Strategic Advisors to the Board
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.
Barbara Kasoff is Founder of Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP), founded in June 2001, a nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 78 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses.
For many years, Barbara has been an active supporter for small businesses and women entrepreneurs in particular. She continues this work nationally and internationally, speaking, educating and advocating on leadership, and the important policy issues that affect business growth. Her efforts to unite various organizations has enabled small business owners to share information with each other and become better informed in economic and political issues.
Barbara has served as an appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, Key Bank’s Key4Women National Advisory Board and AT&T’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum. In 2011 she served as a delegate for the U.S. at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). She has helped develop new and closer relationships with the US Small Business Administration, including a partnership with the SBA with the launch of ChallengeHER. Barbara is a media resource for the White House Project and has been recently cited as CEO of one of the top 3 most powerful non-profits in Washington, DC.
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.”
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.
Michael J. Hershman
ICSS Group CEO
Michael Hershman is Group CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security - an independent and non-profit organization at the forefront of efforts to safeguard sport.
An internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance, litigation and security, Mr. Hershman founded The Fairfax Group in 1983 and since then has been retained by governments, corporations, law firms and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business.
Mr. Hershman began his career in intelligence and investigations in Europe during the late 1960s as a special agent with U.S. Military Intelligence, specializing in counter-terrorism. He also served as deputy staff director for the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the U.S. House of Representatives, which was responsible for legislation and oversight relating to international banks and other U.S. supported international organizations, such as the United Nations.
Immediately prior to founding the Fairfax Group, Mr. Hershman served as Deputy Auditor General for the Foreign Assistance Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), where he led investigations and audits of major U.S. funded projects overseas, and was responsible for worldwide security at all foreign AID missions. Mr. Hershman was awarded the Superior Honor Medal for his service at AID.
Mr. Hershman is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and advises the Chamber on corporate compliance issues. Since 2007, Mr. Hershman has been a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Center for International Private Enterprise.
Michael Hershman has given hundreds of speeches throughout the world on issues related to transparency and accountability and has provided commentary on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel as well as countless national radio shows. For five years he was the co-host of the Public Radio Law Show. He has been quoted and published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Financial Times, the National Law Journal and other print media.
Co-founder Transparency International, Member International Anti-Corruption Conference Council Member Board of Directors, Transparency International/USA and Chair, Audit Committee Chairman, Board of Senior International Advisors, International Anti-Corruption Academy Global CEO, International Center for Sports Security Member Board of Advisors, US Chamber Foundation Member Board of Trustees, Marymount University Former Chairman, Fairfax County Police Reform Commission Former Member, Board of Directors, Center for International Private Enterprise ( 9 years); Former Chair Audit Committee Former Vice Chair, Interpol Group of Experts on Corruption (14 years) Former Member. Audit Oversight Committee, Fairfax County, Virginia (15 years)