Colleen Killen-Roberts
Divisional Vice President of Entrepreneurship

Overview: leads the foundation’s entrepreneurship division, including overall management of the entrepreneurship team, its programs, finances and technology services

Colleen Killen-Roberts was recruited to the foundation in 2015 as general manager of Economic Gardening. In April 2016 she was promoted to director of entrepreneurship and then named divisional vice president of entrepreneurship in December 2018. In her current role she leads the entrepreneurship team in developing programs that help second-stage entrepreneurs get to the next level, including the System for Integrated Growth, Economic Gardening®, PeerSpectives® Roundtables and Leader Retreats at Big Rock Valley. Killen-Roberts also cultivates appropriate partners to deliver these programs throughout the country and manages the rollout process.

A trained business coach, Killen-Roberts has more than 20 years of operational and fiscal management experience. She played a key role in several second-stage companies as director of operations, CFO and chief of staff, guiding these companies to profitability and record growth. Most recently, she was the director of business operations at Emerson School, a nationally recognized nonprofit school for gifted children in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Among professional recognitions, Killen-Roberts was a finalist in the 2007 Crain’s Detroit Business CFO of the Year award and a Golden Key winner in the 2006 TEC Group for being a leader of leaders.

Killen-Roberts currently serves on the board of Michigan Celebrates Small Business. In addition to promoting entrepreneurship, she is passionate about her family, pets and community. She has been a board member at the Kalamazoo Humane Society and continues to volunteer at the organization.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in administration, accounting and management at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude.

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