Dr. Lynda Allen
, Olivet business professor, was recently inducted into the Sam Walton Fellow Hall of Fame administered by Enactus, a global organization that encourages university students to change the world through entrepreneurial action.
A Sam Walton Fellow since 2009, Dr. Allen is one of only four fellows inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The Hall of Fame
honors fellows from two colleges/universities who have done the most to advance the Enactus
organization during the current academic year. Inductees are recognized for outstanding contributions to Enactus students and the Enactus teams on their respective campuses, including helping students with career placement.
“This prestigious distinction is a great honor for Dr. Allen and for Olivet,” said Dr. Glen Rewerts, dean of the Olivet School of Business. “Very few among Enactus faculty sponsors are distinguished in this way. This is a testament to the work Dr. Allen continues to accomplish through Olivet’s Enactus team and our School of Business.”
Dr. Allen is a 1982 graduate of Olivet. She has served as faculty sponsor of Olivet’s nationally recognized Enactus team since 2003. The team is consistently among the top 40 at national competition out of more than 800 U.S. teams
. Dr. Allen’s work has included laying down infrastructure for startup companies and helping businesses in developing countries to obtain microloans.
Former Enactus chapter president Rebecca Crane '15 reflected on Dr. Allen’s leadership ability: “She has the right approach for every situation. She gives guidance when needed but likes to take a step back and encourage students to problem solve and be creative on their own. There has never been a doubt in my mind that God is the one leading her. I look at her as a role model because of her dedication to her work as well as her love for the Lord.”