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Lakshmi Balachandra

  • Associate Professor
Lakshmi Balachandra is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. Her research examines the impact of trust, gender and other entrepreneurial characteristics in acquiring early-stage funding. She has been a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government focusing on the impact of gender biases on women entrepreneurs. She was awarded fellowships for her research on VC decision-making from the Kauffman Foundation and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

She was a co-author of the Diana Report, 2014, the 1st comprehensive analysis of venture capital investments in women entrepreneurs since 1999. Most recently, she was the lead author on a study with Bank of America exploring the gender bias experienced by successful women entrepreneurs who have achieved over $5million in revenue. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Bucks: Growth Strategies of Successful Women Entrepreneurs,” was published in October, 2019 and received significant media attention for the groundbreaking findings of the study. Her research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Negotiation Journal, and her work has received a wide range of press including the AP, USA Today, Businessweek, the Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Reuters.

Dr. Balachandra has taught courses and international programs to students and executives on entrepreneurship, negotiation, improvisation, and leadership. She consults to a wide range of companies and organizations including the Angel Capital Association, Novartis, Shell and the CIA, and frequently guest lectures in several courses at the Harvard Business School. She taught a course she designed on improvisation and leadership at the MIT Sloan School of Management for 10 years.

In her professional career, she has been intimately acquainted in multiple aspects of entrepreneurship. She has been an entrepreneur – she opened and operated a retail specialty toy store in California upon graduating from college. And she has worked in entrepreneurial finance as she spent seven years in venture capital and in mergers and acquisitions investment banking with firms in Boston, Massachusetts and San Diego, California.

While working for the largest women-owned, women-focused venture capital firm in the country, she founded the Women's Venture Capital Network, the first network of its kind in the country where she organized, created and managed numerous networking events and educational panels for women professionals in the industry. Most recently she was a co-organizer of The Boston Women's Venture Summit ( from 2014-2017. During (and in-between) her professional career in finance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Balachandra has also been a professional stand-up comedian and improvisational comedian performing in comedy clubs across the country.

Prior to joining Babson College, Dr. Balachandra was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Extension School. She has also taught at Boston College and UCSD Rady's School of Management.
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Craig Bida

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Stephen Brand

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
Stephen has been working at Babson since 2014 as a professor, mentor/co-director of the Summer Venture Program, faculty in the Summer Study Program, and working internationally in Babson Global and Executive Education. He is now the Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship.

As a global entrepreneurship strategist, he engages his expertise in entrepreneurship, design thinking, and innovation as a coach and educator helping individuals and organizations launch new ventures and scale existing ones. Stephen works to build and expand entrepreneurial ecosystems in places like Macedonia, Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Afghanistan. He worked with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor developing a plan for assessing and refining ecosystems around the world. His present work in the Middle East and Eastern Europe has been sponsored by the Center for International Private Enterprise and Pragma, funded by US agencies like USAID.

Stephen has a master's in Interactive Technology in Education from Harvard and a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University. He has developed and taught classes in entrepreneurship, leadership, design thinking, strategy, and marketing at UMass Amherst, Babson College, Olin College of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, The American Women's College at Bay Path University, and others. He has also been involved in the leadership of entrepreneurship programs and summer accelerators at Babson, Olin, and UMass. Additionally, he is an instructor and mentor at ICorps, a National Science Foundation-funded program at MIT, Cornell, and Georgia Tech to teach entrepreneurship and customer discovery to engineers and scientists from a range of universities nationally.

As an innovation, new venture, and organizational change consultant, he has developed strategy and coached leaders in organizations such as New England Public Media, Center for International Public Enterprise, US Olympic Committee, Center for Medical Simulation, Ford Motor Company, Children's Television Workshop, The Jim Henson Company, the Anchorage Museum, Creative Problem Solving Institute, and the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH. Before he entered academia, he was the President of The National Inventors Hall of Fame, VP of Liberty Science Center, and Director of Education Outreach at the Boston Museum of Science.
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Candida Brush

  • Professor
  • F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
Prof. Brush is the Franklin W. Olin Professor of Entrepreneurship. She is one of the early pioneers in entrepreneurship research, and conducted one of the first and largest studies in the US. She has co-authored reports for OECD, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and presented her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the US Department of Commerce. Professor Brush has authored more than 200 publications in entrepreneurship, including 16 books, and is one of the most highly cited researchers in the field. Her current research investigates angel capital funding of nascent ventures, venture capital funding of women entrepreneurs, healthcare entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.

From 2014-2021, she served as Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership and previous to this was Department Chair of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, the number 1 ranked school in entrepreneurship for the past 30 years. She has co-authored two top books on for educators, Teaching Entrepreneurship, a Practice Based Approach volume 1 and 2. the first volume broke all sales records for the publisher. She is a co-founder of the Diana International Project, a research collaboration of more than 600 researchers, which investigates growth-oriented women entrepreneurs around the world. She was recognized in 2007 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Scholar, and in 2015 was awarded a lifetime membership for her contributions to the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Consortium. She was named as a Longnecker Fellow in 2017, in 2018 was awarded the Max Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the Wilfred White Lifetime Achievement award for the International Conference on Small Business. Her work is published in a variety of top journals; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Learning and Education and others. She is a Senior Editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and serves on four other editorial review boards.

Professor Brush's research is often featured in popular media including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week on Line, the Boston Globe and Inc. A recent investigation of women entrepreneurs, the Diana Project Report, Closing the Gender Gap in Venture Capital, received a billion media imprints. She has co-authored the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2020-2021 Women's Report and the Diana International Impact Report, 2020, Catalyzing Change in Equity Investing: Disruptive Models for Financing Women's Entrepreneurship. She is on the board of directors for Anchor Capital Advisors, LLC, is a active member of the Boston Harbor Angels investment group, and participates in Portfolia, an investment fund supporting high growth women entrepreneurs. She has coached and advised hundreds start-up ventures. Professor Brush holds a doctorate from Boston University, and an honorary PhD from Jonkoping University. Professor Brush previously had visiting professor appointments at Bodo Graduate School, Nord University in Bodo, Norway and at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.
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Dennis Ceru

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Faculty Co-Director Experiential Learning
Dennis J. Ceru, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at Babson College, where he teaches MBA courses in entrepreneurship, management consulting and business strategy. He is the Faculty Co-Director of Experiential Learning, and he has created new course offerings, including Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities, the Management Consulting Field Experience, Babson Consulting Experience, Strategy & Entrepreneurship (On-line course), Strategic Consulting, numerous Executive Education Programs, as well as authored business cases and articles.

