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Thomas S. Lyons is the Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Field Mentor in Baruch’s Field Center for Entrepreneurship, offering counseling to New York City’s business and social entrepreneurs and coaching to students entered in the annual Merrill Lynch -Baruch College Entrepreneurship Challenge. His research specializations are the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic development and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of nine books, several book chapters and numerous articles and papers on these subjects, and has two additional books under contract.

Dr. Lyons has had a long-time interest in regional systems for fostering entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy. He is the co-developer of such a system, the Entrepreneurial League System® (ELS), which has been implemented in Louisville, KY, the Advantage Valley (portions of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio) and in Central Louisiana. Portions of this approach have also been used in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Lyons has served on the board of directors or the advisory board to an empowerment incubation program, a microenterprise program, and a university-based technology business incubation program. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

Lyons holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has worked as a practicing planner in both the private and public sectors and has experience as an entrepreneur.

Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Baruch College
City University of New York
Zicklin School of Business
Department of Management
55 Lexington Avenue, Room 9-246
New York, NY 10010
P: (646) 312-3633

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