Dr. Michael Greenwood
Gardner Square Two, Inc. will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2015 at the Gardner Ale House. The format for the evening is Meet & Greet at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, meeting and awards presentation at 7:00. Members may purchase tickets here.
Keynote speaker is Michael T. Greenwood, PhD, professor of management and entrepreneurship at Fitchburg State University, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and strategic planner with over thirty years of business experience. He will be presenting “What Makes the Entrepreneur Different.”
Greenwood writes a weekly column entitled “To Your Success” in The Gardner News. His tag line is “Now let’s go change the world.” He expressed that he is “honored and excited to speak to the independent business operators who make up Square Two’s membership and who are the core of the American economy.”
Greenwood grew up in Gardner and graduated Gardner High School in 1972. In 2002, after a successful corporate career with IBM, Greenwood moved back to his hometown area to care for his aging, ailing parents. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity to pursue a career in academics presented itself, bringing him full circle back to Fitchburg State University, where he first taught in 1985. He finds teaching rewarding, saying, “I love teaching. I get to fill the empty vessels and pay it forward in my community. I love going to work everyday, guiding my students to achieve their own success.”
Prior to his career with IBM, his executive management experience includes participation in the growth and transformation of two venture-backed start-ups. One of these, a San Francisco based data mining and analytics firm, was sold to Yahoo in 1998.
Greenwood is actively involved with the Fitchburg State University Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Center for Civic Engagement; serves on the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute Steering Committee, and the NCMCC Leadership Council. He serves as co-chair of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts strategic marketing committee. He served on the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation board from 2005–2013; is a past board member for the North Central Charter School in Fitchburg, and the Ashburnham-Westminster Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Greenwood is a positive thinker, who has high expectations. He encourages his students and those around him to strive to be and do their best. He calls himself the “patron saint of lost causes.”
He is a licensed private pilot, enjoys bicycling, building radio-controlled airplanes, carpentry, running, and mountain hiking.