As a member of the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) Department of Management faculty, Susan Duffy has two leadership roles. Susan serves 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. This innovative curriculum is designed based on primary research with successful women entrepreneurs and combines core entrepreneurship courses with personal and professional development activities, a mentoring experience, networking events, and a speaker series. In her role as the Executive Director of the (ICSB), Susan works with an international team of researchers, policy makers, educators and service providers dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and small business worldwide. The ICSB global network disseminates research, shares best practices, and supports policy development for small and medium enterprise development. The international headquarter office of ICSB is located within the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) in Washington, DC, USA.
An educator for over ten years, Susan lectures in Family Business Dynamics, Small Business Management and New Venture Environmental Scanning and received the GWU School of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2002 and Board of Advisors Excellence in Service to the School Award in 2005. Susan presents her work at national and international conferences and has published research articles on the State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States and Expanding the Field of Family Business Research. Before coming to the George Washington University in 1998, Susan was a family business owner in the commercial construction industry 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 in private and public work systems.
Susan has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently Susan is a doctoral candidate researching entrepreneurial learning at The George Washington University School of Business.