Strategic Advisors to the Board

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Patricia G. Greene

Patricia G. Greene holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College where she formerly served as Provost (2006-2008) and Dean of the Undergraduate School (2003-2006). Her current assignment at Babson is as the global academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program. Dr. Greene’s research focuses on entrepreneurial resources. 

 

Dr. Greene is a founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women entrepreneurs. Dr. Greene’s most recent books are The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices (with M. Fetters, M. Rice and J. Butler), and Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice Based Approach (with H. Neck and C. Brush). She is a co-author of reports on women’s entrepreneurship for the Diana Project, GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) and 10,000 Women.

Greene is a past federal appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers. Prior to becoming a professor she worked primarily in the health care industry. She is the co-owner of Artworks, a specialty home goods store in Gettysburg, PA. She brings her wealth of knowledge on what makes successful female entrepreneurs, as well as much of the supporting data, to Quantum Leaps.


Sue Lawton

Sue Lawton creates business opportunities for women entrepreneurs and is a founder of WEConnect Europe establishing the WEConnect International program around the world.

Sue has worked extensively with under-represented communities in the US, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Uganda and Belize and has developed programs including micro-finance, social enterprise, enterprise programs in prisons, multi-cultural enterprise initiatives, women’s business centers, and business incubation. 

 

She holds an MA (HRM) MA (Social Entrepreneurship) and is an Advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise, Fellow of the RSA and Trustee of the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund. Sue was awarded the MBE for services promoting women’s business leadership worldwide, and is currently working with the Secretary General UN High Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

“We have begun to see several countries set the standard for helping women to realize that only by working together, as one voice, can we ensure an even playing field, and an equal opportunity to compete in all aspects of enterprise. Quantum Leaps, and the groundbreaking work they are doing to change the lives of women entrepreneurs globally, will connect these initiatives to provide momentum and collaboration. I am very pleased to play a role in their success.”


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Dr. Margo Thomas

Dr. Margo Thomas is a Lead Expert in Trade and Competitiveness. Her areas of focus include women's economic empowerment, business enabling environment, investment policy, regulatory reform and private sector development. Her experience spans 20 years in international development within the World Bank Group. She has provided policy advice to some 50 national and sub-national governments and has a deep understanding of post conflict and transition economies.

 

Having just acted as the Chief of Staff for the UN Secretary-General’s first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, to provide thought leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world, Margo brings her thought leadership and global connections to the Quantum Leaps brand and their important work.

Margo holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy Management. Her recent publications include a collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences on an edited volume on public policy making in the Western Balkans.


Jennifer Bisceglie

Interos  CEO

Jennifer Bisceglie is CEO of Quantum Leaps, which ignites global competitiveness, GDP growth and the innovation capacity of countries around the world by engaging their single most underutilized resource – women entrepreneurs. In this role she leads the strategic vision of the organization, collaborates with partners and sponsors, and drives forward the agenda on the importance of a healthy country economy using all resources, including growth oriented women entrepreneurs. She has the distinct honor of representing the US as a delegate to the Women’s 20 (W20), the most recent engagement group to the G20.

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In addition to being President of WIPP International (2014 – 2016), until the merger of Quantum Leaps, she also served as Chair of the Board for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) (2009 – 2016) and was instrumental in building the organization’s grassroots strategy ensuring the women’s business voice is heard; part of the team to build the 300 course strategy to provide the tools and resources required for success in government procurement training. As a result, WIPP has educated over 600,000 women entrepreneurs in 5 years. Jennifer is a repeat instructor for the online courses and an in-person speaker at the national live training tour. She is a frequent presenter at WIPP conferences, as well as at a number of our 80 coalition partner events, instructing and promoting collaboration, how to work together and the power collective voices can achieve locally and internationally.

A small business owner, Jennifer is the President and CEO of Interos Solutions, Inc. and Vigillence Inc., which are vendor and supply chain risk management (SCRM) companies that serve the US public, and global commercial, sectors. Interos is a leading provider of cyber security solutions and supply chain risk reduction to the Federal Government. Named the AT&T Innovator of the Year for its Global Threat Information Center (GTIC) ™ launched in 2015, Interos is renowned for its expertise in cyber security, supply chain risk management (SCRM) and network security. As such, Jennifer is a sought after expert on the impact of cyber risk and supply chain risk on US and global economies.

Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in managing and mitigating risks in supply chains, Jennifer launched Vigillence in 2016, as the world's leading supply chain risk research and advisory company. Vigillence provides a big data and analytics platform to proactively reduce supply chain threats for its global commercial clients by identifying risks based on each customer’s unique operational requirements and third-party partnerships. Vigillence partners with its customers to define their risk assessment posture based on organizational vulnerabilities related to supply chain vendors, partners and service providers; benchmark current risk profiles and provide “what if” scenario analyses; and provide its clients’ Boards, senior leadership and business managers with the knowledge required to make informed decisions on acceptable vendor risk exposure and how to allocate resources to mitigate it.

Jennifer is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Smart Brava Award, American Express Open Government Contractor of the Year 2010; Enterprising Women’s 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year award; as well as the Washington Business Journal’s 2009 Women Who Mean Business award.