Panelists, Breakout Sessions Leaders, and Guest Speakers
The 2016 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference feature a number of inspiring top entrepreneurship educators and researchers serving as panelists, breakout session leaders, and guest speakers. The speakers for the upcoming conference include:
Neck is an entrepreneur, educator, speaker, and writer whose research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship inside organizations, and creative thinking. She is the director of the Babson Entrepreneur Experience Lab—a national applied research project that seeks to better understand the experience of entrepreneurs of all kinds in order to design and develop better support program for today’s entrepreneur. She is also the faculty director of Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE)—programs designed to further develop faculty from around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs. Heidi Neck is a Babson College Professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. She teaches entrepreneurship at the MBA and executive levels. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach and has published more than 40 book chapters, research monographs, and refereed articles in notable journals.
Howard E. Aldrich is a Kenan Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also a faculty research associate at the Department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, at Fuqua School of Business and Duke University, and a fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. In 2002, he won the Carlyle Sitterson Award for Outstanding Teaching and was also named the Entrepreneurship Researcher of the Year and the Organization by the Swedish Foundation of Small Business Research and Management Division of the Academy of Management. His book Organizations Evolving won the Academy of Management George Terry Award as the best management book published in 1998-1999. His main research interests include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial team formation, gender and entrepreneurship, and evolutionary theory.
John Greathouse is a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara where he leads the entrepreneurship Technology Management Program currently housed in the Engineering School at UCSB. He is also a partner at Rincon Venture Partners, and the co-founder of RevUpNet, a performance-based online marketing agency. He has held a number of senior executive positions with successful startups over a period of more than fifteen years. He has helped build large businesses from the ground up, with an emphasis on market engagement and scalable customer acquisition. He served as CFO and VP of Business Development at Computer Motion, which was a pioneer in the surgical robotics industry. He was also the CFO and SVP of Strategic Development and CalWave. Greathouse was also active Angel Investor, Advisor and Board Member at: Central Desktop, RightScale, Eucalyptus, Frontier Technology, RedMojo (sold to Novell), RightCart (sold to Buy.com), Vcel (sold to Fotochatter) and AppFolio.
Jeffrey Stamp was a chaired assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of North Dakota, where he was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award. He has conducted workshops with more than 50 universities and 300 companies worldwide. Today his research is focused on the creative and cognitive processes that entrepreneurs use in idea creation, technology innovation, and opportunity recognition. He is also the founder of Bold Thinking, LLC, a company that provides entrepreneurial programming via the Internet to colleges, universities, business plan competitions and corporations around the world. Stamp has over 25 years of world experience in bringing out the creative best in business professionals and university students. He was the inventor, creator, and section manager of “Baked Lays,” for PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay. In addition to leading seven successful entrepreneurial ventures, he has served as a Chief Trained Brain and V.P. of Technology for Eureka! Ranch!
James G. Combs
James G. (Jim) Combs (PhD, Louisiana State University) is the Della Phillips Martha Schenck Chair of American Private Enterprise at the University of Central Florida. Jim’s research interests are primarily in the areas of franchising, family business, research synthesis, and executive compensation, and appears in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and Organizational Research Methods. Jim has served as an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, and as an Editor at Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and as the President of the Southern Management Association (SMA) where he is also a Fellow. Jim teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at the doctoral and undergraduate levels.
Siri Terjesen is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University and a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. She is an Associate Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Small Business Economics, and Membership Chair of the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division. Her research on entrepreneurship, strategy, and corporate governance has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Academy of Management Learning & Education. She teaching strategy and entrepreneurship at undergraduate and graduate levels.
As a Professor, Associate Editor, Program Director, and Director at Large, presenting actionable research and results in conferences and seminars in locations such as Barcelona, Grenoble, Cologne, San Juan, and Washington, D.C., Lois Shelton’s research interests include new venture growth, minority and women’s entrepreneurship, and the work/family interface. Other highlights of her background are: a former business executive with nearly ten years of experience in diverse fields such as management consulting and real estate development; Recipient of Best Paper Awards at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and Diana International Research Conferences; Co-author of Femme et Entrepreneur? C’est Possible, published by Pearson France; and Journal articles in: Entrepreneurial Practice Review; Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice; Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Journal of Small Business Management; and Strategic Management Journal.
