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Faculty and Executive Leadership Directory

Jennifer M. Walske

Adjunct Professor
Faculty Director of the Global Social Venture Competition
Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship
(510) 642-5371
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m., F608
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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BA, Communications Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
MBA, Marketing emphasis, Santa Clara University
DBA, Strategy & Policy and Entrepreneurship, Boston University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2009

2011 – present, Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business

2011 – present, Faculty Director of the Global Social Venture Competition, Haas School of Business

2011 – present, Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business

2000 – present, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Myriad Investments, LLC

2010 – 2011, Senior Fellow, Haas School of Business

2009 – 2011, Lecturer, Haas School of Business

2007 – 2009, Visiting Scholar, Babson College

2007, Lecturer, School of Management, Boston University


External Service and Assignments

  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, National Venture Capital Association

Current Research and Interests

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Venture capital andn venture philanthropy
  • Strategy
  • Human capital

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Genetically engineered: Why some venture capital firms are more successful than others,” with A. Zacharakis. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 33, no. 1 (2009): 297-318.
  • “Effect of venture capital syndication networks on entrepreneurial success,” with A. Zacharakis and L. Smith-Doerr. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (2007): 38-52. (Ranked on the top 10 list of SSRN thrice since July 2008)


  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship, L&S 5 (UGBA 96)
  • Social Entrepreneurship, 292N-2

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Paper”, NYU-Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship
  • Recipient of the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Ranked third in research excellence worldwide, Institutional All American, Technical Software, 2000
  • Ranked second in research excellence worldwide, Institutional All American, Technical Software, 1999


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