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Associate Professor in Management and Director of International Business and Global Programs at Salisbury University.
Prior to his academic career, Oliver was Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Pechiney S.A. in Paris and New York. After completion of his law degree, he then worked as investment officer at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and Tokyo for almost a decade. In this position, he was in charge of the bank's investment portfolios in Latin America and South Asia. Oliver was also lead consultant at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi for their investments in the Middle-East. Subsequently, he was appointed as regional director and head of the energy sector at the British investment bank Schroders, and at the Dutch bank ABN AMRO Asia Securities, Ltd. in Hong Kong; in these positions he was involved in the initial public offering of the Chinese oil companies: Petrochina, Sinopec and CNOOC.
Oliver is a graduate from McGill University where he obtained his PhD in Management / Strategy with a thesis in corporate governance. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University Law School -Washington DC (USA) with an L.L.M.- Master Degree in Common Law Studies; the University of North Texas (USA) with an M.B.A in Finance and the University of Paris (France) with a L.L.B.- Bachelor in civil law & international law. Oliver is a licensed attorney - Admitted to the Bar: State of New York [Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department] and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and The New York Stock Exchange (FINRA- NYSE).
Executive Director Ian Fisk was a founding board member of the William James Foundation, and joined the staff in his current role in 2005. Mr. Fisk was the CEO of ITF Consulting, Inc. for more than a dozen years, and has served as the Director of Projects for Wall Street Without Walls. His professional experience also includes helping to launch the AmeriCorps*VISTA Entrepreneur Corps and designing the database that tracks AmeriCorps members for the federal government. He has worked with Public Allies, City Year, ServeNet , KaBOOM!, CitySoft and many other social enterprises, and being the internet coordinator for the Paul Tsongas Presidential Campaign in 1991. He has helped to found more than a dozen ventures, some non-profit, some for-profit, and a few that did not survive long enough to have an official tax status.
He has been an active champion of Net Impact, leading both the student chapter at Yale and the Washington, DC Professional Chapter for many years. He was twice part of the leadership of a Net Impact Professional Chapter of the year, and has been recognized as a success story and a distinguished member. Mr. Fisk is a member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, the Social Enterprise Alliance, the Royal Society for Arts and Manufactures, Green America, The Social Venture Network, and many other related associations and organizations. He founded The Community Tool Chest, Washington DC's largest tool loaning library. He was also a charter organizer of Hands On DC, an annual volunteer work-a-thon for the D.C. public schools. He has served on the boards of The Youth National Organization for Tomorrow, Community Action International Alliance, College Bound, and the Gateway Community Development Corporation.
Mr. Fisk has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he was selected by his professors as a super-tutor. He also completed a Political and Social Thought degree from the University of Virginia, Training for Change's Advanced Train-the-Trainers program, and several years of Improvisational Comedy workshops. Mr. Fisk is a frequent public speaker, and leads trainings on event management, sustainable business, database design, and using improvisational comedy in workshop facilitation. He is also an occasional professor of Entrepreneurship when schedules allow.
Professor Alesia Slocum of Shenandoah University developed her career in business for various years before moving into academia in 2008. As an entrepreneur she started two small European businesses, one of which was sold to a large multinational and one of which was sold to an employee. In the logistics industry, she held senior marketing positions throughout Europe. She was instrumental in the development of integrated services in this industry, pioneering the marketing of integrated supply chain logistics. She worked extensively in other B2B and service industries, including those of recruitment and selection, publishing, and management and marketing consulting.
While working full time she obtained her doctorate in Business Administration, at Cranfield University near London. Her research, principally qualitative, focuses upon the process of strategic change and entrepreneurship in organizations, and examines this through technological, structurational and cognitive lenses. She has presented her research at various conferences, including EGOS and the Academy of Management, and is currently working on publications dealing with change, time, recursivity, and entrepreneurship.
Professor Slocum also has degrees from U.C. Berkeley (BA, Honors in Mass Communication) and from Johns Hopkins (MA in International Economics and Latin American Studies). She has taught business and marketing classes at both undergraduate and graduate level, at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Schiller International University, the Center for International Studies, CUNEF, and various executive training venues. She is a national of both Spain and the USA, and has recently moved back to USA with her family, where she is taking up the position of Head of Entrepreneurship at Shenandoah University.
Micah E. S. Crump is an assistant professor of Entrepreneurship at Howard University. He earned a Ph.D. and MBA at Morgan State University, and B.S. at Coppin State University. His research and publications center on Black entrepreneurship, with a focus on increasing its success rates. In addition to entrepreneurship, Dr. Crump has taught Human Relations & Organizational Behavior, Strategic Human Resource Management, and Dynamics of Management. He was a McNair Scholar, and holds memberships with the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Management. He has been employed by the Department of Health and Human Services, and has run several businesses including a family firm named Micah's Cafeteria, and a consulting firm. He was the Keynote speaker for the May 2005 Commencement ceremonies at Coppin State University.
Sharron L. Terrell, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics (AFE) at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, where her areas of interest are Urban Economics, Public Finance, Finance and Fiscal Policy, and Classroom Assessment Techniques. In her first year in AFE, she chartered the UDC chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics (ODE); she has served as advisor to ODE as well as to the Economics & Finance Club since 2004. She has previously held positions at Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Howard University and Trinity University (Washington DC) as well as held adjunct graduate faculty positions at the University of Maryland University College and Marygrove College. She has received honors from UDC and the Undergraduate Student Association and from the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She has published in the 2008 Monograph Series of the National Association of African American Studies, The Senate Communicator (Howard University) June 2011 edition and has published abstracts in the proceedings of the Washington Consortium of Business Schools. She maintains currency in economics by presenting at and attending professional conferences. Additionally, she has participated in continuing education and training initiatives sponsored by organizations such as the American Economic Association - Committee on Economic Education and the Wang Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). She holds a BA degree in Economics and Urban Studies from Marygrove College (Detroit, MI), an MA and Ph.D. from The University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame IN) and in 2008 completed coursework in the AACSB accredited PDB in Finance and Accounting program at the University of Florida-Gainesville.
Ab Boxley is the Director of Operations at Linktank/Jobwonk. He specializes in growth and development strategy, stakeholder relations, and operations management. In addition to his work for Linktank, Ab consults for the Center for International Policy at their Defense-budgetary project. He graduated from Boston University with a BA in History and International Relations.