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      School of Business Administration Honors Dr. Keith Leaphart at 47th Awards Banquet

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      Dr. Keith Leaphart

      Dr. Keith Leaphart received the 2018 Distinguished Performance in Management Award at the School of Business Administration’s 47th Awards Banquet.

      Never let failure lead you to fear experimentation– that was the message Dr. Keith Leaphart conveyed to students at the Widener University School of Business Administration's 47th Awards Banquet.

      "Like many of you in this room, I have never had a shortage of ideas, and I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but the difference between an entrepreneur and someone with an idea is that an entrepreneur puts ideas into action," said Leaphart, a young innovator whose work in medicine, business and philanthropy has granted him the nickname of Philadelphia's "Doctorpreneur."

      "An entrepreneur is willing to experiment, to test assumptions and business models, and to fail," Leaphart said. "Throughout my career, I had many successes and some failures, but I have never let a time when I didn't succeed stop me from pursuing the next opportunity or tackling the next challenge, as the best lessons in life are often learned through failure."

      Leaphart, the guest speaker at the March 29 banquet, received the 2018 Distinguished Performance in Management Award. The award was bestowed by the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and is the School of Business Administration's highest honor.

      "Dr. Keith Leaphart is passionate about using his talents in medicine, business and philanthropy to empower and inspire youth," said Dean Jayati Ghosh. "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."

      The awards dinner at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford, Pennsylvania was an opportunity to honor Leaphart, as well as several undergraduate and graduate business students and faculty.

      During his speech, Leaphart said he was honored to celebrate and "acknowledge our future entrepreneurs and business leaders" in the room.

      "It brings back fond memories for me from when I was in business school at Saint Joseph's University," he said. "What I learned in business school is summed up quiet perfectly by the core values of Widener University – preparation, leadership and experiential learning, which are all central to real world success. Those are the three tenents I embrace and that I know led to my own success."

      Leaphart said his entrepreneurial spirit began when he started a cleaning service while in medical school. The connections he made and the work ethic he developed followed him through life.

      "Even though, I decided to close the doors of that business and to devote my attention to medicine and other ventures, one of the major takeaways from that first company was the people you encounter, whether it's clients, team members or even some of your professors here today, may be the very catalyst you need to take you to the next level," Leaphart said.

      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.

      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 ended his speech by challenging the students to be bold in their futures.

      "When you leave here, it will say Widener University, but it is the tenents behind the degree, which include proper preparation, smart leadership, and a commitment to life-long learning and experimentation, that if fully embraced, will position you for success," Leaphart said.


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