Dennis has extensive experience as an Entrepreneur and Senior Executive delivering successful business and technology solutions through leadership and management positions in the high-tech, financial services, and healthcare fields. He is a recognized speaker and author on key topics on business growth strategy for small and medium business as corporate innovation and has been quoted extensively online and in print periodicals.

He is the founder and principal of Strategic Management Associates, LLC, a company dedicated to providing business leaders with the tools necessary to expand and manage growth. His areas of expertise center on providing Trusted Advisory Services to business owner managers; facilitating Strategic Advisory Groups for executives of growth-oriented companies; and designing Tactical Action Plans to align tactics with company strategy and create metric driven dashboards. In partnership with The SBANE Educational Center he created and runs The CEOs Group, an innovative executive leadership program for growing entrepreneurial companies.

Previously, Dennis was a Director at TowerGroup where he created a strategic advisory service to the securities industry and a wealth management consulting practice for financial services institutions and technology vendors. Prior he was the President and Executive Director of Windsor Systems, a consulting and software development company that delivered custom solutions to financial services, manufacturing and technology clients. Dennis was Vice President of Product Development at First Interstate Bank, Ltd., where he lead a team creating electronic corporate cash management services for this super regional financial institution spanning 27 banks in 14 states.

Earlier in his career, Dennis was Department Director for HealthWest Corporation, providing ancillary health service programs throughout a multiple-hospital network and the managing partner of an organizational consulting and psychology practice.

He was an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, and before that an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and a Lecturer at California State University.

Dennis earned a Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in psychology and biology from Boston University
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Leslie Charm

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Professor Charm has been a partner in the firm of Leslie Charm and Associates (Youngman & Charm) since 1972. The firm specializes in directorship functions for firms owned and operated by entrepreneurs and assisting companies that are experiencing operating and/or financial problems. Leslie Charm and Associates has operated in a variety of industries, channels of distribution, and has been involved in many successful financings and acquisitions, and mergers.

From 1977 through 1990, Professor Charm was Chairman and President of a major distributor and specialty retail chain. He has been active in other specialty marketing companies and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association. He was a Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors, New England. He is currently on the board of several firms, all of which are owned or controlled by the founder or family, where he generally sits as the lead Director. Professor Charm has taught throughout the world on a variety of topics regarding entrepreneurship, scaling, and governance. He is the recipient of the Appel Award for Entrepreneurship.
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Andrew Corbett

  • Professor
  • Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Faculty Director - Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship
Andrew Corbett is the Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, former Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division, and currently the Faculty Director for the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He is an editor for the Journal of Business Venturing, and the Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth book series. Professor Corbett also holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Nord University Business School in Bodo, Norway.

In 2022, the Stanford University-Elsevier BV Report noted for the third year in a row Professor Corbett's research and citations ranked him as one of the Top 3% of researchers in the world across all disciplines. A recent study in the Journal of Small Business Management also noted that his research impact earned him a spot on the list of Top 25 Entrepreneurship Researchers in the World.

Professor Corbett's primary areas of emphasis are corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, and entrepreneurship education. More specifically, his research examines behavioral aspects of the entrepreneurial process, including the leadership role of individuals within strategic renewal and innovations efforts within organizations. His research has appeared in scholarly outlets including Harvard Business Review; the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Business Venturing; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice; Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, and many others. He received the Babson College Research Award for his significant achievements in both scholarly and practitioner research. He is an often quoted expert for media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneurship Magazine, NPR, and others.

In 2020, Entrepreneurship (5th edition, Wiley), a textbook he co-authored with other senior Babson faculty was released. His latest scholarly book, The Age of Entrepreneurship Education Research (Emerald), was published in 2023. Professor Corbett is also the co-author of Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation through People (Stanford University Press) which examines how large organizations need to design roles and careers for their people in order to achieve optimal innovation performance.

As an educator Professor Corbett primarily focuses on graduate courses but he has taught across the entire curriculum. In addition to teaching feasibility, business planning, and marketing for entrepreneurs, his extensive, practical experience finds him consulting and teaching to corporate clients across the globe. He is one of the lead educators in Babson's world renowned Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators, a program that trains educators and administrators how to teach entrepreneurship. Professor Corbett has been recognized for his excellence in teaching on the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels on numerous occasions. Internationally, he has also been awarded the McGraw-Hill Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award by the Academy of Management. In the fall of 2023, he will give the keynote address to Finland's National Entrepreneurship Education Conference, the leading education conference for entrepreneurship educators and policy makers.

Professor Corbett serves the Babson community in numerous ways but most notably as the Faculty Director for the Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship where he builds programming and research that examines the intersection of entrepreneurship and macro level policy issues. Within the larger academic community, he currently serves as a Director of the Board for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He has led or been a member of over a dozen committees or task forces for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management most recently serving as the co-chair of the Doctoral Consortium. He is also a Trustee of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Before coming to Babson, Professor Corbett was MBA Director, Associate Professor, and Faculty Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship at the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also taught at the University of Colorado and Bentley University. Prior to working in academia he spent over a decade in marketing, sales, and strategic management positions within the media and publishing industries. He currently serves on the board of a number of start-ups and non-profit organizations.
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Eliana Crosina

  • Assistant Professor
Eliana Crosina joins Babson as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College, as well as a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from Boston College. Prior to academia, she worked in the for-profit sector as an investment banker, as well as in the not-for profit sector, managing international development projects. Crosina's research interests lie at the intersection of identity, entrepreneurial behavior, and cognition. She tackles these issues through largely qualitative methods in two main research streams: (1) examining novel processes of identity; and (2) exploring organizing dynamics in nascent entrepreneurial contexts. Her recent research includes a study of former Lehman Brothers' bankers career experiences after the demise of Lehman Brothers; an ethnography of first time founders in the process of launching their ventures from the same coworking facility; and a longitudinal field study examining the development trajectories of nascent entrepreneurial firms. Her work has appeared in outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Business Review. In 2016 her dissertation research was awarded a fellowship from the Kauffman Foundation.
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Caroline Daniels

  • Professor of Practice
  • Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
Dr. Daniels' research covers Future Trends and Entrepreneurial Strategy, Climate Change & Environment, Analytics, and leads the Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative (FEI) at Babson College in the Arthur Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Daniels leads research in the Fashion Industry with a focus on sustainability business processes, analytics, and climate change.

