Nancy Philippart

Nancy Philippart

Adjunct Faculty, Co-Director for the Global Executive Ph.D. Program; General Partner and Co-Founder at Belle Michigan

Nancy Philippart


Dr. Philippart is General Partner and co-founder of Belle Michigan, an early stage venture fund that invests in women led start-ups. She manages a portfolio of 14 companies and provides business and technical expertise to these new companies. Additionally she serves on the board of two portfolio companies and the advisory board for one. Dr. Philippart is Co-Director of the Global Executive Track Ph.D. Program at Wayne State and teaches in both the MBA program in the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Engineering Masters Managment and Ph.D. programs in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.

Dr. Philippart has been an engineer and global business executive for 30 years in the automobile industry. Prior to retiring, she was the General Manager and Executive Director, GM Accessories, a $1 billion plus General Motors Corporation new venture that helps sell vehicles and grow corporate profits by enabling vehicle personalization at point of sale. While in this role, she led a 250 person global team that increased the depth and breath of the product portfolion threefold, established an independent network of accessory distributor installers to support dealers' vehicle and accessory sales growth, developed and executed dealer training and incentive programs, executed on-line inventory and supply chain management system, quadrupled the NA business in five years and then led the development of global accessory business in eight international product development centers and all major markets where GM vehicles were sold. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Philippart held executive positions in product program management, portfolio management and quality. As an engineer, she held positions in product development, human factors engineering and resource/capacity planning.

Dr. Philippart is passionate about education and female leadership development. She is an elected official in her community serving as President of the Troy, MI Board of Education, a 13,000 K-12 school district. She is the former board chair and current advisory board member of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, a council that supports leadership development of 30,000 K-12 girls in Southeastern Michigan. Dr. Philippart is a global business e-mentor, mentoring high potential non American women who work for multi-national Fortune 1000 companies, treasurer of the Women Official's Network board, an organization that supports women running for political office and trustee for the International Women's Forum - MI board, an entity connecting women leaders worldwide.

Research Interests

  • Innovation and technology management
  • Shared value, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurism
  • Global and e-leadership
  • Strategy
  • Cultural intelligence

Awards and Honors

  • Automotive News - 100 Leading Women in North American Auto Industry
  • Wayne State University Engineering Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Wonder Women - Women Official's Network
  • YWCA Corporate Woman of Achievement
  • Engineering Society of Detroit - Young Engineer of the Year
  • Numerous public service awards of her work in public K-12 education and Girl Scouting


Ph.D. - Industrial and Systems Engineering, Global Executive Track; Wayne State University, 2014

  • Disseratation - "Global e-Mentoring: Overcoming Virtual Distance for an Effective Mentoring Relationship"

MA - Economics; Wayne State University, 1987

  • Thesis - On the Nonequivalence of Maximum Resale Price Maintenance and Vertical Integration

MS - Civil/Biomedical Engineering; Carnegie Mellon University

  • Thesis - Relationship Between Environmental Lead Exposure & Blood Lead Levels in Pre-School Children in Metropolitan Pittsburgh

BS - Industrial Engineering; Wayne State University, 1980

Courses taught by Nancy Philippart

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Winter Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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