Scale Smarter™ Partners offers a trusted partnership with founders as they transition from founder to CEO and beyond. Our in-person workshops, one-one-one consulting, live webinars on key challenging topics and classroom programs to help create and fine tune strategic direction for business leaders navigating new growth stages.
The founders of this program, Victoria Sassine and Mike Fetters, live and breathe businesses. Mike was the lead designer/creator of the Goldman Sachs 10,0000 Small Business Program and was the Provost of Babson College, ranked by US News & World report as the Number 1# school for entrepreneurship, 17 years in a row. Victoria is a business executive and private equity investor, who brings operating, Board participation, and investing experience across a host of industries.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Victoria Sassine is an experienced board director and senior executive with broad strategic, operational, and financial experience in corporate, public, and private board environments. Her expertise in creating scalable operational processes has been honed with both with both her Fortune 100 corporate experience, and her national work with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small business Initiative.
Victoria's corporate business career spanned over twenty years; consistently focused on growth inflection points across industries. Her industry experience includes biotechnology, digital, consumer products and financial services.
Victoria serves as a NYSE Board member for several public firms. She also serves as a board member for several private growing med-tech and construction enterprises.
Victoria was the Lead Faculty Director for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business@Babson, and part of the national team. She has taught Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Finance to thousands of small business owners throughout the world. Victoria has a MBA in econometrics from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Accounting. She is a CPA.
Michael L Fetters, is a designer and faculty leader of nationally recognized business entrepreneurship education programs. As the Walter Carpenter Distinguished Professor and Professor of Accounting, he was Babson College’s first Provost. He was on the faculty team that designed and launched the innovative, integrated entrepreneurial MBA program, and on the design and launch team for the integrated undergraduate program. In addition, he designed and directed the MS in Strategic Cost Accounting Program for Lucent Technologies and designed and is teaching in Babson’s distance learning, blended MBA program. Currently Dr. Fetters is Director on Babson’s National Curriculum Design and Launch team for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative as well as on the team for the international, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program. He has been selected twice by the graduate students as the Thomas Kennedy Professor of the Year.
Dr. Fetters also consults in economic regions to develop entrepreneurship development, His clients include growth businesses in a variety of industries including technology, med-tech, and software delivery. He has published numerous articles and academic books as well as presented nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship ecosystems, and key tools in financial statement analysis to amplify business growth.
Currently, Dr. Fetters serves on several advisory boards for new ventures as well as on the Academic Advisory Board of Shanghai Tech University, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, Shanghai, China. Dr. Fetters holds a Ph.D. in Business and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. from Ohio State University and is a CPA.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Vivian Shimoyama has directed initiatives for public, non-profit, and private sector organizations setting strategic vision, and managing organization growth for economic impact. She is a recognized expert on small businesses and has advocated for thousands of small business owners through local, state, national and international initiatives.
Most recently, Vivian was the Regional Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) program for the Southern California Region where she built and directed the program.
Dedicated to building our communities, she has served as the Chair of Board for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, National Association of Women Business Owners, and NAWBO Education Foundation. She is an advisor to the California Small Business Education Foundation, and University of Southern California Small Business Supplier Diversity Office.
As a national and international leader, she has served as a presidential appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, an independent federal government advisory council that advises the President and U.S. Congress on issues important to women owned businesses.
Ms. Shimoyama has served as an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business; was a member of the U.S. delegation and facilitator for the landmark 10 Downing Street Economic Summit headed by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the U.K. government; U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit, chaired by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, bringing together private and public sector leaders for women’s economic empowerment.
The U.S. Small Business Administration in the district, region, and with the U.S. Congress honored her with the National Women in Business Advocate Award. She graduated from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.