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Hayes FergusonDirector and Clinical Professor


Ferguson leads the Farley Center, including curriculum design, faculty development, alumni engagement, student mentorship, and partnerships on campus and beyond. She teaches a wide range of entrepreneurship and innovation classes and is a Trienens Institute faculty affiliate. She also serves on the executive advisory board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and on the advisory council of CNBC Disruptor 50. Before joining Farley in 2020, Ferguson spent five years at The Garage at Northwestern as an entrepreneur in residence and associate director. Previously, she held leadership positions at multiple startups, including, where she was part of the founding senior management team. Earlier in her career, Hayes was a project writer at PEOPLE magazine and the Latin America bureau chief for The Times-Picayune. Ferguson has a BA from Vanderbilt University and did graduate work as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Perugia, Italy, and as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Classes Taught

Bay Area Experiential Seminar

NUvention: Media

History of Innovation

Innovate for Climate

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