Lisa Fournier, Ph.D.
Lisa Fournier brings both a blend of practical experience and academic research to the classroom. Dr. Fournier’s business journey began as an entrepreneur when she was a college undergraduate at Western Carolina University, where she also completed her MPM in project management. After selling her first business in imprinted sportswear in the late 1990s, she worked to help several emerging-growth companies implement on innovations and business models throughout the 2000s. She has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare informatics, imprinted sportswear, beverage, auto, and others. In 2012, Dr. Fournier was awarded a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. For her final project, she published a book on benefit corporations – The Barnabas Effect: Starting a Benefit Corporation to Renew Your Community. She went on to start and operate a benefit corporation and learning lab for four years in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. On divesting the assets to the local Norfolk community, Dr. Fournier brought her research to academia to create experiential learning in the classroom. Dr. Fournier enjoys teaching and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders.