Mendy Laval named Lyles Center’s first intrapreneur in residence

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Mendy Laval named Lyles Center’s first intrapreneur in residence

As the first-ever intrapreneur in residence at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mendy Laval will provide Fresno State students with insight and tips for creating an innovation-fueled culture. The title of intrapreneur in residence is bestowed on an individual demonstrating entrepreneurial leadership within a corporate setting.

In addition to advising students, Laval will work with community members to inform about the concept and culture of intrapreneurs and the value they bring to a multitude of businesses. Laval will also lead monthly luncheons for female students seeking entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial careers. These luncheons will be designed to open dialogue, explore in-depth issues and network with local business professionals.

“I am honored to be asked to be involved with the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” Laval said. “The programs and activities provided by the Lyles Center have a significant impact on the students of Fresno State and our community at large. I am excited to assist students as they explore career opportunities, especially as it relates to their intrapreneurial pursuits.”

A Fresno native, Laval launched her career at Computer Power Systems, a division of Emerson Electric, and eventually moved to Dalgety Produce, where she established partnerships with importers throughout Asia. In 1991, Laval moved back to the Central Valley to join the Claude Laval Corporation, working side by side with her father, Claude.

Laval became president in 1997 and helped the company double its revenue and profitability. The Claude Laval Corporation was acquired by Lindsay Corporation in 2013. In 2015 she became a strategic advisor for Lindsay Corporation and its Fresno-based business unit.

A free, public welcome reception is planned at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 for community members, Fresno State faculty, staff and students. RSVP online.

For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Stearns at or 559.278.3735.

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