Entrepreneurship & Innovation Faculty & Staff
Dr. Stephanie Fernhaber teaches a variety of courses within the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at the undergraduate and graduate levels including The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Business Practicum, First-Year Business Experience, and Social Entrepreneurship.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Fernhaber conducts research in the areas of international entrepreneurship, grassroots innovation, and new venture strategy. Her research has been published in various academic journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice. Dr. Fernhaber has also co-created four books. She serves as the Field Editor for International Entrepreneurship at the Journal of Business Venturing.
At the community level, Dr. Fernhaber has a passion for spurring innovation with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship.
NaShara Mitchell is a SUCCESS advocate reframing gaps to opportunities. NaShara is a Lecturer in the Lacy School of Business and Innovation Lab Director at Butler University where her work focuses on interdisciplinary applied learning and people-centered innovation. In 2018, she was named Professor of the Year by the MBA program. NaShara earned her BA from DePauw University, and Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University.
I spent the first half of my career working for global corporations and was fortunate to have gained a world of immensely valuable experience and knowledge. I then made the leap from the corporate world to full time entrepreneur. Having the educational and corporate background was a great foundation! Now I own several businesses, one non profit, and teach entrepreneurship and human resources classes at Butler University. I absolutely love teaching at Butler, the students amaze and impress me everyday!
B.S. Corporate Finance – Ball State University
B.S. Management, Entrepreneurship – Ball State University
M.B.A – Ball State University
Thompson Consumer Electronics
General Motors, Delco Remy
Current Company Ownership
KLM Business Consulting
Dr. NickMmbaga is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. His current research focuses on how stigma, identity, and collective judgments of organizations influence strategic decision making in entrepreneurial contexts. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Business Venturing and Organizational Research Methods, and other publication outlets. He has taught a variety of courses focused on entrepreneurship and currently teaches real business experience at Butler University. Before his academic career, Nick founded several small businesses. He is the current chairman of Pauline and Thomas Healthcare, Inc., a company that operates in 6 different counties and employs approximately 100 people in Tennessee. Nick is also a key collaborator on an NSF grant focused on technology transfer from universities.
Scott Molander is a co-founder of Hat World, Inc. and the former Chief Operating Officer of Lids Sports Group. Hat World opened its first store in November of 1995 and grew to more than 150 stores in less than five years. In April of 2001, Hat World acquired its largest competitor, the Lids Corporation, and added 300 stores to the company. Hat World, Inc. was acquired by Genesco, Inc. in April of 2004. By the time Scott retired from Lids in 2016, the company had revenues in excess of $950m. He has earned several awards for his entrepreneurial successes and was admitted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2015. He has been a guest speaker and served on various boards and committees in both Indiana and North Dakota.Scott was born in Crosby, North Dakota to Gary and Donna Molander and is the oldest of 4 children. He graduated from Divide County High School in 1983. He earned his associate of Arts degree from University of North Dakota Williston, now Williston State College, in 1985 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Dickson State University in 1988. He earned his MBA from Indiana State University in 2016.Scott has been married for 23 years to Carolyn and they have two daughters, Mary and Sarah.
Hessam Sarooghi is an Entrepreneurship & Innovation faculty in the Lacy School of Business. He has earned his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Missouri Kansas City (2016). Hessam’s primary research interest is focused on studying the experiential approaches in identifying and developing entrepreneurial opportunities informed by the nuances of design thinking. His research has been published in top entrepreneurship and management journal including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Small Business Management. While at Butler, Hessam has taught the First Year BusinessExperience and Real Business Experience in the undergraduate program.