She has worked on the development of global business and technology strategies for numerous startups and the following larger corporations: IBM, Apple, the Economist, Financial Times, Ford of Europe, Boots Pharmaceutical, Shell Oil, GlaxoSmithKline, Chartham Paper Mills, New York Life, Bank of Ireland, Aetna, Marks & Spencer, Media Companies, and other leading corporations. She has facilitated multi-client studies for The Economist Group on the future of business.

Dr. Daniels has written for the Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Financial Times, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and has published several books on Globalization and Information Technology with McGraw-Hill and the Pearson Group (Addison-Wesley).

Dr. Daniels has been awarded the Deans' Award for Teaching Excellence across all programs: undergraduate, graduate, and executive education. She received the International Association of Management Consulting Firms Award for Literary Excellence.

Caroline speaks on topics including: Future Trends, Globalization, Transforming Business with Information Technology, Fashion & Innovative Business Models, and Entrepreneurship. She is currently conducting research on Fashion, Innovation & the Environment, entrepreneurial strategy, the scalability of new ventures, and the coordination of executive decision-making in growing, global corporations.

Dr. Daniels has founded companies in the following areas: property development, publishing, and consulting.
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Mary Gale

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Co-Faculty Director, Babson Fellows Program
  • Co-Faculty Director, BEE Women for Africa Launch & Grow program
Ms. Gale is an educator, entrepreneur, business leader, and consultant with over 30 years of strategic, marketing, and operations experience across a broad range of industries including software-based services, diagnostics, telecommunications, surface preparation, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods and education.

She has taught in the Babson college Entrepreneurship Division since Fall 2011. During this time, she has taught

Ms. Gale has been involved in eight start-ups as an investor, director, and/or senior executive. Most recently, she served as CEO of a start-up software services business, Pet Health Network, Inc. She was also a senior marketing executive at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. during a period of early growth through IPO. She began her career in product management at General Foods. Her consulting experience includes Booz, Allen; Marketing Corporation of America (boutique consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut); and her own assignments.

She currently serves on the boards of Sponge-Jet, Inc., Portsmouth, NH (advanced, recyclable, industrial surface preparation technology. She is a Trustee Emerita of Gould Academy, Bethel, ME
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William B Gartner

  • Professor
  • Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship
William B. Gartner is the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He is recognized as a leading scholar in the field of entrepreneurship by such awards as the 2005 Swedish Entrepreneurship Foundation International Award for outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship and small business research, the 2013 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Foundational Paper Award, the 2016 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award, and selection as a 2022 USASBE Justin G. Longenecker Fellow which is the highest recognition that the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) gives to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance, and benefit of small and medium businesses.

His scholarship spans a wide array of topics in the entrepreneurship field: entrepreneurship as practice, the social construction of the future, varieties of value creation and appropriation, “translating entrepreneurship” across cultures and countries, the poetics of exchange, the demographics and characteristics of entrepreneurial families, and the influence of legacy on family entrepreneurship. He is currently a Special Issue Editor for ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT on the topics of “Fiction and the Entrepreneurial Imagination” and “Rural Entrepreneurship in Times of Transformation” and a Special Issue Editor for ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES on “Echoes of the Past: Capturing the Influence of Legacy on Individuals, Families and Organization.”

His teaching focuses on ways that entrepreneurship creates value for others. His workshops with families explore how entrepreneurial legacies can lead to new innovations in family businesses. His seminars and courses in rural entrepreneurship explore how tourism can be used for economic development in environmentally sustainable ways. He is keenly interested in how fiction engages the imagination to enable individuals to act with courage and generosity. He has developed many exercises to further this perspective and hopes to develop more of them in the future.
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Bradley George

  • Associate Professor
Dr. George is recognized expert in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education with particular interest and expertise in early venture analysis, environmental entrepreneurship, sustainability and curriculum development. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Butler Launch Pad and is the former faculty advisor for the Babson Collaborative. In addition to his role at Babson, Dr. George has been a visiting professor at Koc University in Istanbul since 2012, teaching in their executive MBA program and has served as an advisor to Parallel 18 in Puerto Rico.

Professor George's research focuses primarily on the areas of strategic decision making processes, sustainability and research methodology. His research has appeared in the Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Research, Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research, and Venture Capital: An International Journal of Finance. He was awarded the Stevens Institute of Technology Wesley J. Howe Award for the best paper on the topic of Corporate Entrepreneurship at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in 2008. He has authored several published cases and his work also appears in the numerous books and textbooks.

Professor George teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and environmental and sustainable entrepreneurship. He has designed/developed six courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in both in-person and online platforms. He is the co-director of the undergraduate Babson Build programs as well as the Cultivate Small Business program which has grown into a multi-state program focused on helping small food businesses grow their business.

Professor George's has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University, an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B.S and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Louisville. Prior to joining Babson College, Professor George spent 15 years in the diesel engine industry where he was involved with the creation and launch of new business units and product lines. During this time he worked in a variety of positions in training, technical sales and service support, design, manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning and business process reengineering. Most of his career was focused on international markets, working in over 30 countries during this time.

In addition to his corporate experience, Professor George advises a number of start-up businesses ranging from small family businesses and social ventures to VC-backed firms around the world. He and his wife are the founders and owners of Attitudes Dance & Fitness and he previously served on the Board of Directors of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
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Beth Goldstein

  • Adjunct Lecturer
In addition to teaching entrepreneurship at Babson, Beth is the Director of Strategy and Experiential Learning for the Youth Impact Lab at Babson. Beth has more than 30 years of experience helping entrepreneurs, executives, educators, and students worldwide launch and grow their organizations and careers, and holds a doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University. Deep in the practice of living and teaching entrepreneurship, Beth is driven to support adult learning, viewing this as the cornerstone of success and change.

