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Leslie Charm

  • Associate Professor of Practice
Academic Division: Entrepreneurship


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.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard
  • BS, Babson College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Entrepreneurship, governance and Family business


  • Degree Courses 2023

  • Degree Courses 2022



Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Marram, E.P., Charm, L. (2020). One Mighty Mill : One Mighty Mill.
  • Charm, L., Marram, E.P., Timmons, J.A. (2017). Sy Friedland and JF&CS - Teaching Note. Page: 8. Babson College.
  • Marram, E.P., Charm, L. (2015). Spartan Race: Spartan Race.
  • Charm, L., Santinelli, A.J. (2013). Term Sheets in Early-Stage Venture Capital Financings. Page: 43. Babson College.


  • EF Charm, L. emlyon, babson (2019)
  • Board management Charm, L. Venture lane, boston (2019)
  • Boards and biz models Charm, L. Scaling partners, UTAH (2019)
  • BUsiness model changes Charm, L. scaling, Los Angeles (2019)
  • Financing models charm, l. EMLyon, Babson (2018)
  • Fraud in companies charm, l. Saltire, SF (2018)
  • Board Issues charm, l. Larry Stybel Owner's group, Newton (2018)
  • What you need to know about Entrepreneurs charm, l. Boston College law students, Boston College Law SChool (2018)
  • entrepreneurship issues charm, l. Concord High School student, Concord ma (2018)
  • how to deal with Owner/manager clients charm, l. Lawyer Partners, Wellesley (2018)
  • Financing models charm, l. EMLyon, Babson (2017)
  • Strategic Alliances charm, l. Goldman Scholars reunion, SF (2017)
  • ALT FI Charm, L. emlyon, Babson (2016)
  • Financing issues Charm, L. Goldman Scholars, BEE (2015)
  • Growing your business Charm, L. Scottish accellerator, Edinburgh,Scotland (2015)
  • Comments of franchising Charm, L. Franchising, BEE (2015)
  • Financing Charm, L. Goldman Scholars, BEE (2015)
  • Growth Charm, L. Scotland University, On line (2015)
  • Boards Charm, L. Alumni of Goldman Sachs program, (2014)
  • Bankers and Lending Charm, L. , Milwaukee, WI (2014)
  • Bankers and Lending Charm, L. , Manizales, Columbia (2014)
  • Directors Charm, L. Accounting Firm, (2013)
  • Bankers and Lending Charm, L. , Manizales, Columbia (2013)
  • EF Charm, L. , Scotland (2013)
  • How to lend to Early Stage Companies Charm, L. , Manizales, Columbia (2013)
  • Mentoring Charm, L. , Manizales, Columbia (2013)
  • Running an Entrepreneurship Program Charm, L. , Manizales, Columbia (2013)
  • Directors and Banks Charm, L. , (2012)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Advisory Committee on College Priorities (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)