Benjamin Powers, DBA

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Director of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, Haskins Laboratories and Head of School, The Southport School
The Southport School, Southport CT

Academic Positions with Affiliations:

  • Headmaster of The Southport School, Southport, CT
  • Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT
  • Research Affiliate to the Research FERE Chair at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
  • Co-Director of the Academic Center for Excellence at TDF, New Bedford, MA


  • BA, Russian Studies, La Salle University, 1999
  • Executive MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Grenoble Ecole de Management, 2017 “A Study of the Relationship among Personal-Level Variables, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, and Entrepreneurial Intention: The Case of Male and Female Adolescents with Dyslexia”


Benjamin Powers, DBA is a researcher, practitioner, and advocate who works with students with dyslexia and ADHD. After completing a BA in Russian, he studied Language Education at IUB, earned an Executive MBA from RIT, and then fused his interests in entrepreneurship and dyslexia by completing a Doctorate in Business Administration at GEM. His research focused on self- esteem and self-efficacy perceptions of adolescents with LD/ADHD to understand the impact on social-emotional well-being. His research interests also includes developing collaborative, community-based, and scalable implementation models for effective literacy instruction, especially across LD/ADHD, bilingual, bidialectical, and low-SES communities.
Representative Publications:
  • Powers B., Le Loarne S., 2017. Self-esteem, entrepreneurial self-efficacy perceptions & entrepreneurial intention - the case of dyslexic adolescents, 2017 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), Babson, Oklahoma City, United States of America.
  • Powers B., Le Loarne S., 2017. What comes after the lemonade stand? Fuelling self-efficacy and intentions in our next generation ofentrepreneurs, The Conversation: Online.
  • Le Loarne S., Powers B., 2017. Et si la réussite entrepreneuriale était une affaire de… génétique ?, The Conversation: Online.