Program Director, MBA
Assistant Professor, Management
Following almost 20 years in industry as a supply chain executive for blue chip companies including Fidelity Investments, Procter & Gamble, and The Gillette Company, I chose to change direction and pursue a career in academia. During the summer of 2013, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation.
I am inspired by the energy and commitment of Antioch’s MBA students and believe that a rigorous path of study nested within our highly supportive and engaged community offers the best platform for preparing aspiring business leaders to approach 21st century challenges.
Without a sound financial footing and a plan for sustainable operational viability, even the most critical socially and environmentally focused endeavors, unfortunately, will be difficult and perhaps impossible to realize.
My primary teaching objective is to ensure that the key operational and financial management skills and competencies required by leading firms across all industry sectors are mastered. As a core faculty member of the Department of Management, I teach Financial Management Fundamentals, Sustainable Finance for Positive Impact, and Operations & Value Chain Management. I am also the academic advisor to first year MBA students, and the faculty advisor to Antioch University New England’s Net Impact chapter.
As a scholar-practitioner, I engage in a number of academic and community projects. I represent Antioch University as a core member of the Global B Corp Academic Community; I participate in the Ecovation Hub, a regional economic development initiative that focuses on supporting “green” businesses; I am leading a group of arts enthusiasts in the Keene and greater Monadnock region to increase the profile of arts and culture, a significant driver of economic activity; and, I enjoy mentoring social entrepreneurs who are seeking business guidance including, The Caterpillar Lab, Mill Hollow Works, and Machina Arts.
Ecovation Hub Presentation
As a member of the Ecovation Hub Product and Services Team, I led the first phase of the LEAN Energy Retrofit Team. I presented the team findings at the Ecovation Hub Initiatives Milestone #3 meeting in October 2016 at Marlboro College in Vermont. The recommendation was twofold: first, to broaden and deepen services provided by energy coaches, and second, to reconfigure the business model so that savings gleaned at the tail end of an energy retrofit be applied to energy coach services provided at the front end of the process.
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- Doctor of Arts in Leadership, Franklin Pierce University
- Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College
- Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Brooklyn College
- Masters' Certificate, Management Development, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Masters' Certificate, Project Management, George Washington University
- Global B Corp Academic Community, Member and 2017 Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable Planning Committee
The community is focused on connecting academics from around the world engaged in research, curriculum development and experiential learning projects with the B Corp community, starting a dialogue among members of the academic community sharing best practices and inspiration, and developping connections, programs and resources that will advance innovative research, engage students in real world learning and strengthen the global B Corp community.
- Ecovation Hub, Member of the Product and Services Team
A collaborative effort to replace lost jobs and boost economic and sustainable development in the tri-state region of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts following the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant closure. The focus of the Ecovation Hub Initiative is on sustainability, with initial efforts targeting research, design and product development, manufacturing, and construction of high-performance buildings and communities.
- Keene's Arts & Culture Working Group, Meeting Facilitator
I am leading a group of arts enthusiasts in the Keene and greater Monadnock region to increase the profile of arts and culture, a significant driver of economic activity.
- Net Impact Chapter Advisor, Antioch University New England Chapter
Net Impact is a global organization for graduate business students, who want to use business to create a positive change in the world. Net Impact provides networking opportunities for students and business leaders that share a vision of progressive business.
- Sustainability: Principles & Models
- Finance I & II
- Accounting Ethics
- Supply Chain Operations Management
- Earth Systems in Organizations
- Project Management
- Organizational Communications
- Community Economic Development Installation, CONNECT 2017: Main Street 2.0, Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, Keene, NH, November, 2017
Presented the Beaver Brook Art Gallery/Community Block installation with two area artists to solicit input from the community on turning two empty buildings into a multi-use art center with a café, gallery, studios and performance space, as part of the larger economic revitalization effort in the Marlboro Street corridor in Keene.
- SECOND SESSION: Innovative Implementation Models, Living Wage Convening: Collaborate and Learn, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH October 2017
Facilitated conversation about innovative ways New Hampshire businesses are implementing living wage program, and the challenges and opportunities that businesses face as they pursue equity and well-being in the workplace.
Learn More about CSR and B Corp, The Hannah Grimes Center Entrepreneurship, Keene, NH, October 2017
Facilitated a workshop and panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities that becoming a B Corp or Benefit Corporation present. Gave a high level overview of Corporate Social Responsibility and the B Corp / Benefit Corporation movements, and facilitated discussion and Q&A among the panelists and audience.
- "What is next for Global B Lab Academic Community?" Global B Corp Academic Community Roundtable, Toronto, Canada, October 2017
Presented a session that discussed how the Global B Corp Academic Community's collaboration with B Lab be will be structured, funded and resourced. The theme of the event was "The Role of the Academic Community in Scaling the B Corp Movement.”
- Arts & Community Growth: A Reception & Idea Jam with Randy Cohen, VP of Policy & Research at Americans for the Arts, The Hannah Grimes Center Entrepreneurship, Keene, NH, September 2017
Facilitated Idea Jam and breakout conversations where participants had 60 seconds to pitch an idea and answer the question "What innovative partnerships can be established to increase the role Arts & Culture play in enhancing and communicating quality of life in our region?"
- Local Radio Interview, WKBK, Keene, NH, June 2017
Interview along with Georgia Cassimatis, Co-Founder of Keene's Friends of Public Art group, on "Sound-Off with Chris Coats," a local talk radio program. We discussed Keene's annual May Mural month and the important role of public art in both economic development and quality of community life.
- "Lean Energy Retrofit Process," Ecovation Hub Milestone #3 Meeting, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, October 2016
Presentation on the findings from the first phase of the Ecovation Hub's LEAN Energy Retrofit Team. The recommendation was twofold: first, to broaden and deepen services provided by energy coaches, and second, to reconfigure the business model so that savings gleaned at the tail end of an energy retrofit be applied to energy coach services provided at the front end of the process.
- "The Exchange on the Road: A Conversation on Business & Sustainability," Guest on a panel hosted by New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange, LaBelle Winery, Amherst, NH, June 2016
The forum tackled the tough questions facing many in New Hampshire around what's real and what's "greenwashing," and what policies and economic factors stand in the way of more businesses embracing sustainable practices.
- Net Impact Conference - "Path to Purpose," Atlanta, GA, November 2017
- New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility's 2017 Spring Conference, “BE BOLD: Voices for Impact,” Concord, NH, May 2017
- Net Impact Conference - "Make History," Philadelphia, PA, November 2016
- Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce Regional Issue Series - "Arts, Culture & the Monadnock Region's Creative Economy," Keene, NH, September 2016
- New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility's 15th Annual Spring Conference - A Story Worth Sharing: The Chapters of Your Sustainability Journey," Concord, NH, May 2016
- Sustainable Brands "New Metrics '15" Conference, Boston, MA, January 2016
- Net Impact Conference - "Game On," Seattle, WA, November 2015