Pramodita Sharma, Professor

Dr. PramoDITA Sharma, Ph.D. (University of Calgary) is the Sanders Chair & Professor of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. Her research on succession processes, governance, innovation, next generation commitment and entrepreneurial leadership in sustainable family enterprises has been honored with several international awards. Editor of the highly ranked Family Business Review, she is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. Her book on Entrepreneurial Family Firms (w. Hoy) is being used in family business courses around the world and has been translated into Mandarin. And, the SAGE Handbook of Family Business (w. Melin and Nordqvist) is described as a 'must read' and 'critical resource for all students and scholars of family business'. In 2013, she established the UVMs Family Business Awards and the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition. In the 'Entrepreneurial Leadership' course that Dita teaches in the Sustainable Innovation MBA program, students are exposed to the mindsets conducive for building successful long-lived enterprises. And, in the 'Entrepreneurial Family Business' course, her students draw lessons from the extraordinary members of 'The Henokiens Association' who have been in existence for over 200 years, continue to be led by the founding family members and are in good financial health.


Srini Venugopal, Assistant Professor

Dr. Venugopal joined the Grossman School of Business in August 2016. Prior to his academic career, Srini led a technology-based social venture that delivered educational services to low-income consumers in rural India. He continues to run a social enterprise that is focused on promoting girl’s education in several low income neighborhoods (slums) in the city of Chennai, India. In his research, Srinivas (Srini) examines the intertwined nature of consumption and entrepreneurship in subsistence marketplaces where more than a billion poverty-stricken entrepreneurs run micro-enterprises to meet basic consumption needs. In a parallel stream of research, he examines how social enterprises entering into contexts of poverty negotiate institutional differences to bring about positive social change. Srini teaches Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid.


Patricia Angus, Adjunct Professor

Patricia Angus, JD, MIA, TEP, is Founder and CEO of Angus Advisory Group LLC, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and Managing Director, Global Family Enterprise Program.  A recognized thought leader in multi-generational family governance and wealth, she has advised families with businesses, trusts, and charitable foundations for more than 25 years.

Ms. Angus helps clients navigate some of life's most complex issues, through critical analysis, strategic planning, and compassionate guidance.  She practiced law at trusts and estates boutique Hughes and Whitaker (now Day Pitney) and Coudert Brothers international law firm (now Baker & McKenzie).  She served as Principal/ Chief Wealth Advisory Officer of Shelterwood Financial Services LLC and Family Wealth Advisor at GenSpring and JP Morgan Private Bank.

Ms. Angus launched the Family Enterprise and Wealth MBA class at Columbia Business School, and designed and teaches Global Immersion: Nordic Family Enterprise, an experiential MBA course that combines classroom learning at Columbia Business School with travel to Denmark and Sweden. She has written numerous articles on topics including family wealth, businesses, trusts, estate planning, philanthropy, and women's issues, and frequently speaks at industry and family events. In addition, she is the author of The Beneficiary Primer: A Guide for Beneficiaries of Family Trusts and The Trustee Primer:  A Guide for Personal Trustees, and writes the "Building Bridges" column on  She is a member of the Carter Center Planned Giving Advisory Council, the Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts & Estates, and a Fellow of the Family Firm institute.

She has received numerous awards, receiving the Family Firm Institute Inter-disciplinary Award in 2019. Ms. Angus has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth Management by Wealth Manager, a Rising Star by Private Asset Management, a finalist for Family Business Advisor of the Year by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, , and is consistently named among top wealth advisers by UK-based CityWealth.  She received a B.A. cum laude from Amherst College, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.


Anjanette DeCarlo, Lecturer

Dr. Anjanette DeCarlo received her doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Vermont. As the Chief Sustainability Scientist at the Aromatic Plant Research Center, she conducts primary anthropological and ecological field research and ecological supply chain analysis on aromatic and medicinal species. As founder of the Save Frankincense initiative (and sole proprietor of her own LLC) she consults with the private sector on green and ethical supply webs and provides education and outreach for the public. As a development expert, she has worked on post-conflict evaluations of natural assets, supply chains and environmental projects, cross culturally, in Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Canada and China.

Previously, Dr. DeCarlo was the Program Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she worked on some of the first iterations of socially responsible business benchmarks and triple bottom line reporting. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Somaliland Biodiversity Foundation and the Global Frankincense Alliance. Dr. DeCarlo’s intensive work on frankincense is regularly highlighted in the media including CNN Inside Africa, the New York Times, and National Geographic.


Michael Dellipriscoli, Lecturer (Part-Time)

Mike Dellipriscoli is a retired financial executive, having worked at National Life Group for 29 years and in the financial service industry for over 37 years.

A native of Philadelphia, Mike graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mathematics and earned his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, where they have raised their five children.

Mike is a longtime member and a past president of the Montpelier Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Mike is currently the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for UVM Health Network-Central Vermont Medical Center and also serves on the UVM Health Network Board and is the Chair of the UVM Health Network Audit Committee. In addition, Mike serves on the American Hospital Association, as the trustee representative on the AHA’s Small or Rural Hospital Section Council.


Mark T. Green

Mark T. Green is a family business consultant, speaker, author, educator, and researcher. Mark is co-founder of the Pacific Family Business Institute and leads his own family business consulting firm. He consults for companies internationally on family business issues such as succession, governance, strategy, conflict resolution, and leadership. Previously, Mark was a principal with the Family Business Consulting Group based in Chicago. He was also the A.E. Coleman Chair in Family Business and the Director of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University. He co-founded the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) in 2005 and served as chair of the Educator and Research Conference for the Family Firm Institute.

Mark authored Inside the Multi-Generational Family Business, published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 academic journals, book chapters, and book reviews.

He earned his Ph.D. in economics and political science, and a master’s degree in political economy from the Claremont Graduate School. He holds an MBA from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal Poly Pomona.


Kate Williams

Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that inspires action and commitment so that our planet and future generations thrive. 1% for the Planet’s global network of thousands of businesses and individuals have donated $100s of millions to environmental partners to date. Kate has led significant growth in the community’s scale and impact, as well as deep work on best practices for implementing high impact giving strategies, growing a network brand, and operating as a thriving workplace with an incredible staff team.  Kate earned a BA at Princeton University and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has served on a variety of Boards throughout her career. Kate is a Mom, a trail runner and hiker with her dog, and a kitchen gardener.











What: Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Family Enterprise
Application deadline: Rolling
Next Start Date: August 29, 2022
Certificate Tuition:
Note: GSB certificates have one set of tuition values, see here
Credits: 9 credits
Duration: Can be completed in as little as six months
Accreditation: Graduate Certificate
Learning Format: Online