Deeply committed to social justice and equity issues, Beth specializes in delivering experiential training programs that cultivate entrepreneurial thinkers with the confidence needed to lead courageously and build innovative and purpose-driven organizations. Her training programs range from online seminars and 1-day workshops to intensive 9-month programs for large and small companies, universities, government agencies, and NGOs. Beth is passionate about education and has taught in the U.S. and abroad, including China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Beth is also a member of the editorial board of the Arab Economic Business Journal (AEBJ).

Beth has authored three books on entrepreneurship and marketing, including Entrepreneurial Marketing: A Blueprint for Customer Engagement (2020), Lucky By Design (2011), and The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit (2007). She holds a doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University where she researched the role entrepreneurship educators play in helping their students develop confidence, a growth mindset, and entrepreneurial grit. She currently teaches at Babson College and is a business coach for Babson's Summer Venture/Catalyst Program. Beth was an advisor for Harvard's Global Alumni Accelerator, LLX GEO, and previously taught at Boston University (BU), Brandeis University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, and the Isenberg School at UMass, Amherst. She spent ten years as the Faculty Director for BU's Online Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and ran their Business Venture Competition.

Beth developed business courses for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission's Social Equity Program, designed to help individuals disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition become successful cannabis entrepreneurs. Beth conducts business growth workshops throughout the US for organizations ranging from publicly funded groups like the MA Supplier Diversity Office to Fortune 500 companies like Fidelity Investments and Carrier Corporation. She served as the Lead Instructor for Interise's nationwide training program, run in conjunction with the US SBA: Small Business Association's Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative, providing training to hundreds of business owners throughout the U.S. She was the Managing Director for the BU Urban Business Accelerator Program, an educational program that brought students to economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston with the goal of improving financial capacity & business.

Beth holds an EdD in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from Boston University, and a BA in economics and sociology from Brandeis University.
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Leonard Green

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Leonard C. Green is a CPA, MBA, and Entrepreneur. Len is founder of The Green Group, which is a provider of Tax, Accounting, and Consulting Services.

Len is also involved in 14 businesses in diverse markets. He is one of the original investors of the NASDAQ publicly traded Blue Buffalo pet food company, the fifth largest company in the United States in this category. In addition, his involvement includes a financial services firm, real estate, thoroughbred horses, sports, a couple of publicly traded businesses, and several charities. Len also sits on the Board of Directors for a number of companies and foundations.

Len served as a Babson Trustee 2013 - 2017.

In the past 20 years, Len has taught two of the most highly rated entrepreneurial courses at Babson College - one structured similar to Donald Trump's Apprentice TV series, and the other a family business/social entrepreneurship business course. His classes have been featured on CNBC Squawk Box and ABC TV.

Len has also been a Professor of Business and Taxation at NYU, FDU, and Monmouth University.

Len has been the faculty advisor for YPO, eTower, and The Jewish Club and assisted in starting the Babson Polo Club.

In 2001, Len received the Edwin M. and Gloria W. Appel Award for outstanding contributions to the entrepreneurial spirit of academia at Babson.

Publications, Speeches, & Seminars

Len has taught executive education courses at Babson as well as the AMA, CPA society, legal seminars, FDU, and Monmouth College.

Len and President Steve Spinelli were featured in a CEO Forum Summit on Education.

His featured articles on family business succession planning, company evaluations, structuring organizations, and maximizing tax deductions have appeared in over 200 newspapers across the country including the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Star-Ledger, Boston Globe, Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, Forbes, and the CEO Forum.

His contributed articles have appeared in the Thoroughbred Times, Real Estate Times, The Babson Entrepreneurial Review, Babson Alumni Magazine, Practicing Law Institute Estates and Trusts Manual, The Practical Accountant, and the Journal of Taxation.

His TV appearances include MSNBC Your Business, Squawk Box and New Jersey Business.

Len's chapter, Nurturing Innovation in Small Business on entrepreneurship and innovation, appears in the book Global Insights from 24 Leaders.

Len's best-selling book “The Entrepreneurial Playbook” has been translated in Chinese and Arabic.

Len is married, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
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Timothy Habbershon

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Timothy Habbershon is adjunct professor in family enterprising within the entrepreneurship division of Babson College. He is a Managing Director at Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Dr. Habbershon reports to the Chairman's Office and is involved in matters of organizational design and development, and succession planning for the company. He is also a coach to senior executives and teams. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2006, Dr. Habbershon was the founding director of the Institute for Family Enterprising at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, holding the President's Term Chair in Family Enterprising. While at Babson, he developed an emphasis on family-based entrepreneurship called Transgenerational Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Dr. Habbershon was a founding partner in The TELOS Group, a consulting firm that specializes in transition and strategy consultations to large family firms worldwide. Dr. Habbershon is also the founding director of family business programs in the Snider Entrepreneurship Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in the Freeman Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at the University of South Dakota. He has conducted Executive Education programs to family ownership and management teams on entrepreneurial strategy and relationship issues through universities worldwide. Dr. Habbershon has written a number of academic articles that have appeared in journals such as The Journal for Business Venturing, the Family Business Review and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. He has a regular column – "Family Business Inc." – in BusinessWeek's Small Biz magazine, and has been cited in The Financial Times, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Dr. Habbershon received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Grove City College, a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an MBA and a doctorate degree in adult education from the University of South Dakota.​
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John Hallal

  • Adjunct Lecturer
John Hallal has a proven track record of success in entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and advising emerging growth companies.

Since establishing Network Blue in 2004 (, John has advised founder-led companies through various M&A transactions. Utilizing a comprehensive approach, his firm manages all facets of the process, from financial analysis, brokerage, negotiation, deal structuring, and due diligence, ensuring a seamless experience from start to closing.

In addition to Network Blue, John has spearheaded several entrepreneurial ventures across diverse industries. These include helping restart and ultimately sell a medical device manufacturer and distributor in Arizona, co-founding a durable medical equipment supply company in Massachusetts, and starting a cannabis wholesale and distribution business in California.

An active angel investor and longstanding member of Boston Harbor Angels, John is deeply passionate about Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA). Since 2007, he has invested in and advised numerous startups, entrepreneurs, and investment funds.

