Susan G. Duffy has been named Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) at Babson College.

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Susan G. Duffy has been named Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) at Babson College.
“Susan Duffy brings a level of energy and a vision, as well as deep academic experience,  that will enable us to continue to build on CWL’s work of the last decade and evolve it into a living and learning laboratory for entrepreneurial leadership,” said President Len Schlesinger.
 “The Center’s accomplishments in undergraduate, MBA and executive education; gender research and thought leadership; and collaboration with mission-aligned stakeholders around the globe provide a powerful foundation from which to launch the CWL of the future,” said Duffy.  “As Babson fulfills its destiny to be THE educator for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ and extend its capabilities to the world, the CWL is positioned to become THE recognized source of expertise and authority in understanding, developing and celebrating women’s entrepreneurial leadership.”
Before joining Babson, Duffy launched the undergraduate program in entrepreneurship at Simmons College, where she was named the 2011 “Professor of the Year.”
From 2004-2007, Duffy was a member of the George Washington University Department of Management faculty where she served as the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and founded the GWU Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) initiative.  WEL was subsequently recognized as the National Model Specialty Program in Entrepreneurship Education by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Duffy earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University (GWU) in Management and Organization, a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University. 
Currently she serves on the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business, the Center for Women’s Business Research, and Venturing Out, a Massachusetts non-profit that teaches entrepreneurship to incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth.
Before entering academia Duffy was the co-owner of a commercial construction company and owned and operated the Ho-Lee-Chow Chinese Food franchise restaurant.
She has held leadership positions in health care and worked as an organizational consultant and trainer in private and public work systems.

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 11/10/2011 04:00