- Associate Professor
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 (www.bvws.org) 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.
- Assistant Professor of Practice
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.
- F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
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.
- Associate Professor of Practice
- Faculty Co-Director Experiential Learning
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
- Associate Professor of Practice
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.
- Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
- Faculty Director - Butler Institute for Free Enterprise through Entrepreneurship
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.
- Assistant Professor
- Professor of Practice
- Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
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.
- Associate Professor of Practice
- Co-Faculty Director, Babson Fellows Program
- Co-Faculty Director, BEE Women for Africa Launch & Grow program
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
William B Gartner
- Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship
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.
- Associate Professor
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.
- Adjunct Lecturer
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.
- Adjunct Lecturer
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.
- Adjunct Lecturer
- Adjunct Lecturer
John Hallal has a track record of success in entrepreneurship, mergers, and acquisitions (M&A), and operating and advising emerging growth companies.
Through his company, Network Blue, John advises founder-led lower middle market companies in various forms of M&A transactions. The firm focuses on the healthcare and technology sectors and employs a multidisciplinary approach to execute every aspect of a transaction. This includes financial advisory, negotiations, structuring deals, and due diligence.
John has been involved in several entrepreneurial endeavors, including helping restart (and sell) a medical device manufacturer and distributor located in Arizona and co-founding a durable medical equipment supply company in Massachusetts.
John advises several search funds, which are vehicles for entrepreneurs (usually newly minted MBAs) to raise funds from investors to acquire a private company to operate and eventually sell.
He is an active angel investor both in his individual capacity and as a long-time member of Boston Harbor Angels.
As an Adjunct Professor at Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, John teaches M&A for Entrepreneurs for both the Blended Learning and regular MBA programs. He also serves/lectures in the following Babson Executive Education Programs:
* Lead for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
* Santander Bank/Babson Cultivate Small Business
* Santander X ProgramBabson
* Collaborative for Entrepreneurship Education
* Bulgarian Young Leaders
Bucknell University (1987) B.A.
Boston College Law School (1991) Juris Doctor
- Assistant Professor
- Frederic C. Hamilton Professor of Free Enterprise Studies
- Division Chair
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.
- Lewis Family Distinguished Professor in Social Innovation
- Associate Professor of Practice
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.
- Adjunct Lecturer
- Associate Director of the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad
- Professor of Practice
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.
- Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurship
- Faculty Director, Inspire Studio
- Academic Director Babson Academy
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.
- Associate Professor
Professor Noyes is the founding Faculty Director of the Weissman Foundry, an interdisciplinary innovation-collaboration between Babson College, the Olin College of Engineering, and Wellesley College. In 2023, he co-led the creation of The Generator, an interdisciplinary AI lab that applies breakthrough advances in generative AI to entrepreneurship and innovation. He teaches Entrepreneurial Opportunities in AI at Babson, among other graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship courses.
Prior to joining Babson, Professor Noyes 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, automotive design, sensing systems, and interactive media.
At Babson, Professor Noyes was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. He helped design the curriculum for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, a $500 million dollar program, teaching in underserved cities such as Detroit, LA, Cleveland, and New Orleans. A proponent of interdisciplinary problem-solving, he co-founded Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship (ADE), a collaboration between Babson College and the Olin College of Engineering. He also co-led Babson's Foundations of Management & Entrepreneurship program, rated the most innovative undergraduate entrepreneurship course in the U.S. by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). In addition to Babson courses, Professor Noyes teaches across executive education programs in the US and internationally.
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.
- Fischer Family Term Chair in Healthcare Management
- Assistant Professor
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.
- Adjunct Lecturer
- Faculty Advisor, John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program
- 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 New York University. 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.
- Executive Director for Academic Operations for the Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership
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 past clients include: 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 in order to keep current with the practical application of what he teaches in his courses. Dr. Shay has over 30 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.
- 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.
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
- Associate Professor
- John H. Muller, Jr. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
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.