Zahed Subhan - Drexel University
"A highly regarded, gifted instructor able to synthesize business theory with real world experience of entrepreneurship. In this emerging academic discipline, this is a rare skill indeed."
An exceptional entrepreneur, educator, and innovator with an extraordinary record in business creation and corporate endeavors, an advanced educational and applied research background, and proven dynamic leadership, university instruction, and lecturing capabilities.
Responsible for doctoral student mentorship and thesis advising in the online, Executive Doctorate of Business Administration program.
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina
“Unlike any professor I have ever had in my college career. He keeps every student engaged and actively involved in class.”
“Phenomenal instructor! I would say the best one I've had thus far. He has an ability to relate all of the course material to our future professions.”
“Really good at creating a great learning environment that challenges one to think and be creative."
"Only teacher I have had that actually had a real world job, so it's nice to see actual application rather than theory I get from every other class.”
"Really pushing students to be the best.”
"Essential to the growth of real-life, marketable student creations so that they can realize them through perseverance and the willingness to push through failures. Through him we can move beyond seeing a failure as a failure, but as another reason to continue in our pursuits with new ideas and different thinking.”
“One of the most engaging professors I have ever experienced during my time in higher education. He has a way of presenting the material that makes you interested and excited to learn more. He is highly approachable and considering his real world marketing/entrepreneurial experience is a great resource for anyone interested in these areas of study/business.”
“Does an amazing job of teaching the material in an engaging and collaborative way. He has clear expectations for his students and really reflects what a UNCA professor should embody. He challenges students to work together, lead class, and respect others.”
Cullowhee, North Carolina
A well-respected and innovative faculty member of the College of Business.
“Hands down the best professor I've ever had.”
“Teacher is really good, the best class I've taken so far at Western.”
“The way it is taught teaches us the textbook facts about entrepreneurship, but also uses hands-on experience and real-life examples.”
“I like how Professor Hayes involves the class for most of the class sessions. lt helps keep me focused on the material.”
“Very enthusiastic about his work and I can tell that he loves what he does.”
"Always very prepared and willing to work with students. Doesn't take himself too seriously all the time and creates a wonderful learning environment."
Responsible for conception and implementation of programs for entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity.
Actively involved in the UNF Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program (now ENACTUS) for more than 11 years.
Highly ranked adjunct faculty member of the Coggin College of Business at UNF.
“Different, better style of teaching.”
“Expert in business, an exciting teacher.”
“First class I have taken in my college career that I feel has honestly put me on track with my major.”
Moroccan and African entrepreneurial mindset and the resources and support services of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. As such, the project contemplates making both individual and collective impacts. The research consists of both academic research and "in the field" impact activities and offers both theoretical and practical contributions to improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem, mindset, and the national culture of innovation.
The entrepreneurial skill levels of undergraduates compared to entrepreneurs,
The entrepreneurial self-efficacy levels of students compared to entrepreneurs,
The role of gender identity in these differences,
How race impacts these differences,
If country of origin variances exist, and
How undergraduates resolve issues in building entrepreneurial capacity.
Data collection and analysis are complete for the above ambitious research.
The present research uses exploratory quantitative methods to assess and understand the entrepreneurial profiles of undergraduate students as a driver for initial entrepreneurial intention. The authors do this by examining entrepreneurial skills, self-efficacy, and personality traits, with a focus on differences between students who select entrepreneurship as their academic concentration and those who do not. Results demonstrate the heterogeneous nature of student group profiles, with significant differences observed among the various student groups included in the study. In particular, entrepreneurship majors differ from most other student majors, mainly other business students, in regard to the personality traits of independence, limited structure, risk acceptance, and action orientation, and the entrepreneurial skill of idea generation. The findings of the study have theoretical, empirical, and practical implications, including the design and assessment of undergraduate entrepreneurship education.
Hayes, D.W., Lekchiri, S. "Entrepreneurial Readiness: A Career Development Framework for Moroccan Females," Interdisciplinary working paper, published in the Academy of Human Resource Development 2021 Conference Proceedings.
The unique aspects of the research are the level of detail offered into previously unexplored variables that impact the central relationship between self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intentions to launch, where self-efficacy is generally listed as the primary driver of intentions in the extant literature. The results of the analysis demonstrate that the relationship is much more nuanced, with other variables such as independence, risk acceptance, idea creation, future focus, limited structure, and execution that must be considered.
"Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy and Intention to Launch in Undergraduate Students: Effects of Seniority, Gender, Race, and Country of Origin."
2019 USASBE Entrepreneurship Everywhere Conference presentation on “Assessing and Understanding the Entrepreneurial Capacity of Undergraduate Students."
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2020, September, U-Founders Series: Two-hour presentation to 50 Mohammed VI Polytechnic University U-Founders participants
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Academic Courses Developed and Delivered
Ph.D./DBA co-supervisor for:
Advisor to numerous undergraduate entrepreneurship students.
“An advocate is someone who you know has your best interest in mind and someone who cares deeply about your success in and out of the classroom, someone you can count on to give you sound advice and someone you know will be in your corner.”
– Criteria given to students when voting for a faculty member
Community engagement/consulting/mentorship with internal and external entities to support organizational effectiveness, economic development, and social responsibility.
Startup Development Officer
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)
September 2017 – Present
Network of executives, angel investors and serial entrepreneurs with extensive knowledge and experience in startups development, who will sit on boards of directors and boards of advisers to help guide companies from startup through successful milestones to a significant market impact.
Business lncubator Project, Asheville, NC
April 2015 - June 2016
Program provides entrepreneurial expertise to local startups to help spur economic growth in the region. Provided over 150 hours of service.
Asheville Cottage Initiative, Asheville, NC
June 2013 – December 2015
Advisory group focused on community-based efforts designed to increase the quality and standard of living within the Asheville urban core. Only available affordably priced housing initiative in urban core. Over 180 hours devoted to the project.
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA)
Student Social Responsibility Project, Asheville, NC
October 2014 – April 2015
Mentored student team on social entrepreneurship project designed to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. Team won UNCA competition and 2015 University of North Carolina State System competition. Contributed over 120 hours to the effort.
Consultant, Sports Technologies Concussion Mitigation Project, Jacksonville, FL
January 2012 – December 2014
Responsible for startup operational and funding business strategies for Sports Technologies LLC, a research and development startup that has created innovative, patented helmet technologies for the dissipation of collision impact energy to prevent or mitigate human trauma, such as brain concussions. Provided over 300 hours to the effort.
Provided expertise and mentorship to entrepreneurs in turning concepts and ideas into profitable business endeavors.
Active advisory and operational role.
Served as Executive Director of Outpatient Services for Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL (1990-1991). Responsible for strategic planning at Memorial Health System, Jacksonville, FL (August 1986-1990). Began career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida as a Management Consultant (1984–1986).
Numerous presentations to organizations and universities. Lectures and hands-on sessions for innovation and creativity, future educational and career trends, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Examples include:
Research emphasis in entrepreneurship with the thesis "Understanding the Entrepreneurial Capacity of Undergraduate Students"
AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accredited
Graduated September 2019
Graduated September 2019
Graduated April 2021
Industrial and Operations Management
Encompass Software: Getting Started, the First Months, and Fueling Growth
Encompass Software: Managing Entrepreneurial Growth
Using an Online Assessment Tool to Examine Entrepreneurship Student Traits and to Measure and Improve the Impact of Entrepreneurship Education
Assessing & Understanding the Entrepreneurial Potential of Undergraduate Students
Reports, recognitions, student experiential learning, and private sector announcements.