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Dr. Elaine Eisenman

Position: Dean and Professor of Management Practice, Babson College
Country: United States of America

Elaine Eisenman is Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, the number one school in the world for entrepreneurship education. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and growth of the executive education division, as well as for all non-degree programs in entrepreneurship. She is also responsible for the management of the top‐rated Babson Executive Conference Center.

Currently, Dr. Eisenman is a member of the Board of Directors of DSW, Inc., and on the advisory board of Qwalify, a Canadian start-up. For nine years, she served on the board of UST Inc., and, until recently, on the boards of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Active International. She is a founding member and member of the boards of Women Corporate Directors and The Belizean Grove. In 2011, Dr. Eisenman was selected by Agenda Magazine as a top 100 Diversity Board Member, and was recently named a “Director to Watch” by Directors and Boards Magazine.

Dr. Eisenman has held senior executive positions at both public companies such as American Express, Enhance Financial Services Co., and The Children’s Place, and private companies such as PDI International, a global consulting firm, where she both built and was general manager of the Northeast region, and Management & Capital Partners, a retained executive recruitment, management consulting, and venture capital firm, where she was chairman. She has consulted with a number of global companies including BMW, CSFB, Citibank, Marsh, ToysRUs, AT&T, Colgate Palmolive, Pepsi, and others.

Dr. Eisenman’s career includes experience as a business leader and general manager, HR executive, private and public Board member, and organizational consultant. Her key areas of expertise include executive selection, transition, and succession, and the alignment of strategy, selection, compensation, and performance during periods of growth and transformation. Additionally, she has managed the human side of acquisition and integration through multiple acquisitions for three companies.

As both a board member and board consultant, she has extensive experience in corporate governance and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, focusing on leading successfully despite uncertain markets boardroom dynamics, CEO succession, and non-financial risk. She has both consulted to and served on a number of private and not‐for‐profit boards and advisory boards for both start-ups and family businesses.

Dr. Eisenman is co‐author of I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business, published by John Wiley and Sons. Her article, “Power in the Post‐Sarbanes Oxley Boardroom” was published in Directorship magazine. Her article, “Public Policy: Enabler or Inhibitor of Entrepreneurial Companies”, is included in the Praeger series on Entrepreneurship. Her article, “Why CEOs Become Blindsided,” was published on Chiefexecutive.com, and her article on CEO succession was published in Boards and Directors Magazine. She has been highlighted in interviews by BloombergBusinessweek, WSJ, Agenda, Directorship, and Board Member.

Dr. Eisenman was interviewed on ABC’s 20/20 on the topic of failure as a foundation of entrepreneurial success. She has been a featured speaker at a number of conferences and workshops, radio and television shows on topics ranging from How Businesses Can Avoid Being Blindsided to Successful Risk Taking to Managing through Uncertainty.

Dr. Eisenman earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, and an MS from Columbia University.