Alyson Francisco is a professor of management and entrepreneurship and director of the Salem Academy and College Center for Women in Entrepreneurship Business where she fulfills her passion for advancing and empowering women. She has more than twenty-five years experience in industry holding executive level positions in finance and customer operations. She is a graduate of NC State University and holds an MBA from Duke University. She has served as a board member and startup mentor for the Center for Creative Economy for more than five years, and is an active member of the Triad’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. She was recently recognized by the Triad Business Journal as a 2019 Outstanding Woman in Business.