At Babson, John shares his expertise by teaching ETA courses and M&A in the MBA program. He plays a vital role in several Babson Executive Education Programs, including serving as Faculty Lead for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and contributing to programs like Santander Bank Cultivate a Small Business, Babson Build, Black Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, HEC Executive MBA, Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab, Santander X Fostering Growth, Putnam Leadership Program, and Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship Education.

John is a sought-after lecturer and guest speaker at entrepreneurial organizations and events, including domestic and international ETA programs and conferences, MassMedic, MIT Enterprise Forum, and Boston Entrepreneur's Network.

His dedication to teaching excellence earned him the Babson Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in both 2018 and 2023. John graduated from Bucknell University in 1987 and earned his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1991.
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Lisa Hellmuth Thomas

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Alisa Jno-Charles

  • Assistant Professor
Alisa comes to academia after more than a decade of finance and entrepreneurship experience. Her goal is to help students, entrepreneurs and their ventures understand who they are and how it impacts their decisions and outcomes so that they can develop into and effectively communicate who they want to be. As such, her research centers on venture identity development, traditional and social media impact, communication and discourse analysis, and legitimacy and financing acquisition. Her professional career spans private equity investment, hedge fund trading, real estate financing, and business intelligence systems design and product management. Alisa's entrepreneurial experience ranges from building ventures in the peer-to-peer to business software spaces. As an entrepreneur, Alisa was featured on CNN, TechCrunch, Forbes, etc. Alisa holds a Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as well as an M.B.A. and B.S.B.A from Babson College.
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Donna Kelley

  • Professor
  • Frederic C. Hamilton Professor of Free Enterprise Studies
  • Division Chair
Donna Kelley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. At Babson, she has taught New Venture Creation, Managing Growth, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in Asia, and Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship. She also taught MBA students at Korea University, Tsinghua University and Tongji University, and has led seminars for students and faculty at other universities in China and Korea, as well as in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mexico. Prof. Kelley developed the entrepreneurship curriculum and courses for startup universities in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and consulted with Goldman Sachs on their curriculum for the 10,000 Women project. In 2011, she worked in Bandung Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist.

A frequent presenter on the topic of global entrepreneurship, Prof. Kelley has spoken at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Korean SMBA, the American Institute for Economic Research, the National Governor's Association and for many other executive, policy and academic audiences around the world. She is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), the oversight board of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), since 2007. She has co-authored 29 GEM reports on global entrepreneurship, women's entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and training, high impact entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Africa.

Prof. Kelley's previous research focused on technology-based entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship in Asia. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Human Resource Management, and other journals. Her current research interests include examining the impact of policy and other ecosystem conditions on the rate and nature of entrepreneurship in a society.

Prof. Kelley received her Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her early career involved work as a chemist, as a co-founder of entrepreneurship ventures in the martial arts, health/fitness, and education fields, and as a Finance and Operations Director for a computer peripherals startup.
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Phillip Kim

  • Professor
  • Lewis Family Distinguished Professor in Social Innovation
Phillip H. Kim is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship. He studies, teaches, and advises on different aspects of how entrepreneurial ideas become reality. Specifically, his research interests include start-up processes and founding teams, institutions and entrepreneurship, cross-national differences in entrepreneurship (especially in emerging economies), technology entrepreneurship, and innovation narratives. To explore these interests, he has examined data from a variety of contexts including surveys of entrepreneurs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia; census data in Sweden; the early history of radio broadcasting; a respected technology transfer office; and a popular crowd funding platform. His research has been published in leading entrepreneurship, management, and sociology journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and American Behavioral Scientist and featured in the Wall Street Journal. He also serves as a Field Editor (Sociology) for the Journal of Business Venturing and on the editorial board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. He regularly presents his research at prominent academic conferences worldwide. He has been awarded the Dean of Faculty Empirical Scholarship Award. ​Dr. Kim is the Lewis Family Distinguished Professor of Social Innovation at Babson College. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BS (Economics) and BAS (Materials Sciences) at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught entrepreneurship courses at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and has significant experience teaching students with business and non-business backgrounds. Dr. Kim has taught both foundational courses and advanced electives in entrepreneurship. He has a special interest in entrepreneurship pedagogy and designs innovative curriculum for his students to enable them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. He received the Dean of Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Executive Education and an Award of Excellence by the University of Wisconsin Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization in recognition for his educational innovations. Dr. Kim regularly advises entrepreneurs on issues related to launching and establishing their businesses and coaches student entrepreneurs as they start their businesses. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked as a management consultant advising businesses in the manufacturing, agriculture, professional services, and non-profit sectors. He also worked for a leading regional supermarket as an operations analyst.
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William LaPoint

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Mr. LaPoint has more than 30 years of experience in private equity and venture capital investing. Mr. LaPoint is currently a Partner at ALY Holdings LLC, a private partnership he formed with two colleagues to acquire a small group of companies in New England. Prior to forming ALY Holdings, Mr. LaPoint was a co-founder of Halpern, Denny & Company, a lower middle market buyout firm that invested more than $600MM in the consumer, healthcare services, industrial distribution and media/communications industries. Prior to joining Halpern Denny & Company, Mr. LaPoint was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he led strategy consulting teams in the healthcare, distribution and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. LaPoint was an operations manager at Procter & Gamble.

At Babson, Mr. LaPoint teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital/Private Equity. He has also taught courses in Entrepreneurial Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Buying a Small Business.

Mr. LaPoint received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Cindy Marmer

  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • Associate Director​ of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad
As Associate Director​ of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad, Ms. Klein Marmer has helped to define and redefine the accelerator model for delivering resources and services for Babson's current students and alumni entrepreneurs. Currently, she manages the mentoring and advising of hundreds of entrepreneurs annually in topics such as opportunity recognition, market feasibility, go to market strategy as well as developing their business model. She also launched the Fast Track Cohort program, an intense, structured facilitated coaching program that accelerates businesses through the academic year. Ms. Klein Marmer joined Babson's Graduate School Center for Career Development in 2004, working as Associate Director with students interested in technology, life sciences, energy and entrepreneurial careers. She 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. Ms. Klein Marmer started her career at Ernst & Young and then held several positions of increasing responsibility in accounting and finance in the financial services and communications industries. She served for three years as co-President on the board of Wellesley Community Children's Center. She earned her B.S. in Accounting at University of Delaware, an MBA with honors from Babson College, and is a former CPA.
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Edward Marram

  • Professor of Practice
Marram has developed a reputation for outstanding academic and technical accomplishments. A professor at Babson for over 20 years, he regularly lectures on entrepreneurship and issues facing high-growth businesses in both graduate-level and executive education programs. Marram was an entrepreneur in the high-technology sector for more than 35 years; he was the founder, president, and CEO of Geo-Centers, Inc., a high technology, professional services firm which he sold in 2005. Geo-Centers, Inc. was recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.

