Amy Blitz joins Suffolk as a visiting associate professor of Management & Entrepreneurship at Sawyer Business School. She teaches a Management course called Leadership and Social Responsibility and an Entrepreneurship course called Writing the Business Plan.
Blitz earned a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has more than 20 years of experience in academia and business. She has worked for various organizations, including IBM, Ernst & Young, Harvard Business School, and a start-up based in Silicon Valley. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, and strategy.
Her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, PBS, and other leading media outlets worldwide.
She is looking forward to her new position at Suffolk. “The energy here is so inspiring, and I like the emphasis on both theory and practice. Plus, there's a lot going on right now in Boston and Cambridge in the entrepreneurial space, so it's an exciting time to be part of it all,” she said.
As the US financial crisis continues to dominate the news, Blitz is eager to be a part of “a community focused on growth—on innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultivating the next generation of business leaders,” she said.
Entrepreneurship plays an important role in economic growth, said Blitz, who helped launch a successful credit cooperative in the mid-1980s in a poor rural community in the Philippines. “That experience opened my eyes to the power of entrepreneurship as a path to economic growth,” she added.
Blitz began teaching during graduate school, and since then, she has led many executive trainings over the years, while also mentoring colleagues in her various managerial roles. It was not until last year, after she gave a talk at a business school in India, that Blitz realized how much she missed teaching.
“I like the creative challenge of making complex ideas digestible and hopefully bringing some fun to the learning process. Most of all, I love working with students, helping them learn, grow, and begin realizing their dreams,” she said.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a professor is helping students understand the material and reach their full potential. “I like seeing the light-bulb moments– when someone who's been struggling with a concept or an idea suddenly gets it,” she said.
She also enjoys fostering innovation and creativity in her students. “I love to see that special spark of interest or insight, when a student suddenly brings something new or original to a discussion. Over the years, I've had the privilege of seeing some of those sparks grow into blazing, successful careers. Overall, I think college can be a very transformative time, so it's rewarding to see students grow into themselves.”