Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Team

The IES team conceives, organizes and hosts all the programs and events sponsored by IES; reaches out to collaborate with the varied colleges and campus organizations to encourage entrepreneurship and to integrate entrepreneurial activities within their offerings; interfaces with off-campus organizations and external individuals to facilitate their engagement in UIC entrepreneurship; solicits sponsorship and ongoing financial support for IES; and, more!


Rita Bieliauskas
Director of Operations


Birkland, Dawn - Head Shot
Dawn Birkland
Director of Student and Community Engagement



Rod Shrader

Denton Thorne Chair in Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director


Camelia Williams, Department Information Supervisor

Camelia Williams
Department Information Supervisor