Babson College Professor of Finance, and National Academic Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Richard Bliss is a professor of finance at Babson College and the National Academic Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. He is part of the team that designed the curriculum and trained the faculty and staff at program delivery sites across the country and served as the Babson Launch Faculty for LaGuardia Community College, City Colleges of Chicago, Community College of Philadelphia, Detroit (Wayne State University, McComb County Community College and Oakland County Community College) and Community College of Rhode Island.
Richard earned his PhD in Finance and his MA in Economics from Indiana University. He also earned his MBA in Finance/Real estate from Indiana University, and graduated with honors from Rutgers University, earning a BS degree in Engineering and his BA degree in Economics.
National Deputy Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Edward Byrne is the National Deputy Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the program nationally. In his role, he is responsible for the alumni program, measurement and evaluation, and oversees the delivery of the program across the 16 sites. Ed joined the program in 2016 as the Alumni Manager for the national blended cohorts at Babson and later became the National Alumni Director, overseeing the programming for then more than 7,000 alumni of 10,000 Small Businesses across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The son of two small-business owners, he grew up working in his parents’ businesses, learning firsthand the challenges and opportunities faced by small-business owners in a competitive economy. Before joining the program, Ed spent 10 years in K–12 education: as a high school social studies teacher, an administrator, and a policy advisor in local and state government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from Simmons College.
Manassah Bradley MBA ’00
Senior Program Manager, National Blended Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Manassah Bradley MBA ’00 is the Senior Program Manager for the National Blended Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College. For the past 18 years, Manassah has been a business advisor and educator, developing a depth and breadth of knowledge regarding business disciplines and their interconnectedness that allows him to provide bold, strategic solutions to a broad range of business owner challenges and complexities. An original thinker, he is known for helping his CEO clients build wealth and achieve breakthrough results.
Manassah is a member of the Survivors Speakers Bureau for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the founder of the Power of 21, a non-profit creating awareness about the sexual abuse of boys and men. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University and an M.B.A in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Hoa Nha Nguyen
National Measurement and Evaluation Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Hoa Nha Nguyen is the National Measurement and Evaluation Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has been a researcher for the past seven years with experience in survey development, research design, and statistical analyses. She is also a PhD candidate at Boston College, where her dissertation focuses on college and career readiness among immigrant students. Her past roles include serving as the institutional research analyst at Lasell College where her work focused on the development, implementation, and analysis of student learning and experiential surveys. Her most recent role was at Boston Public Schools where she worked as a data analyst overseeing data management, collection, and analysis.
Marta Figueroa Toro
National Alumni Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Marta Figueroa Toro is the National Alumni Manager of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program; she works with alumni programs across all 10KSB sites. Marta is fluent in both Spanish and English and has a marketing background, having worked for many years with companies such as Philip Morris, Kodak, and Kellogg’s. She also has had the opportunity of opening her own franchise and learning the challenges a business owner faces in a struggling economy. She recently moved from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts in search of better opportunities for her and her family. Marta is a happy, positive person who loves to exercise daily and motivate people.
Laura Pearson Hahn
National Site Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Laura Pearson Hahn is the National Site Manager of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program where she interacts through a variety of avenues with the 16 national 10KSB program sites. After college she worked for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, an international development organization, and then served as a Residence Hall Director for fresh(wo)men for two years. More recently, Laura comes to Babson from internships with Impact Hub Boston (a collaborative working space for social entrepreneurs) and with the Mayor’s Office of Small Business Development in the City of Boston. During college, Laura spent two summers in Uganda and Kenya where the reality of small business as a powerful avenue for socio-economic development became real to her in the lives of resilient village women. Since then, she has been a believer of small business as a force for good in the world. Laura grew up in the Colorado Mountains and loves being active in the outdoors, playing soccer, competing in triathlons, or just reading a good book in the sun. She holds a BA in international studies from Southern Nazarene University and an MBA in international economic development from Eastern University.
National Measurement and Evaluation Database Administrator, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Hannah Levin is the National Measurement and Evaluation Database Administrator of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She started as a project assistant to provide administrative support for the 10KSB Blended Program at Babson and also to provide support to the blended and the national alumni programs. Prior to this, she worked at Cannistraro, a construction company in Watertown, Mass., where she provided administrative and project support in the HVAC Service Department. She has a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.
National Program Coordinator, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Julia Lloyd is the National Program Coordinator for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She has previously worked in administrative and customer service roles at TJX Companies, Ann Taylor, and the American Repertory Ballet. In addition to experience as a dancer in a professional ballet company, Julia is very involved in volunteer work with Veterans Moving Forward and previously with Movement Exchange which works to foster cross-cultural understanding and civic engagement by introducing children to dance. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance with minors in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies from Butler University in Indianapolis.
Program Assistant, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
Marisa Kapanakis is the Program Assistant for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned a degree in Finance, and a minor in Economics. During college, Marisa had the opportunity to spend a winter semester abroad in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. While in Australia Marisa studied International Operations and Marketing for both large corporations, as well as small businesses. Marisa is originally from Rhode Island, where her mother owned her own small business for more than 16 years. This close exposure to a small business owner has shown Marisa both the struggles and triumphs of being a business owner in an ever fluctuating economy. Marisa’s past roles include Certified Tax Preparer and Financial Navigator for the VITA programs, as well as Hotel Operations for Lark Hotels, a boutique hotel chain. Prior to joining the team Marisa’s most recent role was at Voya Financial in Windsor, Connecticut, where she worked as a Licensed Customer Service Representative, with a specialization in Retirement.