Dr. Shakenna K. Williams is the Director of the Center of Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Global Initiative at Babson College and a Partnering Advisor with trepwise. Shakenna is the former Deputy Academic Director and Lead Faculty Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College. Shakenna received her doctorate from Capella University, her dissertation is entitled “Talent management and retention in small family-owned businesses: A multiple-case qualitative study”. She received her MBA in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Oklahoma City University, and a B.S. in Finance and Investments from Babson College.
Shakenna Williams is an active community member who volunteers with many organizations promoting women and young girls to pursue higher education. She has over 10 years of experience as owner and planner of two entrepreneurial ventures and over 15 years of experience in conducting Master’s and undergraduate-level courses and adult educational training programs. Shakenna has an extensive work background ranging from Development Officer at Smith College; Sales Representative at Pfizer; and a Program Manager for Grandparents raising their grandchildren with cognitive disabilities.
Shakenna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; The Links, Incorpoated; The Academy of Management; Council for Independent Colleges; and the Institute of Management Consultants. She enjoys interacting with youth and nonprofits. In addition, she offers guidance to business owners regarding entrepreneurship and community development. Regardless of the endeavor, Shakenna exhibits her passion and true commitment for excellence and empowering others. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.