Interdisciplinary Conference 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Keynote Speaker Beverly Holmes, Chair, Center for Women's Business Research and President, BA Holmes & Associates

Panel 1: Access to Social Capital
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Nicole Dandridge, Director of the Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic, Michigan State University College of Law

  • Andrea E. Smith-Hunter, Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, Siena College

  • Daryl Williams, Director of Minority Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Moderator: Robert Statchen, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Panel 2: Access to Opportunity
10:45 – 12:00 noon

  • Linda Edelman, Associate Professor of Management, Bentley College

  • Cheryl Wade, Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law

  • Ronald G. Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance

Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bakstran, Assistant Professor of Management, Western New England University College of Business

Luncheon and Keynote
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. 

  • Ms.Beverly Holmes, Chair, Center for Women's Business Research

Panel 3: Access to Financial Capital
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

  • Andres Lopez, President, Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation

  • Susan Coleman, Professor of Finance, University of Hartford

  • Victoria Crouse, Senior Vice President, TD Bank

Moderator: Eric J. Gouvin, Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law and Director, Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship

Keynote Speaker Beverly Holmes

Beverly Holmes a successful business leader, entrepreneur, author and activist has spent many years both nationally and internationally advocating for and promoting women business owners and their enterprises. Ms. Holmes professional career spans more than 25 years in the financial services industry with MassMutual Financial Group.  In her time at MassMutual she conceived, designed, and built a four billion dollar business for their Retirement Services division. She was the first African American female to reach the level of Senior Vice President and in 2004 was awarded the company’s prestigious Presidents Leadership award.

Ms. Holmes currently runs her own business providing consulting services to for profit and nonprofit businesses, specifically in the area of business development, strategic planning, and resource deployment. In 2009, she expanded the business to include an Angle Network focused on innovative business ventures. Ms. Holmes travels internationally representing the Center for Women’s Business Research speaking at such forums as the Middle East; North Africa Women’s Symposium in Tunis, Tunisia which was sponsored by US State Department and the Beyster Institute of University of San Diego. In 2005, Ms. Holmes authored her first book entitled Applied Leadership, Putting Theory into Practice

She is Chair of the Board of the Center for Women’s Business Research, a Governor appointed member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is active on the boards of Bay Path College, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, Office Depot Women’s Advisory Board, and Enterprising Women magazine.  Ms. Holmes earned her B.S. in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University and a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College.

Interdisciplinary Conference 2009: Women, Ethnicity, & Entrepreneurship