Elisa van Dam
Senior Director, Executive Education and Corporate Outreach
Simmons School of Management
Elisa van Dam brings a wealth of experience in corporate education to the role of Senior Director of the School of Management’s Executive Education program. With her team and the SOM faculty, she is responsible for producing high impact women's leadership development programs. Her focus is on working with clients and the faculty to assess the needs of organizations and to build customized programs that will develop women leaders and ultimately improve gender equity.
Ms. van Dam is currently serving as part of the executive team responsible for the School of Management. She is responsible for corporate outreach for the school, including working with the school’s Business Advisory Council and the School of Management Alumni Association. She is the co-founder and serves as the chair of the Simmons Women's Initiative Forum, a networking group for people who are responsible for women's networks and employee resource groups.
Prior to joining Simmons, Ms. van Dam was the Director of the Information Technology Programs at the Boston University Corporate Education Center for 2.5 years. In this role, she oversaw design, marketing, sales, and operations for their IT training business, featuring open enrollment and custom education programs, as well as certificate programs. She also has extensive experience in the corporate conference arena. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Content and Learning for a global corporate event management company.
Ms. van Dam is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board and a co-chair of the Boston Chapter of 2020 Women on Boards. She is an IPEC Certified Professional Coach, and holds an ICF (International Coach Federation), ACC certification. She is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. She earned her BA in International Relations at Brown and received her MBA with Honors from Boston University.