Lepage Student Fellows

Lepage Student Fellows support the Lepage Center by assisting student founders during spark hours, conducting research, writing blog posts and working with the Lepage Center's community partners on various projects. This accomplished group of graduate and undergraduate students are selected from a competitive pool of applicants at the beginning of each academic year. The Lepage Fellowship is open to students from any school across Tulane University. For more information on how to apply, please contact Timekia Mallery at tmallery@tulane.edu.


2022-2023 Lepage Student Fellows

Clayton Britt

Hometown: Boston, MA

Clayton Britt is from Boston Massachusetts and a transfer student here at Tulane. Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and has used his talents at a wide range of companies, such as hedge funds, sports media analytics companies, and industry-leading financial technology companies. During his tenure at Chime, Clayton was on both the brand and paid side of the marketing team. He helped to start and eventually close an NBA Jersey Patch deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Clayton is looking forward to learning more about how businesses come to fruition and helping his new home city of New Orleans.

Julia Hender

Finance and Management
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois

Julia has been passionate about entrepreneurship since taking a two-year business incubator course in high school and creating her own start-up company. She is excited to be a part of the Lepage Center and help work towards making a difference in the New Orleans area. She looks forward to growing as she learns more from all the resources the Lepage Center has to offer. Outside of school, Julia has interned for two summers at a campaign tech, data and managed service company and is involved in Greek life here at Tulane.

Neera Kennedy

Marketing and Environmental Studies 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Neera has always been interested in what it takes to build a business from the ground up. She loves being able to talk to different entrepreneurs to understand the thought and detail that goes into building an idea into a reality. Neera hopes to better learn how to tell the distinct stories of different entrepreneurs from their point of view, while simultaneously reaching different groups of people.

Ivy Robinson

Marketing and Environmental Studies 
Hometown: Thomasville, Georgia

As a creative professional and lifelong learner, Ivy believes that entrepreneurship represents a sense of energy and optimism that extends beyond the traditional constructs of business. She joins us as a third-year Professional MBA candidate and the Director of Strategic Development for St. Thomas Community Health Center in New Orleans. Ivy is originally from Thomasville, GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013. Having previously worked in the music business, hospitality franchising and politics, her experience is rooted in sales, marketing, and business development for both singular practices and multiunit territories. She consults for a variety of local organizations and currently serves on the Graduate Business Council Executive Board. Ivy is also a practicing visual artist, avid traveler, and dedicated music enthusiast.

Rich Simmerman

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Rich is passionate about sustainable entrepreneurship, plant-based products, environmental preservation, and agricultural tech. In 2020, he founded a plant-based protein cereal company, Ceres, which developed the 1st cereal with 20g of plant protein and 0g of sugar in every serving. He is a Graduate of the 2021 Idea Village IdeaInstitute Accelerator Program, the 2022 Loyola University New Orleans Inaugural Launch-U Cohort, and is a current member of the 2022 Propeller Social Impact Accelerator Program. In his free time, Rich enjoys going to electronic music festivals, playing Rugby and exploring different cities.

Theo Viggiani-Cole

Political Economy and French
Hometown: Rochester, NY

Theo has been inspired by entrepreneurs in his extended family and has come to appreciate how entrepreneurship has revealed the diverse personalities, perspectives and talents of those with whom he has worked. His interest in business building was elevated during the summer prior to his freshman year of college when he and a friend developed an intensive ACT tutoring agency and instructed peers at local high schools. A few months later, he co-founded his first company, a tech startup based around a music live streaming platform that incorporates both music producers and performers and facilitates “freestyle” rap. Now, he is excited to share all he has learned about entrepreneurship and continue learning himself at the Lepage Center!

Matthew Yam

Finance and Political Economy
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

For Matthew, life is all about working with people, solving problems, and having fun along the way. He developed his love for entrepreneurship while on a gap year where he studied public health and sustainability in Central America and interned for a startup accelerator based in Wellington, New Zealand. At Tulane, Matthew is a member of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business, serves as a Freshman Leadership Program Coordinator, and spends his free time playing basketball, singing, and cooking. Fun fact: Matthew has been stung by a stingray!