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Dr. Elaine J. Eisenman is Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, the number one school in the world for entrepreneurship education. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and growth of this top rated executive education division, as well as for all non-degree programs in entrepreneurship. She is also responsible for the management of 211 bed award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center. 

Dr. Eisenman has served on public company boards since 1996, when she joined the United States Tobacco board. At UST, she chaired the Compensation Committee and the Strategy Committee, and was on the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is currently a Board member of DSW, Inc (NYSE), where she is a member of the Compensation and Nominating committees, and chairs the annual strategy review, also having served on the CEO selection committee. Until recently, she served on the Harvard Vanguard Health Associates, a $1.5 Billion non-profit health care organization, where she chaired the Compensation Committee and also sat on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee, as well as serving on the Atrius Health Compensation Committee. Elaine is also on the Advisory Board of Qwalify, a Canadian start-up. She has also served on the boards of several private companies, including Active International, an international barter company, and HRLogic, A Fidelity Capital start-up, and several family businesses. She is a founding member and member of the Board of Women Corporate Directors, a high profile women’s organization for public board members with over 1800 members in over 100 global and domestic chapters. 

In 2011, she was selected by Agenda Magazine as a top 100 Diversity Board Member, and in 2012 she was named a “Director to Watch” by Directors and Boards magazine. 

For several years, she was a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services, and has extensive experience in corporate governance and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, focusing on boardroom dynamics, CEO succession, non-financial risk and the role of directors, and the and the role of board members in family and private businesses. She has presented the topic of How Boards Can Avoid Being Blindsided at a variety of governance programs. Currently she serves as a faculty director and faculty member for global executive and entrepreneurship programs, focusing on leadership, change and transformation, building and growing companies, and multiple governance topics. 

Prior to her role at Babson, Dr. Eisenman’s career includes experience as a business leader and general manager, HR executive, and organizational consultant. Her key areas of expertise include executive selection, transition, CEO succession, and the alignment of strategy, selection, compensation, and performance during periods of growth, mergers, and transformation. She has consulted with a number of global companies including BMW, CSFB, Glaxo Smith Kline, Citibank, Marsh, ToysRUs, AT&T, Colgate Palmolive, Pepsi, as well as mid cap companies. 

Dr. Eisenman has held senior executive positions at both public companies such as American Express, Enhance Financial Services Co., and The Children’s Place, and private companies such as PDI International, a global consulting firm, where she both built and was general manager of the Northeast region, and Management & Capital Partners, a retained executive recruitment, management consulting, and venture capital firm, where she was chairman. 

Dr. Eisenman is co‐author of, I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business, published by John Wiley and Sons. Her article, “Power in the Post‐Sarbanes Oxley Boardroom” was published in Directorship magazine. Her article, “Public Policy: Enabler or Inhibitor of Entrepreneurial Companies,” is included in the Praeger series on Entrepreneurship. Her article, “Why CEOs Become Blindsided,” was published on, and her article on CEO succession was published in Boards and Directors Magazine. She is often cited in interviews by Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Agenda, Directorship, and Board Member, and her research on succeeding through uncertainty has been featured in the Harvard Business Review leadership blog. She was also been interviewed by numerous media on how companies thrive after experiencing failure. 

Dr. Eisenman earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, and an MS from Columbia University.

Dr. Elaine J. Eisenman, Dean of Babson Executive and Enterprise Education