02/24/07 - The University of Washington
Business School said alumnus Leonard Lavin, founder and chairman emeritus of the
Alberto-Culver Co., has donated $2 million to establish a fund to nurture
The Leonard and Bernice Lavin Entrepreneurial Action Program, to be known as LEAP, will
give 25 undergraduate students each year direct access to mentors from the business
community and networking opportunities.
The program will also offer special field trips, lectures and internships. It's set to start in the
fall of 2008.
Lavin attended the UW before serving in the Navy during World War II. He and his wife,
Bernice, bought a small beauty supply company in 1995 and grew it into a concern with
annual sales approaching $1.5 billion.