Family Business Team | Grossman School of Business | The University of Vermont(title)

Academic Director

Pramodita Sharma, Ph.D.

Professor & Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business (802) 656-5122

Affiliated Faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Research Affiliates

Ruby Blunt

Ruby expects to graduate from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business (UVM-GSB) in 2025. While getting a well-rounded undergraduate education, she is concentrating her studies in marketing, sustainability and sociology. Eager to build her skills in data based project management and problem solving, she is excited to contribute towards the sustainability and impact of business organizations. Ruby’s current research is focused on understanding the impact of experiential student focused programs like the Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition SG-FECC hosted by UVM-GSB.

Nancy Demuth

Nancy is a member of the Sustainable Innovation MBA cohort of 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from Durham University and previously worked in communications for non-profits specializing in fair trade. Nancy’s research focuses on ethical supply chains and the intergenerational sustainability journeys of family businesses.

Matthew Francis

Matt is a student of the Sustainable Innovation MBA class of 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from The Ohio State University and has five years of experience working as an Industrial Designer. He is investigating business models, decisions, and practices that contribute to a sustainable world.

Megan Kida

Megan Kida is a member of the Sustainable Innovation MBA cohort of 2023. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from La Salle University and has over two years of experience working as a paralegal in specialty treatment courts. Megan's research focuses on social sustainability issues within the global value chain.

Ben LaJoie

Ben LaJoie is a member of the Sustainable Innovation MBA 2023 Cohort.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Vermont and has worked in sales and operations roles in multiple industries.  Ben’s research focuses on the study of sustainable business strategy within family owned businesses.

Nicole Mallett

Nicole is a member of the 2022 Sustainable Innovation MBA cohort. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018, with minors in Poetry and Administration of Justice. With professional background in contracts, pricing, and risk management, Nicole’s research interest centers on ways that social institutions, business, and environment can intersect to create shared value.