12:30pm | Lunch Session | Real Life: I am an Entrepreneur

Panel Description: Are you an entrepreneur? Do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur? Join us for a full discussion about the pitfalls and rewards of entrepreneurship at our roundtable conversation, network with passionate minds and learn about new business ideas while building community.


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Darcelle Lahr serves as Professor of Business Practice at the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business & Public Policy at Mills College, teaching Leadership & Ethics, Social Impact Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Business & Society, and the capstone MBA Strategic Management course.

Darcelle also serves as President and CEO of Integral Consulting Group, a woman/minority-owned management consulting practice, and is the Founder and Executive Director of L.C. and Lillie Cox Haven of Hope, supporting socially-minded entrepreneurs and small business owners in delivering valuable services to vulnerable communities.

In each of her roles, Darcelle brings a unique breadth of cross-cultural professional expertise in business strategy, program development, management, implementation, due diligence, construction, and operations, and a keen understanding of the dynamics and challenges of micro- and social-enterprise business leadership. Darcelle provides compassionate, seasoned guidance to social change advocates in transitioning from early-stage visionaries to strong, focused leaders and governance directors.

Prior to her current engagements, Darcelle directed the expedited development, national energy sales agreements, and construction of multiple-unit renewable power plant programs in Southeast Asia, and business development, strategy, and implementation activities for U.S. retail electricity and energy services programs.

Darcelle will receive her Doctorate in Education from Mills College in May 2018, earned her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College, is an honored graduate of the Transnational Executive MBA Program of CSU East Bay, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Darcelle is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in the state of California.