Change Makers

A look at some of the change makers, speakers, and artists who joined us at HUBweek 2016.

Adam E. Cohen, PhD

Adam E. Cohen, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Aimee Sprung

Aimee Sprung

Civic Engagement Manager, Microsoft

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Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei

CEO & Founder of Be The Change, Inc.

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Alex Cosmas

Alex Cosmas

Chief Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Alex Cosmas is the managing Principal of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Boston Office and Chief Scientist in the firm’s Analytics practice. He has consulted for government…
Alex Cosmas is the managing Principal of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Boston Office and Chief Scientist in the firm’s Analytics practice. He has consulted for government agencies and Fortune 100's both domestically and internationally in the areas of demand modeling, consumer choice, network modeling, revenue management and pricing. He earned a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, an M.S. in Technology & Policy and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Ami Bhatt, MD

Ami Bhatt, MD

Medical Director, MGH Outpatient Cardiology and MGH Adult Congenital Heart Program

Ami  B. Bhatt is the Director of Outpatient Cardiology as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at MGH and an active…

Ami  B. Bhatt is the Director of Outpatient Cardiology as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at MGH and an active clinical cardiologist, investigator and educator.  She innovates in the cardiology space at the MGH Heart Center in the domains of telemedicine for patient visits, adolescent education, multimodality teleconferences, and adoption of mobile health technologies.  

Her work has most recently centered on applying design thinking to the multidisciplinary care process creating transparent systems for coordinating and achieving patient and physician centric care, emphasizing that the two are not mutually exclusive. Her interest in digital health strategy stems from her beliefs that state of the art, personalized care can be delivered to individuals in the community and that “concierge” style medicine is possible for everyone.  

In her recent promotion to Director of Outpatient Services within Cardiology at the MGH, she is working with patient and family advocates, MGH administration, and design teams on their outpatient care model.  The MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab is home to her creative side, and allows her the space to innovate with partners from different domains.  When she’s not busy innovating, she spends time with her husband and two daughters, having dance parties and traveling.

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Amory Sivertson

Amory Sivertson

Associate Producer for New Programming, WBUR

Amory Sivertson is an associate producer for new programming at WBUR. Previously, she worked as an associate producer and the studio director forRadio Boston.
Amory Sivertson is an associate producer for new programming at WBUR. Previously, she worked as an associate producer and the studio director forRadio Boston.
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Amy Wagers, PhD

Amy Wagers, PhD

Forst Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University Executive Committee Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

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Anders Brownworth

Anders Brownworth

Principal Engineer, Circle Internet Financial; Lecturer, MIT

Currently Anders Brownworth works with cryptocurrencies at Circle and teaches blockchain technology at MIT. Previously he helped create and launch Republic Wireless, a WiFi /…
Currently Anders Brownworth works with cryptocurrencies at Circle and teaches blockchain technology at MIT. Previously he helped create and launch Republic Wireless, a WiFi / cellular hybrid smartphone service. Mr. Brownworth holds a number of patents in the telecom space and played a key role in Bandwidth.com's evolution from startup to established industry player.
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Andrea Joy Campbell

Andrea Joy Campbell

Boston City Councilor for District 4

Andrea Joy Campbell was elected to the Boston City Council as District 4 City Councilor on November 3, 2015. Her district primarily includes the neighborhoods…

Andrea Joy Campbell was elected to the Boston City Council as District 4 City Councilor on November 3, 2015. Her district primarily includes the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, and parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. Born and raised in Boston and educated in all Boston public schools including Boston Latin School, Andrea went on to graduate from Princeton University and UCLA Law School. She began her law career at a non- profit in Roxbury providing free legal representation to students and their parents in education matters including school discipline and special needs cases. She has worked as legal counsel in both the private and public sectors, and prior to her election, served as deputy legal counsel for Governor Deval L. Patrick. Councilor Campbell is dedicated to ensuring that every resident of District 4 has access to the same resources and opportunities she had growing up in Boston. Her primary focus includes efficiently and effectively delivering constituent services to the residents of District 4, as well as education, housing and public safety issues. Andrea lives in Mattapan with her husband, Matt.

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee

Co-director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Andrew McAfee studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress,…
Andrew McAfee studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award. He writes academic papers, a blog for the Financial Times, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times.
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Angela Early

Angela Early

Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Dr. Angela Early is a post doctoral associate at the Broad Institute's Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases. She is an evolutionary biologist who is fascinated by the multitude…

Dr. Angela Early is a post doctoral associate at the Broad Institute's Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases. She is an evolutionary biologist who is fascinated by the multitude of ways pathogens are able to invade and infect our bodies. Her work focuses on examining evolutionary patterns in the malaria parasite’s genome to better understand how the human immune system recognizes the parasite.

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Annie Brewster, MD

Annie Brewster, MD

Health Story Collaborative Founder and Executive Director

Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with…
Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. In 2010, motivated by her belief in the power of stories to improve health, Annie started recording patient narratives. Her finished audio stories have appeared on her local NPR stations health blog, as the “Listening to Patients” series. In doing this work, Annie has seen first hand how the process of storytelling is itself therapeutic, both for the storytellers and the listeners. Research supports this claim. Health Story Collaborative, the 501 (c)(3) organization she founded, grew out of this work. She is committed to keeping the patient voice alive and to reclaiming the power of stories in healthcare. Her work has been published on the WBUR CommonHealth Blog, NPR.ORG, the New York Times Well Blog, and in the Boston Globe and MS Focus magazine. She has been featured in Harvard Medicine magazine, and on the cable television program About Health with Jeanne Blake. She presented at TEDx Fenway 2014 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c_LGkBZbuc).
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Ariel Ekblaw

Ariel Ekblaw

Graduate Research Assistant, MedRec Project Lead, MIT Media Lab

Ariel Ekblaw is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, where she prototypes and deploys projects in the Bitcoin and blockchain space.…

Ariel Ekblaw is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, where she prototypes and deploys projects in the Bitcoin and blockchain space. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her research at the Media Lab, with degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy and past experience in data analytics at Microsoft Azure and the CERN Particle Physics Laboratory. MedRec, her latest project, leverages the blockchain’s immutable log to empower patients with improved medical record access, auditability and data sharing functionality. Her continuing work at the Lab explores Space Exploration technologies and cubesats--perhaps even an opportunity to bring Bitcoin into orbit!

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Ash Egan

Ash Egan

Principal, Converge Partners

Ash joined Converge Venture Partners in April 2015, and serves as Principal. In his role, Ash supports Converge portfolio companies, sources prospective investments, and handles…
Ash joined Converge Venture Partners in April 2015, and serves as Principal. In his role, Ash supports Converge portfolio companies, sources prospective investments, and handles platform growth. Previously, Ash worked with Elevator Fund in New York City where he focused on early-stage Digital Media, Frontier Tech, Financial Technology, and Cyber Security companies. Ash is a graduate of Princeton University where he studied Politics and captained the Varsity Squash team.
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Ashley Reid

Ashley Reid

Founder, Wellist

As the Founder and CEO of Wellist, Ashley combines her passion for improving the lives of patients with deep experience in strategic planning…

As the Founder and CEO of Wellist, Ashley combines her passion for improving the lives of patients with deep experience in strategic planning and business development. While a Strategy Director at Philips Healthcare, Ashley defined corporate and business strategies across the company’s three major business groups: Imaging, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics and Home Health Solutions. During her tenure, Ashley also developed and led a global change management program to improve profitability, working on-site with CEOs and senior management teams in over 10 countries across Europe and Asia.  Recognized her leadership at Philips, Ashley served as a member of North American Winergy (Women’s Leadership team) and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award in 2010.

Prior to Philips, Ashley was a Consultant at Bain and Company, defining strategic priorities for consumer goods and software technology companies. Attracted by the opportunity to strengthen mission-driven organizations, Ashley later accepted a role as Associate Director at Bridgespan, a Bain and Company affiliate, where she spearheaded strategy and business development activities for Bridgestar.

Ashley earned her BA from Colby College and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also completed coursework at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Ashley was recently named a winner of Med Tech’s 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators.

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Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, Surgeon, Author and Public Health Researcher

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is…
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. Atul has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.
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Austin Blackmon

Austin Blackmon

City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS)

Austin Blackmon is the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS), where he leads the Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Inspectional…

Austin Blackmon is the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS), where he leads the Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Inspectional Services departments. He spearheads the implementation of Boston's updated 2014 Climate Action Plan and works to keep Boston a national leader in energy policy. Prior to joining the Walsh Administration in 2014, Chief Blackmon was Interim Head of Project Finance for Terraverde Renewable Partners. His other previous experience includes consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategy and Operations group, Energy Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, business development at C12 Energy and advising the U.S. Renewables Group. A native of the Great Lakes region, Chief Blackmon has spent over 11 years in New England, is a graduate of Harvard College and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Barry Smith

Barry Smith

IBM Leader of the Boston Innovation Ecosystem

Barry Smith works for IBM and is focused on the innovation economy, helping developers, startups and entrepreneurs innovate and succeed. Barry has a varied high…
Barry Smith works for IBM and is focused on the innovation economy, helping developers, startups and entrepreneurs innovate and succeed. Barry has a varied high tech background within and outside IBM. This experience includes sales leadership, technical and product experience, partnerships and alliances as well as an operations and finance roles. However do not be fooled, his first job out of college was at a startup (A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...) and his experience includes time at several other startups. He also ran his own independent IT consultancy at one time....while also attempting a triple lindy.
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Ben Holmes

Ben Holmes

Founder & CEO at Aeronaut Brewing Company

Ben Holmes created Aeronaut With cofounders Daniel Rassi and Ronn Friedlander as an NSF fellow departing from genomics PhD research at MIT / CSAIL and…

Ben Holmes created Aeronaut With cofounders Daniel Rassi and Ronn Friedlander as an NSF fellow departing from genomics PhD research at MIT / CSAIL and the Broad Institute. He has taught physics at the Weill Cornell Medical school in the Qatar, researched planetary atmospheres at NASA Goddard in Manhattan, and calibrated Mars rover optics at Cornell University. At Aeronaut, Ben aims to brew beer as a means to create a Somerville venture fund & incubator powering businesses development in microbiology and foods manufacturing.

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Ben Malka

Ben Malka

Partner, F-Prime Capital

Ben is a partner at F-Prime Capital and invests in early-stage tech fund focused on Enterprise IT and FinTech. Ben joined F-Prime Capital from Capital…
Ben is a partner at F-Prime Capital and invests in early-stage tech fund focused on Enterprise IT and FinTech. Ben joined F-Prime Capital from Capital One/North Hill Ventures during 2015 and brought nearly two decades of experience investing in the financial services industry. As a venture capitalist, he has led investments in Compete (acquired by WPP), Paychoice (acquired by Sage Software), Placemark Investments (acquired by Envestnet), and FSV Payments (acquired by US Bank). Prior to working in venture capital, Ben was at the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on advising consumer brands, financial institutions and software vendors to the financial services industry. Early in his career, Ben worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company and a risk analyst at Bank of America. Ben serves as a co-chairman of the Financial Services Venture Capital Association and has previously been President of the Stanford Alumni Association of New England.
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Bennie Wiley

Bennie Wiley

Principal, The Wiley Group

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Blake Bartlett

Blake Bartlett

Partner, OpenView

Blake helps identify value and lead investments in product-led businesses driving market dislocation. He currently sits on the board of Expensify, Pantheon and Logikcull. Prior…
Blake helps identify value and lead investments in product-led businesses driving market dislocation. He currently sits on the board of Expensify, Pantheon and Logikcull. Prior to joining OpenView, he was a Vice President at Battery Ventures, where he focused on growth-stage software and Internet businesses. Blake joined Battery in 2009 and helped lead 10 investments, including Wayfair, Optimizely, Sprinklr, Catchpoint, Glassdoor, Tealium, Q2eBanking, Mass Relevance, and VSS Monitoring (acquired by Danaher).
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Brenna Berman

Brenna Berman

Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO

Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011. In that time, she has focused on…
Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Commissioner and CIO, Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011. In that time, she has focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s commitment to leveraging data and technology to create a more efficient, effective and innovative City government. This has meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships. Over the past several years, Commissioner Berman and the team at DoIT has delivered on the Mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics and real-time data-driven decision making across the city, driven IoT innovation for the City through unique partnerships at UILabs and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urba scale sensing with the Array of Things. Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Comm. Berman built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. She advised governments on a variety of issues, from targeting personalized services through analytics to normalizing program offerings to simplify the delivery process and make them understandable to residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Ms. Berman tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts, providing an incredibly valuable skill set for the work she continues at DoIT. Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
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Brian Appel

Co-Founder and CEO, Crash Line Productions

Brian Appel is the co-founder and CEO of Crash Line Productions – the production company behind Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston Calling Block Parties, Eaux…

Brian Appel is the co-founder and CEO of Crash Line Productions – the production company behind Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston Calling Block Parties, Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival (Eau Claire, WI) and Copenhagen Beer Celebration (City Hall Plaza). Prior to that, he spent 7 years as Marketing Director with Phoenix Media Communications Group, and prior to that, was an EMT / Paramedic in Cambridge.

