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Faculty Profile

Sean Flaherty
Adjunct Professor
Startup Mentor
EVP, Innovation | Professional Speaker | Managing Partner
Phone: 585.370.3704


Creativity is your only unlimited resource. I teach leaders to tap into the creativity of the people they lead and serve. I began innovating with software products at 11 years old on my 8-Bit Commodore Vic-20 in the 1980's and never stopped. I studied aviation electronics working on F-14 Tomcats in the Navy, molecular genetics at the University of Rochester and earned an MBA from the Simon School of Business in 2006. Most of my experience, however has come from two and a half decades of working in the trenches with amazing teams building innovative software products that move, touch and inspire the world. I teach leaders on innovation, culture, empathy and "The Momentum Framework." My work has lead to many accolades such as the 2019 Vistage "New Speaker of the Year" and the Trust Across America "Top Thought Leader in Trust" awards.

Teaching Interests

Innovation, Culture, Leadership and Business

Research Interests

Innovation, Motivation, Culture and Leadership

Professional History

Adjunct Professor
University of Rochester, Simon Business School
2020 -
Startup Mentor
Tech Stars | Blue Startups | Founders Institute | Launchpad
January 2008 -
EVP, Innovation | Professional Speaker | Managing Partner
ITX Corp.
1999 -
Chairman of the Board
ALC Technologies
August 2002 - January 2019
President & CEO
SMC Corporation
November 1997 - December 1999


Simon Business School, University of Rochester - 2006
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