Entrepreneurship Advisory

Get important feedback on your venture or entrepreneurial career goals, delve deeper into your entrepreneurial plans, learn about Lang Center and university resources around entrepreneurship, move your aspirations forward. The Lang Center Entrepreneurship Advisory is open to current students and alumni.

Important Information:

Thirty-minute sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: only sign up for one slot at a time to allow all program participants an opportunity to schedule meetings. 

Our Advisors accept appointments either via phone, video conference, or in-person, not a combination. The location of in-person appointments is indicated in parentheses next to the their name. Students who are unable to attend in-person meetings in NYC can also contact langcenter@gsb.columbia.edu for scheduling assistance.

Asking directly for funding, contacts, or sales/business leads is NOT a valid reason for making an advisory appointment. The Advisory Office Hours program is only for advice and guidance.

Upon signing up for a session, you will receive a confirmation email. A reminder email will be sent to you 24 hours in advance of your meeting.

You are required to cancel any appointments you can no longer attend at least 1 business day in advance of the meeting. Failure to do so will result in the inability to schedule future advisory appointments.

Please visit our Advisory Office Hours Guidelines page to see our full policy on appointment dos and don'ts.

Questions? Contact langcenter@gsb.columbia.edu.

After you have carefully reviewed the above information, you may click below to schedule an appointment.



Rob Delman '98
Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Expertise: Fundraising; Startups; Investor Pitch; Advisory Board Formation; Business Idea Evaluation


Andrea Durkin '99
Managing Director, 920 Communications LLC
Expertise: Health Care Marketer; Content Marketing Strategist & Creator; Product Marketing; Public Relations

Andy Jacobi '12
Founder, Untamed Sandwiches
Expertise: Food & Beverage; Sustainability; Retail; Restaurants

Liz Leahy '96
Co-Founder, Section 101
Expertise: Pitch Development (Customers and Partnerships); Business Canvas Modeling; Branding and Creative; Audience and Customer Engagement; Website and Email as Direct Marketing Channels 

Jack McGourty, PhD 
Director, Community and Global Entrepreneurship, Founder, Venture For All®
Expertise: Customer Discovery; Market Research; Minimum Viable Product Design; Product Realization; Organizational Culture


Carol Rattray '81
Co-Founder, Zoomdojo
Expertise: Pitch Development; Fundraising; Angel Investing; Startup Financing; Tech Startups; Career Strategy; International Business; Working at Early-Stage Ventures; Women in Business


Brian Rich '87
Managing Partner, Catalyst Investors
Expertise: Venture Capital/Growth Equity; Tech-Enabled Services; Telecom/Media; Capital Formation; C-Suite Coaching


Barbara Roberts
Former CEO, FPG International (now Getty Images) and Acoustiguide and Former NY Chair, Tiger 21
Writer, speaker on all stages of entrepreneurship, family businesses, and women’s entrepreneurial journeys
Expertise: Coach for Early Ideas, Pitch Prep, Family Business Dynamics, NYC Ecosystem, Startup Issues, Business Model Canvas, Customer Discovery, Advisory Boards, and Exit Planning  


Dan Sachar '03
VP, Enterprise Innovation, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services
Expertise: Fintech; Wealth Management; Innovation; Corporate Innovation; Fundraising


Scott Smedresman
Partner, McCarter & English
Expertise: Startup Legal; Financing; Technology Transactions; Growth Counseling; M&A


Stephen Zagor
Principal, Steve Zagor and Associates - Restaurant and Food Business Consulting Group
Expertise: Restaurants and Food Products

Recent Alumni and Peer-to-Peer Advisors

Seth Goodman '19
CEO & Founder, SiteRx
Expertise: Founding a Startup; Working at Early-Stage Ventures; Healthcare; Technology; Growth Capital

Taylor Palank '19
Expertise: Founding a Startup; Marketing; Customer Service; Technology; Beauty/retail

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Jeremy Kagan '99
Managing Director, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center; Professor, Digital Marketing; 3x founder: Digital Music, Email Marketing, SaaS Marketing Technology platform
Expertise: Digital Marketing Strategy; Startup and Founder Issues; Accelerators, Incubators, and early stage finance; SaaS, E-commerce and Business Models; Business Development and Strategic Partnerships


Lara Hejtmanek '99
Senior Associate Director, Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Expertise: Digital Marketing Stategy; Research & Customer Insights; Fashion/Retail/Beauty; Angel Investing 
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Cecilia Pineda '92
Senior Associate Director, Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Expertise: Communications; Content; Community; Marketing, Social Media; Healthcare; Food & Beverage
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Sam Wils '16
Senior Associate Director, Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Expertise: NYC Startup Ecosystem; Investor Pitch; Financial Projections; Fundraising
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