Lam-Larsen Initiatives & Centers

The Lam-Larsen Initiatives are an innovative set of programs, research projects, workshops, speaker events, and other activities designed to have a transformational impact, today and tomorrow, on the thousands of students, faculty and staff at the Lam Family College of Business and across San Francisco State University. Many of these activities are interdisciplinary and are developed in partnership with businesses, industry/professional associations, nonprofits, and local, state or federal government organizations. 

The Lam-Larsen Initiatives strengthen the ability of the Lam Family College of Business to respond to shifts within the business sector and to prepare our students to effectively address the demands and challenges resulting from those shifts once they enter the workforce. These initiatives enable SF State students, faculty, alumni and other experts to come together across disciplines to share ideas and think creatively to solve problems, innovate and collaborate on a wide range of projects, domestically and globally. 

The Lam-Larsen Initiatives are made possible through a generous gift from alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S., ‘84), his wife Lyna Lam and the Rippleworks Foundation. As a result of this gift, the Lam-Larsen Fund for Global Innovation was established. Several other esteemed donors provide support for specific programs and activities.

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We dedicate resources to developing strong and sustained connections and working collaboratively with the business, academic and alumni communities.  Through these efforts, we execute specialized programs, events, research projects and other engaging activities that expand the knowledge, skills, opportunities and networks of our students, faculty and staff.

Community Engagement Info & Events

At the Lam Family College of Business, we prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in our classrooms and workplace to help our students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. We are committed to the continual, iterative process of removing systemic roadblocks in higher education.

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The mission of this initiative is to advance research and teaching on the contemporary issues faced by emerging and developing economies and educate SF State community on the critical issues in emerging and developing economies through:

  • Develop experience-based education programs that provide students and affiliates of SF State with strong exposure to business insights and competence in the context of emerging and developing economies
  • Develop teaching materials centered around issues faced by emerging and developing economies
  • Promote research that addresses the problems and issues faced by the emerging and developing economies
  • Engage thought leaders in academia and industries

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The mission of the FinTech Initiative is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the intersection between finance and technology, increase financial literacy in a growing technology world and improve job prospects for our students.

Learn more about the FinTech Initiative

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs at San Francisco State University (I&E @ SFSU) is housed in the Lam Family College of Business, but offers university-wide programming. We believe that our students and extended community fundamentally have the creativity, insight, and spirit to positively effect the world around them.

Read more about Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Every two years, we recognize a group of Lam Family College of Business faculty members who are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee for their outstanding performance in one of three key areas:  scholarly research, teaching and community service.

Learn about Professorship Awards

The staff, faculty and administrators at the Lam Family College of Business are committed to creating an inclusive college community by engaging students in meaningful experiences that provide exciting and enlightening opportunities to network and build skills.

Learn about Student Engagement

In line with the Lam Family College of Business's vision “to be a leader in advancing transformative change globally and locally [by building] an inclusive place to learn, teach, create, innovate, and work,” the Technology in Business Education initiative has a mission to support the faculty’s activities in technology integration in the business curriculum.

Read about Technology in Business Education Initiatives

Our renowned faculty develop curricular innovations that meet the changing demands of the business world and streamline the path to graduation for our students. These curricular enhancements ensure our students are well-rounded and prepared to tackle the challenges of today's and tomorrow's workplace.

Read about Undergraduate Curricular Innovation

College of Business Funding Initiatives

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Scholarships can make the difference in students being able to buy textbooks, pay for tuition, or even stay in college.

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Center for the “Language of Business”

The Center will become a central hub for accounting students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals to collaborate together.

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Trading Room & Student Investment Fund

The stock trading room provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable real-world hands-on experience.

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Institute for Wine, Food & Restaurant Management

The Institute will coordinate education, research, and applied learning across the fine food, restaurant, and wine industries.

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Business Enterprise &
Engagement Center

The Center will provide career development resources, internship opportunities, faculty-led consulting engagements, and student conferences.

For more information about the Institute for Innovation, contact:

Anjali Billa ( She/Her/Hers )
Associate Vice President of University Development
Lam Family College of Business
(415) 405-3625