Leadership

 

  Pramodita Sharma

PRAMODITA (Dita) SHARMA is a Professor and the Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business (GSB), University of Vermont. She is a visiting professor at the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Thomas Schmidheiny Center for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and has received honorary doctorates from the Jönköping University in Sweden, and the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany.

 

  Lauren Bass

Lauren is the Coordinator of the Family Business Institute, focusing on its global outreach and research programs. She received her Sustainable Innovation MBA in 2020. Prior to joining the Grossman School of Business community, Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University and subsequently received her Masters from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has had international experience as an entrepreneur and third generation stakeholder of her family's enterprise, which was the recipient of the 2017 Family Business Award. Lauren’s other work experience includes startup strategy and sourcing investment, manufacturing, and supply chains and operations. As a proud resident of Stowe, she spends her free time skiing and hiking with her dogs.

Afilliated Faculty

 

  Thomas Chittenden

Thomas Chittenden obtained his MBA from the University of Vermont in 2004. His work experience includes systems engineering consulting with Competitive Computing in Colchester VT, Reporting Analyst for Level 3 Communications and Asset Transfer Representative for Janus Mutual Funds. He is experienced in financial services, telecommunications, higher education, computer networks and virtualization as well as developing information systems and technology adaptation/integration into existing business processes and workflows.

Thomas currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, as the program chair of the Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition, a director of the Grossman School of Business Undergraduate Case Competition Program, as the Vice Chair of Green Mountain Transit (formerly the Chittenden County Transit Authority) and is a currently serving South Burlington City Councilor.   In 2017, he was awarded the UVM President's Distinguished Lecturer Award.

 

  Rocki-Lee DeWitt

Dr. DeWitt is a Professor of Management at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in strategic management from Columbia University.  An award-winning scholar and teacher, her research, teaching and consulting supports leadership and stewardship of land-based family enterprises.  From her experiences growing up on a family farm in New York to study of family/non-family workplace dynamics on Ohio dairy farms, professional experience as an advisor to and leader of performance-challenged enterprises, to current studies of terrorism and bankruptcy in land-based industries and regenerative agriculture, Dr. DeWitt focuses on identifying, understanding and addressing organizational, market, and institutional failures and readying next generation leaders for those challenges.

 

  Edward N. Gamble

Dr. Gamble is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Grossman School of Business. He joined UVM and GSB in August 2021. Dr. Gamble’s research focuses on how accounting can be utilized to reduce social, environmental, and economic inequality. His research in sustainability and social venturing examines performance measurement, internal controls, social and environmental audits, fraud, social impact measurement, and tax policy. Much of his research was supported by the Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, where he was a research fellow. Dr. Gamble has taught financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting research, and tax, at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He was the 2018 Montana CPA outstanding educator of the year.

 

  Ante Glavas

Dr. Glavas earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and joined UVM’s Grossman School of Business in August, 2017. He has published numerous articles on Corporate Social Responsibility, and was honored to receive the Emerald Citations award for his influential work in this area. A passionate teacher, he received the Professor of the Year award in management while working at the University of Notre Dame. His professional experience includes a senior executive role in a Fortune 500 company, consulting engagements with over 100 organizations, and the founding of three social enterprises. Ante has lived in five, and worked in over 50, countries.

 

  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.

 

  Stuart L. Hart

Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is "one of the founding fathers of the 'base of the pyramid' economic theory." He is the Steven Grossman Distinguished Fellow for Sustainable Business, co-founder and former Director of The Sustainable Innovation MBA at the University of Vermont's Grossman School of Business, S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He is also  Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, and Founder of the Base of the Pyramid Global Network.

 

  Caroline Seow

Caroline Seow is the Co-founder of B Lab Southeast Asia and a Strategic Advisor of Sustainability & Impact at the Family Business Network (FBN) International. Her recognition of the importance of cross-sector collaboration led Caroline to venture into the family business, impact, and non-profit space after two decades working in multinational corporations. She is an advocate of Certified B Corporations (B Corps); for-profit companies certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. She is working with a team of founding B Corps to grow the B Corp Movement in South East Asia.

At FBN, Caroline co-created Polaris – a global movement of Family Business as a Force for Good.  A passionate advocate of purpose and shared value, she develops frameworks, content, and platforms to enable businesses to measure, manage, and improve their impacts.

Caroline earned a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from National University of Singapore, a Masters in Education from Monash, Australia and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University.

 

  Sanjay Sharma

Dr. Sharma became the Dean of the Grossman School of Business on July 1, 2011. During his tenure, he has been responsible for raising over $50 m for the naming of the school as the Grossman School of Business in 2015, 7 new chaired professorships, the doubling of the business school building Kalkin Hall with the addition of Ifshin Hall which was completely privately funded by alumni, launching a new Sustainable Innovation MBA program in 2014 that is ranked #1 in the US by Princeton Review and amongst the top 5 globally by Corporate Knights, a very large increase in student scholarships, the creation of a student success center that advises, supports and provides career services for placement success of students. The undergraduate curriculum was revamped in 2013 as a matrix of concentrations and themes that has led to substantial improvements in selectivity, higher academic quality students while substantially increasing enrollments. The school was ranked amongst top 3 in the US and top 9 in the world in the Positive Impact Ratings released at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2020.

 

  Srini Venugopal

Srinivas (Srini) Venugopal is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Vermont. Srini’s research 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. His work aims to provide a theoretical foundation for the notion of consumer-entrepreneur duality and test its implications empirically. 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’s dissertation research on subsistence marketplaces has received several discipline wide awards such as the “AMA Entrepreneurial Marketing/Kauffman Doctoral Dissertation Award (2016)” and the “ACR/Sheth Foundation Dissertation Grants in the area of Public Purpose Consumer Research (2015)”.

Affiliated Staff

Linda Kruger

Linda is the Program and Events Coordinator. She started at The Grossman School of Business in March 2013.

John Turner

John Turner is the communications department for the Grossman School of Business. John joined the GSB community in 2013.