Full Name
Theresa M. Welbourne, PhD
Job Title
Executive Director, Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute; Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship
Company or Organization
University of Alabama
Speaker Bio
Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne is the Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship and Executive Director, Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute (AEI) in the Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama. She works with students and business leaders to help drive both new venture development and growth within established firms. Dr. Welbourne’s expertise is in the areas of entrepreneurship, human capital management and strategic leadership in high growth, entrepreneurial and high change organizations. She runs a large-scale research study on high-growth companies and initial public offerings (IPOs), which focuses on identifying the drivers of sustainable and continual firm-level growth. Theresa also is the founder, president, and CEO of eePulse, Inc., a human capital technology and consulting firm. Dr. Welbourne’s research and work have been featured in popular publications such as Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and she is well published in numerous academic and business books. Theresa is a prolific writer, well known speaker, and she focuses on turning rigorous research into practical tools that are being used by organizations around the world. Theresa was awarded the 2012 Academy of Management Distinguished Executive Award (for contributions in research, teaching and practice), and in 2017 she was named a Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Fellow. In addition, she is the lead researcher in an ongoing, multi-year project on employee resource groups (ERGs), which is a focal point for driving innovation and change in many organizations’ diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition, she holds an appointment as an affiliated senior research scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
Theresa M. Welbourne, PhD