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Ricardo Levy: The Essence of Entrepreneurship

Ricardo Levy: The Essence of Entrepreneurship

Ricardo LevyDate: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Friend Center Convocation Room (113)
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Other: Reception to follow


The Keller Center welcomed engineer, entrepreneur, and author Ricardo Levy *67, to the Princeton University campus on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Levy, who earned a master's degree in Chemical Engineering at Princeton, shared his experiences on founding and building a successful entrepreneurial venture. He also discussed the key qualities that make entrepreneurs and leaders. Is there a difference between the two? Watch the video of his engaging talk.

This event was part of the Keller Center's Leadership Dialogue Series sponsored by the Keller Center and made possible by generous support from the William Pierson Field Lectureship Fund. A reception followed the lecture where students and local entrepreneurs waited patiently for their chance to talk one on one with Levy.  

Ricardo Levy Bio
Ricardo B. Levy is an executive and entrepreneur whose career spans more than three decades of founding and building successful businesses. Born and raised in South America to a European immigrant family, he completed engineering studies in the United States at Stanford and Princeton before returning to South America to run a family business. In 1969 he sold the business and returned to the United States to complete his PhD at Stanford in the field of catalytic chemistry.

In 1974, after a number of years in the petroleum and petrochemical industry, he co-founded his first entrepreneurial venture, Catalytica, a research and development firm serving the chemical, pharmaceutical, and energy industries. The firm's discoveries resulted in  over one hundred patents and led to the formation of three companies, one of which became, under Levy's leadership, the largest supplier to the pharmaceutical industry in North America.

He currently serves on several public and private corporate boards of directors and on the Advisory Board of the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society, the leading global entrepreneurship incubator.