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Brian Harris

Brian Harris

CEO and NMT, MedRhythms

Brian Harris is one of 250 Neurologic Music Therapy Fellows in the world and owner of MedRhythms; a Neurologic Music Therapy company focused on the…
Brian Harris is one of 250 Neurologic Music Therapy Fellows in the world and owner of MedRhythms; a Neurologic Music Therapy company focused on the intersection music, neuroscience and technology. Brian’s clinical work is focused at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston where he created and implemented their first inpatient full time Neurologic Music Therapy program, specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and neurologic disease and built this program to be the most comprehensive NMT program in the country.
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Brian Rosnov

Brian Rosnov

Innovation Lead and Entrepreneur in Residence, Philips Innovation Labs

Brian Rosnov is Innovation Lead and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Philips Innovation Labs based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, Rosnov is charged with…
Brian Rosnov is Innovation Lead and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Philips Innovation Labs based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, Rosnov is charged with creating new to the world digital health solutions that deliver on the Philips vision of building a healthy society. Additionally, he serves as a liaison with organizations within the Cambridge innovation ecosystem sharing the company¹s 120 years of deep insights and healthcare experience, while also mentoring and advising local students, researchers, startups and accelerators in the Boston area.
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C.A. Webb

C.A. Webb

Partner, _Underscore.VC

C.A. runs the _Underscore.VC Community Foundation incorporating the Startup Secrets program and works on our broader community outreach from which the _Core groups of experienced…
C.A. runs the _Underscore.VC Community Foundation incorporating the Startup Secrets program and works on our broader community outreach from which the _Core groups of experienced entrepreneurs are formed. As a proven community builder and marketer, C.A. comes from her previous post as Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association, where she reinvented and reinvigorated the 40-year old association. Recently, C.A. was recognized as an Innovation All Star by Boston Business Journal and is passionate about creating powerful communities that can have a meaningful and lasting impact on business. She’s also helped build ground-up products, programs and brands such as Fast Company, Whole Foods and Preserve.
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Carey Goldberg

Carey Goldberg

Editor, CommonHealth

Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent…
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir "Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood."
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Carl Kraenzel

Carl Kraenzel

Vice President, Watson Health Commercial Operations; IBM Distinguished Engineer

Carl Kraenzel is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Vice President for Watson Health Commercial Operations, responsible for cloud operations, IT security, and client…

Carl Kraenzel is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Vice President for Watson Health Commercial Operations, responsible for cloud operations, IT security, and client support. Over the last 6 years he has overseen global deployments of IBM Watson for clients and partners such as MD Anderson, SoftBank Japan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers, Cognit UAE and more. In that same period Carl also has served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Watson Group and Watson Health Group.

Prior to joining the Watson business, Carl was Chief Technology Officer for Workplace and End User Services in IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS). In those roles, he provided technical oversight IBM’s global IT services in areas of end user device deployment, management, support, and transformation for virtualization and mobility. Carl also was the original Director for the development of IBM’s Common Cloud Management Platform, and also set GTS patent strategy for the first several years of Cloud activity.

Previous to that, Carl was a lead IBM Software Group contributor instrumental in the launch of several first-release software offerings and technologies such as IBM Watson, IBM Desktop Cloud, IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise, IBM Real Time Translation Services, IBM Tivoli Live, IBM Self Enablement Portal, IBM Virtual Infrastructure Access, Eclipse RCP, Eclipse for Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, Lotus QuickPlace, Lotus Discovery Server, Domino Off-Line Services, Domino Access for Microsoft Outlook, Domino Web Access, and Lotus Weblicator.

Carl has led several acquisition efforts for IBM, holds more than 25 granted patents, and throughout his career has championed diversity in the workplace for LGBT, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups.

Carl joined the company when a startup he co-founded in 1993 in New Hampshire, Edge Research, was acquired by Lotus in 1994, which in turn was acquired by IBM in 1995. Carl holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from MIT, specializing in superconductive quantum circuit technology, and he has prior notable experience as a professional actor and vocalist, now limited by time to occasional performances with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   

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Carl Zimmer

Carl Zimmer

Award-winning Science Writer for the New York Times, National Geographic and STAT

Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of…
Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2013 he has been a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter”appears each week. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programs such asRadiolab and This American Life. In 2016, Zimmer won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science. Zimmer is the author of twelve books about science. In 2015, the University of Chicago Press published the second edition of his book, A Planet of Viruses, updated with sections on Ebola, MERS, and other viruses that have recently been in the news. Reviewing the book, the Washington Post declared, "Science writer Carl Zimmer accomplishes in a mere 100 pages what other authors struggle to do in 500: He reshapes our understanding of the hidden realities at the core of everyday existence."    
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Caroline Jones, PhD

Caroline Jones, PhD

"Author, ""Experience: Culture, Cognition, and Common Sense," Professor, Architecture, MIT"

Caroline Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. Trained in visual studies and…
Caroline Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. Trained in visual studies and art history at Harvard, she did graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York before completing her PhD at Stanford University in 1992. Previous to completing her art history degree, she worked in museum administration and exhibition curation, holding positions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (1977-83) and the Harvard University Art Museums (1983-85) while she completed two documentary films. In addition to these institutions, her exhibitions and/or films have been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Hara Museum Tokyo, the Boston University Art Gallery, and MIT's List Visual Art Center, among other venues. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (among others), and has been honored by fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies (2013-14), the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College (2009-10), Institute national d'histoire de l'art in Paris (2006-07), the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Max Planck Institüt (2001-02), the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton (1994-95), and the Stanford Humanities Center (1986-87). Her books include Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg's Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (2005), Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist (1996/98, winner of the Charles Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian Institution); Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950-1965 (1990, awarded the silver medal from San Francisco's Commonwealth Club); and Modern Art at Harvard (1985). She edited Sensorium: Embodied experience, technology, and contemporary art (2006) and co-edited Picturing Science, Producing Art (1998) and the forthcoming Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense (2016). She has published on subjects ranging from Francis Picabia to John Cage to new media art to biennial culture, in journals such as Artforum, Critical Inquiry, Res, Science in Context, caareviews online, Texte zur Kunst, and Cahiers du Musée national d'art moderne. Jones's ongoing research interests include globalism, the agency of the artist, and new media art, the focus of her latest book The Global Work of Art (2016).
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Caroline Park

Caroline Park

Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the medium of experimental electronic music. A Los Angeles native, Caroline received B.M. and M.M.…
Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the medium of experimental electronic music. A Los Angeles native, Caroline received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at NEC and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments at Brown. Her CD “OCTAVLUV” was called “glowing” and “beautiful” (The Sound Projector), and her digital release “field” was described as music existing “in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty” (Disquiet).
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Cathy Wissink

Cathy Wissink

Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft

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Charlene D. Luma

Charlene D. Luma

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Charlene D. Luma is a native of Boston who has a passion for working with youth and adolescents in urban areas. She is a…

Charlene D. Luma is a native of Boston who has a passion for working with youth and adolescents in urban areas. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker that has over 12 years of experience working with high risk individuals in Boston. Currently, she serves as Program Director at the SMART team Boston Trauma Response, , a program of the Justice Resource Institute, which provides trauma response services to those impacted by homicides and violent crimes of 13-24 yr olds in Boston. Outside of her professional career, Charlene enjoys serving her community through volunteerism. Charlene has been a member of the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) since 2006 and has served as its secretary and most recently its president from 2012-2014. In her tenure as president, She successfully led the chapter to achieve various milestones including; establishing the YPNULEM “I am Empowered” scholarship, setting a new chapter fundraising record, increased the chapter membership ranks, as well as increasing the chapter’s ability to give financially to the affiliate at the annual meeting. As of 2015, she is currently serving as the secretary of the national board of the National Urban League Young Professionals. Ms. Luma is a 2015 recipient of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 & Boston NAACP Difference Maker awards. She has presented at several conferences and speaking engagements including the Annual Blueprint Conference for Girls, Boston’s Next Top Model Teen program, The Young Professionals Network of the Urban League Annual Leadership Development Conference, the Annual Urban League Gala, as well as speaking engagements focusing on lupus. She is a graduate of the Institute for Non Profit Management & Leadership Core program at Boston University, as well as an alumnus of Boston College receiving both her Master’s in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

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Chelsea Barabas

Chelsea Barabas

Head of Social Innovation, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT

Chelsea Barabas is currently the Head of Social Innovation at the Digital Currency Initiative, where she is leading the effort to collaborate with hackers, development…
Chelsea Barabas is currently the Head of Social Innovation at the Digital Currency Initiative, where she is leading the effort to collaborate with hackers, development organizations and civil society groups to address a broad range of social issues, such as user-centric identity management and financial inclusion for the unbanked. Prior to the DCI, she was researching emerging civil rights issues related to the application of machine learning methods to human resource management practices in the U.S. Chelsea has also lived and worked in East Africa and South America, where she collaborated with rural social entrepreneurs to incubate and scale products and services that improved their customers' quality of life.
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Cheryl Cronin

Cheryl Cronin

CEO, Boston Public Market

Cheryl, CEO of BPMA, has been a leader in numerous business and nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest in those that bring others to Boston…
Cheryl, CEO of BPMA, has been a leader in numerous business and nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest in those that bring others to Boston and the Commonwealth and in the vitality of the city. She has served on the boards of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Greenway Conservancy, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation, the Alliance for Business Leadership and the Board of the National Center for Time & Learning/Mass 2020. She served as Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the development of “Boylston Square,” Boston, where she guided a lengthy public process involving different constituencies and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and served on the Strategic Development Study Committee which authored “A Civic Vision for Turnpike Air Rights in Boston.” In addition to other volunteer activities, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library, and on the Board of Sail Boston, which is working with Mayor Walsh to bring the Tall Ships to Boston in 2017. A graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, summa cum laude, Cheryl began her career in public service as the first General Counsel of the Office of Campaign & Political Finance and as Legislative Counsel to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth. In private practice since her public service, Cheryl has represented individuals, nonprofit organizations and small and large companies in matters before public agencies at all levels of government. She has also represented public agencies on legal and political matters in a range of substantive areas.
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Chris Bavitz

Chris Bavitz

WilmerHale Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School; Managing Director, HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic; Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman…
Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a Faculty Co-Director of theBerkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
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Chris Colbert

Chris Colbert

Director Programming, Harvard i-Lab

Chris Colbert is the Director of Programming at the Harvard i-lab. He is responsible for working with the programming and operations teams to ensure that…
Chris Colbert is the Director of Programming at the Harvard i-lab. He is responsible for working with the programming and operations teams to ensure that the content dimension of the i-lab experience is relevant and compelling while maximizing student access and impact. A serial entrepreneur in the marketing and innovation space, Chris has built and helped build many companies, ranging from the creation of Holland-Mark, the largest independent advertising agency at the time to a recent turnaround of a key division of Scholastic.His focus during the last few years has been on innovation in higher education, resulting in him founding FINIS, a start up platform to on re-invent the Career Services programming in colleges and universities. He sits on several boards and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in History from Connecticut College. He is passionate about teaching, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.
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Chris Dede

Chris Dede

Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University.
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University.
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Christina Qi

Christina Qi

Co-Founder and Partner, Domeyard LP

Christina Qi serves as Co-Founder and Partner at Domeyard LP, a Boston-based hedge fund defining the future of high frequency trading. Domeyard is backed by…
Christina Qi serves as Co-Founder and Partner at Domeyard LP, a Boston-based hedge fund defining the future of high frequency trading. Domeyard is backed by various institutional investors and hedge fund veterans. Over 9,000 people applied to Domeyard's 3 job openings this past year. Christina brings experience in investment management, sales and trading, derivatives operations, and technology across Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities, Zions Bank, and MIT Lincoln Labs. Christina is a guest lecturer for Nobel Laureate Robert Merton's Retirement Finance class at MIT and was a guest lecturer for the core class Investment Strategies at Harvard Business School. Christina also serves on the 100 Women in Hedge Funds U.S. Non-Profit Boards Committee, a global non-profit organization with over 13,000 active members in investment management. A former Scientific American Award honoree, Christina became the youngest recipient of the 40 Under 40 title, of business and civic leaders making a major impact in their respective fields. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
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Christine Dunn

Christine Dunn

President and Founder, ArcPoint Strategic Communications

Christine Dunn formed ArcPoint Strategy in 2014 to offer advisory services in strategic marketing, communications and executive development to senior executives. During her more than…
Christine Dunn formed ArcPoint Strategy in 2014 to offer advisory services in strategic marketing, communications and executive development to senior executives. During her more than 20-year career in media, Ms. Dunn has won multiple national and international awards, including several Best in Biz and Stevie Awards for Women in Business, as well as recognition from Bulldog Reporter and the Publicity Club of New England.
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Christopher Coombs

Christopher Coombs

Chef, Deuxave, Boston Chops, and dbar

At the mere age of 11, Christopher Coombs fell in love with the hospitality industry on the first day of work washing dishes in a…
At the mere age of 11, Christopher Coombs fell in love with the hospitality industry on the first day of work washing dishes in a local seafood restaurant on the North Shore of Boston. His passion and drive for success in the culinary world has led him to proprietorship of Boston Urban Hospitality which owns dbar, Deuxave, and Boston Chops. Coombs pursued an education at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, where his true talent began to shine. Upon graduating, he got his first taste of fine dining while working under award-winning Chef Ming Tsai at Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass. Soon after, he headed to Nantucket to work for Relais & Chateau Property Toppers at the Wauwinet. It was there that Coombs had the opportunity to impress Executive Chef Patrick O’Connell and was hired on the spot. O’Connell took Coombs under his wing and put him to work at The Inn at Little Washington, Virginia. During his time at The Inn, Coombs prepared special dinners for Laura Bush at The White House and for “Le Club des Chefs de Chef.” With ample experience under his belt and a new perspective on cuisine, Coombs returned to Boston in 2005 in search of a restaurateur who shared his passion and vision for cuisine. In August of 2006, Coombs came in contact with Brian Piccini, owner of dbar, who presented his concept of a trendy and casual upscale restaurant in Dorchester. The duo joined forces with a focus on fresh, local, seasonally inspired menus and created Boston Urban Hospitality. Committed to sustainability, Coombs created an innovative rooftop garden at dbar to grow his own fresh ingredients. Coombs furthered his commitment to the restaurant by purchasing a home in the neighborhood so he could be fully encompassed in the community, representing his true dedication to the success of his ventures. After gaining confidence as an Executive Chef, in 2010 Coombs opened his first restaurant, Deuxave, in Boston. Coombs’ cuisine at Deuxave is strongly rooted in the nouvelle techniques of contemporary French cuisine, married with the splendor of American ingredients in a refined setting. Since then, Coombs’ success has grabbed the attention of both local and national media, including an appearance on Food Network’s “Chopped” and recognition by Food & Wine magazine as a candidate for “The People’s Best New Chef in New England.” In early 2013, Coombs debuted his third concept, Boston Chops, with business partner Brian Piccini. The urban steak bistro has been named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Steakhouses,” won Best Steakhouse 2015 from Boston magazine’s coveted Best of Boston awards,  and is a departure from traditional steakhouses where Coombs presents a nose-to-tail approach to beef on a menu that includes small plates of “rarely celebrated” cuts. His impressive resume continues to grow as he was named Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for chefs in 2013. That same year, Coombs was named “30 Under 30” by Zagat, as well and he has recently also added the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year” for 2015 to his growing list of accolades. In the fall of 2015, Coombs competed in the “Forbes 30 under 30” cooking competition with all past and present honorees and took home the “People’s Choice” award. He has been the Hood Cream “Chef of the Year” for the past two years and just recently drafted an e-cookbook for Hood Cream called, “Chef Creations Inspired by Hood® Cream,” which is available online. At all three of his Boston Urban Hospitality venues, Coombs continues to awe his guests with careful technique and uniquely prepared fresh ingredients. He focuses on providing a dining experience that is sophisticated in taste, yet casual and comfortable in setting. Having just scratched the surface in the world of hospitality, Coombs is excited to continue making his mark as both a chef and restaurateur.
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Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Principal, CBT

