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Lisa-Marie Pierre

Ph.D. 2019

Hi, I am Lisa-Marie. In 2015, I transferred from Arizona State University to the geography Ph.D. program here at Michigan State University.

My overall research interest is in studying historically underrepresented group’s entrepreneurial activity.

For my dissertation study, I looked at the workplace as a place where innovation occurs. I focused on women faculty commercializing research and the role university policy plays in their decision to engage in entrepreneurial activity.

I graduated in August 2019 and I’m currently the program manager for Ascend New York. This program is part of the Ascend Cities initiative funded by JP Morgan Chase. I am working at Bronx Community College in the Division of Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

The goal of the initiative is to build a national ecosystem that helps underrepresented entrepreneurs gain access to resources (money, business training, and contracts). I primarily focus on supplier diversity, partnerships, minority women business enterprises, and contracts.

When not working, I volunteer, mentor entrepreneurs, and create content about leadership on my blog.

Outside of work, volunteer, and blog activities, I enjoy traveling, playing and watching sports, creating art pieces, reading, and cooking.

Lastly, I’m from Long Island, NY and I’m a proud alumna of Sacred Heart Academy, Spelman College, and the University of Miami.

I am happy to speak to any prospective or current students on:

  • Transferring to a new Ph.D. program
  • Doing dissertation research in economic/urban geography & using qualitative methods
  • Participating as a leader in COGs, GEU, Triple G, and SWIG
  • Serving on university search committees
  • Pivoting from an academic career to a non-academic career

My email is: lisa-marie.pierre [at]


marie.pierre [at]