Adair Morse’s work in economics began when she was fresh out of college. After graduating from Colgate University in 1990, she moved to Poland to teach English. Instead, she wound up starting a business. Poland had just embarked on its rapid transformation to a capitalist economy and at the age of 21, Morse became not just an observer, but also a participant in this radical change. She started a company manufacturing leather goods and began to learn first-hand about the power and responsibility of being an employer. All of her employees had worked in state enterprise up until the transition and for many, her business was their first experience in private enterprise.