Dr. Solomon is currently the co-director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and a professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business and serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Solomon is the past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). From 1976 until 2004, Dr. Solomon held various managerial positions at the SBA including director of the Office of Special Initiatives and deputy associate administrator for Business Initiatives Education and Training where he managed a staff of six to fifteen professionals.
Dr. Solomon has published and edited over 130 articles, books of readings, book chapters, reference materials and proceedings articles in both the areas of entrepreneurship/small business management and organizational behavior & dynamics. He is a colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a fellow of the Small Business Institute Director’s Association and a Wilford White Fellow of the ICSB. He currently serves as chair for the Wilford L. White and was past chair of the Justin G. Longenecker Fellows. He is one of only four individuals in the United States to be so honored by all three organizations.
In 2011 he received the Max Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1997, he was awarded the “Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year for Small Business and Entrepreneurship” from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for his work in entrepreneurship education. In 2009, he received the “Innovative Teaching Pedagogy Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship ant the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Award for Innovation in Free Enterprise Education from the Freedom Foundation. In addition, in 2009, he was recognized by the Emerald Literati Network as an Outstanding Paper author for the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.
Peter Kelly is an award-winning entrepreneurship educator and a leading international authority on business angels. He was directly involved in the creation of Europe’s first university pre-seed fund and an associated angel network. Peter is an entrepreneurship professor at Aalto University in Finland. Peter’s credentials include being Executive Director of the Helsinki School of Creative Entrepreneurship (HSCE). Among many other initiatives, HSCE seed funded the creation of the world’s largest student entrepreneurship society (Aalto Entrepreneurship Society), a student-led and inspired movement that supports applied entrepreneurship at the University. Peter has also had teaching positions and faculty appointments at the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, London Business School, University of Notre Dame and Wilfrid Laurier University. He has also been involved with the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship since its founding.
Elissa Grossman is a professor at the University of Southern California, where she teaches a varied slate of introductory to advanced courses in entrepreneurship and innovation. At USC, she has developed and taught courses in the undergraduate business, MBA, MSSE (Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship), MBV (Master of Business for Veterans), and Iovine and Young Academy (arts, technology, and innovation) programs. She is currently developing a course for the Marshall School of Business’ new Online MBA program. An award-winning teacher and researcher, and a long-time proponent of experiential and interactive education, Grossman has a particular interest in the ways technology can be used to help make “traditional” classroom experiences more effective, more efficient, and more relevant to students. Dr. Grossman has published in journals including the Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. As a hobby, she runs Crosswords LA, one of largest crossword puzzle tournaments in the nation.
Jonathan York is an entrepreneur and educator who has dedicated his career to helping companies succeed and students learn the issues of entrepreneurship. He recently joined the faculty of the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly after a career in business as the first professor dedicated to entrepreneurship.Since joining Cal Poly, he has been instrumental in starting the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – a university-wide effort dedicated to transforming motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders through classroom and hands-on experiences. Dr. York also serves as the advisor to Cal Poly Entrepreneurs, a student-run entrepreneurial organization that engages students campus-wide in entrepreneurial activity and learning.m ,In addition to his technology venture background, Dr. York brings to the classroom thirty years of CEO experience in health care, economic development, government, politics and technology. He also designed and taught the entrepreneurship course in the Executive MBA Program at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.
Gloria Negrete is the Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Basement Relations and advancement at the University of California San Diego. The Basement’s student-centric mission is to stimulate, encourage and serve the entrepreneurial spirit of UC San Diego students by providing a co-work and incubation space. She is responsible for the management of special projects to strengthen and advance initiatives, opportunities, departmental goals, strategic advancement objectives and campaign readiness. Gloria has worked in higher education for more than 10 years in advising, instruction, project management, and corporate relations. She completed her graduate work at San Diego State University.
Dr. Vuola is the Executive Director of Aalto Ventures Program, Aalto University (Finland). As an entrepreneur, corporate director, management consultant, and technology transfer officer Dr. Vuola has been involved in multiple spin-off, corporate venture and growth companies especially in manufacturing industries to start radical new businesses and commercialize new technologies. Dr. Vuola received his PhD in Management from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2006, and his MSc in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 1996. He was Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management and Technology Policy at Aalto University, Finland, in 2007-2012, and was nominated Executive in Residence at Aalto University, and Executive Director of Aalto Ventures Program
in February 2013, thus taking the lead of the ramp-up of a new strategic entrepreneurship program of Aalto University.