He has served on the Board of Trustees for Sherman College, Philadelphia University, and South Cove Medical Center. He serves on the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Chancellors Advisory Board. He has also served on the Chemistry Advisory Group at Tufts University. He is or was a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Board of Overseers for Children's Hospital Boston, Health and Educational Financial Authority (HEFA) of Massachusetts. He also serves on the boards of several privately held companies. In 1999 and 2000, Marram was appointed to the Summer National Defense Science Board.

Marram earned a Ph.D. from Tufts University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an honorary doctorate at Ulster University, Belfast, Ireland. He was named a Price-Babson College Fellow, received the Edwin M. Appel Prize for Bringing Entrepreneurial Vitality to Academia, and was the recipient of the Thomas Kennedy award for teaching excellence in the graduate school at Babson.
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Heidi Neck

  • Professor
  • Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty Director, Inspire Studio
  • Academic Director Babson Academy
Heidi Neck, Ph.D., is a Babson College Professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

Neck has been recognized for teaching excellence at Babson for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education. She has also been recognized by international organizations, the Academy of Management and USASBE, for excellence in pedagogy and course design. For pushing the frontiers of entrepreneurship education in higher education, The Schulze Foundation and the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange (EIX) awarded her “Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year” in 2016. She was again awarded "Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year" in 2022 by USASBE for her distinguished leadership in, and impact on, entrepreneurship education

She is the Academic Director of the Babson Academy – a dedicated unit within Babson that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach and learn entrepreneurship. The Babson Academy builds on Neck's work starting the Babson Collaborative, a global institutional membership organization for colleges and universities seeking to increase their capability and capacity in entrepreneurship education, and her leadership of Babson's Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) –programs designed to further develop faculty from around the world in the of art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs. Neck has directly trained over 3,000 faculty around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship.

She has taught entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA and executive levels. Neck is a Past President of the United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an academic organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship education. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship inside organizations. An award-winning educator and author, her textbook Entrepreneurship: The Practice & Mindset was awarded the Breakthrough Book of 2018 by Sage Publishing and the 2018 Most Promising New Textbook Award and 2021 Textbook Excellence Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach (Elgar Publishing) – a 2-volume series written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways. Additionally, she has published 45+ book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles.

Neck speaks and teaches internationally on cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset and espousing the positive force of entrepreneurship as a societal change agent. She consults and trains organizations of all sizes on building entrepreneurial capacity. She is the co-founder of VentureBlocks, an entrepreneurship education technology company and achieved a successful exit with FlowDog, a canine aquatic fitness and rehabilitation center located just outside of Boston. She also serves on the Board of a 100% family-owned, seventh-generation land-management company in Louisiana called A. Wilbert's & Sons. Heidi earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Erik Noyes

  • Associate Professor
An expert in innovation, growth strategy, and AI, Professor Noyes is the Michael London '92 and Stephen H. Kramer '92 Term Chair in Entrepreneurship. His research examines entrepreneurial thinking, AI-enabled innovation, and disruptive innovation in both startups and new corporate ventures.

Dr. Noyes led the creation of “The Generator”, Babson's interdisciplinary AI lab whose mission is to empower innovators from all fields to bring visionary ideas to life by harnessing AI capabilities. The Generator supports an interdisciplinary community of innovators, provocateurs, and boundary-spanners from across diverse industries to seize upon transformative opportunities enabled by the AI-age. In connection with the Lab, he teaches the MBA course AI Pioneers: Creating the Future of Business and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in AI, among other graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship courses.

Professor Noyes is the founding Faculty Director of the Weissman Foundry, an interdisciplinary venture and innovation-space shared by Babson College, the Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College. Recognized as a “Top 50” business professor in the United States by Poets & Quants, Noyes was awarded Babson's College-wide Teaching Excellence Award in 2023 and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. Noyes co-led Babson's award-winning Foundations of Management & Entrepreneurship (FME) program, rated the most innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship course in the U.S. by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He also co-founded Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship (ADE), a collaboration between Babson College and the Olin College of Engineering.

Prior to joining Babson, he consulted for companies such as Nokia, BMW, Hewlett-Packard, New Balance, and Motorola to identify and evaluate new growth businesses in diverse areas such as healthcare, mobile computing, consumer products, sensing systems, and automotive design.

Professor Noyes is a Founding Editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy (EE&P). His research has been published in the Journal of Small Business
Management, Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research
, multiple books, and the Harvard Business School case collection. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, USA Today, The Chronicle for Higher Education, and international press.

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Gina O'Connor

  • Professor
  • Fischer Family Term Chair in Healthcare Management
Gina joined Babson in January 2019 as a Professor of Innovation Management. She conducts research and develops curricula that facilitates learning for graduate students and executives based on her findings on Breakthrough Innovation capabilities in large mature companies. Before joining Babson Gina spent 29 years at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she held the roles of Professor of Marketing and Innovation Management, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the MBA program, Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and Director of the Radical Innovation Research Program. Prior to earning her PhD in Marketing and Corporate Strategy at NYU, she worked as a contract administrator for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and as a research analyst for Monsanto's Department of Social Responsibility in St. Louis, Missouri. Professor O'Connor has published papers in leading journals including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Organization Science, Journal of Marketing and Journal of Business Venturing among others. Five of her papers have received best paper of the year awards in their respective journals. Gina has co-authored three books on breakthrough innovation. The second of those: Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation, was named one of the top three business books of the year by Strategy + Business Magazine. In 2018 she was named a Crawford Fellow by the Product Development and Management Association, one of only six recipients of that award. Gina's professional objective is to help large established companies learn how to renew themselves through organic growth via step-out, gamechanging, breakthrough, strategic innovation, which introduces high levels of uncertainty into the innovation process and is typically stamped out in organizations. She is a firm believer that, to be successful, companies must develop an innovation function, complete with its own people, processes, metrics and culture that operates within the company to translate emerging science, technology and business models into whole new platforms of growth that will fuel the company's future health in spite of itself. She is an active speaker and consultant for a number of US and European companies, and is passionate about developing the next cadre of innovation leaders. On the personal side, Gina's permanent home is in Albany NY, where she lives with her husband. Their three children are spread across the country doing their best to make the world a better place. They are all members of the Board of Directors of a larger family owned operating foundation, Fostering Hope, which serves the needs of foster parents. Gina can be reached at
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Angela Randolph

