Staff and Faculty
Patricia G. Greene is a professor of entrepreneurship and the Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College. Her current assignment is to serve as the national academic director for the Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses initiative and the academic director to the
10,000 Women program. For
10,000 Small Businesses, Babson led the design of the educational and advising program and now conducts all training for new sites, manages the national alumni program, and supervises the measurement and evaluation system. In addition, Babson designed and now delivers a blended (hybrid online and face-to-face) learning version of this program. For the second phase of
10,000 Women, Greene led a task force of international faculty to review curriculum in 14 countries, developing curriculum guidelines subsequently used by Babson to create a global curriculum combining theories from gender and entrepreneurship. Faculty at six sites in emerging economies currently are being trained to deliver that program.
Greene is a federal appointee to the national advisory board for the SBA’s Small Business Development Centers. She completed terms on the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee, the board chair of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group of the AACSB. She has served on other advisory boards, including those of the State of Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Kansas Women’s Business Center, Growth Opportunity Connection, the Kansas City ATHENAPowerLink™ and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.
Greene earned her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, her MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her BS from the Pennsylvania State University.
Shakenna K. Williams ’94 is the deputy academic director and interim national alumni director of the Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College. She has more than 10 years of experience as owner and planner of two entrepreneurial ventures and over 15 years of experience in conducting master’s and undergraduate-level courses and adult educational training programs. In addition, she offers guidance to business owners regarding entrepreneurship and community development. Williams has an extensive work background, including development officer at Smith College, sales representative at Pfizer, and a program manager for grandparents raising their grandchildren with cognitive disabilities. Williams is an active community member who volunteers with many organizations promoting women and young girls to pursue higher education. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Links, Incorporated, The Academy of Management, the Council for Independent Colleges, and the Institute of Management Consultants.
Williams earned her PhD from Capella University, her MBA from Oklahoma City University, and her BS in finance and investments from Babson College.
Joani Whalen is the national program manager for Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses and
10,000 Women initiative. Whalen’s background is a blend of the academic and business worlds. She ran her own businesses both in the United States and in her native South Africa. One of the businesses offered high-end photographic safaris while another was the leading supplier of logistics in South Africa. Whalen also comes from a family business that specialized in supply chain management. As national program manager, Whalen has responsibilities that include developing program systems and shared practices. She also is the national contact for scheduling any Babson teaching, training, or co-teaching needs.
Whalen currently is an EdD candidate at R egis College. She earned her MA in intercultural relations from Lesley University, her M.Phil in HIV/AIDS Workplace Management from Stellenbosch University, and her B.Ed. from the Johannesburg College of Education, both in South Africa.
Kathy provides administrative support for the National Academic Director of the Goldman Sachs 10KSB Initiatives, and the Measurement and Evaluation Director. Kathy has spent a good part of her professional career working in the field of Human Resources at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. Most recently as an HR Assistant supporting the Global Investment Division HR Team. Kathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources.
Colleen Reaney is the Alumni Manager for the National Blended Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Colleen comes to us as the Director of Alumni Affairs for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative at Harold Washington College in Chicago. She will be splitting her time between the National program and her current role in Chicago. Colleen is a higher education professional, born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has a wealth of knowledge on alumni engagement. Colleen has over 13 years of higher education experience and comes to the 10KSB program most recently from DePaul University in Chicago, IL where she created the alumni career services and volunteer opportunities programming for the Office of Alumni Relations. During her tenure at DePaul, she was a part of the Many Dream, One Mission Capital Campaign where she coordinated giving efforts for the alumni corporate giving programs and university-wide faculty/staff giving campaign.
Andris Zimelis, national director of measurements and evaluation, has a background in leading the design, development, and implementation of various measurement and evaluation system as well as in conducting practical data analysis and interpretation. Prior to joining Babson College and Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses initiative, Zimelis designed and managed a range of global program evaluations and impact assessments for the Rotary Foundation. Zimelis has an academic background in statistics and research methodology.
