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Dr. Dale G. Caldwell is the executive director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). In this role, he is leading the Institute's efforts to support, promote and research family, veteran and student entrepreneurship. In addition, Dr. Caldwell is presenting his research on the relationship between the "Entrepreneurial Mindset" and innovation in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Rothman, Dr. Caldwell was the CEO of Strategic Influence, LLC. This entrepreneurial organization used the Intelligent Influence framework that he created to provide strategy, operations, coaching, business development and leadership training to clients.

Dr. Caldwell earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Seton Hall University. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and the Rutgers Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program. He is an accomplished athlete who has completed three marathons and received national rankings in the United States in duathlon, tennis and triathlon.

Susan Slavin, Programs Administrator of Rothman Institute

Susan Slavin is the Programs Administrator at the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). In this role, she is supporting the Institute's efforts to support, promote and research family, veteran and student entrepreneurship. Susan will be responsible for program management for the outreach and recognition programs.

She comes to the Institute with a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Her experience spans over 20 years in the fields of Marketing, Client Relations and employee training with a Fortune 500 company, a small family owned business and the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.

Maura Pniewski, Assistant to the Executive Director

Maura Pniewski is the Administrative Assistant at the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, her experience of over 35 years includes twelve years at New York City-based Consolidated Cigar Corporation and Gibbs & Hill Engineering before coming to Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1993. At FDU, her diverse duties at three Silberman College of Business Institutes have included budget analysis and forecasting, design of promotional material, website content management, report editing, and event planning. Maura lives in Bernardsville with her husband and son.

Jack Killion, Entrepreneur In Residence

Jack Killion, head of Eagle Rock Diversified Fund, has joined the Institute as its first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Since 2005, he has helped in a number of ways including mentoring students and local business owners, program development, executive training, and guest lecturing. Killion has also been a good friend of the Institute and has worked with us on several Female Entrepreneurs Alliance programs.

Educated at Yale and MIT, Killion's career has included work as a consultant at McKinsey, in venture capital, in a family-owned manufacturing company, Killion Extruders, in publishing at Harpers Magazine and Garden State Woman Magazine, and in hedge funds. Killion has also worked in real estate and race-breeding ventures over the years. In addition, he has served on the boards of various private and public U.S. and international corporations and of non-profit organizations.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is made possible by a contribution from Gloria and Don LaTorre.

Advisory Board

  • José Amarista, Vice President, Margin Enhancement R&D, Pinnacle Foods
  • Andrew Bluestone, President, Selective Benefits Group
  • Mario Casabona, Casabona Ventures, LLC (Former CEO of ERI)
  • Sanjay Gupta, PhD, Vice President and Regional Head, Corporate Innovation, Evonik
  • Dennis Klein, President, Rand, Feuer, & Klein LLC
  • Sakti Kunz, Management Executive, Honeywell
  • Don LaTorre, President and CEO, L&G Consultants
  • Jan Margolis, CEO, Applied Research Corporation
  • Micheline Nader, CEO, Blue Dolphin Health Management
  • Allie Nava, Navigate IQ LLC and Ridgewood Investments LLC
  • Gina Tedesco, President, Opus International