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Widener School of Business Administration to honor Dr. Keith Leaphart

Keith Leaphart, Distinguished Performance in Management Award, Widener School of Business Administration

Dr. Keith Leaphart will be honored by the Widener University School of Business Administration on March 29.

The Widener University School of Business Administration announced it will give its 2018 Distinguished Performance in Management Award to Dr. Keith Leaphart, a young innovator whose work in medicine and entrepreneurship has granted him the nickname Philadelphia's "Doctorpreneur."

The award is given by the school's Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society to a business person who has shown exemplary leadership and business success. It is the highest honor the School of Business Administration bestows.

"Dr. Keith Leaphart is passionate about using his talents in medicine, business and philanthropy to empower and inspire youth," said Dean Jayati Ghosh of the School of Business Administration. "He is an amazing role model who our students can look to as they become strong leaders in their chosen professions. It is a pleasure to recognize him with the Distinguished Performance in Management Award."

"I am honored to receive this award from Widener University's School of Business Administration," Leaphart said. "I appreciate the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for recognizing my commitment to leadership and innovation in the Philadelphia region."

Leaphart's expansive parallel careers in medicine, business and philanthropy center upon one single mission: help as many people as possible, as often as possible.

Since 2005, Leaphart, doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, has practiced medicine at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

In 2009, Leaphart acquired Replica Creative, a 30-year old print shop located in the Center City area of Philadelphia. As president and CEO, Leaphart evolved the firm from a small print shop to a full service business-to-business stronghold providing corporate, academic, finance, and other Greater Philadelphia area clients with custom end-to-end design and print services. He launched Replica's headquarters in Center City and a Creative Café @ Replica in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood. Creative Café@ Replica is the first café – design firm hybrid of its kind in the country.

In 2015, Leaphart combined his love for science and design to establish Wallsome, an alternative design firm specializing in creative wall graphics. With bold, photography-based textiles that are demonstrably more modern and cost-effective to traditional wall paint or wallpaper, Wallsome's goal is to enrich, enliven, and authenticate customers' home interiors through personal images, graphics, and custom designs.

While Leaphart continues to receive awards and notoriety for his achievements in medicine and design, he considers his philanthropic endeavors among his most prized successes.

In 2013, Leaphart was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for The Lenfest Foundation. In this role, he serves alongside a dedicated board of directors and staff to help disadvantaged youth in Philadelphia in the areas of early learning, out-of-school care, and career planning.

Leaphart also serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Traditions, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Philanthropy Network, Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Philadelphia Media Network, The Science Center, The Lenfest Scholars Foundation, and Comcast Corporation's external Joint Diversity Council.

Earlier in his career, Leaphart was a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia Public School System, and an Executive on Loan from The Lenfest Foundation to the City of Philadelphia. While working for the City of Philadelphia, he assisted with the development and implementation of the city's ex-offender reintegration strategy.

Leaphart completed his undergraduate work at Hampton University; earning a BS in Biology. He earned a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, 2003); and simultaneously completed his master's in business administration from Saint Joseph's University (MBA, 2001); in 2007 he completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a 2013 recipient of the Vision for Philadelphia Award.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB.

The award will be given to Dr. Leaphart at the annual School of Business Administration Award Banquet at 5:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/