The Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship
at Saint Joseph’s University
Mary C. Nicoletti is a passionate advocate for the entrepreneurial community and is humbled by the opportunity to walk alongside business owners supporting and serving them as they pursue growth.
Originally hailing from Buffalo, New York, Mary’s passion for entrepreneurship is rooted in her early experience as a non-family member employee at a small “mom and pop” family business while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Psychology at the University at Buffalo.
Beginning her career in addictions counseling, Mary brings to Saint Joseph’s University’s Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship expertise in issues of family dynamics, family dysfunction, family systems and communication. Additionally, Mary ascribes to a “servant leadership” philosophy and believes the role of humility and forgiveness within a family business is important to promoting long-term family unity and happiness.
Just prior to joining Saint Joseph’s University, Mary served as the senior program coordinator for the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) where she played an integral role in the development and operation of the center’s entrepreneurial programming for family business and early stage high-tech firms.
In her role as director of the IFBE, Mary seeks to support and serve family business entrepreneurs so they are able to continue creating jobs and remain a dominant form of economic enterprise in our Philadelphia region, across the state and beyond.
Mary resides in Bala Cynwyd with her husband, Vinny, and son Jackson. In her free time she enjoys painting, writing and music and is an accomplished folk/rock singer-songwriter.