Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Isaac Addae
Isaac Y. Addae is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Tennessee State University. From a research perspective, Isaac focuses on traditional and social entrepreneurs and their use of social networks in the process of opportunity recognition. His dissertation, “Illuminating the social entrepreneurship process: A social networks and stakeholder perspective,” examines the role of individual and network characteristics in the formation and growth of social ventures. Isaac has published his work in multiple research outlets, and has presented his research at numerous academic conferences such as the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. While his teaching efforts are primarily concentrated in strategic management and entrepreneurship, he has also taught courses in leadership and international business.
With regard to community impact, Isaac is very active in efforts to influence economic development across Nashville’s urban population. He is the creator of the Conscious Conversation community discussion series, an effort that focuses on galvanizing local citizens around common issues. Isaac is a co-founder of The Hub for Urban Entrepreneurship, a Nashville-based social enterprise responsible for supporting minority business owners through initiatives such as Black Entrepreneurship Week. He is also the founder of the 260 Change Fund, a giving circle that will drive collective philanthropy in Nashville’s urban communities. From a global perspective, Isaac has been involved in developing schools within rural villages in the West African nation of Ghana through Save the Villages, a nonprofit organization he founded.
Isaac is currently a Management Ph.D. candidate in the School of Business and Management at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD). He completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering at Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN). Prior to his academic career, Isaac spent several years working as an engineer in various Fortune 500 corporations across the automotive, defense and information technology industries. He maintains active involvement in various local, regional and national organizations, including The Equity Alliance, the Social Enterprise Alliance, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.
As a self-described change agent and social engineer, Isaac is very focused on utilizing his full potential to advance communities of color around the world. He aims to achieve this goal by innovatively integrating his academic and community-based efforts. In his leisure time, Isaac enjoys spending time with his son, running, road cycling, listening to music, connecting people, and dreaming about how to make the world a better place.