  • Assistant Professor
Dr. Angela Randolph's initial interest in entrepreneurship was inspired by working with entrepreneurs as they developed and grew their businesses. Her areas of expertise and research interests include nascent entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurial persistence, adolescent development on entrepreneurial behavior, underrepresented and underestimated entrepreneurs, and marginalization and inclusion.

Professor Randolph has a Ph.D. from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to entering the Ph.D. Program at Texas Tech University, she enjoyed a diverse career working for private and public companies, including Pepsi Bottling Group and Wachovia Bank. Some of her previous professional experience includes new venture start-ups, consulting social and commercial ventures, consulting large organizations in treasury management practices, evaluating potential business acquisitions, and process improvement.
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Mark Rice

  • Professor
For the past thirty years, Professor Rice has participated in the development of university-based entrepreneurship ecosystems. At RPI (1988-2001) he served as Director of the Rensselaer Incubator Program and the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship. At Babson College (2001-2010), as Murata Dean of the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business, he led the effort to launch the Fast Track MBA Program, a major leap forward in the effectiveness of blended learning education delivery. He was also part of the Babson team that delivered training programs for entrepreneurship educators and program managers in Asia, South America and North America. At WPI (2010-2018), Professor Rice served as the inaugural Dean of WPI's Business School and subsequently as the Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In March 2018, he returned to Babson College, serving as Provost for 2+ years before returning to the faculty. Professor Rice holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Angelo Santinelli

  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
Mr. Santinelli is an experienced leader and innovator in creating business strategy, marketing and delivering results. His more than 20 years of business experience covers a broad range of disciplines and responsibilities: including business development, strategic planning, M&A, IPO, private equity financing, customer service, all aspects of marketing and international operations. Mr. Santinelli has served on numerous boards of directors participating in both audit and compensation committees. He has served as an executive and officer of a public company. Mr. Santinelli is the founder of Dakin Management, a strategy consultancy focusing on small to medium size businesses. He was previously a partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, where he began his investing career in 1998. North Bridge is a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. His investment interests ranged from communications, wireless, software and Internet infrastructure. Prior to joining North Bridge, he was a senior executive of the Shiva Corporation, a leading provider of Remote Access Networking products. Mr. Santinelli served as Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. He joined Shiva when it was private and was part of the management team that led it through a successful IPO, several acquisitions and rapid growth phase. At Shiva he was responsible for building and managing the product management, product marketing, marketing communications, knowledge management, business development and Web groups. He served on the company's executive committee and ran North American sales for a period of time. Prior to Shiva he was with the Boston Consulting Group where he participated in the high-tech practice group, focusing on both business strategy and business process re-engineering for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Santinelli also spent several successful years in sales with International Business Machines, selling both large and small systems and software to financial institutions. He has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT, Sloan School of Management, where he taught Entrepreneurship. He received a BS from Fordham University in 1984, and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1989.
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Robert Schultz

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice

Robert Schultz is a life science entrepreneur, professor, and patient advocate from Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Managing Director of Massnex where he helps global organizations navigate the Boston life science ecosystem. After a decade working in startup companies, he developed a cystic fibrosis patient monitoring SaaS platform Aware Engineering with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's MassCONNECT program and partnered with the cystic fibrosis community. He has over a decade of advocacy experience working with organizations like the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and was recently appointed by the Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Rare Disease Advisory Council. He developed the patient driven business development model which promotes trust between patient communities and the companies developing products that address unmet needs for patients suffering from debilitating diseases.

Mr. Schultz is also an adjunct professor of Biotechnology Enterprise at Northeastern University and Healthcare Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has been an adjunct professor of Marketing at Bentley University where he organized the high profile event "How The World's Most Successful Medicine Was Developed" featuring VIPs such as former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in collaboration with the Center for Integration of Science and Industry. He was an instructor of Business Intelligence at Clark University, and Healthcare Innovation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and he regularly organizes innovation tours with Boston InnoTours for global academic groups and other stakeholders.

Mr. Schultz received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts and BS in International Business from Northeastern University.
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Jeffrey Shay

  • Professor
Jeff Shay is a Professor in the Entrepreneurship Division. Prior to coming to Babson, he served as the Rupert Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at Washington and Lee University where he designed and launched a comprehensive entrepreneurship program. Prior to that he was the Jack Poe Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Montana. He has also taught courses at London School of Economics, Peking University, Cornell University, and University of Brescia. He has provided invited teaching and research seminars for faculty in Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, University of Technology – Jamaica, and for organizations such as the Asia Institute of Finance, Associacion de Latin America Casewriters, Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools, and the Chinese Center for Case Research.

Dr. Shay has been an invited speaker at the Swedish Trade Council, Penn State's Executive MBA Program, Babson's F. W. Olin School of Business, and Cornell's Johnson School of Business. In addition, he has provided executive training for Hyundai Corporation, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Petronas Oil, Hilton International Hotel Group, Shanghai International Port Group, Maersk Shipping, Ace Insurance, and the American Express Travel Group.

Dr. Shay was recognized in March 2006 as one of the Western Academy of Management's Ascendant Scholars, an award given to scholars who make an early and significant impact on their field. In 2015 he received the Western Academy of Management's Joan Dahl President's Award, an award that “recognizes members who have contributed to the ongoing success of the Western Academy of Management, supported the professional growth and development of its members, and demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research.” In 2016 Dr. Shay was named a Fellow of the North American Case Research Association, an award that “recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of case research and teaching”. Dr. Shay served two, non-consecutive terms as President of the North American Case Research Association and as President of both the Western Academy of Management and the Western Casewriter's Association.