Christopher Hill is a Principal at CBT with over 33 years of experience in architectural and urban design. His experience spans a variety of projects…
Christopher Hill is a Principal at CBT with over 33 years of experience in architectural and urban design. His experience spans a variety of projects ranging from academic and institutional facilities to mixed-use office and residential complexes, locally and nationally. He has guest lectured and spoken on the topic of academic residential hall design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the AIA National Conference. He has contributed research to Campus Architecture by Richard P. Dober, The Residential Development Hand Book by the Urban Land Institute, and the 21st Century Project-The Residence Hall of the Future Sponsored by ACUHO-I. Christopher received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota with advanced studies in studio art and art history.
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Chuck Goldstone

Chuck Goldstone

Executive Director, Ideaworks New Venture Initiative

Chuck Goldstone has helped domestic and global organizations leverage communication as a business asset and has inspired individuals to be more visionary, creative, persuasive, and…
Chuck Goldstone has helped domestic and global organizations leverage communication as a business asset and has inspired individuals to be more visionary, creative, persuasive, and confident. He is founder/CEO of !deaworks New Venture Initiative and a nationally respected authority on business presentations, corporate storytelling, and communications strategy.  Chuck has helped hundreds of companies define their strategy, find their voice, and be heard above the noise. As a radio commentator, his own voice and words were heard for a more than a decade on 400 public radio stations across the country. He is a popular keynote speaker, author, and mentor. His groundbreaking communication model has earned national acclaim and has been a catalyst for the success of startups in the North America.
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Colleen Hayes

Colleen Hayes

IBM Director of Entrepreneurial Development

Colleen Hayes is the director of global entrepreneurship for the IBM Digital Experience group. In this role she is responsible for working with high value…
Colleen Hayes is the director of global entrepreneurship for the IBM Digital Experience group. In this role she is responsible for working with high value startups to build their apps and their business on IBM technology.   Her scope of leadership includes execution in across the globe and spans business development and marketing strategies to engage startups and build skills for IBM technology in the marketplace. Colleen joined IBM in 1998 where she has held a broad range of strategy and marketing positions at local, national and international levels.   Prior to IBM, Colleen served as the director of tourism marketing for the Mall of America.   Colleen received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from University of St. Thomas.
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Corey DePina

Corey DePina

Youth Development and Performance Manager, ZUMIX

Corey DePina is the Youth Development and Performance manager for one of the best Non Profits in the USA, ZUMIX. Corey is an accomplished rapper,…

Corey DePina is the Youth Development and Performance manager for one of the best Non Profits in the USA, ZUMIX. Corey is an accomplished rapper, a skilled workshop and program facilitator, and a long-time participant in ZUMIX programs. Corey served on the Youth Advisory Board for several years at ZUMIX, and has done workshops on the history of Hip Hop, Creative Writing and Performance at numerous city-wide agencies. Corey’s professional career outside of academia includes serving on the committee and hosting Boston's largest and longest-running all age open one mic event, Critical Breakdown, as well as a considerable career as a freelance facilitator for local and national nonprofits, schools and community centers. Corey has received recognition from several organizations for his work including the 2008 Good Neighbor Award from East Boston's NOAH, 2008 Community Leadership Award from Jamaica Plains Hyde Square Task Force and the 2014 Best Initiative, Best Youth Worker of the Year. Corey was influential in helping ZUMIX develop its award winning curriculum that was been nationally recognized by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2011. In 2015 Corey completed The Institute for Non Profit Management certificate program at Boston University.

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Dan Ricardelli

Dan Ricardelli

Architect, CBT

Dan is an architect with seven years of experience. He works on projects ranging from higher education and commercial buildings to mixed-used developments. No matter…
Dan is an architect with seven years of experience. He works on projects ranging from higher education and commercial buildings to mixed-used developments. No matter the typology, Dan emphasizes and advances the role architecture can play in synthesizing design, user experiences and sustainability. He is a registered architect in the State of Massachusetts and currently works at CBT. His current and past projects include the D2 Tower at Regent Square, the McGauvran Center at UMASS Lowell, 669 Boylston Avenue and Hastings Hall at Northeastern University. Dan is a co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) which aims to foster professional development and engagement in the field. Dan holds a Masters of Architecture from Northeastern University.
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Dana Rashti

Dana Rashti

Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Neighborhood Health Plan

Dana Rashti is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Neighborhood Health Plan. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in business planning, marketing analytics,…
Dana Rashti is the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Neighborhood Health Plan. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in business planning, marketing analytics, marketing communications, public relations, and community outreach. Mr. Rashti has over 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, product management, and brand strategy in the finance and health care sectors. Mr. Rashti earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Political Science and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Business. An active member of the Boston arts community, Mr. Rashti has served on the Board of Overseers for the Institute of Contemporary Art and is currently a Trustee for the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Art, having formerly served as Board Chair.
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Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges

City of Boston Poet Laureate

David Altshuler

David Altshuler

Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Altshuler joined Vertex in 2015 as the company’s Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Altshuler leads Vertex’s research efforts aimed…
Dr. Altshuler joined Vertex in 2015 as the company’s Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Altshuler leads Vertex’s research efforts aimed at discovering new medicines for the treatment of serious diseases and oversees the company’s five research sites in the United States, Canada and Europe. A physician and human geneticist, Dr. Altshuler was one of the four founding members of the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as Deputy Director and Chief Academic Officer as well as Director of Medical and Population Genetics. He was Professor of Genetics and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of Biology at MIT (adjunct), and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. His scientific research was focused on creating a scientific foundation of genomic methods used to discover and validate new drug targets, with a specific focus on type 2 diabetes. Dr. Altshuler has received numerous awards for his research and clinical activities related to human genetics, including, most recently, the Champion of Change: Open Science Award from the White House, the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association and the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, among other organizations. He has served on advisory boards for many leading institutions including the National Institutes of Health, The Wellcome Trust, The American Society of Human Genetics, Eisai Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer. Dr. Altshuler served on Vertex’s Board of Directors from 2012 - 2014. Dr. Altshuler received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship, residency and clinical fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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David Brooks

David Brooks

Haley Family Professor of Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Professor Brooks' research focuses on the interaction between the architecture and software of computer systems and underlying hardware implementation issues. A major focus of his…
Professor Brooks' research focuses on the interaction between the architecture and software of computer systems and underlying hardware implementation issues. A major focus of his research has been to explore how lower-level design issues such as power dissipation and chip cooling can be modeled and addressed when making early-stage architectural decisions in computer systems.
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David Henderson, MD

David Henderson, MD

Boston Medical Center

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David Manfredi, FAIA LEED AP

David Manfredi, FAIA LEED AP

Principal, Architect, Elkus Manfredi Architects

As a founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, David Manfredi has worked to protect and rebuild urban places all across the United States, creating a thriving new generation of neighborhoods, academic campuses, and main streets that honor their heritage and environment while embracing the 21st century. His architectural and planning practice is grounded in a commitment to create inspiring spaces and durable, livable communities, and has earned long-term relationships with leading institutions, corporate entities, and the nation’s most successful developers. Always conceived within a framework of sustainability and environmental preservation, David's design work has transformed tired retail precincts into vibrant mixed-use "downtowns." He has pioneered the prototype design of urban, high-rise research buildings to support the collaborative imperatives of today's science; and opened educational campuses to engage with adjacent communities, invigorating both the student experience and the economy of surrounding neighborhoods in the process. A sought-after, compelling speaker at architectural and development forums, David educates both clients and communities about the value that thoughtful, experienced design can bring to everyday life. David is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor degrees in both English and Architecture, and also the University of Chicago, where he received a Master of Arts degree. Prior to co-founding Elkus Manfredi, he was a vice president at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge.
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David Nagahiro

David Nagahiro

Principal, CBT

David Nagahiro is a Principal at CBT and has over 20 years of design and management experience on a broad spectrum of urban design, interiors,…
David Nagahiro is a Principal at CBT and has over 20 years of design and management experience on a broad spectrum of urban design, interiors, and architecture projects. He has worked locally and internationally, and is responsible for CBT’s recent work in the Far East. His experience includes mixed-use, multi-family, commercial, civic, and hospitality projects. David is passionate about high performance buildings, design excellence and integrated urban design. He is a past Rotch Traveling Scholar, and, in 1999, he was one of five recipients honored with the National Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. David received his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.
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David R. Liu, PhD

David R. Liu, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

David R. Liu is a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a core faculty member and…
David R. Liu is a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a core faculty member and vice­ chair of the faculty of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and an associate faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Professor Liu’s research integrates chemistry and evolution to illuminate biology and enable next­ generation therapeutics.
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Deborah DiSanzo

Deborah DiSanzo

General Manager, IBM Watson Health

Deborah DiSanzo is the General Manager for IBM Watson Health, the business unit founded to support IBMs next ‘moonshot’: to advance health at a global…
Deborah DiSanzo is the General Manager for IBM Watson Health, the business unit founded to support IBMs next ‘moonshot’: to advance health at a global scale. As the top executive for Watson Health, Deborah leads more than 2,000 IBMers worldwide from the unit’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has an ambitious mandate to scale the business globally, expand the capabilities of the IBM Watson Health Cloud, and broaden the ecosystem of start-up companies and established industry leaders building on IBMs cognitive computing platform. Further, she oversees a growing roster of marquis clients, collaborators, and ecosystem partners including Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Medtronic, Epic, CVS Health, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. DiSanzo has a distinguished career working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Prior to joining IBM, she served as CEO of Philips Healthcare, a $10 billion euro company providing technology in healthcare informatics, patient monitoring and patient analytics, home healthcare, imaging systems, and healthcare consulting. Earlier in her career she held executive and management positions at Hewlett-Packard and Apollo Computer.
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Denise Kaigler

Denise Kaigler

Founder and Principal, MDK Brand Management

Denise Kaigler is the founder and principal of MDK Brand Management, LLC. Denise's professional credits include senior leadership roles at Reebok International, adidas Group, Nintendo…
Denise Kaigler is the founder and principal of MDK Brand Management, LLC. Denise's professional credits include senior leadership roles at Reebok International, adidas Group, Nintendo of America, and Boston Scientific Corporation, where she was responsible for corporate branding and brand management.
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Diane Hessan

Diane Hessan

Chairman, C Space

Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and author. She is currently working on a stealth project related to the November election and is also…
Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and author. She is currently working on a stealth project related to the November election and is also CEO of Salient Ventures, an investment and advisory company with a portfolio of angel investments focused on Boston technology companies. Previously, she was CEO of Startup Institute, which is dedicated to helping people transform their careers to succeed in the exciting innovation economy. She is also Chairman of C Space, where she was Founder and CEO for 13 years. C Space (formerly Communispace) is a next-generation market research company, which builds online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights, with “a Blue Chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous," according to Advertising Age. Diane led the company to a dozen successive years of exponential growth, and it now has over 500 employees, and offices in over a dozen countries. The company was sold to Omnicom in 2011. Diane has spent her career as a business executive, and as co-author of the book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage. The book, a Business Week best-seller, was published in 11 languages. Diane has received many honors, including the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Most Admired CEO award and Boston Power 50 award from the Boston Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), the Northstar Award from Springboard, the Great Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, and a range of Best Boss citations. In 2014, she was inducted into the Babson Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs and she received the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship from Brandeis. Diane serves on the boards of Tufts University, Mass Challenge, Panera, Eastern Bank, CoachUp, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is Special Advisor to Datapoint Capital, a leading early-stage venture firm. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University. She has 2 grown daughters, and is also founder of The Sound Bytes, an a cappella group that sings about business.
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Diane Quinn

Diane Quinn

Executive Director, The American Repertory Theatre

A veteran of the arts, Diane Quinn’s many positions have included Founding Producer of Soulpepper Theatre Company and Festival of Classics, Coordinator of the Arts…
A veteran of the arts, Diane Quinn’s many positions have included Founding Producer of Soulpepper Theatre Company and Festival of Classics, Coordinator of the Arts Administration Program at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of Toronto Women in Film and Television. Most recently she served as Senior VP of Creative and Artistic Operations at Cirque du Soleil and was responsible for managing the artistic quality of all shows globally. Volunteerism in the cultural sector has also played a key role for Quinn where she served as Board President of the Toronto Theatre Alliance, and Board VP for Women in Film and Television as well as serving on the Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Toronto Honors Arts Specialist degree program with a concentration in Arts Management and Drama.
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Don Anderson

Don Anderson

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Don Anderson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, he is responsible…
Don Anderson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Federal Reserve System's Internet Cyber and Network Security services and Financial Management Technology services the Bank’s IT function, Real Estate Services, and Law Enforcement units. Don is currently a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and represents the Bank on the System's CIO committee.
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Doug A. Melton, PhD

Doug A. Melton, PhD

Xander University Professor and Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor in the Natural Sciences, Harvard University; Co-Director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute; Scientific Founder, Semma Therapeutics

Doug Hurd

Doug Hurd

Co-founder and EVP of Business Development, clypd

Doug is the co-founder and EVP of Business Development at clypd and leads the organization's growth by building long-term strategic partnerships. Previously, Doug was Director…
Doug is the co-founder and EVP of Business Development at clypd and leads the organization's growth by building long-term strategic partnerships. Previously, Doug was Director of Business Development at PayPal Mobile where he was responsible for accelerating the off-line mobile payment initiative by expanding the penetration of PayPal's mobile products across devices, platforms and POS solutions. Prior to PayPal, Doug was VP of Business Development at WHERE, Inc. which was acquired by PayPal in April 2011. At WHERE, he was responsible for forging partnerships to embed WHERE in mobile devices and managing the 3rd party content partnerships with an emphasis on monetization through subscription, search, advertising, and mobile commerce. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont's School of Business Administration.
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Dr. Caroline Buckee

Dr. Caroline Buckee

Associate Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Caroline Buckee is Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to…

Dr. Caroline Buckee is Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Center, Caroline was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, and an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Buckee's work focuses on the population dynamics of genetically diverse pathogen species including the malaria parasite and the meningococcus. She uses a range of modeling techniques to understand the relationship between the evolution of these species and the epidemiological patterns of infection and disease among human populations.

