Hayes Ferguson

Director, Farley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University

Ferguson directs the Farley Center, including curriculum design, faculty development, alumni engagement, student mentorship and partnerships on campus and beyond. She teaches a wide range of entrepreneurship and innovation classes and serves on the executive advisory board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. Before joining Farley in 2020, Ferguson spent five years at The Garage, Northwestern University's student startup incubator, as an entrepreneur in residence and associate director. Previously, she held leadership positions at several startups, including Legacy.com, where she was chief operating officer. Earlier in her career, she was a foreign correspondent based in Latin America and a project writer at PEOPLE. Ferguson has a BA from Vanderbilt University and did graduate work as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Perugia, Italy, and as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.