prominence including the Kauffman Campuses program. He also was the grant officer for numerous entrepreneurship organizations including; USASBE, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and The Academy of Management.

In his role with the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Dr. Mendes is responsible for the integration of entrepreneurship curriculum in all of the academic units of the university. He is responsible for developing and delivering curricular and co-curricular initiatives targeted to faculty, student and administrative interests. He frequently presents at national and international conferences and has served on several panels that have influenced the advancement of entrepreneurship education, domestically and internationally.

Dr. Mendes holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Mendes was founder and president of Mendes and Associates, a private consulting company, located in Kansas City, Missouri. He also spent 13 years with AT&T as manager of training and development where he was successful in securing resources needed to build and implement nationally recognized initiatives. His teaching experience includes courses at; Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO; Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ; Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY and the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, Illinois.