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Dr. Christoph Westphal

Dr. Christoph Westphal

Co-founder and Partner, Longwood Fund; Chair, CEO and Co-founder of Flex Pharma

Dr. Westphal is a co-founder and Partner of Longwood Fund, and Chair, CEO and co-founder of Longwood portfolio company Flex Pharma (NASDAQ: FLKS). Dr. Westphal…
Dr. Westphal is a co-founder and Partner of Longwood Fund, and Chair, CEO and co-founder of Longwood portfolio company Flex Pharma (NASDAQ: FLKS). Dr. Westphal co-founded Longwood portfolio companies Alnara Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Eli Lilly in 2010) and OvaScience (NASDAQ: OVAS). In addition, he co-founded Sirtris in 2004 (NASDAQ: SIRT; acquired by GSK), and served as CEO until 2010. Dr. Westphal previously served as co-founder/CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY), Acceleron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: XLRN), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA) and Verastem (NASDAQ: VSTM). Companies founded by Dr. Westphal have developed and received FDA approval for important drugs, including the largest-selling heparin in the US, and a therapy for MS; and several experimental medicines: for cystic fibrosis (phase 3), for currently incurable cancers (phase 2), and for serious inflammatory disorders (phase 2). In addition, these companies have created substantial shareholder value and aggregate market capitalizations (sustained) of over $12 billion. Companies co-founded by Dr. Westphal have created roughly 1,000 good jobs in the Boston area. Dr. Westphal was appointed to the BIO Emerging Companies Section Governing Board and serves on the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, and the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and he graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal has been the lead or senior author on several patent applications and scientific papers in leading journals such as Cell, Nature and Nature Genetics. Dr. Westphal has been featured in the media, including on ‘60 Minutes’, CNN, an ABC News Special hosted by Barbara Walters, and as the subject of a Fortune cover article.
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Dr. Jean F. MacCormack

President, Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Dr. Ken Duckworth

Dr. Ken Duckworth

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medical Director for Behavioral Health

Dr. Ken Duckworth is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medical Director for Behavioral Health. His areas of responsibility include working with relevant external…

Dr. Ken Duckworth is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medical Director for Behavioral Health. His areas of responsibility include working with relevant external parties and the overall supervision of the insourced behavioral health services at BCBSMA, including utilization management, case management, and physician review and quality. Along with Sean Murphy, he is also responsible for BH Strategy. Prior to working at Blue Cross, Dr. Duckworth spent 3 years as the Associate Medical Director at BCBSMA, and before that spent 6 years as a Medical Director at Vinfen Corporation, the largest human service agency in Massachusetts. He has served as both the Chief Medical Officer and Acting Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). Dr. Duckworth currently volunteers to see patients in DMH’s early psychosis program as part of his role as Blue Cross Medical Director. Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan and Temple University School of Medicine where he graduated in the Medical Honor Society AOA. He trained as a Harvard Fellow at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and teaches Harvard residents on systems of care and the changing nature of health care and mental health services. Dr. Duckworth won the Presidential Patient Advocacy Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2011, and is also a Distinguished Fellow of that organization. He has also received the Clinical Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and was awarded the Drew Foley Award from the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health in 2014. He has written many papers, book chapters and educational materials on matters of mental health. He is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, and has also completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship.

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Dr. Makeeba McCreary

Dr. Makeeba McCreary

Dr. Makeeba McCreary has spent 20 years in educational policy, designed and managed philanthropic investment for global brands such as Nike Inc., Jordan Brand, National…

Dr. Makeeba McCreary has spent 20 years in educational policy, designed and managed philanthropic investment for global brands such as Nike Inc., Jordan Brand, National Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Darden Inc. Additionally, she has built multi-sector, collective impact models throughout the nation focused on driving resources into underserved communities with a priority commitment to youth and families. Dr. McCreary's early career was spent in direct service delivery with opportunity youth. In addition to her direct student work, she has designed, programmed and supported team-problem solving with urban public school teachers in order to reduce the disproportionate special education designation of Black and Latino children, particularly boys. Dr. McCreary received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Dr. Steven Hyman

Dr. Steven Hyman

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Director, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute

Eboney Hearn

Eboney Hearn

Executive Director, Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, MIT

An alumna of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, Hearn previously served as assistant dean for graduate education and diversity initiatives at the Office of…
An alumna of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, Hearn previously served as assistant dean for graduate education and diversity initiatives at the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE) from 2014 to 2016 and as program director of the Broad Institute's diversity initiative from 2008 to 2014. At ODGE Hearn oversaw retention and recruitment efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students, staff training, budget management, and in collaboration with the foundation relations and development offices, secured contributions to support existing efforts and to create new ones such as the University Center for Exemplary Mentoring at MIT.    
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Eliza Parad

Eliza Parad

Community Organizer, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Eliza Parad is a fourth generation Bostonian who believes that Boston needs to continue to be a city of opportunity for people of color, immigrants,…

Eliza Parad is a fourth generation Bostonian who believes that Boston needs to continue to be a city of opportunity for people of color, immigrants, working class families and young people. Since 2009 Eliza has worked as a community organizer to prevent displacement and advocate for affordable housing in Chelsea, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain and now Roxbury. She currently works at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative engaging residents to impact development, organizing small businesses to build economic power and supporting grassroots groups to create community land trusts in Greater Boston.

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Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey

Director, CAMTech

Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of CAMTech in 2012. Prior to MGH, Bailey spent over a decade as an investment partner at Commons…
Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of CAMTech in 2012. Prior to MGH, Bailey spent over a decade as an investment partner at Commons Capital, an impact venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology companies. Bailey managed the fund's health care and education portfolios, and she led the fund's global health initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Elizabeth Lawler

Elizabeth Lawler

CEO and Co-founder of Conjur, Inc.

Elizabeth Lawler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Conjur, Inc. a security company which focuses on security for next generation infrastructure. Elizabeth has over 20…
Elizabeth Lawler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Conjur, Inc. a security company which focuses on security for next generation infrastructure. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience working in highly regulated and sensitive data environments. Prior to founding Conjur, Elizabeth was Chief Data Officer of Generation Health and held a leadership position in research at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has been a programmer herself and is constantly working to make software development and IT systems easier to manage for people working in regulated industries.
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Elsa Sze

Elsa Sze

Founder and CEO, Agora

Elsa is the Founder and CEO of Agora, an online platform that aims to facilitate civic engagement. At HUBweek 2015, Agora won the #Tech4Democracy Challenge…
Elsa is the Founder and CEO of Agora, an online platform that aims to facilitate civic engagement. At HUBweek 2015, Agora won the #Tech4Democracy Challenge and was also featured at the Economic Growth for All town hall event and the Harvard i-lab Showcase. Agora was named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire and was recently recognized by the White House for their role in civic engagement.
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Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D

Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D

Professor, Rethinking a Lot/The Design and Culture of Parking

Eran Ben-Joseph is a professor and the head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and teaching areas include urban and physical design, standards and regulations, sustainable site planning technologies and urban retrofitting. He has authored the books: Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities, Regulating Place, the Code of the City, RENEW Town and ReThinking a Lot. Eran worked as a city planner, landscape architect, and urban designer is Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States on projects including new towns and residential developments, streetscapes, stream restoration and parks and recreation planning. He has led national and international multi-disciplinary projects in Singapore, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Washington DC among other places. He holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and MS from Chiba National University of Japan.
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Ernst Karel & Bhob Rainey

Ernst Karel & Bhob Rainey

ERNST KAREL makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. His recent projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in…
ERNST KAREL makes electroacoustic music and experimental nonfiction sound works for multichannel installation and performance. His recent projects are edited/composed using unprocessed location recordings; in performance he sometimes combines these with analog electronics to create pieces which move between the abstract and the documentary. He is a Lecturer at Harvard, where he teaches a class in sonic ethnography, as part of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. BHOB RAINEY is an award-winning composer / performer, saxophonist, and sound designer. Rainey played a key role in Boston’s acclaimed electroacoustic improv scene, as one-half (with trumpeter Greg Kelley) of nmperign and as the leader of the large improv ensemble the BSC. More recently, Rainey has begun composing electronic and algorithmic works, establishing himself as a formidable electronic composer who synthesizes streams of musique concrete, computer music, and improvisation.
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Ethan Hayes-Chute

Ethan Hayes-Chute

Artist

Ethan Hayes-Chute was born in 1982 in Freeport, Maine and earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Since…
Ethan Hayes-Chute was born in 1982 in Freeport, Maine and earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Since 2005, he has been based in Berlin, Germany. Hayes-Chute's work has been exhibited widely: Solo exhibitions at Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Entrée, Bergen, Norway; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine; Program, Berlin. Biennales such as Higher Atlas, the 4th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco; The 2009 & 2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Maine. Group exhibitions in numerous venues in Europe and the US such as Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, Cordoba, Zurich, London, Milan, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and more. Hayes-Chute has received multiple awards from the State of Maine for his artistic achievements. Residencies include: Nordic Artists' Centre (NKD), Dalsåsen, Norway; Skaftfell, Seydisfjördur, Iceland; La Fragua, Belalcázar, Spain; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Recently he began a long-term collaborative online-media project called CONGLOMERATE (www.conglomerate.tv) with a group of artists in Berlin. Currently, he has a solo exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center curated by Henriette Huldisch.
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Frederick Townes

Co-Founder and COO, Placester

Frederick Townes

Frederick Townes

Co-Founder and COO, Placester

Frederick “Fred” Townes is the co-founder and COO of Placester. In this role he focuses on technology leadership, product strategy, business development and company culture.…
Frederick “Fred” Townes is the co-founder and COO of Placester. In this role he focuses on technology leadership, product strategy, business development and company culture. Prior to Placester, Fred was a member of the founding team at Mashable, a leading media company that informs, inspires and entertains the connected generation. As CTO of Mashable, Fred developed interactive user experiences, strategies, and media partnerships that helped grow the company from a few million unique visitors per month in its early days to over 42 million today. Beyond his founding roles at Placester and Mashable, Fred has been a key influencer in the web development community. As the founder of W3 EDGE, he has built products and web experiences for brands including AT&T, ASOS, Adorama, AIGA, Centers for Disease Control, Constant Contact, CVS Pharmacy, Hyatt, Kodak, Lord & Taylor, Microsoft, Pearsonified, R.E.I., Sanyo, Sherwin Williams, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Sony, The Coca Cola Company, Weight Watchers, and Yahoo. Fred’s WordPress plugin, W3 Total Cache, has over 1 million active users. Fred is originally from Milwaukee, WI and is a graduate of Boston University.
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Gail Goodman

Gail Goodman

Former CEO, Constant Contact

Gail Goodman spent 16 years as CEO of Constant Contact, the trusted provider of online marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. A small business…
Gail Goodman spent 16 years as CEO of Constant Contact, the trusted provider of online marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. A small business expert and visionary, Gail has revolutionized the way that small organizations find and grow customer relationships. She took leadership of Constant Contact in 1999 and led the company from pre-revenue to a successful IPO (NASDAQ: CTCT) in 2007 and through its acquisition by Endurance in 2016 for $1.1b. At the time of the acquisition, more than 650,000 small businesses and nonprofits used Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to engage their customers and grow their businesses and company revenues topped $370 million. Author of Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Succeeds in a Socially Connected World, Gail is a frequent speaker at national technology and entrepreneurial events. Her 2013 TEDx talk, “Founders Can’t Scale,” offers a glimpse into her management philosophy and personal drive, especially as it relates to scaling a startup into a large, public company. Over the years, Gail has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for her work in technology and with small organizations. Some of those honors include the Boston Business Journal’s Tech Luminary Lifetime Achievement Award, SCORE’s Lou Campanelli Award, Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Boston Globe’s Top 30 Innovators. Gail serves on the Boards of Mass Challenge, MindBody, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and Lola Travel. Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
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Gari Singh

Gari Singh

Blockchain CTO, IBM

Gari is currently the IBM Blockchain CTO and an IBM Distinguished engineer. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the underlying technology and architecture…
Gari is currently the IBM Blockchain CTO and an IBM Distinguished engineer. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the underlying technology and architecture of IBM's blockchain fabric. Previously, Gari has held several chief architect roles across emerging technology, Internet of Things, high-speed messaging and DataPower appliances.
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Gaurav Tuli

Gaurav Tuli

Principal, F-Prime Capital

Gaurav is a Principal at F-Prime Capital where he focuses on enterprise technology investing. He currently sits on the boards of Neo Technology and AppsFlyer.…
Gaurav is a Principal at F-Prime Capital where he focuses on enterprise technology investing. He currently sits on the boards of Neo Technology and AppsFlyer. Most recently, Gaurav was a Principal at F-Prime’s sister fund, Eight Roads Ventures Europe, based in London, where he invested in European software and online services businesses. Previously, Gaurav was at EMC where he drove new growth initiatives and product portfolio management for EMC’s largest business unit, Symmetrix. Gaurav was a computer scientist by training and spent the early parts of his career advising software companies at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Gaurav attended MIT for his bachelors and masters degrees in computer science, as well as his MBA.
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Giles Li

Giles Li

Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a family-centered social service agency with locations in Boston and Quincy. He is…

Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a family-centered social service agency with locations in Boston and Quincy. He is a recognized thought leader and public speaker in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Giles is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Associated Grant Makers, and has been on advisory committees for the Attorney General, State Treasurer, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, and more.