Dr. Shay's research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of International Management, Case Research Journal, Journal of Management Education, Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, and International Journal of Organizational Analysis. In addition, he has presented his research and received best paper awards at Academy of Management, Western Academy of Management, and the North American Case Research Association Conferences.

Dr. Shay's professional experience includes providing strategic planning, international business planning, and new venture development consulting services through his company, Shay Consulting International. His current and past clients include: Eatrenalin, AD Little, NASA, Big Sky Brewing, Bank of Montana, TerraEchos, Bitter End, Bitterroot Resort, Blue Cross – Blue Shield Montana, Benchmark Simulations, Watson Children Shelter, Montana World Trade Center, Hi-Noon Petroleum, and Precision Partners. He provides these services to keep current with the practical application of what he teaches in his courses. Dr. Shay has over 35 years of consulting experience in these areas.

Dr. Shay spends his free time actively engaging in competitive and recreational sports. During the school year he teaches spinning classes, plays golf, and enjoys road and mountain biking. He spends his summers in Niantic, Connecticut where he campaigns his one-design racing sailboat, a 31-foot Atlantic Class sloop. At Babson College he received the Scholar/Athlete Award, was a four-time All-East alpine skier, and after college raced on the United States Pro Tour.
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Joel Shulman

  • Professor
Dr. Shulman is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, with a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Cash Manager designations. He previously ran the Shulman CFA Review Program which provided training for over 12,000 investment professionals throughout the world. He is author or coauthor of numerous academic articles and books and has consulted for many small entrepreneurial firms and large corporations. He was previously a consultant for the World Bank, assisting with the development of capital markets in Central Asia and republics of the former Soviet Union.​ He is the founder of EntrepreneurShares that manages professional funds (entrepreneurial firms in publicly traded equities) in mutual funds, ETF, hedge fund, and separately managed account (SMA) structures.
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Benjamin Spigel

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
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Kevin Sweeney

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Kevin has served in a variety of senior executive roles in the financial, legal, and social sectors. He has also been a full-time and adjunct faculty member with various academic institutions, including Columbia University, WPI, and the University of Hartford. Kevin has delivered applied coursework and team-based, practice-oriented programs in entrepreneurship, social and community impact, corporate and entrepreneurial finance, FinTech, and small business and corporate strategy. He has also provided advisory and consulting services to business clients, start-up ventures, and other stakeholders in all of those disciplines.
In addition to his work with Babson College and as principal consultant with Sweeney Strategic Advisors, Kevin also currently teaches and supports experiential education innovation at multiple universities. He is director of strategic partnerships for experiential education with the Sawyer Business School – Suffolk University, a lecturer in finance at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, and an adjunct professor in finance with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
As a Fellow with the University of Connecticut, Kevin led feasibility analysis and strategic business plan development for the implementation of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) for first-time or other homebuyers in underserved communities in partnership with the CEO and other senior leadership of the nonprofit Building Neighborhoods Together in Bridgeport, CT. Kevin was also interim president and CEO of the nonprofit economic and real estate development firm DevelopSpringfield in Springfield, MA.
Kevin previously spent nearly 20 years in a variety of senior roles with MassMutual Financial Group, where he was most recently a managing director of MassMutual Capital Partners LLC. He led strategic mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other transactions worldwide, and he also held other leadership positions (e.g., senior vice president & chief operating officer of MassMutual International). Kevin has also been a member of several corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors globally, including most recently the Board of a federally chartered and NASDAQ listed bank holding company that provides retail and commercial services to businesses and individuals in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Academic Degrees
M.B.A., TRIUM (New York University Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics & Political Science, and the HEC School of Management in Paris)J.D., University of Wisconsin Law SchoolB.A., University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Academic Interest / Expertise
Entrepreneurial Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Private Equity & Impact Investing, Small Business Development, FinTech
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Lauri Union

  • Adjunct Lecturer
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Yasuhiro Yamakawa

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan's utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world. Dr. Yamakawa's research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa's work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review. ​
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Andrew Zacharakis

  • Professor
  • John H. Muller, Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Andrew Zacharakis is The John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship. He is the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and past president of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a past chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at Babson College and a past Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. His writings and research focus on two major areas of entrepreneurship: the venture capital decision-making process, and entrepreneurial growth strategies.

Zacharakis is the author of five books, Entrepreneurship, 5th Edition (with Corbett and Bygrave), The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 4th Edition (with Bygrave), Business Plans that Work, 2nd Edition (with Timmons and Spinelli), How to Raise Capital (with Timmons and Spinelli) and Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Growth Volume 2 (with Spinelli). His research has been published in numerous academic journals including: the Journal of Business Venturing; Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; Journal of Private Equity Capital; International Trade Journal; Academy of Management Executive; Journal of Management; the Journal of International Business Studies; and Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research. Moreover, his article, “Differing perceptions of new venture failure: A matched exploratory study of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs” was selected as the best article published by Journal of Small Business Management in 1999. Zacharakis is on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Small Business Management and also serves on the editorial review boards for Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management Studies and Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures. His dissertation, The Venture Capital Investment Decision, received the Certificate of Distinction (1995) from the Academy of Management for outstanding research in the field of new enterprise development. He also received the 2016 Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award.

Professor Zacharakis has been interviewed in newspapers nationwide, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and by several magazines, including Inc., Entrepreneur and Kiplinger's. He has also appeared on television in the Bloomberg Small Business Report and radio on NPR Morning Edition. He has taught seminars at leading companies, including OmniLife, Merck, Intel, and Met Life. He has also taught executives, students and professors worldwide in such countries as Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, China, Columbia, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Turkey and United Arab Emirates among many others. Zacharakis won the Dean's Award for Best Teacher in Executive Education for 2017.

Prior to his work at Babson, he held investment banking/venture capital positions with The Cambridge Companies, a Los Angeles firm that invested in retail concepts and movie partnerships. Today, Zacharakis is an active angel investor in seed stage deals. He also previously held positions at IBM and Leisure Technologies. He is a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business start-ups and ventures.
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