Ann M. Dugan

Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Ann Dugan is the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Created to foster the growth and development of family businesses and entrepreneurial firms, seed innovation and promote technology transfer, The Institute provides consulting services, educational programs and exclusive peer networking opportunities to businesses at every stage in the business lifecycle. Since inception, the Institute has helped start over 1,000 businesses, raised $250 million in capital and provided educational programs to 25,000 business leaders.

Ann is an accomplished author, lecturer and business consultant with more than 20 years of experience researching, developing and writing in the areas of family business, strategic planning, development of the franchise system and the dynamics of the entrepreneurial firm. A frequent contributor to articles published in Fortune, Inc, New York Times, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Business Times, Ann is also the editor and co-author of the national best seller Franchising 101 and the recently released A Woman's Place... The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business.

Ann is a leader in community and economic development activities. Her efforts have been recognized with numerous awards, including: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 50 business leaders; SBA Financial Advocate of the Year; Girl Scouts Women of Distinction; and the Executive Women's Council Women of Achievement Award. She has been a board member of the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County for more than 10 years and is responsible for guiding more than $28 million annually in county infrastructure development. In addition, Ann currently serves on the boards of Innovation Works, Pittsburgh Gateways, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), Bridgeway Capital, and VisitPittsburgh.