Team

Janet Strimaitis
Executive Director
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

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In her role as Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Janet is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical execution and operational oversight for achieving the Center’s annual goals. The Center focuses on expanding the practice of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ through innovative co-curricular programs and global collaborative research initiatives that inspire and inform Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®. She leads the team that is responsible for the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program; two applied longitudinal global research studies, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project; and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. She also advises the leadership team for the annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest student-organized event at Babson. She is an active member of the Boston-area Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and the Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers.

Janet joined Babson in 2003 to expand the Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators to a global delivery model and became Associate Director of the Center in 2007 and Managing Director in 2009. Prior to joining Babson, she had her own company through which she organized and implemented more than thirty international conferences in the USA, Europe and Japan. She has an MBA from Babson and an MS from Virginia Tech.

Fyllis Berg-Elton
Senior Academic Division Coordinator
Entrepreneurship Division
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Fyllis joined the Entrepreneurship Division in January 2013. She provides administrative support to the Division Chair and is responsible for the logistics of various faculty, staffing, and scheduling matters. Previously, she worked as a Department Administrator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a paralegal. She earned a B.A. in Education from Tufts University.

Marcia L. Cole
Media and Public Relations
GEM Global and GEM USA
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Marcia Cole works closely with the leaders and the members of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Consortium in the US and overseas. Marcia manages the GEM website (www.gemconsortium.org), the GEM publications, the GEM Organizational Meetings along with routine daily operations. She has been employed at Babson College since 1995. Marcia has Bachelor’s in Literature from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College.

Valerie Duffy
Manager
STEP Project
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Valerie Duffy, Manager of the STEP Project has been at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College since September 2004. She was engaged in several different responsibilities for the Entrepreneurship Division team including administrative assistant, teaching case coordinator, and budget coordinator. In January 2010, she assumed responsibility for the college-wide case-writing/production initiative. As Manager of the Babson Faculty Pedagogical Fund (BFPF) and Babson Teaching Center, she created, developed, implemented, and oversaw all of the operational activities of new initiatives at Babson to encourage and facilitate the development of new pedagogical materials. Val has her undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts.

Antonette Ho
Manager
Entrepreneur Programs
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As Manager of Entrepreneur Programs, Antonette is responsible for designing and implementing Babson's signature entrepreneurship events (Rocket Pitch, B.E.T.A. Challenge, Summer Venture Showcase), marketing, communications and programming  for student and alumni entrepreneurs through the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator. Antonette graduated from Babson in December 2006 and was recipient of the Allison Carroll Global Leadership Award in 2006. While studying, Antonette was a student employee for the Blank Center. Prior to returning to Babson, Antonette worked in Shanghai and London managing events.

Cindy Klein-Marmer
Manager
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program

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In her current role as Manager of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program, Cindy manages the mentoring of student entrepreneurs. Cindy joined Babson’s Graduate School Center for Career Development in 2004, most recently working as Associate Director with students interested in technology, life sciences, energy and entrepreneurial careers. Cindy is an MBA from Babson College’s two year MBA program where she went through the Entrepreneurship Intensity Track (EIT) and co-launched AdvantageNet, Inc., a business and career management consulting firm. Prior to Babson, Cindy held several positions of increasing responsibility in the financial services and communications industries. She earned her B.S. in Accounting at University of Delaware, an MBA with honors from Babson College and is a former CPA.

Donna Luce
Administrative Assistat
STEP Project

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Donna Luce is the Administrative Assistant of the STEP Project. Donna joined the STEP Project in February of 2014. In this role, Donna provides administrative support to the Global Office Manager as well as the 40+ affiliated Universities participating in the Project. Donna acts as the Quantitative Survey liaison, working closely with the vendor and affiliates ensuring efficient implementation of the Survey; coordinating translations and ensuring protocols are followed. In addition, Donna oversees STEP membership, maintains the STEP quantitative and qualitative database, and manages the STEP Project website. Donna also answers incoming general inquiries about the STEP Project.

Jennifer MacDonald
Program Assistant
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC)
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Jen joined the Blank Center in November 2005. She assists with all aspects of the BCERC conference, maintains the BCERC website and manages the distribution of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, the annual publication of the BCERC conference proceedings.

Prior to joining Babson, Jen worked at Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. and Fidelity Investments. She is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.

Georgia Papavasiliou
Manager
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

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Georgia has been with Babson College since 1987 and was the Program Coordinator for the Babson Entrepreneurial Exchange and the Administrator for the Babson Entrepreneurial Review until April 2001. From 1991 to 2001, she also coordinated Babson's business plan competitions for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2001, Georgia assumed the role of Program Coordinator for the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, (BCERC) and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. BCERC is an annual international conference and premier scholarly forum for entrepreneurial research. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, published every year, contains the proceedings of the conference and is the most comprehensive collection of empirical research papers on entrepreneurship.

Jeff Schiebe
Co-Director
Summer Venture Program

Jeff is co-director of the Summer Venture Program, Babson's world-renowned startup incubator. Jeff brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial experience, technical knowledge, global marketing expertise and cross-cultural perspectives to his role as an international advisor, consultant, lecturer and author.

Jeff is the founder of J & F Associates, a management consulting company, providing international business development to technology companies. A seasoned global entrepreneur and executive, traveling to more than 50 countries, his focus has been on developing global partners, channel development and strategic selling—primarily in telecom, software and Internet markets. Jeff has more than 30 years of international sales & marketing experience working in all established markets as well as emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America.

Prior to launching J & F Associates, Jeff was a founding executive at OnePIN, a mobile applications company. He has been on the ground floor of a number of start-ups and emerging companies as a founding executive, employee, investor and advisor. His entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial experience ranges from start-ups (CxO Management, PixelVision, Acunet) to emerging companies (PictureTel) to established companies (Compaq, Professional Services Division).

Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College and a BS Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has been a frequent speaker at international industry conferences and seminars. He is also active in mentoring, coaching and teaching in Boston and San Francisco where he teaches at Babson, Clark University (Entrepreneur-in-Residence), the Hult International School of Business (Professor of Marketing). He also runs seminars in Entrepreneurship & Marketing internationally, most recently in Russia (Astrakhan State University).

Patrick Sullivan
Administrant Assistant
Entrepreneurship Division

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Patrick is the Administrative Assistant for the Entrepreneurship Division. He joined the team in September 2014. In his role, Patrick provides general administrative support to the Entrepreneurship Division. Patrick manages the Entrepreneurship Division’s interns and supervises the processing of professors workloads.

Patrick is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America and most recently worked in the Operations Division at Georgetown University. 

Jane Tekeian
Administrative Assistant
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

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Jane joined the Blank Center in October 2011. Jane’s primary responsibilities are assisting the Executive Director and the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program with inquiries, meetings and budgets along with some special project assignments. Prior to joining Babson, she worked with several companies who specialize in corporate and personal tax accounting. In her most recent role, she restructured and streamlined the administrative functions of a firm whose clients include several entrepreneurial ventures.