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Hayes Ferguson

Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Ferguson directs 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 serves on the executive advisory board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. Before joining Farley in 2020, Ferguson spent five years at The Garage, Northwestern University's student startup incubator, as an entrepreneur in residence and associate director. Previously, she held leadership positions at multiple startups, including Legacy.com, 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 and Newhouse News. 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.

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Ryan Brownlow

Associate Director

Brownlow oversees Farley operations, manages the staff team, and supports curricular planning, evaluation, and growth. He also administers the entrepreneurship minor program, advises minor students, organizes the Farley Ambassadors program, and serves as staff co-adviser for EPIC, Northwestern’s entrepreneurship student group. Before joining Northwestern, Brownlow worked as an educator in the makerspace at Kidzu Children’s Museum in North Carolina, and was an instructor, teaching fellow, and research consultant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Brownlow has a BA from Macalester College and an MA from UNC at Chapel Hill.

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Kandra Parrott

Finance Coordinator

Phone: 847-467-5012

Parrott coordinates operational processes related to HR and finance, supervises student workers, manages the department calendar, and supports Farley events. She also maintains documents and databases, makes website updates, and supports registration. She previously worked as a purchasing clerk at GT Distributors and as an administrative specialist for O’Neal Manufacturing Services. Parrott has a BA from Texas State University and an MA from The University of Chicago.

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