About the Center


Create social value and economic opportunity by actively building alliances between students as future entrepreneurs, faculty and experienced entrepreneurs in service to communities, organizations and individuals. The Center will stimulate, support and expand business and social entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship is a process through which individuals and groups pursue solutions to needs, problems, or challenges, by seizing opportunities, leveraging resources, and initiating change that creates value. The promoted solution usually includes the introduction of new ideas, goals, services or practices that require innovation and risk to implement. Entrepreneurs apply innovation, creativity, vision, passion, and leadership of others to address the challenge before them. Social value focused entrepreneurship emphasizes social innovation through entrepreneurial solutions. These actions often blur the traditional boundaries between the public, private and non-profit sectors, and emphasize hybrid models of for-profit and nonprofit activities.


To be a recognized leader in transforming those with entrepreneurial spirit into leaders of successful social value creating enterprises in both not for profit and for profit arenas.

Meet the McNeely Center Director

 Terri Barreiro


Terri Barreiro is the first Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict in Central Minnesota which opened in 2004.  The Center provides services to students, faculty, alumni and local community leaders with entrepreneurial interests.  She coaches entrepreneurial students and alumni, teaches entrepreneurship topics and manages all major events of the Center. She also is adjunct faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs teaching Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.  She has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in the Twin Cities including leadership of the Minneapolis and Greater Twin Cities United Ways and the Dayton Hudson Corporate Foundation.  In addition to her work at the McNeely Center, Terri sits on the Board of the Cargill Foundation. She also serves as a consultant with a long list of past clients including: United Ways in Canada, Minnesota Council on Foundations, national associations of nonprofits and educators, and local nonprofits helping with strategic planning and organizational improvement projects.  Barreiro received her BA in Psychology, a BA Cum Laude in Spanish and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.