Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

The Team

Richard Bliss

Richard Bliss

Richard Bliss is a professor of finance at Babson College and the National Academic Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. He is part of the team that designed the curriculum and trained the faculty and staff at program delivery sites across the country and served as the Babson Launch Faculty for LaGuardia Community College, City Colleges of Chicago, Community College of Philadelphia, Detroit (Wayne State University, McComb County Community College and Oakland County Community College) and Community College of Rhode Island.

Richard 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 a BS degree in Engineering and his BA degree in Economics.

Shakenna Williams

Shakenna Williams

Dr. Shakenna K. Williams is the Deputy Academic Director and Lead Faculty Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College. Shakenna received her doctorate from Capella University, her dissertation is entitled “Talent management and retention in small family-owned businesses: A multiple-case qualitative study”. She received her MBA in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Oklahoma City University, and a B.S. in Finance and Investments from Babson College. Shakenna Williams is an active community member who volunteers with many organizations promoting women and young girls to pursue higher education. She has over 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. Shakenna has an extensive work background ranging from Development Officer at Smith College; Sales Representative at Pfizer; and a Program Manager for Grandparents raising their grandchildren with cognitive disabilities. Shakenna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; The Links, Incorpoated; The Academy of Management; Council for Independent Colleges; and the Institute of Management Consultants. She enjoys interacting with youth and nonprofits. In addition, she offers guidance to business owners regarding entrepreneurship and community development. Regardless of the endeavor, Shakenna exhibits her passion and true commitment for excellence and empowering others. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Williams earned her PhD from Capella University, her MBA from Oklahoma City University, and her BS in finance and investments from Babson College.

Edward Byrne

Edward Byrne is the National Alumni Director for the 10,000 Small Businesses program where he leads initiatives to support 10KSB alumni nationwide. He also oversees and contributes to the work of the local alumni programs across the fourteen 10KSB sites. Ed joined the program in 2016 as the alumni manager for the blended national cohort of 10KSB at Babson College. The son of two small-businesses owners, he grew up working in his parents’ businesses learning first-hand the challenges faced by small business owners in a competitive economy. Before joining the program, Ed held various other roles in education: as a high school social studies teacher, school district administrator, and education policy advisor to elected officials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in education policy from Simmons College.

Shakenna Williams

Manassah Bradley

Manassah Bradley MBA '00 is the Senior Program Manager for the National Blended Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College. For the past 18 years, Manassah has been a business advisor and educator, developing a depth and breadth of knowledge regarding business disciplines and their interconnectedness that allows him to provide bold, strategic solutions to a broad range of business owner challenges and complexities. An original thinker, he is known for helping his CEO clients build wealth and achieve breakthrough results. 

Manassah is a member of the Survivors Speakers Bureau for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the founder of the Power of 21, a non-profit creating awareness about the sexual abuse of boys and men. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University and an M.B.A in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.

Shakenna Williams

Hannah Levin

Hannah Levin is the National Measurement and Evaluation manager for the National Alumni Program of 10,000 Small Businesses.  She started as a project assistant to provide administrative support for the 10KSB Blended Program at Babson and also to provide support to the blended and the national alumni programs.  Prior to this, she worked at Cannistraro, a construction company in Watertown, MA, where she provided administrative and project support in the HVAC Service Department.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Shakenna Williams

Kelsey Prakken

Kelsey Prakken is the Program Assistant for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College. Prior to working at Babson, she worked as a high school World History teacher in the Boston area in both private and public schools. In addition, Kelsey works with individual students in developing their writing, reading and motivation skills. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and takes part in the annual Pan Massachusetts Challenge for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising money for cancer research and clinical care. Kelsey received her B.A. in history and anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College and her M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University where she was honored with the Diane Tobin Award for excellence in student teaching.

Richard Bliss

Anne Donnellon

Anne Donnellon is Associate Professor of Management at Babson College in Wellesley, MA where she has served as the Faculty Director for Babson's Fast Track MBA for executives.  Currently, Dr. Donnellon is a member of the National Curriculum Design and Site Launch Team for the Goldman Sachs 10, 000 Small Businesses Program serving as Launch Faculty for the Houston, Cleveland, Miami and Baltimore sites.  She teaches leadership, negotiation, and organizational change in the MBA and executive education programs there.  The author of Team Talk: The Power of Language in Team Dynamics, published by Harvard Business School Press, Dr. Donnellon has also developed two books in the Harvard ManageMentor series: Keeping Teams on Target and Leading Teams.  She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and teaching cases. 

Dr. Donnellon has taught in numerous executive education programs in both the U.S. and abroad, and has consulted to numerous large companies. More recently, she has worked with several small entrepreneurial firms and led management development seminars for entrepreneurs through the Small Business Association of New England, the Center for Women and Enterprise, ICIC, the International Fund for Ireland, and Invest Northern Ireland.  She is currently on the SBDC National Advisory Board. 

Dr. Donnellon has taught at Harvard Business School and the University of Colorado.  Dr. Donnellon earned her B.A. at the University of Cincinnati, her M.A. at Columbia University, and her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Donnellon's areas of expertise include corporate entrepreneurship, teams, negotiation, organizational change, and women's leadership.

Michael Fetters

Michael Fetters

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.

Victoria Sassine

Victoria Sassine

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, comprised of $100 Billion of Assets under Management (AUM). She also serves as an advisor 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.