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Gordon C. Weir, MD

Gordon C. Weir, MD

Co-Head, Section on Islet Cell & Regenerative Biology; Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation Chair, Joslin Diabetes Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande

Chairman and President, Sparta Group LLC

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. Desh is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC,…
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. Desh is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The Deshpande Foundation strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the set up of three other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande was the co-chair of the National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship.
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Hadley Stern

Hadley Stern

Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Hadley Stern is Senior Vice President, Fidelity Labs for the Shared Services group, a business division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in…
Hadley Stern is Senior Vice President, Fidelity Labs for the Shared Services group, a business division of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. He is currently running the Bitcoin/Blockchain incubator within Fidelity Labs, focused on the disruptive potential that this technology represents for Fidelity Investments. From 2007-2015 Mr. Stern was responsible for the oversight of all product strategy, product development and program management for FidelityLabs.com and Fidelity.com/beta. Products launched under his leadership include Fidelity’s first iPhone App, and launching Fidelity on Facebook and Twitter. Previously with Fidelity, Mr. Stern acted as group creative director for PI Fidelity Advertising Agency from 2004 to 2007. In his role, he managed a team of designers and writers responsible for developing and implementing various interactive creative products for the firm’s advertising needs. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Stern was the interactive art director for PI Fidelity Advertising Agency where he was responsible for the development, design and drive of Fidelity’s visual advertising mediums. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2001, Mr. Stern was a director of experience at Razorfish beginning in 1999, after joining the company as a senior designer in 1998. He was a graphic designer at Rykodisc from 1998 to 1999 and began his career with Malcolm Grear Designers in 1997. In 2004, Mr. Stern authored the book iPod and iTunes Hacks through the O’Reilly Media Group. He is also the patent holder of 10 patents for FMR. Mr. Stern received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts and creative writing from Concordia University in 1994 and his bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997.
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Henriette Huldisch

Henriette Huldisch

Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center

Henriette Huldisch is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, and recently organized Tala Madani: First Light (2016) and Rosa…
Henriette Huldisch is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, and recently organized Tala Madani: First Light (2016) and Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space (2015/16). Previously, she worked at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin, where she curated exhibitions with Harun Farocki, Anthony McCall, and others. From 2010-2014, Huldisch also served as Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester, and from 2004-2008, she was assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Among her publications are Tala Madani: First Light (2016), Ellen Harvey: The Museum of Failure (2015), the 2008 Biennial Exhibition catalogue, and numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues and publications such as Artforum.
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Ian A. Waitz

Ian A. Waitz

Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of…
Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Dean, Waitz has focused on advancing the mission of the School of Engineering through the development of new programs and spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship, novel models and opportunities in residential education, expanded pathways for engagement with the Institute's alumni, friends, and industry partners, and programs and policies that will further enable MIT's ability to provide an exceptional learning and research environment for students, faculty, and staff. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of thermodynamics and energy conversion, propulsion, and experimental projects. He was honored with the 2002 MIT Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Award and an appointment as an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2003.
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Igor Tulchinsky

Igor Tulchinsky

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WorldQuant

Igor Tulchinsky is founder and CEO of WorldQuant LLC, a global private investment management complex established in 2007. Before that, he spent 12…

Igor Tulchinsky is founder and CEO of WorldQuant LLC, a global private investment management complex established in 2007. Before that, he spent 12 years as a statistical arbitrage portfolio manager at Millennium Management LLC. Tulchinsky was also a venture capitalist, scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, video game programmer and author. He founded WorldQuant University, which offers the world's first free online accredited master's degree in quantitative finance, as well as WorldQuant Ventures, an angel investment firm focused on technology and data companies. Tulchinsky also established the WorldQuant Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on making a positive impact through targeted donations worldwide. He holds an M.S. in computer science from the University of Texas, completed in a record nine months, and an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurship from the Wharton School.

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Jackney Prioly Joseph

Jackney Prioly Joseph

Director of Future Ready Massachusetts, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education

Jackney Prioly Joseph joined the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education as Director of Future Ready Massachusetts, a statewide initiative to increase understanding among students and…

Jackney Prioly Joseph joined the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education as Director of Future Ready Massachusetts, a statewide initiative to increase understanding among students and families of what takes to be ready for college and career and the steps students can take to prepare for success in college, work and life. Jackney is responsible for developing the program strategy and leading the implementation of the Future Ready public information campaign. Previously, Jackney served as Policy Director and Director of External Relations for At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She led the legislative process for various policy initiatives including Councilor Pressley’s liquor licensing reform legislation. In addition, she served as both the Education and Arts Liaison. Prior to this position, Joseph served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and the Chief of Human Services in the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. She conducted research on youth development opportunities in the city of Boston, managed special projects and served on the Leadership Team of the Human Services cabinet. She also served concurrently as the Coordinator of the City of Boston Scholarship Fund where she managed the annual disbursement of scholarships to high school seniors and college students. Jackney has been an active member of several organizations including the Posse Foundation, ONEin3 Boston and as an alumna volunteer at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. In 2010, she received the Posse Boston Community Investment Award for her service to the city and the Posse Foundation and in 2016 she received the Young Alumna Service Award from the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association for her service to the College. Jackney received her MA in Public Administration from Northeastern University and her BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.

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James Manyika

James Manyika

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Director, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm,…
James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, serving as one of its three global co-leaders. As an MGI director, James has led research on the global economy, including growth and productivity, technology and the digital economy, automation and the future of work, globalization and competitiveness.
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Jane B. Reardon, RN

Jane B. Reardon, RN

Nurse, Mass. General Hospital

The stage drew Jane in as a performer at a very early age, starting with her first “character” role as a donkey in a Christmas…
The stage drew Jane in as a performer at a very early age, starting with her first “character” role as a donkey in a Christmas Cantata nativity scene. Throughout her middle, high school and college years, her resume expanded from operating a spotlight behind-the-scenes, to starring in the bright lights of center stage. She has had various lead roles in musical theatre, as well as appearances in independent films, flash mob productions, as an “extra” in a few locally-filmed hits, including The Town and Ted, and in a locally-aired Dunkin’ Donuts commercial. Off stage, Jane has practiced as a registered nurse at Massachusetts general Hospital for the past eleven years, starting as a bedside nurse on a General Medical unit, transitioning to the Emergency Department, and most recently working with the Nursing and Patient Care Services Informatics team to support its multi-faceted transition to a new electronic health records system. The blending of her two passions of nursing and acting have fueled her creativity and ability to think outside of the box to create the best possible experience for her patients.
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Jayender Jagadeesan

Jayender Jagadeesan

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Dr. Jayender Jagadeesan is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Research Associate at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Member of the Broad…
Dr. Jayender Jagadeesan is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Research Associate at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Member of the Broad Institute.
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Jean Hammond

Jean Hammond

Co-Founder and Partner, LearnLaunch

JEAN HAMMOND is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch. She is also the founder of JPH Associates. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded AXON Networks, which…
JEAN HAMMOND is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch. She is also the founder of JPH Associates. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded AXON Networks, which was acquired by 3Com, led 3Com WAN marketing activities and also founded Quarry Technologies. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth start-ups. She is a member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group, and she is the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She has an active portfolio and has served as a director or advisor with over 30 of the companies within her portfolio. Jean was awarded the 2011 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the 2014 Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association in recognition of her work advancing angel investing and entrepreneurship. Jean also was awarded the 2013 Boston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award. Jean received her MS from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986 and her BS in Biology from Boston University. Board Seats Include: Member of MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees), North American Executive Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Innovation Index Advisory Committee, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (Trustee Emeritus), The Capital Network, InStream Media, Peach Underneath, Playrific, and Respiratory Motion. Edtech Investments Include: SmartLunches, Testive, Yummico, Ten Marks (Amazon), Tikatok (Barnes & Noble, Pearson), and Socrative (Mastery Connect).
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Jeff Bussgang

Jeff Bussgang

General Partner, Flybridge

Former entrepreneur turned VC, HBS Senior Lecturer, author, dad of three, husband of one, civic leader, Cross Fitter and fan of all Boston…
Former entrepreneur turned VC, HBS Senior Lecturer, author, dad of three, husband of one, civic leader, Cross Fitter and fan of all Boston sports. Jeff’s investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, machine learning, artificial intelligence, education, financial, marketplace, mobile and SaaS start-ups. He also serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and teaches a class on entrepreneurship and lean start-ups called Launching Technology Ventures.  In this capacity, he has co-authored fifteen HBS cases and notes regarding startup management and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Flybridge in January 2003, Jeff co-founded and served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director at Upromise, a loyalty marketing and financial services firm that was acquired by Sallie Mae. He also served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996. Prior to Open Market Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group. In 2010, Jeff authored a book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game, to provide entrepreneurs an insider’s guide to financing and company-building. The book has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch and The Financial Times as an essential guide for entrepreneurs.  The first chapter of Mastering the VC Game can be downloaded here. Jeff is an active community member, serving as co-chairman of the board of educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, co-founder and co-chair of an immigration reform non-profit, the Global EIR Coalition, and co-founder and chair of the progressive policy organization, The Alliance for Business Leadership. Jeff also serves on the board of EdX, the massively open online course provider created through a joint venture between Harvard and MIT. Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.
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Jeff Janer

Jeff Janer

Chair, Vistage International

Jeff Janer is Chair of a CEO peer advisory group for Vistage International that includes both first-time CEOs of VC-backed disruptive companies and experienced leaders…
Jeff Janer is Chair of a CEO peer advisory group for Vistage International that includes both first-time CEOs of VC-backed disruptive companies and experienced leaders of larger, more established companies. Jeff is a two-time CEO and Board member, and has also held executive business development and operations management positions in VC-backed and large enterprises since 1980, including being part of the founding team of four companies. Jeff is an experienced digital technology, media and marketing executive with a proven track record of identifying and successfully building businesses by capitalizing on the opportunities for more effective solutions created by the Internet and related mobile technologies. Jeff holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
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Jeff Leiden M.D., Ph.D.

Jeff Leiden M.D., Ph.D.

Chairman, President and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Leiden is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He received his B.A., M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of…
Dr. Leiden is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He received his B.A., M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He is a physician and scientist who, for the last 30 years, has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with serious diseases. He began his career in academia as a molecular biologist and practicing cardiologist. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Leiden held several academic and hospital appointments, including the Frederick H. Rawson Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Chief of Cardiology at the University of Chicago, the Elkan R. Blout Professor of Biological Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. From 2000 to 2006, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Abbott Laboratories where he led Abbott’s global pharmaceuticals business. While at Abbott, Dr. Leiden led the development and launch of multiple breakthrough medicines, including Humira for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases and Kaletra for HIV infection. From 2006 to 2011, he was a Managing Director of Clarus Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm where he continued to develop new medicines, devices, and vaccines by investing in innovative biotech companies including TyRx, Catabasis, Lycera, and VBI. Dr. Leiden has served as a member of Vertex’s board of directors since 2009 and as Chairman and CEO since 2012. Vertex invests in scientific innovation to discover and develop transformative medicines for people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and other serious diseases. Under his leadership, Vertex has developed Kalydeco and Orkambi, the first and only medicines to treat the underlying cause of CF. In addition to his responsibilities at Vertex, Dr. Leiden is a director of both Quest Diagnostics and the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Council to the Director. Dr. Leiden also serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, the board of directors of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Private Industry Council and as co-chair of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s STEM Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
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Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D

Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D

Immersive Visualization Consultant, Construction VR

Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. has developed educational Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality for more than 20 years, his new company, ConstructionVR, offers consulting, training, and project…
Jeffrey Jacobson, Ph.D. has developed educational Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality for more than 20 years, his new company, ConstructionVR, offers consulting, training, and project management in virtual and augmented reality to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector.
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Jenny Avallon

Jenny Avallon

Senior Marketing Manager, Uber

Jenny Avallon is a Senior Manager at Uber, where she oversees the team tasked with marketing strategy and community engagement for Eastern MA. Prior to…

Jenny Avallon is a Senior Manager at Uber, where she oversees the team tasked with marketing strategy and community engagement for Eastern MA. Prior to Uber, she worked in digital media and advertising for National Geographic, Fox Sports, and FX Networks. She is passionate about problem solving, urban planning, on-demand anything, and her rescue dog, Herbie.

