Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship &
International Diana Institute Research Fellow, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
Lakshmi Balachandra is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and an International Diana Institute Research Fellow at Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her research examines the impact of trust, gender, and other entrepreneurial characteristics on acquiring early-stage funding. She was a co-author of the Diana Report (2014), a comprehensive analysis of venture capital investments in women entrepreneurs. Balachandra has also been an entrepreneur herself; worked at the largest women-owned, women-focused venture capital firm in the country; and founded the Women’s Venture Capital Network.
Paul T. Babson Chair, Entrepreneurial Studies
Andrew Corbett is the Paul T. Babson Chair of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and an instructor at Babson Executive Education. The Journal of Business Management recently named him one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurship Researchers in the World. Dr. Corbetts primary areas of study are corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and cognition, and entrepreneurship education. He is the co-author of Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Innovation Through People (2018).
Executive Director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL)
Dr. Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), where she educates, inspires and empowers women to transform their entrepreneurial potential into social and economic impact. She earned a Ph.D. in Management and Organization from The George Washington University, and is an advisor to a number of early stage companies, an angel investor, and a member of several boards and advisory councils.
Professor of Economics
Kent Jones is a Professor of Economics at Babson College and an expert on trade policy and institutional issues, particularly the World Trade Organization and regional trade agreements. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Who’s Afraid of the WTO? (2004), The Doha Blues: Getting the Trade System Back on Track (2009), and Reconstructing the WTO for the 21st Century (2015). Dr. Jones holds masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and received his Ph.D. in international economics from the University of Geneva.
Executive Director, Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
Debi Kleiman is the Executive Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, the hub for entrepreneurial activity and programs at Babson College. Babson’s undergraduate and graduate business programs have been ranked first in entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for over 20 years. Kleiman has been mentoring Boston-area entrepreneurs for more than a decade and is on the advisory board for several local startups. She has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Professor of Strategy & Innovation
Jay Rao is a professor of Strategy and Innovation at Babson College and teaches extensively in Babson Executive Education. His research on innovation and culture has appeared in the Sloan Management Review, European Management Review, and Design Management Review, as well as his 2012 book, The Discipline and Culture of Innovation. Dr. Rao has a Ph.D. from Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and sits on the innovation advisory boards of Bancolombia and Firmenich.
John H. Muller, Jr. Endowed Professor in Entrepreneurship
Andrew Zacharakis is the John H. Muller, Jr. Endowed Professor in Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. He previously served as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Department and Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson. Dr. Zacharakis received a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the co-author of five books.