Marcia L. Cole
Assistant Director of Special Projects
GEM Global and GEM USA
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, Assistant Director 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.
As Assistant Director 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.
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
As the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Debi works with students, alumni, and faculty, as well as the broader entrepreneurial community, to create greater success and understanding of the practice of entrepreneurship. She directly oversees the BCERC Conference, STEP, GEM, the Butler Venture Accelerator Program and all special entrepreneur programs and events associated with the Blank Center. Before coming to Babson, Debi was the Managing Director and Executive Vice President at Havas Media and has mentored entrepreneurs at MassChallenge, Harvard's iLab and TechStars Boston. Debi has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
In her current role as Associate Director 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 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.
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
Nancy provides administrative assistance and facilities management to the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. In her role directly supporting the Director of the Blank Center, she is responsible for providing logistical and budgetary support, and assists in the efficient implementation of the The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program and other entrepreneurial programs and events.
Before joining the Babson team in the spring of 2015, she worked in interior design and previously was the Director of the Boston University Corporate Education Center. She earned her BS from the State University College at Oneonta, New York, with degrees in Psychology and Business/Economics
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
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.
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 is the Division Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship Division. He joined the team in September 2014. He provides administrative support to the Division Chair and is responsible for the logistics of various faculty, staffing, and scheduling matters.
Patrick is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America and most recently worked in the Operations Division at Georgetown University.
Susan Sutherland supports the annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, (BCERC) and the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research publication. Prior to joining Babson, she provided print and electronic visual design services to organizations including many in the non-profit sector. Susan holds a BS in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from Northeastern University.