Sylvia Shepard

Member, Board of Overseers at Babson College

Sylvia Shepard

Sylvia Shepard

Member, Board of Overseers at Babson College

Biography

A fifth generation family business owner, Sylvia founded the Smith Family Council, a governance body for over 150 family shareholders which has owned the Menasha Corporation, a 160-year-old a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company.

After transitioning the Council to NextGen leadership, Sylvia joined SVP and immediately became deeply engaged in several committees and projects including serving on the Strategic Review Team and, in 2016, was appointed to the Executive Board. She also leads SVP’s workforce development initiative to create an advanced manufacturing training center.

Sylvia is a Family Firm Institute certified family business advisor, with 15 years of experience in family governance, education and leadership development. She is also an FFI Fellow, serves on the Family Business Magazine Board of Advisors, and speaks regularly at family business conferences. She serves as executive director of the Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation and as board co-chair at Dieu Donne, an arts organization serving paper pulp artists. Previously, Sylvia has served on the board and strategic planning committee of Hartford’s Shelter for Women, and the board of the Menasha Corporation Foundation.

Sylvia received her BA from Smith College and an MS in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. After 25 years as a college textbook editor, she discovered the field of family governance and was inspired to pursue her MBA at Babson, where she studied family entrepreneurship with Tim Habbershon. Sylvia now serves on the board of Overseers at Babson, and the Advisory Council of Babson’s Institute for Family Entrepreneurship.

Sylvia lives in Wilton, CT with her husband, Will Holtzman.

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Number of Boards

8

Number of Awards

2

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Board Member at Harlem Stage

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President at Milken Institute - Center for Advancing the American Dream

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Founder at Financial Building Blocks

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Dean of Faculty at Babson College

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Vice President-Investor Relations at Colgate-Palmolive (U.K.) Ltd.

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Chief Executive Officer at Babson College

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Executive Director, the Lewis Institute & the Babson Social Innovation Lab at Babson College

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Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College

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Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Babson College

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Vice Provost, International & Multicultural Education at Babson College

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Board Member at Harlem Stage

FOR 32 YEARS, HARLEM STAGE'S UNIQUE FOCUS HAS BEEN TO IDENTIFY VISIONARY ARTISTS OF COLOR AND SUPPORT THEM BY COMMISSIONING, PRESENTING - AND INCREASINGLY IN RECENT YEARS - PRODUCING THEIR VITAL WORK THAT RESPONDS TO THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONDITIONS THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES. HARLEM STAGE HAS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR WORLD CLASS PROGRAMMING FEATURING ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS. WE SUSTAIN OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR MISSION WITH A BROAD RANGE OF PROGRAMS ACROSS ALL DISCIPLINES OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Education
MBA
Class of 2009

The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College offers graduate programs in these departments and concentrations: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, marketing, management information systems, production/operations management, quantitative analysis/statistics and operations research, and technology.

MS in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

BA

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality. A world-class faculty of scholars are fully engaged with their students' intellectual development, and an open curriculum encourages each student to explore many fields of knowledge. Mentors for scholarship, leadership and service, across all spectrums of endeavor, allow Smith students to observe different models of achievement, then set their own course with conviction.

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Awards & Honors
Family Firm Institute - Fellow
Family Firm Institute - Certificate in Family Business Advising
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