Getting to Know Simmons!

Faculty-Student Collaboration at Simmons

Assistant Professor Susan Duffy
Ph.D.,George Washington University; MS, Johns Hopkins University; BS, Pennsylvania State University

profile.jpgSusan Duffy is recognized as a source of thought and initiative in advancing entrepreneurship, developing innovative education programs, and delivering system-wide value in diverse organizations. She is first and foremost an entrepreneur and has brought opportunity-based thinking and behavior to work as a university professor, an association executive, a business owner, and a consultant.

Susan teaches a range of courses in the entrepreneurship and management disciplines and has a passion for creating value for students that transcends traditional learning experiences. Before entering academia, Susan was co-owner of a family business commercial construction company 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 and trainer in both private and public work systems.

Dix Scholar Sharon Segura '10

Dix Scholar Sharon Segura graduated in May 2010 with a BA in Management, and has matriculated into the MBA program. As a BA/MBA student, Sharon took two graduate level courses last year, which has helped her accelerate her MBA. Having completed an Associates degree in business at a community college, this accelerated BA/MBA program was one the major reasons she chose Simmons.


"Professor Duffy has been a wonderful professor and mentor to me since I started attending Simmons last fall. This summer I was fortunate enough to work directly with Professor Duffy creating a feasibility plan for an independent study course. Throughout the summer not only did I learn what being an entrepreneur entails, but also the positive impact that these ventures have on the economy.

My feasibility study was on offering comprehensive guides/services for the lifestyle management of a child with a multiple food allergy diagnosis. It was very exciting to be able to conduct research on a topic that is so relevant to me as the mother of a daughter with this condition and to have it reveal that there is a demand for the services I can offer.

My plan after pursuing my MBA is to bring my business venture to fruition by applying the concepts and strategies learned in Professor Duffy's entrepreneurship course."