Patti Reinhardt

Director of Student Engagement, Competitions and Events


Patti Reinhardt is the Director of Student Engagement, Competitions and Events for the IDEA Center. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Management from Trine University.

Patti has been at the University of Notre Dame since 2003 and within entrepreneurship academia since 2012. Her team manages Notre Dame's McCloskey New Venture Competition each spring and throughout the year she ensures that students across campus are aware of the resources available to them at the IDEA Center. Patti especially loves watching students grow in their confidence and skill sets, as they encounter the many hands-on opportunities provided by the IDEA Center.

Additional passions include public speaking, mentoring and raising awareness in the fight against cancer.