Tyler Geertsen MBA’08 is the program director for the National Blended Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College. Geertsen has been a part of the 10,000 Small Businesses program since April 2011. His role as the launch manager for three years was standardizing the training of and preparation processes for new community college teams that were chosen to deliver the program. Geertsen also owns an artisan confections company that sells throughout the U.S. These experiences have provided Geertsen with unique qualifications to quickly scale the 10,000 Small Businesses blended program at Babson College..
Victoria Sassine is the lead faculty director for the blended program of Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses. She has taught entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance to hundreds of small business owners throughout the world. Sassine serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the Center of Women and Enterprise in Boston. Her philanthropic interests focus on entrepreneurship and women economic empowerment. Sassine has worked in strategic financial and marketing management positions in a variety of industries, including biotechnology (Biogen), consumer products (Phillip Morris, Kraft Foods), and petrochemical (Royal Dutch Shell Oil). She serves as a mutual fund trustee for numerous investment management firms, including Pantheon, and AMG Funds for the AMG Funds (NYSE: AMG). As a trustee, she provides oversight for 50 mutual fund products, comprising of $100 Billion of Assets under Management (AUM). She also serves as an adviser for several growing med-tech and CPG enterprises.
Sassine earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and her BSc in business administration in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michael L. Fetters is a professor of accounting at Babson College and the director on Babson’s National Curriculum Design and Launch team for the Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses initiative as well as on the Curriculum Design and Launch team for the second version of the international, Goldman Sachs
10,000 Women Program. Fetters was Babson’s first provost and served as chairperson of the Accounting and Law Division. He was on the faculty team that designed and launched the innovative, integrated entrepreneurial MBA program, and on the design and launch team for the integrated undergraduate program. In addition, he designed and directed the MS in Strategic Cost Accounting Program for Lucent Technologies and designed and is teaching in Babson’s Blended Learning MBA program. He has been selected twice by the graduate students as the Thomas Kennedy Professor of the Year. He also has won the college’s prestigious Walter H. Carpenter Award for Exceptional Contributions to Babson College.
Fetters has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as presented nationally and internationally on such topics as entrepreneurship ecosystems, financial statement analysis, women in professions, curriculum innovation, technology-enhanced learning, and pedagogical research.
The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Studies with Rice, Greene & Butler was published in September 2010. The textbook,
Financial Statements: Construction, Analysis and Forecasts, 2e with Halsey & Soybel was published in August 2015. Currently, Fetters serves on several advisory boards for new ventures as well as on the Academic Advisory Board of Shanghai Tech University, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Shanghai, China.
Fetters earned his PhD in business and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his BS from The Ohio State University and is a CPA.
Richard Bliss is a professor of finance at Babson College and a member of the Babson team helping to develop and deliver the Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses Program, a US$500 million initiative designed to create jobs and spur economic activity through greater access to business education, mentors, networks, and financial capital. Bliss has been involved in corporate and entrepreneurial finance since 1987, with industry experience that includes time at Touche Ross & Company in New York as a consultant, and senior financial positions at Van Camp Seafood Company and Safety One Inc., a specialty chemicals startup. He teaches at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education levels, specializing in the areas of corporate financial strategy, sustainability, risk management, and entrepreneurial finance.
Prior to coming to Babson, Bliss taught extensively in Central and Eastern Europe, including at the Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw University, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is a visiting faculty for the Technical University of Denmark’s Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in Copenhagen. With publications in the areas of corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and banking, Bliss has an active research agenda. His current research considers the impact of gender teamwork on mutual fund manager investment decisions. His work has been published in the
Journal of Financial Economics,
Derivatives Quarterly, and
The Journal of Small Business Management, among others. He also has written numerous book chapters and case studies in the areas of corporate financial strategy, risk management, entrepreneurial finance, and emerging markets. His book,
Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy, Valuation & Deal Structure, co-authored with Janet Kiholm-Smith and Richard L. Smith, was published in April 2011 by the Stanford University Press.
Bliss earned his PhD in finance and his MA in economics from Indiana University. He also earned his MBA in finance/real estate from Indiana University, and graduated with honors from Rutgers University, earning his BS degree in engineering and his BA degree in economics.