Need some more help working through your D-Prize plan or another entrepreneurial idea you’ve been kicking around? Enlist the help of The Fletcher School’s Entrepreneur Coaches, Marilyn Davison & Rockford Weitz.
How to Get Involved
As Entrepreneurship Coaches, Marilyn & Rockford will help students and alumni:
- Think through business, social, and policy ideas where entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship could be part of the solution
- Create business plans, go-to-market strategies, and presentations to potential customers and investors
- Connect with potential customers, potential investors, and service providers that an help aspiring Fletcher entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable enterprises
- Collaborate and problem solve team dynamic challenges
Marilyn is a double Jumbo with a BS and MA. Her Fine Arts degrees led to an award-winning position as Boston Globe Art Critic. She held Sales and Consultant Management positions in high tech and management consulting both in the US and in France – where she worked for large global and small academic consultancies for twenty years before returning to Boston in 2013.
As a management consultant, Marilyn managed strategy and IT based consulting projects, and was a speaker at seminars through Europe and in Beijing. Marilyn co-designed and managed a Venture Academy in Sophia Antipolis, France, where she coached French startup firms. As an adjunct professor, she taught at three French based global MBS programs; IPAG in Paris Institut de Préparation à l’Administration Générale, and Leadership and Business Plan Development at MBA Entrepreneurial programs in the South of France; SKEMA (School of Knowledge Economy and Management) and EDHEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord).
Marilyn continues as Market Development Manager with a small startup IoT Software Company. Her entrepreneurial learning experience includes founding a pet supply company and an Internet shopping mall.
For the past four years she has been a team dynamics coach for the Hult Prize. Recently she presented seminars and coached entrepreneurial teams in Nairobi, Beirut and at the Hult Accelerator in Askridge in UK, where she was Expert in Residence. She frequently judges entrepreneurial competitions; in 2018: Nairobi Innovation Week and Hult prize competitions in Beirut, Brandeis and Hult Business School.
Marilyn has coached the Fletcher D Prize teams for the past two years and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Tufts Entrepreneurial Center. For the past two years she has had the privilege of hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for Fletcher Students. She is also active with the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Paws Pet therapy program with her dog Chili where they visit Ginn Library.
Marilyn will meet with Fletcher D-Prize interested students at Fletcher and can be contacted by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockford Weitz is Entrepreneur Coach at the Fletcher School. He also serves as President of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., a non-profit that seeks practical solutions to global maritime challenges, and President & CEO of Rhumb Line International LLC, a consultancy that provides strategic advice to entrepreneurs and startups.
Rockford served as founding Executive Director at FinTech Sandbox in 2014. From 2008 to 2013, he served as founding CEO at CargoMetrics, leading the effort to build a financial technology business that started in his Cambridge apartment and has hired numerous Fletcher students and alumni.
Before co-founding Rhumb Line in 2005, he served as international counsel at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., leading the effort to open 12 international subsidiaries and streamline global operations. He also worked at the U.S. Trade Representative, and co-founded and served as Program Director of the Borgenicht Peace Initiative, a social entrepreneurship venture in Bethlehem.
Rockford earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School and a B.A. in International Relations: Political Economy from the College of William and Mary. He is a fellow in the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, a member of the Fletcher School’s Development Committee and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Contact Rockford by email, Rockford.Weitz@tufts.edu