Entrepreneur and Scholar to be Honored by University

Prof. Emerita Kathleen Allen to receive Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award

February 09, 2018

Professor Emerita of Clinical Entrepreneurship Kathleen Allen will receive the 2018 Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award at the Academic Honors Convocation Ceremony on April 24, 2018. This honor is given to the University’s most distinguished retired faculty.

Allen, who earned her Ph.D. at USC Marshall, was professor of clinical entrepreneurship in Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for 26 years and retired in 2016. She served as director of the USC Center for Technology Commercialization, a partnership that she co-founded in the 1990s for the purpose of supporting entrepreneurship education across USC's business, medical and engineering schools.

"Although I am far from finished learning and honing my skills, this award sets the bar high, and I intend to continue to make USC proud in the years to come.” - Professor Emerita Kathleen Allen

“Professor Allen was instrumental in developing Marshall’s cutting-edge entrepreneurship curriculum and in spearheading USC’s earliest interdisciplinary efforts in entrepreneurship education,” said Marshall Dean James G. Ellis. “Beyond USC, she has dedicated herself to helping build the field of entrepreneurship education. She has been at the forefront of the field for most of her career — and remains, today, a thought leader.”

Allen won the 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) in recognition of her leadership. Her contributions as a teacher and mentor were recognized, for example, with USC’s Mellon Mentoring Award and with Gamma Sigma Alpha’s selection of her as Professor of the Year.

The author of numerous best-selling textbooks about entrepreneurship, Allen is currently developing a new digital instruction platform and app for “Launching New Ventures” (her textbook that was published in six languages, sold around the world and is now being readied for its eighth edition) and preparing a new book manuscript, “Start Slow, Finish Fast,” which challenges the conventional wisdom about the need for speed in the entrepreneurial process. 

Allen’s work also extends into public policy, most notably through her role as co-founder and president of N2TEC Institute, a nonprofit organization that was inspired by work she conducted under an NSF grant to develop a model for a technology commercialization ecosystem. Further, she has guided the development of technology commercialization efforts at the Department of Homeland Security and represented USC Marshall on the Mexican-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, a government-industry-education collaborative initiative. 

Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors include co-founding five companies and serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a major aerospace firm. She continues to advise entrepreneurs in their startup efforts.

“I am humbled and very proud to receive this award,” Allen said. “USC and the Marshall School of Business gave me opportunities during my career to create and do meaningful work with amazing colleagues across both campuses and to inspire thousands of students to go out into the world and make a difference. Although I am far from finished learning and honing my skills, this award sets the bar high, and I intend to continue to make USC proud in the years to come.”