Main Content


Communispace Chairman Diane Hessan to Receive Brandeis International Business School's 2014 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship

Diane Hessan

Gigaom CEO Paul Walborsky to Receive Alumni Achievement Award
April 3, 2014

WALTHAM, MA, April 3, 2014 – Brandeis International Business School (IBS) will honor Communispace Chairman Diane Hessan with its 2014 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship this evening at an event attended by key community leaders, faculty and students. It will also present Paul Walborsky, CEO of Gigaom, with the Alumni Achievement Award. 

“It is a privilege to recognize Diane Hessan for her exceptional leadership as a global entrepreneur who has been a pioneer for social networking and building online communities,” said Brandeis IBS Dean Bruce Magid. “She embodies the entrepreneurial spirit the Asper Center treasures, and as a female entrepreneur, she serves as a tremendous role model for the next generation of women business leaders.”

“When Dean Bruce Magid called to tell me about this honor, I was touched and thrilled,” said Hessan. “Little did I know that along with the award I would have something even better:  the privilege of spending time with some of the inspiring and passionate students from Brandeis International Business School who represent the next generation of entrepreneurs in the global economy.” 

The Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship is given annually to a person who best exemplifies the Brandeis International Business School Asper Center’s values of entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking. Last year’s recipient was Brian Lash, the founder of Target Companies.

Hessan and Walborsky will receive their honors during a reception at the InterContinental Boston.

About the Asper Center

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship serves as Brandeis IBS’ platform to examine and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders. It provides a diverse range of learning experiences through courses, seminars and conferences, internships, business plan competitions, field visits, and meetings with global entrepreneurs. The center was established by Leonard J. Asper '86, President and CEO of Anthem Media Group. He led efforts in 2004 to create the Asper Forum and the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship, presented to an entrepreneur who achieves outstanding success in the global marketplace through creative marketing and business strategies.

About Brandeis International Business School

Brandeis International Business School provides an education grounded in rigorous economic and financial theory and gives students the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to build rewarding lives as citizens and professionals in the global economy. The school is located in close proximity to Boston, Massachusetts, and is part of Brandeis University, one of the world's leading research universities.