Thomas Ulbrich

Assistant Dean/Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership


MBA, University at Buffalo School of Management


Tom provides strategic oversight of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and works to advance the center's mission of invigorating the Western New York economy and community through entrepreneurial development.

As one of our community's most passionate advocates for small business, and a business owner himself, Tom intimately understands the incredible significance of entrepreneurship to our economy and culture.

Tom has dedicated his personal and professional work to small business advocacy. He is a member of the National Federation for Independent Business's New York State Leadership team and a frequent author and orator on topics concerning the importance of small business and entrepreneurship to the vitality of the American economy.

A testament to Tom's insights is his recent TEDx talk, “Is There a Better Way?'' which explores the necessity of developing entrepreneurial skills and spirit in students from a young age. In a world where modern technology and unprecedented access to information have rendered entrepreneurial skills essential, Tom's keen business sense and unique knowledge are invaluable.

Under Tom's direction, the CEL has expanded its sophisticated interdisciplinary approach to educating emerging business leaders centered on best and next practices backed by the thought leadership of the UB School of Management. The CEL has been recognized multiple times as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in North America.