The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Meghan Florkowski to the position of director of the WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Women’s Business Center, effective Nov. 11.
“Meghan brings a positive attitude, strong work ethic, an ability to lead collaboration among diverse stakeholder groups, and outstanding leadership to the position,” said Alex McKelvie, associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education at the Whitman School. “We’re delighted to welcome her to the Whitman family as leader of the WISE WBC.”
Among her professional experiences, Florkowski led a portfolio of entrepreneurship training programs at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University that reached over 30,000 military service connected individuals. One notable program in this portfolio (V-WISE) was for women veterans, which Florkowski grew into a nationally-recognized program that reached over 2,000 women veterans across 49 states. In this position, she oversaw a budget of over $5 million, was successful in collaborating with the Small Business Administration, raised significant outside funding, led a team of six people, and created and managed an advisory board.
During her time with V-WISE the program was highlighted in over 75 media outlets, including Entrepreneur Magazine, MSNBC, the Washington Post and Military Times. The V-WISE program was recognized in 2015 by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a bright idea.
Florkowski also worked in employer relations at Le Moyne College, as an operations manager for the USO, as a military transition career training leader in Europe, and as a captain in the U.S. Army, among other positions.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master of science in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
In 2003, the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University—launched WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship), an entrepreneurial initiative established to train and inspire women interested in launching or growing a new business. The objectives of all training and events are to provide information, resources, and support for women entrepreneurs, enabling each to successfully advance their businesses to the next stage of profitability and success. Much of the programmatic focus is on serving those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, underrepresented minority groups, and veteran and service-disabled veterans in the community. The goal is to create a thriving community of women entrepreneurs and leverage the student, faculty and alumni resources at the Whitman School. WISE is a proud partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
About the Whitman School
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, celebrating its 100th anniversary, inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek and is the home to one of the leading entrepreneurship programs. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.
About Syracuse University
Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families. To learn more about Syracuse University, visit syracuse.edu.
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