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John Alver Dobson

Lisa Dobson

Gilmer Yovanni Castro Nieto


Dr. John Alver Dobson

As a college student, I started my own business, called South of the Border Imports. I have included a photo of my first craft fair. At 20, I hopped in my car, drove from Canada to Mexico, and bought handicrafts and drove back to Canada.  On the way down, I slept in my car and on the way back I slept on top of my car.  Reflecting on my experiences, I did not know what I did not know about becoming a successful entrepreneur, but I was curious, adaptable, and resilient.  I  learned by doing, from others, and by working together.  Over time, I was able to figure it out and became a successful entrepreneur.


I successfully ran my business for 21 years prior to selling it. My business was successful and well known in the community and nationally. As a result, I was invited to give guest lectures and eventually to teach a course on new venture development. I enjoyed teaching, so after I sold my business I decided to pursue teaching entrepreneurship as a second career. I wanted to become an effective professor, so I returned to continue my studies at the London School of Economics in Development Management and completed my doctorate from the University of Manchester in the UK.


My practice focuses on helping entrepreneurs in marginalized communities to improve their lives through market-based solutions.


Currently, I am an associate professor at Clark University and I teach Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship courses at Harvard University.


Gilmer Yovanni Castro Nieto

Degree in Economics and Business Administration. Specialized in commercial administration, financial administration and Information Management. Doctor in Economics and Business Management. He has exercised management in business projects, has implemented management models based on people. He has made numerous publications related to research on CSR, values, leadership, marketing, organizational design and quality of service. The most recent publications with their research groups (2016 - 2017), we can cite: Adaptation of the “Caltic” Service Quality Model in the Tourism Sector (International Journal of Control Theory and Applications ISSN: 0974-5572 International Science Press. Volume 9 • Number 44 • 2016). The Management of the Oil Sector as a Factor of Socioeconomic Control in Two Neighboring Countries: Colombia and Venezuela (International Journal of Control Theory and Applications ISSN: 0974-5572 International Science Press Volume 9 • Number 45 • 2017).
Together with the research groups to which he belongs he has published works such as: Corporate social responsibility: Competitiveness and cases of good practices in SMEs, The current context and the foundations of innovative management: The emotionally intelligent company, Socially Responsible Company: Another way of understanding the organization ?, Global Companies and Leadership in Sustainability. Advanced practices in Spanish IBEX 35 companies participating in the Global Compact of Nations. United, Internal Social Responsibility, Leadership and Emotional Values and Challenges. 50 shared personal and business emotions.
He has been a member of the advisory and editorial board of the arbitrated magazine on industrial and labor relations of the UCAB and Member of the Council of International Advisors of the arbitrated magazine Financial Information: Management and Control (financial Reporting, Managemente & Control).
He is currently Associate Professor-researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, academic coordinator of the areas of process and management theory, directs the academic program of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Business Models, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, member of the consortium of Emotional Intelligence of the Basque Country, member of the Javerian Center and competitiveness, member of the editorial board of the Javeriana Magazine, invited professor at LA universities and European and is also a consultant and organizational advisor in strategic processes of transformation and business management.
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Prof. Lisa Dobson

Lisa is an experienced social entrepreneur with over 25 years of international business experience with a Masters of Adult Education and community stream. She researches and implements engaging and successful learning experiences in entrepreneurial learning, reflective learning, self-determined learning, and English as a second language. She is passionate about working with different cultures and connecting formal and informal education for faculty and students. The main objective of her work is to leverage peoples’ soft skills, knowledge, and abilities through learning with confidence and self-efficacy. Creating thriving lifelong learners and entrepreneurs, who bolster their lives, communities, and businesses. She is an Instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University. She is active in consulting, as well as adjunct teaching for academic and professional English Second Language. Lisa finds narrowing, and closing learning gaps for success in the real world is empowering for the learner and rewarding work.