There are a number of ways that you can be involved in the research.  

  • Are you over 55?

Seeking Participants for a Research Study:

Career decision making after 55:  exploring the determination of work paths near/after retirement age

Description of Project: I am researching how people make decisions concerning their careers after the age of 55. Your participation will take between 1-2 hours. I will ask you to participate in an interview to answer questions concerning your career.

To participate: You must be at least 55 years old and working full or part-time.

To learn more, contact the principle investigator of the study, Holly Ferraro, at 206-296-5719 or

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Seattle University Institutional Review Board.

  • Are you in a multi-generational family business?

Seeking Participants for a Research Study:

Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP case study)

You are invited to participate in a research study about the transfer of entrepreneurship practices within family businesses. This research project is being conducted by Holly Slay Ferraro of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics.   The purpose of this study is to develop a better understanding of how family businesses pass on “entrepreneurial thought and action across generations”.  For the purposes of this study, family businesses are self-identified and have the following two characteristics (1) is in at least the 2nd generation of family ownership; and (2) family holds the largest or dominant block of voting shares.

Participation in the study involves interviews with 4-6 (or more if possible) strategically relevant members of the family business who are involved in decision making.  Interviews will be conducted by the primary researcher (Holly Ferraro) and will typically take between 1-2 hours.  If you choose to participate, please contact me through email at or by phone at 206-296-5719.

  • Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in serving as a research assistant or gaining research experience?

Each quarter, there are opportunities to work with Dr. Ferraro.  Please contact me at ferraroh@seattleu.ed or call me at 206-296-5719 if you are interested in an independent study or serving as a research assistant where you can gain experience conducting qualitative research and exploring great research books/articles.     

  • Are you interested in hearing Dr. Ferraro speak?

Periodically, I have the opportunity to speak at events in the Pacific Northwest.  If you are interested in learning more about my next speaking engagement, please feel free contact me through email at or by phone at 206-296-5719.