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One of the Dix Scholars who Professor Duffy has taught and advised is Sharon Segura. Sharon will be graduating this May with a BA in Management, and will matriculate into the MBA program in fall 2010. As a BA/MBA student, Sharon is taking two graduate level courses this year, which will help accelerate her MBA. Having completed an Associates degree in business at a community college, this accelerated program was one the major reasons she chose Simmons.
Below Sharon describes how she has applied concepts and strategies from her Entrepreneurship Courses:
"Professor Duffy has been a wonderful professor and mentor to me since I started attending Simmons last fall. This summer I was fortunate enough to work directly with Professor Duffy creating a feasibility plan for an independent study course. Throughout the summer not only did I learn what being an entrepreneur entails, but also the positive impact that these ventures have on the economy.
My feasibility study was on offering comprehensive guides/services for the lifestyle management of a child with a multiple food allergy diagnosis. It was very exciting to be able to conduct research on a topic that is so relevant to me as the mother of a daughter with this condition and to have it reveal that there is a demand for the services I can offer.
My plan after pursuing my MBA is to bring my business venture to fruition by applying the concepts and strategies learned in Professor Duffy's entrepreneurship course."
Susan earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University (GWU) in Management and Organization, a Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University. While completing her doctorate, Susan was a faculty member of the GWU Department of Management where she served as the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Director of the GWU Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) initiative. In 2006 WEL was recognized as the 2006 National Model Specialty Program in Entrepreneurship Education by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In her role as the Executive Director of the ICSB, Susan worked with an international team of researchers, policy makers, educators and service providers dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and small business worldwide.
Susan teaches a range of courses in the entrepreneurship and management disciplines and has a passion for creating value for students that transcends traditional learning experiences. Before entering academia Susan was co-owner of a family business commercial construction company and owned and operated a Chinese Food franchise restaurant, Ho-Lee-Chow. She has held leadership positions in health care and worked as an organizational consultant and trainer in private and public work systems.