Women in Executive Leadership Program – Faculty


Kevin Cox, Ph.D., Kevin Cox has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Kevin received his degree in Management, with minor in Entrepreneurship as well as a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Director for the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU, Entrepreneurship Professor, instructor for the new venture accelerator at FAU’s Tech Runway, instructor for FAU’s entrepreneurship bootcamp, manager/instructor for FAU’s Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, and Faculty Adviser for FAU’s student entrepreneurship club, Owls Inc. To date Kevin has taught, mentored, and worked with over a hundred startups providing expert advice and consultation support the survival, growth, and performance of these early stage businesses. He has also published multiple research papers and book chapters, as well as dozens of conference papers on entrepreneurship.

Marcy Krugel developed the Graduate Business Communication Program for the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. She directed the program for 28 years before returning to the faculty as a senior instructor. Throughout her time at FAU, she consulted with local businesses, school boards, publishing houses, and professional associations. Since her retirement in 2017, she consults on an occasional basis, and has been teaching the Women in Executive Leadership program since its inception.

Chantel LeConte is currently an Adjunct Professor for the College of Business Graduate program at Florida Atlantic University. Up until her recent retirement, she was the Chief Executive Officer at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a Memorial Healthcare System pediatric hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Professionally, she has more than 40 years of healthcare experience in various roles from several clinical positions including Nursing Manager to Hospital Chief Executive Officer.
Chantal brings a unique skill set to her leadership and academic role. Her experience offers a great balance of clinical knowledge as an RN and health care administration as a CEO. Throughout her career, she has worked to create environments that help people perform at their best. In that spirit, she has rewired her many skills and talent to teaching, enlightening graduate students on how and why to become successful leaders-sharing her expertise and helping others contribute to the future of healthcare.

Karen E. Pfeffer is a leadership expert who was born and raised in Venezuela until the age of 15 by a father from Kansas and a mother from Puerto Rico, giving her a unique cultural mix that has inspired her to challenge stereotypes and capture opportunities. After earning her business degree from Florida Southern College, she entered the male-dominated field of banking and became the first woman president of the Florida Bank Marketing Association. Subsequently, she founded a full-service marketing and advertising agency, which provided a broad range of strategic and creative marketing for local, national and international clients. She also became a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and was certified in basic and advanced PSYCH-K. In 2006, she co-founded Fire Power Seminars to provide communication, empowerment, team building and transformation programs through high-impact experiences.

Connie Phelan is a breakthrough coach and keynote speaker who has a passion for boldly challenging and helping people and groups achieve positive, lasting change. Connie’s experience playing sports at a national level shaped her lifelong desire to help others build strong teams. She has owned her own printing company and worked in advertising for Fortune 500 companies. She had a life-changing experience when she completed her first firewalk and decided to become a certified firewalk instructor. Subsequently, she founded Fire Power Seminars in 2006 to help people gain awareness of self-limiting beliefs and patterns, and, ultimately, generate successful, long-term changes.

Nancy Proffitt is a nationally recognized business coach, author, and keynote speaker. She is also an adjunct professor at FAU, where she focuses on High-Impact Leadership Development. With 20 years in senior management with FedEx Corporation and over a decade working with business clients, she has earned recognition as a “TOP 100 Leader in Fortune 100 Business.” Nancy works with clients to prepare effectively for the future, improve employee performance, and create opportunity thinking. She helps individuals and organizations become high-impact leaders, improve corporate culture, drive best practice productivity and increase employee engagement.

Emily Sacks, Ph.D. is a senior instructor in the Business Communication Department at Florida Atlantic University.

Nina Segura is a strategic management consultant, coach, business owner, and author who works with clients to achieve transformational change. After nearly 20 years at American Express leading global programs, Nina took on the challenge of building her own multi-million dollar company dedicated to keeping billion-dollar companies and their leaders relevant. Nina is trained as a Co-Active and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Society for Organizational Learning, North America Leadership Graduate and Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation. Additionally, her work includes Everything DiSC suite of products, MBTI® Personality Assessment, Co-Active® Dimensional Leadership Model™ and Leadership SuperPowers™.

Siri Terjesen, Ph.D. is Associate Dean, Research & External Relations and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship. She has received numerous teaching awards, including FAU College of Business’s most outstanding teacher (2020) as well as most outstanding teacher at her prior institutions American University and Indiana University. Siri’s research on entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and strategy has been published in over 75 articles, 2 books, many white papers, and manuscripts (e.g., for Kauffman Foundation, World Bank, and U.S. Small Business Administration), and has received over 10,000 citations on Google Scholar. She publishes in leading journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Operations Management, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal. Her research is featured in international media including Bloomberg, US News & World Report, the Times, and CNBC.

Ethlyn Williams, Ph.D. is an expert in organizational behavior and human resource management.  Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Atlantic University, she was a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida and at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Ethlyn teaches taught Human Resource Management, Leadership of Teams, Organizational Behavior, Principles of Management, Project Management, and Organizational Theory. Ethlyn has published book chapters on formal mentoring, psychological contracts, and measurement issues in international research. Her research also appears in the following journals: Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and The Leadership Quarterly. She is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Southern Management Association.

Previous instructors and speakers include:

Monica Escaleras, Ph.D.

Ting Levy, Ph.D.

Carla Harris

Sofia Johan, Ph.D.

Joel Dicicco, Ph.D.



Executive-level Mentors Needed

The FAU Women in Executive Leadership (WEL) program is looking for C-Suite level executives and successful business owners to mentor the next generation of community and business leaders. Participants in the WEL program are highly driven, mid- to senior-level professionals who aspire to join their organization’s leadership team within the next 3 to 5 years. The program is an intense semester-long certificate program that provides participants with an introspective look into their leadership styles, behaviors that support or sabotage their careers, and skills necessary for career advancement.  Mentorship is a 30 minute commitment per week for one semester. Previous mentors have found this experience to be highly rewarding and participants rank the mentorship component of the program as “vital” to the program’s overall success. The next program starts September 10, 2022. For more information, please contact Paige Garrido at pgarrido@fau.edu

Contact Us

Paige Garrido
Assistant Director, Corporate Training and Talent Development

phone: (561) 297-4819
email: pgarrido@fau.edu
map: Bldg. 103, SF 129