Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle
Dean, School of Business, Medgar Evers College City University of New York, USA
Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle is the Dean of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College. Dean Rolle has extensive executive leadership experience in higher education, corporate and federal government operations. In 2015 she was awarded recognition by the Network Journal as one of the 25 influential African American women in Business. Dean Rolle’s background includes working in multiple Federal agencies, academic institutions, IBM, and consulting. In academic institutions she has been responsible for academic leadership, academic programs, and student affairs. She has launched multiple undergraduate and graduate degree programs. She has taught courses in economics and entrepreneurship. Her skill set includes higher education administration; developing and leveraging strategic partnerships; innovation creation; small business development; disadvantaged business development; and staff development.
At Medgar Evers College, under the leadership and support of President Rudy Crew, and Provost Augustine Okereke, Dean Rolle launched the Entrepreneurship & Experiential learning lab (EEL) in the fall of 2015. Since the EEL launch, Medgar Evers College teams have studied entrepreneurship in ten countries; published in excess of 10 papers; initiated four international agreements and in 2016 coached the first woman to win the CUNY-wide SmartPitch competition. Dean Rolle is sought after internationally as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship and economic development.