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Jeremy Halpern

Jeremy Halpern

Partner & Director of Business Development, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Jeremy Halpern is a partner in the Business Department and the Director of Business Development for the Emerging Companies Group at Nutter McClennen & Fish…
Jeremy Halpern is a partner in the Business Department and the Director of Business Development for the Emerging Companies Group at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, a Boston-based law firm. Jeremy’s practice focuses on private equity, venture capital, and angel financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, equity and entrepreneurial compensation matters, and general start-up support. Jeremy spends a large portion of his time connecting with and supporting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in New England.
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Jeremy Pomp

Jeremy Pomp

Regional General Manager, Zipcar

Jeremy Pomp has spent his entire career involved in various aspects of, shall we say, progressive transportation. He began his career at the most innovative…

Jeremy Pomp has spent his entire career involved in various aspects of, shall we say, progressive transportation. He began his career at the most innovative car insurance company, Progressive, where he served in multiple leadership roles. While getting his MBA from Georgetown, he worked for several transportation related groups, in corporate strategy at Toyota; as a marketer with AltCar.org in Maryland; and researching/planning what would become the Divvy bike share program in Chicago through his work in the Innovative Transportation Programs group of the city of Chicago Department of Transportation. Not content to research and plan, Jeremy joined Alta Bike Share, where he launched and managed the Chattanooga Bike Share program, and then became Alta’s national city Launch Manager. In April of 2014, Jeremy moved over to sharing of the four-wheel variety, joining Zipcar as General Manager of its Baltimore region. In July of last year, Jeremy was promoted to General Manager of Zipcar Boston, Zipcar's second largest market and founding city. In addition to his Georgetown MBA, Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Jesse Brackenbury

Jesse Brackenbury

Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

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Jesse Mermell

Jesse Mermell

President, The Alliance for Business Leadership

Jesse Mermell is the President of the Alliance for Business Leadership, a coalition of progressive business leaders united in the belief that social responsibility and…
Jesse Mermell is the President of the Alliance for Business Leadership, a coalition of progressive business leaders united in the belief that social responsibility and sustainable economic growth go hand-in-hand. She previously served as a member of Governor Deval L. Patrick’s senior staff. As Governor Patrick’s Communications Director, Mer-mell was responsible for communications strategy and for overseeing the press operations of the Governor’s office. Mermell is the former State Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has also held positions as the Vice President for External Affairs at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and as the Executive Director of FairT-est and of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Mermell is an active community member, having been elected to the Brookline Board of Selectmen in 2007 and serving until 2013. Upon her election she became the youngest Selectman in the history of Brookline, and created a female majority on the Board for the first time since the Town’s founding in 1705. Mermell is also a former Brookline Library Trustee and Town Meeting Member.
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Jessica Alpert

Jessica Alpert

Managing Producer, Program Development, WBUR

Jessica Alpert is the managing producer for program development at WBUR. In this position, Jessica develops new podcasts and programs while also launching and…
Jessica Alpert is the managing producer for program development at WBUR. In this position, Jessica develops new podcasts and programs while also launching and nurturing WBUR’s newest projects. In addition, she oversees the role of WBUR’s iLab, an experimental unit that works to break new ground in the area of audio storytelling.
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Jessie M. Gaeta

Jessie M. Gaeta

Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she has practiced Internal Medicine since 2002.…

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where she has practiced Internal Medicine since 2002. She oversees the clinical practice of this unique community health center that serves 12,000 people annually across dozens of clinical sites including homeless shelters, the street, and one of the first medical respite programs in the country. Dually board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gaeta graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 1998, trained in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in 2002. Her work with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to implement a statewide Housing First model was supported by the Physician Advocacy Fellowship of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 2005-2007. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Gaeta has a long history of advocating for the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. She has been published and spoken widely on the intersection of homelessness and health and she directs BHCHP’s Institute for Research, Quality, and Policy in Homeless Health. She has led BHCHP’s efforts to respond to the opioid overdose crisis, which has been magnified among people experiencing homelessness in Boston. Her passions include ending homelessness and bending the curve on overdose deaths.

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Jim Melvin

Jim Melvin

Chief Marketing Officer, SevOne

Jim joined SevOne after 20 years in leadership and CEO roles in software, hardware, and SaaS businesses. He served as CEO of AppNeta for 5…
Jim joined SevOne after 20 years in leadership and CEO roles in software, hardware, and SaaS businesses. He served as CEO of AppNeta for 5 years, as well as 2 yeas as President and CEO at Mazu Networks. Jim has an extensive background in leading companies and marketing teams through various stages of growth. He has been awarded three U.S. patents in fault tolerant systems design. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in computer engineering and an M.S. in management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Jim Rooney

Jim Rooney

CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Jim Waldo

Jim Waldo

Chief Technical Officer, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Jim Waldo is the Chief Technology Officer for Harvard University, where he is responsible for for the architecture and implementation of the technology environment. He…
Jim Waldo is the Chief Technology Officer for Harvard University, where he is responsible for for the architecture and implementation of the technology environment. He is also a Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he teaches courses in distributed systems and privacy.
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Joan Camprodon, MD, PhD, MPH

Joan Camprodon, MD, PhD, MPH

Mass. General Hospital

Dr. Camprodon is a board-certified Neuropsychiatrist and clinician-scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, where he directs…
Dr. Camprodon is a board-certified Neuropsychiatrist and clinician-scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, where he directs the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation and serves as Director of Translational Research in the Division of Neurotherapeutics. Clinically, he is the director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation clinical service, a member of the MGH Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee, and serves as an attending physician in the departments of Neurology (Division of Behavioral Neurology) and Psychiatry (Division of Neuropsychiatry) at MGH.
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Jodi Goldstein

Jodi Goldstein

Managing Director, Harvard i-Lab, Harvard i-Lab

Jodi Goldstein is the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. She focuses on bridging the gap between the i-lab and…
Jodi Goldstein is the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. She focuses on bridging the gap between the i-lab and the entrepreneurial community. Jodi brings over 15 years experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on innovative consumer technologies. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Jodi is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, rider and a Private Pilot.
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Jody Rose

Jody Rose

Executive Director, NEVCA

Jody was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, and has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate…
Jody was born in the Borough of Brooklyn, NYC, and has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on corporate development in mobile, eCommerce and digital media. Most recently, Jody served as the SVP of Corporate Development and Digital Strategy at NYC event production agency Blueprint. Prior, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. She began her career in cable and telecommunications, where she held multiple sales and marketing positions, and quickly rose through the ranks at powerhouses such as MTV Networks, The Food Network, and HGTV. Before joining Swirl Jody was with Rue La La, where she launched Rue Local before heading national partnerships through the company’s acquisition. Jody’s experience includes numerous board positions within the telecommunications and media industries, and she previously served as a director for My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian organization focused on educating and financially empowering women in South Sudan. During her spare time Jody enjoys volunteering, snowboarding, traveling, cooking and – most importantly – spending time with her family.
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Joe Eastin

Joe Eastin

Founder & CEO, ISN

Joel Katz, MD

Joel Katz, MD

Director, Internal Medicine Residency

A graduate of Earlham College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joel T. Katz, M.D. is an infectious diseases consultant, Director of the…
A graduate of Earlham College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joel T. Katz, M.D. is an infectious diseases consultant, Director of the internal medicine residency program, and Vice Chair for Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is the Marshall A. Wolf Chair in Medical Education. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Formerly a commercial artist, Dr. Katz has an interest in utilizing the humanities to improve medical education. He is the director of the Harvard Medical School course “Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis”, in which students hone their physical diagnosis acumen through the study of fine arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
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John Brownstein, Ph.D

John Brownstein, Ph.D

Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

John Brownstein, Ph.D. is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational…
John Brownstein, Ph.D. is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital. He also directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. Overall, his research agenda aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance including HealthMap.org, an internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. The system is in use by millions each year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU, and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers. Dr. Brownstein is also Co-Founder of UberHEALTH, a collaboration between the Vaccine Finder project, also CoFounded by Dr. Brownstein, and logistics company Uber. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles on epidemiology and public health. This work has been reported on widely including pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio and the BBC.
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John G. Doench, Ph.D.

John G. Doench, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Genetic Perturbation Platform, Broad Institute

John G. Doench is Associate Director of the Genetic Perturbation Platform at the Broad Institute. He develops and applies the latest approaches in…
John G. Doench is Associate Director of the Genetic Perturbation Platform at the Broad Institute. He develops and applies the latest approaches in functional genomics, including RNAi, ORF, and CRISPR technologies, to understand the function of genes and how gene dysfunction leads to disease. John collaborates with researchers across many Programs and Initiatives to develop faithful biological models and execute genetic screens. Prior to joining the Broad in 2009, Dr. Doench trained with Phil Sharp at MIT and Ed Harlow at Harvard Medical School. He lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with his wife and daughter.
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John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA

Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, is Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the…
John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, is Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Since 2008, he has Co-Directed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program in collaboration with Partners In Health. Its purpose is to train leaders who will further promote surgical care, education, and research pertinent to global surgery. Meara has a particular interest in augmenting the delivery of quality surgical care in low-resource settings. He is involved in multiple global surgery projects looking at the burden of surgical disease, surgical capacity and systems building in low-resource environments, surgical education, and the economic impact of untreated surgical disease.
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John Werner

John Werner

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, MetaVision; Founder, Ideas in Action

John Werner is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Meta where he strives to exceed expectations of what Augmented Reality​ can be – and do…
John Werner is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Meta where he strives to exceed expectations of what Augmented Reality​ can be – and do – in the future. Werner is helping Meta design a future where augmented reality becomes a healthy, vital extension of who we are and creates deeper understanding, freer expression, and optimal productivity. Werner brings his experience pioneering innovative technology and network of relationships, to help Meta in the fast-growing field of augmented reality (AR). Werner is very excited about Meta's technology, the DNA of which is neuroscience - science of the brain. Werner plans to merge the best and brightest thinkers of the East Coast with Silicon Valley and the world (he has been to Asia 12 times in the last four years working on tech efforts) to help create an entirely new computing paradigm, a vector of real change for a new society. Prior to Meta, Werner was Head of Innovation and New Ventures at the Camera Culture Group were he supported developments on new imaging platforms, including hardware and software technologies (co-taught the first Google Glass Application course), and was the Founding Managing Director of Emerging Worlds SIG at the MIT Media Lab. Werner is one of the leaders behind REDX (Rethinking Engineering Design eXecution) an MIT inspired platform of bottom-up innovation designed for addressing big challenges worldwide - that was recently recognize by the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention. For four years Werner implemented REDX efforts in cities, states, and regions. This effort convened people with diverse interests, skills and backgrounds — young engineers, business people and designers — to collaborate openly with government officials, business leaders and academics, as well as with researchers who together they looked for creative solutions to pressing local challenges that can be solved with new technology. REDX addressed themes across many sectors, including food and agriculture, financial inclusion, energy and water, health and wellness, housing and transportation. Using digital technologies such as machine learning, Internet of Things, and mobile devices, the platform created digital solutions to leapfrog current technology with potential to impact billions of lives. He is the founder and head of Ideas in Action which produces TEDxBeaconStreet, an accomplished photographer and triathlete who has qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championship four times.
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Jon Auerbach

Jon Auerbach

Charles River Ventures

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Jon Feinman

Jon Feinman

Founder and Executive Director of InnerCity Weightlifting

Jon Feinman is the founder and executive director of InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW). He is focused on aligning the vision, strategy, culture and growth of ICW…

Jon Feinman is the founder and executive director of InnerCity Weightlifting (ICW). He is focused on aligning the vision, strategy, culture and growth of ICW to increase economic mobility and social inclusion for young people at the highest-risk for violence; all while shifting perceptions, so that the factors that lead to segregated pockets of violence fade away changing the course for future generations. Building upon his experience with AmeriCorps and as a personal trainer, Jon received his MBA from Babson College in 2010 where he launched ICW. InnerCity Weightlifting has been featured on ESPN, The Boston Globe, CBS Evening News, WSJ, as well as WGBH, NESN, The Huffington Post, Whole Foods Magazine, and several other publications. For his work with InnerCity Weightlifting, Jon has received awards from the Boston Celtics, Babson College, Bostinno, Year Up, Good Sports, Cabot Creamery, Anytime Fitness. He was named as one of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders, a 2012 Social Innovator by Social Innovation Forum, and received the Ernst & Young 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year New England Award in the social entrepreneurship category. InnerCity Weightlifting received the 2015 Rosoff Award in the Nonprofit Diversity Initiative Category.

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Jon Hirschtick

Jon Hirschtick

Cofounder and CEO, Onshape

Jon Hirschtick is Cofounder and CEO of Onshape, a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that offers the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD)…
Jon Hirschtick is Cofounder and CEO of Onshape, a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts that offers the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) system.
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Jonathan Adler, PhD

Jonathan Adler, PhD

Narrative Psychologist at Olin College

Jon is a clinical psychologist and a professor at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.  He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal…
Jon is a clinical psychologist and a professor at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.  He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Personality Psychology from Northwestern University. Jon’s research focuses on the relationships between identity development in adulthood and mental health.  Specifically, he’s interested in the way we make sense of the challenging experiences in our lives and the way that meaning-making impacts our sense of self and our psychological well-being.  In this work, Jon uses personal narratives as a vehicle for studying meaning-making and identity development, typically using a mixed-methods approach.  He has special interest in the experience of illness and healing as an example of these processes. Jon’s research has been covered by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, Huffington Post, and Elle Magazine, among other media outlets.  At the Health Story Collaborative, Jon works to ground the programs in the scientific research on narrative and mental health and works with HSC founder Dr. Annie Brewster to develop and run the Healing Story Sessions program.
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Joseph Aoun

Joseph Aoun

President, Northeastern University

Joseph E. Aoun, a thought leader on the future of higher education and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh president…

Joseph E. Aoun, a thought leader on the future of higher education and an internationally renowned scholar in linguistics, is the seventh president of Northeastern University. As a respected voice for global experiential learning and the need to move higher education beyond the limitations of place, President Aoun has expanded Northeastern’s signature co-op program worldwide and established a network of regional campuses for online and hybrid professional graduate programs. President Aoun has strategically aligned the university’s solutions-driven research enterprise with the world’s grand challenges in health, security, and sustainability. The university has seven national centers of research excellence. Northeastern’s excellence in education, research, and global engagement is attracting highly talented applicants from throughout the U.S. and around the world. President Aoun came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his PhD in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published seven books and written more than 40 articles in his field. President Aoun is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and former chair of the American Council on Education. 

