Kevin Sweeney's areas of academic interest are financial technology (FinTech), corporate finance, the financial sector, social enterprises, impact investing, and experiential learning. He has been a member of the law and business faculties and in administrative leadership roles at various universities, including WPI. He has also served in a variety of senior executive roles in the financial, legal, and social sectors. Kevin has delivered applied coursework and team-based, practice-oriented programs in entrepreneurship, social and community impact, corporate and entrepreneurial finance, FinTech, and small business and corporate strategy. He has also provided advisory and consulting services to business clients, start-up ventures, community organizations, and other stakeholders in all of those disciplines.
In addition to his work with WPI and as principal consultant with Sweeney Strategic Advisors, Kevin also currently teaches and supports experiential education innovation at multiple universities. He is director of strategic partnerships for experiential education with the Sawyer Business School – Suffolk University, a lecturer in finance at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, and an adjunct lecturer in entrepreneurship with Babson College.
As a senior executive fellow with the University of Connecticut, Kevin led feasibility analysis and strategic business plan development for the implementation of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) for first-time or other homebuyers in underserved communities in partnership with the CEO and other senior leadership of the nonprofit Building Neighborhoods Together in Bridgeport, CT. Kevin was also interim president and CEO of the nonprofit economic and real estate development firm DevelopSpringfield in Springfield, MA. Kevin previously spent nearly 20 years in a variety of senior roles with MassMutual Financial Group, where he was most recently a managing director of MassMutual Capital Partners LLC. He led strategic mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other transactions worldwide, and he also held other leadership positions (e.g., senior vice president & chief operating officer of MassMutual International). Kevin has also been a member of several corporate and non-profit Boards of Directors globally, including most recently the Board of a federally chartered and NASDAQ listed bank holding company that provides retail and commercial services to businesses and individuals in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Professional Highlights & Honors
IEEE’s membership publication interviewed Kevin Sweeney, a professor of finance with the Foisie Business School, about the growing popularity of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Sweeney discusses the pros and cons of the system, which is now being accepted by major retailers such as Expedia and Overstock.