Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship
At the Shea Center, we hope to integrate entrepreneurial thinking into the educational and formational experience of undergraduate and graduate students at Boston College through academic coursework, co-curricular activities, and experiential opportunities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about BC's Shea Center here.
Also, the Shea Center has Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) who serve as additional resources for students. They are experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping students make their ideas happen. They are available to meet via Office Hours. Learn more about EIR's here.
Shea Center Leadership Team
Jere Doyle ’87, P’15 '21
Popolo Family Executive Director
Jere Doyle is a proven entrepreneur experienced in building formerly unknown companies into profitable and sustainable industry leaders. Jere founded and launched two companies, Prospective and Global Marketing, leading both from the startup phase to highly profitable businesses, and finally to successful liquidity events for all shareholders. He now operates Doyle Enterprises, where he advises a handful of Boston-based startups.
Jere works closely with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and senior management teams. He helps them launch, scale, and grow their businesses and/or product lines into sustainable, long-term, successful ventures. His various roles include consultant, advisor, board member, and angel investor. Jere’s main focus is on helping to build strong, cohesive management teams capable of overcoming obstacles to success.
Jere is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is experienced at building world-class executive teams, developing and launching innovative products, and building vibrant company cultures. He has a particular expertise in all areas of consumer acquisition.
Jere received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1993 and a bachelors of science from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in 1987.
Kelsey Kinton ’12, MBA '18
Kelsey Kinton received her B.A in Communications from Boston College in 2012 and has a strong understanding of the Jesuit, Catholic learning context that the University strives to instill in its students.
Upon graduation, Kelsey was hired as Membership Coordinator for the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she was solely responsible for maintaining all Customer Relationship Management database information. Other tasks included billing and finance, generating reports, and newsletter and event production.
Aside from her first position as Membership Coordinator, Kelsey climbed the ladder and worked in a number of different departments at the Bureau, including Public Relations and Sales. During her three years with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, she also gained a close familiarity with the city’s entrepreneurial landscape and ecosystem. Her experience has prepared her for a wide range of interactions with clients, faculty, students, alumni, and others, as well as for work in areas such as public relations, communications, marketing, operations assistance, and improvement initiatives.
Kelsey’s experience, coupled with her knowledge of Boston College ideals, will be pivotal when building on existing initiatives in the Carroll School of Management, and when reaching out further to the broader University community, to alumni, and to innovators far beyond Chestnut Hill.
Professor, Information Systems Department
Professor Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane's research interests involve how organizations develop strategy, culture, and talent in response to changes in the competitive landscape wrought by digital technology, such as social media, mobile devices, Internet-of-Things, analytics, and emerging technologies (i.e. virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence). His published research has appeared in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Management Science, Marketing Science, Harvard Business Review, and MIT-Sloan Management Review. Dr. Kane has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies and taught executive education worldwide on managing and competing within an increasingly digital environment.
Kristie Dickinson '14
Entrepreneur in Residence
Kristie Dickinson returns to BC as an Adjunct Professor of Design Thinking, after six years at Apple in Cupertino, CA. She is currently creating and teaching the first-ever design thinking course for undergrads in CSOM, and loving every minute of it.
While at Apple, Kristie most recently led Apple Watch efforts for Partnership Management in Worldwide Developer Relations. She acted as champion and seeker of the best third-party Watch apps around the world, and consulted start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike, on product strategy and UI/UX design.
As an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Shea Center, Kristie is focused on providing mentorship for all students interested in design, tech, marketing, entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship (having a self-starter mindset within a bigger company).
Kristie graduated from BC in 2014 with a B.S. in General Management. She majored in Marketing, with a minor in International Studies for Management.
In her spare time, Kristie enjoys all things yoga/meditation/mindfulness, dabbling in vegan cooking, and writing songs at the piano.
She encourages students to reach out via email to grab coffee, or drop into office hours anytime. También le encanta hablar en español!
Duncan Walker '13
Entrepreneur in Residence
Duncan Walker is the co-founder of Jebbit, a venture capital-backed consumer data platform, which employs 55 people and was founded at BC in 2011.
Duncan is also the Managing Director of SSC Venture Partners, which is a venture fund, accelerator, and mentorship network for Boston College founders. Over the last five years, Duncan has worked with over 100 startups founded by BC alumni and current students.
Duncan welcomes discussions with anyone who would like to chat: email@example.com
Duncan's skillset is uniquely technical and non-technical, covering product management, software development, design, and marketing. Duncan has created many open source projects, whose code has been used over 1.5 million times by companies around the world.
As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Shea Center, Duncan is focussed on the growth of BC's student-entrepreneurs, the Shea Startup Accelerator, and applicability of the entrepreneurial mindset to all students and aspects of campus life. Duncan graduated from BC in 2013.