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Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH

Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH

Director, Disparities Solutions Center at Mass. General Hospital

Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General…
Dr. Betancourt is the founder and director of the Disparities Solutions Center (DSC), Senior Scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health care disparities and cross-cultural medicine. Dr. Betancourt is also a 2015 Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow.
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Josh Zakim

Josh Zakim

Boston City Councilor for District 8

Josh Zakim was elected to the Boston City Council on November 5, 2013. Josh represents District 8, which includes the neighborhoods of the Back Bay,…

Josh Zakim was elected to the Boston City Council on November 5, 2013. Josh represents District 8, which includes the neighborhoods of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Mission Hill, and the West End. Before running for his position on the Boston City Council, Josh worked as an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and then at the law firm Mintz Levin. In addition to his role on the City Council, Josh continues to be an active Board Member of the Lenny Zakim Fund, an organization founded by his father and friends over 20 years ago that supports innovative, grassroots organizations dedicated to tackling complex social issues. On the Council Josh chairs the Committee on Housing and Community Development. A progressive voice on Boston's City Council, Josh continues to advocate for policies that promote social and economic justice, including improving access to Boston's public schools, creating and maintaining affordable housing, and advocating for the rights of the working class, immigrant families, and the LGBTQ community.

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Joshua Langsam

Joshua Langsam

Associate Director, Raptor Capital Management

Josh is an Associate Director at Raptor Capital Management where he manages The Raptor Private Portfolio and collaborates on management of a family…
Josh is an Associate Director at Raptor Capital Management where he manages The Raptor Private Portfolio and collaborates on management of a family office investment portfolio consisting of investments in private equity and venture capital portfolio companies.  Josh is also a member of the executive management team at Ouisa LLC and its subsidiary ShareNett LLC a technology-enabled platform that leverages the power of a network of family offices to systematically source, collaborate on, and co-invest in curated private investment opportunities across asset classes.  Prior to Raptor, Josh analyzed private investment opportunities for Tudor Investment Corporation’s Special Opportunities Group and was a Senior Analyst and Analyst in Tudor’s Middle Office Group.  Josh studied economics at Dartmouth College and received a MBA from The University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
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Joyce Kulhawik

Joyce Kulhawik

Emmy Award-winning A&E Critic Joyce Kulhawik/JoycesChoices.com

Joyce Kulhawik is best known as the Emmy award winning Arts and Entertainment critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008). She is also a three-time cancer survivor and…
Joyce Kulhawik is best known as the Emmy award winning Arts and Entertainment critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008). She is also a three-time cancer survivor and is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate and cancer crusader all over the region. Kulhawik is currently President of the Boston Theater Critics association, is a member of the Boston Society of film Critics, and Boston Online Film Critics Association. As an Emmy award-winning journalist, Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood. She has regularly reported live from the red carpet at the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys, and at major news events including Princess Diana’s funeral in London and from ground zero in NYC in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. She co-hosted the nationally syndicated movie-review shows with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin Look for her reviews online at www.joyceschoices.com!
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Juan Luis Leung Li

Juan Luis Leung Li

General Catalyst, Early Stage VC

Growing up, Juan watched his family transition from being farmers in a small village in China to becoming restaurateurs in Mexico City –…
Growing up, Juan watched his family transition from being farmers in a small village in China to becoming restaurateurs in Mexico City – Juan loves working with equally passionate and driven entrepreneurs. Juan is part of the early stage team at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies and market leading businesses, including Airbnb, BigCommerce, ClassPass, Datalogix, Datto, Demandware, Gusto (fka ZenPayroll), The Honest Company, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snapchat, Stripe, and Warby Parker. Juan’s experience in technology covers a wide spectrum – prior to joining General Catalyst, he worked at Javelin Venture Partners, Primary Venture Partners, McGraw-Hill Education and J.P. Morgan and was also the co-founder of Ripple Concerts, a marketplace for live music. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Business and from Harvard Business School with an MBA where he was a National Society of Hispanic MBAs Scholar and was awarded the Rock Entrepreneurship, Toigo and InSITE Fellowships. Follow Juan on Twitter via @juanleungli.
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Jules Pieri

Jules Pieri

Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how…

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool.

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Julia McElhinney

Julia McElhinney

Urban Design Strategist & Special Project Manager, CBT

Passionate about placemaking, urban planning and sustainability, Julia focuses on fostering community conversation and collaboration through the built environment. As an urban design strategist and…
Passionate about placemaking, urban planning and sustainability, Julia focuses on fostering community conversation and collaboration through the built environment. As an urban design strategist and special project manager at CBT, Julia works with the firm’s principals to direct the organization’s community engagement and urban innovation initiatives. Julia identifies and spearheads opportunities citywide to celebrate and expand the firm’s presence in both the local arts and innovation communities. Her past projects include HUBweek 2015, Boston’s inaugural innovation festival, Boston Creates, the City’s first-ever cultural plan, and Design Museum Boston’s Urban Innovation Festival. She also works on numerous multi-scalar urban design and planning projects for private, public and nonprofit clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies focused on community building from Dartmouth College.
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Julie Burros

Julie Burros

Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston

Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh.…
Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She oversees the Office of Arts and Culture which houses the Boston Cultural Council and the Boston Art Commission. In this role, she leads the Boston Creates cultural plan, and oversees of grant making, grant seeking, public art, exhibitions and selected public programs and events. Formerly, Julie was the Director of Cultural Planning for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, where she directed the creation of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. She is adjunct researcher at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) School of Public Administration in Beijing China, and adjunct faculty member at The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago.
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Julie Ferland

Julie Ferland

General Manager, Shell TechWorks

Julie joined Shell TechWorks in March 2015 as Head of Program Management. Previously, Julie was Vice President of Engineering at Hydroid, developing marine robotic systems…
Julie joined Shell TechWorks in March 2015 as Head of Program Management. Previously, Julie was Vice President of Engineering at Hydroid, developing marine robotic systems including REMUS AUV’s. She also held the position of Vice President and Principal Engineer at Maritime Applied Physics Corporation. She focused her career on technology development and deployment, primarily for the US Department of Defense, including projects such as integration of UAVs onto small-deck surface ships, development of unmanned surface vessels, and harvesting energy from subsea thermal vents. Julie also served as an Engineering Duty Officer and Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, working as a naval architect, a hardhat salvage diver and a gas turbine engineer. Julie holds an Engineer Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University.
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Julie Reimann, M.D., Ph.D

Julie Reimann, M.D., Ph.D

Cellist, Longwood Symphony Orchestra; Director, Molecular Dermatopathology, Miraca Life Sciences, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Tufts Univ. School of Medicine

Jutta Frederichs & Sandra Richter

Jutta Frederichs & Sandra Richter

Co-Founder and CEO, Soofa

Jutta Friedrichs, is the cofounder of the MIT smart urban furniture & IoT startup, Soofa. She has over 10 years of experience in creative strategy,…
Jutta Friedrichs, is the cofounder of the MIT smart urban furniture & IoT startup, Soofa. She has over 10 years of experience in creative strategy, multi-media production, design, manufacturing and product managements in the UK, China and the US. Jutta cofounded Xindao’s product design studio and her furniture design studio, MÜ, in Shanghai before she earned her Masters at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since, she has cofounded, NGIN Workplace, a Cambridge-based workspace and network for global entrepreneurs. Jutta has received multiple international design awards and develops products at the speed of light.   Sandra Richter, is the cofounder and CEO of the MIT smart urban furniture & IoT startup, Soofa. A marketing scientist focusing on Persuasive Technology in the urban landscape, particularly sustainable mobility, she worked at the MIT Medialab where she investigated into how persuasion profiling can lead to sustainable urban mobility choices. Next to her research she consulted for Europe’s key energy supplier, Vattenfall. Before earning her Masters in strategic communication from the University of the Arts in Berlin, she worked as an international market researcher at KPMG. Last year Sandra was selected as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company for her work in and around cities.
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Kait Levesque

Kait Levesque

Play Coordinator, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Kait (or Katherine, whichever you've already started using) Levesque is the Play Coordinator for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. She works to plan…

Kait (or Katherine, whichever you've already started using) Levesque is the Play Coordinator for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. She works to plan and implement playful and education programming to engage the park's myriad audiences. 

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Kaite Rosa

Kaite Rosa

Director, Content & Marketing, VentureFizz

Kaite Rosa is Director, Content & Marketing at VentureFizz, a digital platform covering technology, entrepreneurship, and career inspiration in Boston. There, she's responsible…
Kaite Rosa is Director, Content & Marketing at VentureFizz, a digital platform covering technology, entrepreneurship, and career inspiration in Boston. There, she's responsible for leading the editorial and marketing strategies. An award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist, Kaite specializes in content marketing, corporate communications, and thought leadership for tech companies. She has held content-focused roles at leading Boston-area companies including Virgin Pulse, Lionbridge, and Brafton, and has reported for New York City-based online publications Mobile Marketer, Mobile Commerce Daily, and Luxury Daily. Follow her on Twitter: @kaiterosa
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Kalila Barnett

Executive Director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)

Kalila Barnett is the Executive Director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a leading environmental justice organization based in Boston. For…

Kalila Barnett is the Executive Director of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a leading environmental justice organization based in Boston. For over twenty years ACE has worked to build the power of low income communities and communities of color in Massachusetts and in the region. Kalila first got involved with ACE as a volunteer and a member then later served on the board of directors. Kalila has over a decade of experience in community organizing around affordable housing, land development and environmental justice. She is a Roxbury native and lifelong resident of Boston. Kalila graduated from Bates College with a degree in American Studies and Spanish. Prior to assuming this position, Kalila was a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United, and worked at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Madison Park Development Corporation. Kalila serves on the boards of Right to the City Alliance, Mass Budget and Policy Center, and The Center for Environmental Health.

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Kara Elliott-Ortega

Kara Elliott-Ortega

Director of Planning and Policy, The City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

Kara Elliott-Ortega is the Director of Planning and Policy for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. She focuses on…
Kara Elliott-Ortega is the Director of Planning and Policy for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. She focuses on the intersection of arts and culture with the built environment and community development. Most recently, she worked on Boston Creates, Boston's first cultural plan. She previously worked with MIT's Community Innovators Lab. In this role, she worked on a community ownership plan for Project Row Houses in Houston, organized with the Hope District and the Boggs Center in Detroit, and managed strategic communications for the Society of Architectural Historians. Kara received a Master of City Planning and an Urban Design Certificate from MIT and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
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Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan

Chairman & CEO, Hill Holliday Group

Kate Ardini

Kate Ardini

AVP, Brand Strategy & Advertising at John Hancock Financial Services

Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy

President, MIT Enterprise Forum

Kathleen is currently the president of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MIT’s community for technology entrepreneurs with over 20 chapters around the world. She is the…
Kathleen is currently the president of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MIT’s community for technology entrepreneurs with over 20 chapters around the world. She is the former president of MIT Technology Review, where she helped to redefine the iconic magazine brand and expand the global footprint. She started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but she quickly found her true calling in media. She left the financial world to join a startup that specialized in media research for the film industry. Kathleen worked on a wide range of movies for major studios, including Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. Kathleen is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events around the world. With over 16 years in the media, she is a skilled moderator on a wide variety of topics.She is very active in the community, serving as a judge for many competitions including the MITX awards, the Inclusive Innovation Competition and the Lemelson-MIT prizes. She sits on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, the executive committee for HUBweek and she is an advisor for Good Growth Capital.  She was awarded the Folio: 40, which recognizes the most innovative and influential people in the media industry.
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Katie Burke

Katie Burke

Vice President, Culture & Experience, HubSpot

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Kevin C. Eggan, PhD

Kevin C. Eggan, PhD

Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; Director, Stem Cell Biology, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute; Principal Investigator, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Kevin Saba

Kevin Saba

President, The Development and Marketing Group Company; Founder, CommonCove

Mr. Saba's 30 year multi-discipline career combing RE Development, Law (MA Bar) and four Presidential campaigns has most recently propelled him to the forefront of…
Mr. Saba's 30 year multi-discipline career combing RE Development, Law (MA Bar) and four Presidential campaigns has most recently propelled him to the forefront of the housing component of the rapidly emerging sharing economy and has yielded exciting examples of what is possible when we reimagine housing. Mr Saba has successfully combined housing, workspace and community engagement after navigating legal, business and political challenges to secure the zoning relief required to build smaller livable spaces than anything existing in Boston today. The microunits, combined with a flexible coworking space, are thoughtfully designed and furnished through an organic, evolutionary process that continually responds to the needs of the community and the work-life habits of its residents. Overall, the projects are models for suburban, and near-urban, towns to leverage innovative workforce trends. Mr. Saba's diverse public service includes the Board of the Crowdfunding Professional Association, the Waterville Valley ZBA and has Moderated Town Meeting. Mr. Saba holds a B.A. degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. degree from the University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. He is a member of the Bar in the State of Massachusetts.
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Kit Hickey

Kit Hickey

Co-Founder of Ministry of Supply

An investment banker by trade and outdoorsman by passion, Kit was tired of trading her capable activewear for stiff suiting every Monday. She’s…

An investment banker by trade and outdoorsman by passion, Kit was tired of trading her capable activewear for stiff suiting every Monday. She’s a graduate of Colby College and holds half an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Kristina Ricco

Kristina Ricco

Adjunct Faculty Member, Wentworth Institute of Technology

As an urban designer, Kristina draws on a body of interdisciplinary work experience which ranges in scale from graphic identity to citywide master plans. Kristina…
As an urban designer, Kristina draws on a body of interdisciplinary work experience which ranges in scale from graphic identity to citywide master plans. Kristina champions effective urban design by evolving a rigorous dialogue that considers a wide variety of stakeholder interests and perspectives. Her past work includes the production of content for publications and both physical and digital exhibit spaces. An as adjunct faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Kristina instructs a graduate seminar course focused on history, theory and criticism. She has a strong personal interest in the overlapping spheres of information systems, communication, and social justice. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
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Kyle Seaman

Kyle Seaman

Director of Farm Technology, Freight Farms

Kyle Seaman is Director of Farm Technology at Freight Farms, and is responsible for leading Freight Farms’ software initiatives, bringing a modern set…

Kyle Seaman is Director of Farm Technology at Freight Farms, and is responsible for leading Freight Farms’ software initiatives, bringing a modern set of farming tools and technologies to farmers through a suite of software products. Freight Farms' flagship product is an automated, hydroponic farm enclosed in an insulated shipping container, allowing anyone to start growing produce locally. Prior to joining Freight Farms, Kyle was a Senior Product Designer at NTT Data, leading the company’s gamification practice, working with clients from health IT, financial services and commercial sectors.  Previously, Kyle was co-founder and CEO of HighScore House, a venture-backed, family tech start-up.

