College of Business

About the Center

The mission of the Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate is to instill entrepreneurial thinking at Lewis University and to create a community of practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is the willingness to take risks and develop, organize and manage a business venture in a competitive global marketplace that is constantly evolving. An entrepreneurial spirit of innovation and ambition is essential to the process. Entrepreneurs are pioneers, leaders, innovators and inventors. They are dreamers and most importantly-doers.

The Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to become successful entrepreneurs.

Speaker Series
The Stahl Center will invite entrepreneurs in every stage of the business development life cycle from novice to experience to discuss the actions taken and decisions made to create a successful and profitable business.

Stahl Center Advisory Board
The Stahl Center Advisory Board plays a critical role in providing strategic counsel, guidance and advice to the Director, Kristin Burton. The Board also helps to promote the mission of the Center by providing financial support, student internships and volunteer hours. Board members represent a variety of large and small local and regional companies.

Meet the Stahl Center Director
Kristin Burton is the first Director of the Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate at Lewis University. The Center provides resources and services to up and coming entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Burton coaches students and alumni; teaches entrepreneurship topics and manages all major events of the Stahl Center. She has over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit and institutional sectors.

In addition to her work at the Stahl Center, Kristin sits on the City of Chicago Low Income Housing Board of the City of Chicago and the Alianza Committee of the Joliet Chamber where she serves as Business Development Chair. Mrs. Burton received an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Real Estate from Roosevelt University and M.S. in Accounting from Roosevelt University.