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Susan Coleman

Prof Coleman

Susan Coleman is a professor of finance in the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurial and corporate finance. She is the recipient of the Tonkin Award, the University's top award for scholarly or artistic creativity. 

Coleman's research focuses on women entrepreneurs. Her most recent book, The Next Wave: Financing Women's Growth-Oriented Firms, gives insights into how a new wave of growth-oriented women entrepreneurs are achieving success and what it will take to unlock more women entrepreneurs’ untapped economic potential.

In 2017 she was named to the Board of Directors for the Rising Tide Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization focused on developing education and training programs designed to increase the number of women angel investors in the U.S. and abroad. Coleman is an active angel investor and a limited partner in the Next Wave Impact Fund. She also is an active member and past president of the Hartford Area Business Economists. From 2007 to 2011, she also served as a member of former Governor M. Jodi Rell's Economic Advisory Council. 


Courses: Course Title
FIN 310 Business Finance
FIN 484 Small Business Finance
MBA 616 Corporate Finance
FIN 684 Entrepreneurial Finance
IB 610 Regional International Business Studies, London 2014

Professor of Finance
Phone: 860-768-4690, Room 412B

Susan Coleman received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and  master's degrees from both Penn State and the University of Connecticut. She earned her doctorate from Pace University in 1989 and was named Outstanding Doctoral Student for that year. 

Research Interests:
Coleman's research interests include access to capital for women-owned and minority-owned businesses. 

Selected Scholarship Articles and Books:
The Next Wave: Financing Women's Growth-Oriented Firms with Alica Robb (2016), Stanford, California; Stanford University Press
A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms with Alicia Robb (2012).  Stanford, California; Stanford University Press.

“Deconstructing’ Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy: A Gendered Perspective on the Impact of ESE and Community Entrepreneurial Culture on the Financial Strategies and Performance of New Firms” with Dafna Kariv.  Venture Capital.

“Toward a Theory of Financial Bricolage: The Impact of Small Loans on New Businesses” with Dafna Kariv.  Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.

“Gender, Performance and Financial Strategy: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective” with Dafna Kariv (2013).  Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 18 (3).  DOI: 10.1142/S1084946713500209.

“A Resource-Based View of New Firm Survival: New Perspectives on the Role of Industry and Exit Route” with Carmen Cotei and Joseph Farhat (2013).  Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship 18 (1).  DOI: 10.1142/S1084946713500027.

“Unlocking Innovation in Women-Owned Firms:  Strategies for Educating the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs” with Alicia Robb (2012).  Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education 1-2, 99-125.

“Gender-based Performance Differences in the United States: Examining the Roles of Financial Capital and Motivations” with Alicia Robb (2012).  In K.D. Hughes and J.E. Jenning (Eds.) Showcasing the Diversity of Women’s Entrepreneurship Research.  New York: Edward Elgar, pp. 75-92.

“Financing Women-Owned Firms: A Review of Recent Literature” with Alicia Robb (2012).  In D. Cummings (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurial Finance.  New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 719-752.

Achievements and Honors:
Named to the Board of Directors for the Rising Tide Foundation, 2017

Together with co-authors Ethne Swartz (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and Frances Amatucci (Slippery Rock University) awarded the John Jack Best Paper Award on at the 2016 United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference in San Diego, California, for their paper “Still a Man’s World? Second Generation Gender Bias in External Equity Term Sheet Negotiations”.

Recipient of Barney Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, 2013.

Appointed to the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, October 2007.  Served 2007-2011.

Recipient of Barney Faculty Excellence Award for Research, 2004, 2008, and 2011.

Recipient of Barney School of Business Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2000, 2007, 2010.

Recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University.  This is the top service award given at the University of Hartford.  May 2010.

Named to the Board of Directors for Smith Whiley & Company, 2000.

Professional Activities:
Coleman is active in the Hartford Area Business Economists and served as the President of that group from 1999 to 2000.