Babson Professor Greene Receives USASBE Entrepreneurial Advocacy Award

Friday 10th February 2012

At Babson, Greene’s current assignment is to serve as the National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women program.

Named after its first recipient, John E. Hughes, the award is presented to an individual or organization that has consistently contributed encouragement; support; physical, intellectual, and/or spiritual resources; time; talent and/or skills; development; and/or financial contribution to further the cause of entrepreneurship.

Greene’s research focuses on the identification, acquisition, and combination of entrepreneurial resources, particularly by women and minority entrepreneurs.

She is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women and the venture capital industry. The Diana Projects books include International Women’s Entrepreneurship: Research on the Growth of Women Owned Businesses, Women and Entrepreneurship: Contemporary Classics, and Clearing the Hurdles: Women Building High Growth Businesses (republished in Chinese). She is also a co-editor (with Mark Rice) of the book, Entrepreneurship Education. Her most recent book, (with Mark Rice, Michael Fetters, & John Butler) is The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices. Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Small Business Management and The National Journal of Sociology.

Prior to joining Babson Greene held the Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (1998-2003) and the New Jersey Chair of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University (1996-1998).

She was a founding member of the Rutgers Center for Entrepreneurial Management and the coordinator of the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Curriculum. At UMKC she helped to found KC SourceLink, the Entrepreneurial Growth Resource Center (EGRC), the iStrategy Studio, the Business and Information Development Group (BRIDG), the UMKC Students in Free Enterprise Program (SIFE), the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Internship Program (KEIP), the Entrepreneurial Effect, the Network for Entrepreneurship Educators and Researchers (NEER), and the annual regional Business Plan Competition.

Greene is Board Chair for the Center for Women’s Business Research, and serves on the advisory boards of Enterprising Women, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and Key Bank’s Key4Women. She is an appointed member of the national advisory board for the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center program. She is a fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and the Special Academic Advisor for the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute. Her past service work includes serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group of the AACSB, and sitting on the boards of the State of Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Kansas Women’s Business Center, Growth Opportunity Connection, the Kansas City ATHENAPowerLink™ and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. Greene is a frequent speaker at national and international events. Prior to becoming a professor she worked primarily in the health care industry.

Greene earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University.


The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

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