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Frank Hodge
Orin & Janet Smith Dean
Professor of Accounting
UW Foster School of Business

Frank Hodge is the Orin & Janet Smith Dean at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Dean Hodge joined the faculty at UW Foster in 2000. Prior to becoming Dean, he served as chair of the Department of Accounting and as the UW Faculty Athletics Representative to the Pac-12 and NCAA. He holds an undergraduate degree from Carroll College and an MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Known as “Coach” to his students, his teaching has been recognized with dozens of awards across the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels.  Dean Hodge’s research focuses on how managers disclose, and individuals use, accounting information to make investment decisions. He has published extensively and served on the editorial boards of the leading accounting journals and has presented his work at the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as more than 40 conferences and universities around the world.

Jean Choy
Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives
Associate Teaching Professor of Management
UW Foster School of Business

As an Associate Dean at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Jean is responsible for developing long-term strategic partnerships and collaborative initiatives with corporations, academic institutions, and government offices.  She travels extensively to assess the needs of business and community leaders, offering various executive and leadership development opportunities that can be integrated into their business strategies to address key challenges.  Jean teaches communications workshops at companies such as Amazon, Boeing, and Starbucks; and regularly gives presentations at various domestic and international organizations, including Swedish Medical Group, UW Medical School, Tsinghua University in China, Siam Commercial Bank in Thailand, BIDV in Vietnam, UID Learning Hub in Indonesia, Yonsei University in Korea, and the University Consortium of Executive Education.  Jean is fluent in English, Korean, and Japanese.  She is a “double husky,” earning both her BA and her MBA from the UW Foster School of Business.

Greg Bigley
Associate Professor of Management
Longbrake Endowed Professor in Innovation
UW Foster School of Business

Prof. Greg Bigley has been a member of the Foster School of Business faculty since 2000. He teaches courses on Organizational Leadership, Leading Organizational Change, and Teamwork Effectiveness in MBA and executive MBA programs and a variety of non-degree granting programs for executives. He has provided training or consulting services for a wide range of companies including, Amazon, Avista, Boeing, China Aviation Supplies Holding, Costco, DocuSign, The Everett Clinic, Group Health, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Microsoft, Paccar, Pacific Coast Banking School, POSCO, and the SK Group. His research interests focus broadly on motivation, leadership, teamwork, and leading organizational change. He has co-authored articles published in leading organization science journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Relations. He has co-authored two books published by McGraw-Hill, Leadership and Motivation at Work and Motivation and Work Behavior.

David Sirmon
Professor of Management
Robert Herbold Professor in Strategy
UW Foster School of Business

Prof. David Sirmon’s research focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy – specifically, examining the role managers play in orchestrating firm resources to achieve competitive advantage. Additional research interests include emerging technologies, online communities, mergers and acquisitions, and firm governance with a focus on family business and boards of directors. His 31 published articles can be found in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, among others. Based on his research record, was awarded the Strategic Management Society’s 2011 Emerging Scholar Award for his contributions to the field of strategic management. He was also ranked one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Strategy Scholars” (ranked #18 out of 6,326 scholars based on citations in strategy textbooks). Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sirmon was a commercial lender in the Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2004.

Emily Cox Pahnke
Associate Professor of Management
Charlene M. and Arthur W. Buerk Endowed Faculty Fellow
Lawrence P. Hughes Endowed Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
UW Foster School of Business

Prof. Emily Cox Pahnke researches topics at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and strategy. Her research has been published in top management journals, funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, as well as by the receipt of a Schulze Distinguished Professorship.  Emily’s research and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards, including the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.  She teaches classes on topics related to entrepreneurship to undergraduate, masters, doctoral and executive students and consults with entrepreneurial companies. She holds a PhD and MA from Stanford University and an MBA and BS from Brigham Young University.

Charlie Donovan
Visiting Professor of Finance and Business Economics, UW Foster School of Business

Charlie Donovan is a UW alumnus and internationally recognized expert in sustainable finance.  In September 2021, he took up the full-time role of Visiting Professor at the Foster School.  He was previously the Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College London and the Academic Director of its business school’s Master of Science in Climate Change, Management and Finance.  Donovan began his career as a Policy Analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration and subsequently spent more than a decade as a finance executive in the energy industry. Before joining Imperial College London, he was the co-founder and chief financial officer of Cleandrone, a cleantech start-up based in Europe.  He also served as the Head of Structuring and Valuation for Alternative Energy at BP.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and a Doctorate in Management from IE business school.

Lynda Applegate
Baker Foundation Professor and Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration Emerita, Harvard Business School

Lynda Applegate plays a leading role in developing and delivering Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs for entrepreneurs and business owners, serving as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and chair of the HBS Owner-Managed Executive Education Programs.  Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she was on faculty at the University of Michigan, University of Washington, and University of Arizona.  In addition to her academic positions, she also held a variety of leadership positions in the healthcare industry.  Her research and publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence.  A second stream of research examines emerging leadership and governance models to support entrepreneurial ecosystem evolution and inter-firm collaboration and innovation.  In addition to serving as Series Editor for Harvard Business Publishing’s Core Readings in Entrepreneurship, Lynda is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 400 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.

Andrew Benjamin
Affiliate Professor of Law, UW School of Law
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UW Department of Psychology

Andy Benjamin, a lawyer and clinical psychologist, was named “Professional of the Year” by the Washington State Bar Association’s Family Law Section for his work with families engaged in high-conflict litigation.  He was also elected to serve as President of the Washington State Psychological Association and as a representative of the state of Washington to the American Psychological Association’s Council, where he was later appointed Parliamentarian.  He has published 59 peer-reviewed articles in psychology, law, and psychiatry journals.  He specializes in working with families who are passing their businesses down to a younger generation, helping them to resolve psychological issues as well as to make strategic business and legal decisions that further the best interests of all family members. 

Pramodita (“Dita”) Sharma
Professor and Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business, University of Vermont Grossman School of Business

In addition to her role as Professor and Chair of Family Business at the University of Vermont, Dita Sharma is a visiting professor at the John L. Ward Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Senior Research Fellow at the Thomas Schmidheiny Center for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business.  Her research has focused on succession, governance, innovation, next generation commitment, and entrepreneurial leadership in family firms.  More recently, she has been interested in understanding the role of spirituality, philanthropy, and sustainability on strategic decisions of family business leaders.  This research has been published in over 50 scholarly articles or chapters and 10 books, including Entrepreneurial Family Firms, the SAGE Handbook of Family Business, and Entrepreneurs in Every Generation — the latter of which has been hailed as “the Magna Carta of transgenerational entrepreneurship that should be made compulsory reading for all members of family businesses.”  From 2008-2017, Dita served as the editor of Family Business Review.  In 2005, together with Mark Green, she co-founded the Family Enterprise Research Conference. Close interactions with her own family’s enterprises help keep her professional work rooted in the realities and complex dynamics of these fascinating organizations that dominate the economic and societal landscape around the world.

Mark Green
Co-Director, Pacific Family Business Institute

Mark Green is an internationally known family business consultant, speaker, author, educator and researcher. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Family Business at Seattle University and leads his own family business consulting firm. His expert counsel is sought by companies throughout the world on family business issues such as succession, governance, strategy, conflict resolution and leadership. Before founding his Oregon-based consultancy in 2011, 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) with Dita Sharma in 2005 and has served as chair of the Educator and Research Conference for the Family Firm Institute.  Mark is the author of the book, Inside the Multi-Generational Family Business, and has authored more than 20 academic journals, book chapters and book reviews. As a family business expert, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, MSNBC, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and many others.  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.