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Kyna Leski

Kyna Leski

Professor, Architecture Department, The Rhode Island School of Design; Principal, 3six0 Architecture; Author, The Storm of Creativity, The MIT Press

Kyna Leski is a designer, an artist, a teacher, and a writer who seeks creative discovery. She is a principal of 3SIXØ Architecture, a Professor…
Kyna Leski is a designer, an artist, a teacher, and a writer who seeks creative discovery. She is a principal of 3SIXØ Architecture, a Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, and author of The Storm of Creativity, published in 2015 by The MIT Press.   3SIXØ’s work includes a house to dwell in – in awe, a church that inspires and expands, a store that contracts into a restaurant bar, a salon that extends the life of the city inside and a pedestrian bridge that connects a historic past to today. As part of her research, Kyna keeps a journal of her painted dreams. She most recently delved into storm as a metaphor for creativity, through Storm’s eye View, an animated drawing of water in its turbulent and generative journey. Kyna has given talks across the country—from a main-stage presentation at POP!Tech in Camden, Maine in 2009 to an “Aquacast” at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California in 2016
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LaTasha Sarpy

LaTasha Sarpy

Charter Parent, Brooke Charter School, Mattapan; Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences Department, Bunker Hill Community College

Laura Malloy, LICSW

Laura Malloy, LICSW

Director of Yoga Programs; Co-Director, Education Initiative; Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ms. Malloy is Director of Yoga Programs and a Co-Director for the Benson-Henry Institute’s Education Initiative program. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker,…
Ms. Malloy is Director of Yoga Programs and a Co-Director for the Benson-Henry Institute’s Education Initiative program. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, specializing in working with children and their families. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MSW from Salem State College. Ms. Malloy is also a Kripalu yoga teacher, certified at the 500 hour level, with additional certifications in Yoga of the Heart, for individuals with cancer and cardiac disease, Laughter Yoga and Yoga Ed for children. She has a certification in yoga therapy from the Rocky Mountain Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda. Ms. Malloy has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2001. Her specialty areas include yoga for stress reduction and health promotion, and bringing mind/body stress reduction strategies into school settings.
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Laurance Stuntz

Laurance Stuntz

Director, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech

Laurance Stuntz is the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. He is an experienced and passionate leader working to…

Laurance Stuntz is the Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, or MeHI. He is an experienced and passionate leader working to help Massachusetts leverage digital health innovation for better economic and care delivery outcomes.  MeHI is a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a unique state agency working to support innovation economy growth. MeHI is the Commonwealth’s entity for health care innovation, technology, and competitiveness, and partners with industry, government, and healthcare organizations to support the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative on behalf of Governor Charlie Baker. MeHI also helps all the Commonwealth’s providers harness the benefits of electronic health records and the statewide health information exchange.  As part of this effort, they work with stakeholders to ensure that patients have access to their data and become active and engaged participants in managing their health. For more information, please visit www.mehi.masstech.org. Prior to joining MeHI in 2012, Laurance worked for 25 years in healthcare information technology product development, systems integration and management consulting, primarily focused on collaboration and exchange of information among healthcare organizations. He was a Partner at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with responsibility for CSC’s Collaborative Communities solution area and the Senior Vice President responsible for product development for NaviNet. Laurance is an advocate for stronger patient engagement in healthcare information and decision-making, and serves as a member of the Massachusetts Health Information Technology Council. He is a Dartmouth College graduate, a Wellesley resident, and an enthusiast of outdoor sports, craft beer, and his family. You can find Laurance online at @lstuntz.

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Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones

Director of Business Strategy for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in the City of Boston

Lauren Jones is the Director of Business Strategy for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in the City of Boston. In this role, Lauren focuses…

Lauren Jones is the Director of Business Strategy for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in the City of Boston. In this role, Lauren focuses on attracting new businesses to grow in Boston, retaining existing businesses, engaging the Boston business community, and strengthening Boston for growth as a place to do business in the national and international markets. Prior to this role, Lauren led key initiatives for the Walsh Administration including the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program, the development of the Mayor's Mentoring Movement to recruit 1,000 mentors for Boston's youth, the successful passage of banning smokeless tobacco in Boston parks, and the city's execution of President Obama's 'My Brother's Keeper' (MBK) Initiative in Boston which she continues to provide advisory support. Before joining the City of Boston in January 2014, Lauren worked in state government for over six years including as Policy and Communications Director for Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, Communications Director in the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and Senior Project Manager in the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at Northeastern University.

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Leandre Adifon

Leandre Adifon

Vice President, Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology, Ingersoll Rand

Leandre Adifon is vice president for Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology at Ingersoll Rand. He oversees programs and portfolio management, systems engineering, and advanced…
Leandre Adifon is vice president for Enterprise Systems Engineering & Advanced Technology at Ingersoll Rand. He oversees programs and portfolio management, systems engineering, and advanced technology. Until recently, he led engineering and technology for the Industrial Technologies Sector, which includes compressed air technologies, power tools, fluids management, material handling, and Club Car (an Ingersoll Rand brand). Previously, Adifon spent 20 years at United Technologies, where he was vice president of Otis Worldwide Engineering and a member of the Otis Executive Committee. He held various roles of increasing responsibility within United Technologies, including vice president of elevator systems engineering and development, director of engineering for North and South America, and senior manager for systems engineering worldwide, among others. Prior to joining United Technologies, Adifon served as a consultant in robotics, machine tools, and thermal engineering in Europe. He holds advanced degrees in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan in Italy and in management and finance technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He also has an MBA from RPI and holds SDM’s Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development. He is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Global Architecture Forum, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a board member of the American School for the Deaf and the African School of Economics.
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Lyda Kuth

Lyda Kuth

Executive Director, LEF Foundation, LEF Foundation

Lyda is a founding board member and current Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the…
Lyda is a founding board member and current Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision & Excellence in the media arts. In 2011, she had her debut as director/producer with her film, Love and Other Anxieties; and served as executive producer for Secundaria, with director Mary Jane Doherty, which premiered in 2013.
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Maggie Foley

Maggie Foley

Senior Experience Design Lead, Hill Holliday

Maggie is the Senior Experience Design Lead at Hill Holliday, one of the top advertising agencies in the country. WIth a passion for…
Maggie is the Senior Experience Design Lead at Hill Holliday, one of the top advertising agencies in the country. WIth a passion for interaction design and responsive web, she has crafted experiences for brands including Above the Influence, Bank of America, the City of Boston, IdeaPaint, Necco, Novartis, and the One Fund. Outside of the advertising world, Maggie steers the creative vision for Backlash Beer -- a small craft brewing companies she co-founded in 2011. In her free time, she can be found taking too many photos of her English Bulldog, Stout, aptly named after both his stature and her favorite beverage.
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Malia Lazu

Malia Lazu

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Future Boston Alliance, Future Boston Alliance

The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation. As…
The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation. As Executive Director of the Future Boston Alliance, Malia is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s strategic planning, program development, fundraising, and reporting to the Board of Directors. In addition to her extensive work advocating for youth and communities, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor.
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Manolis Kellis, Ph.D.

Manolis Kellis, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Science, MIT; Head, MIT Computational Biology Group; Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab

Manolis Kellis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at MIT, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and of the Broad…
Manolis Kellis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at MIT, a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he directs the MIT Computational Biology Group (compbio.mit.edu). His group has recently been funded to lead the integrative analysis efforts of the modENCODE project for Drosophila melanogaster, and also for integrative analysis of the NIH Epigenome Roadmap Project. He has received the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) for his NIH R01 work in Computational Genomics, the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Karl Van Tassel chair in EECS, the Distinguished Alumnus 1964 chair, and the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award in EECS. He was recognized for his research in genomics as one of the top young innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review Magazine, one of the principal investigators of the future by Genome Technology magazine, and one of three young scientists representing the next generation in biotechnology by the Boston Museum of Science. He obtained his Ph.D. from MIT, where he received the Sprowls award for the best doctorate thesis in computer science, and the first Paris Kanellakis graduate fellowship. Prior to computational biology, he worked on artificial intelligence, sketch and image recognition, robotics, and computational geometry, at MIT and at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He lived in Greece and France before moving to the US.
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Mark Gebhardt, M.D.

Mark Gebhardt, M.D.

Clarinet, Longwood Symphony Orchestra; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital Chief of Orthopedics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Marty Meehan

Marty Meehan

President, University of Massachusetts System & former US Congressman

Matthew Kleiman

Matthew Kleiman

Head of Programs, Shell TechWorks

Matthew leads the execution of all projects at Shell TechWorks. Matt helped launch Shell TechWorks in 2013 as the founding Head of Operations of the…
Matthew leads the execution of all projects at Shell TechWorks. Matt helped launch Shell TechWorks in 2013 as the founding Head of Operations of the center. Matt came to Shell with significant experience in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. His background includes helping to lead technology commercialization activities in the energy, biomedical, space and defense businesses at Draper Laboratory; starting and advising more than a dozen start-up life science, information technology and energy companies with the WilmerHale Venture Group; and co-founding a biotechnology company out of Duke University. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, law degree from Duke, and executive education at the MIT Sloan School of Business.
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Maureen Stancik Boyce, Ph.D.

Maureen Stancik Boyce, Ph.D.

Managing Partner, Good Growth Capital

Maureen is a founding partner at Good Growth Capital. She is currently on the Board of GGC, and a member of GGC's Investment Committee. Maureen…
Maureen is a founding partner at Good Growth Capital. She is currently on the Board of GGC, and a member of GGC's Investment Committee. Maureen was the co-founder of Ignition Ventures, focused on building fundable companies alongside technology entrepreneurs. In addition to working domestically for start-ups, such as SiOnyx, Zoragen, Ember, and Lilliputian, Maureen worked in Asia, consulting for a Fortune 100 company to build and implement its Asia entry strategy. Prior to that, Maureen built business strategies for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, working for 10+ years as an Associate Partner in IBM’s Business Strategy practice (and its acquisition Mainspring). During that time, she also led IBM's thought leadership practice worldwide in Consumer Products, Retail and Travel. Maureen worked as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in both Boston and Sydney post business school. Prior to her graduate work, Maureen served in the US Peace Corp, building small water systems for Fijian villages. Maureen received her MBA from MIT's Sloan School, as well as her Ph D and MS from MIT in Engineering project management. Her research focused on Mulit-criteria decision-making under uncertainty, with multiple decision makers, a skill highly applicable to start-up companies. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.
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Max Stearns

Max Stearns

Housing Innovation Fellow, The City of Boston, the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab

Max is the Housing Innovation Fellow for the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab. In this role, he champions a wide variety of policy analysis and prototype-driven…
Max is the Housing Innovation Fellow for the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab. In this role, he champions a wide variety of policy analysis and prototype-driven policymaking projects. His passion lies in creating and building tools which empower those in need. He brings a robust background in community development, affordable home construction, and neighborhood revitalization to such efforts. Previously, Max served as a Field Team Leader with the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region. His time with AmeriCorps granted him exposure to the many needs of urban environments and inspired Max to focus his energy on improving the quality of life for all urbanites. Max holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University.
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Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti

Host, Radio Boston, WBUR

Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on…
Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. She is also host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaborative digital production between WBUR and The New York Times. Meghna also serves as the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR's national midday news program.
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Melissa James

Melissa James

President and CEO, The Tech Connection

Melissa James is President and CEO of The Tech Connection, the premier marketplace for purpose driven, diverse technical talent. Her mission is to help…
Melissa James is President and CEO of The Tech Connection, the premier marketplace for purpose driven, diverse technical talent. Her mission is to help people reach their highest potential by accelerating their individual pathway to success. She believes that every individual should live by one principal to ‘Be the CEO of You”. She not only inspires people to realize their full potential she connects them to high performing companies that will accelerate their growth. She has a strong track record of building high performing teams for elite companies such as Google, Teradata, and local Boston businesses such as RA Capital, and Sample6.
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Meredith Sandiford

Meredith Sandiford

Executive Director, The Capital Network and Greenhorn Connect

Meredith Sandiford is the Executive Director of The Capital Network and Greenhorn Connect. The two non-profit organizations respectively connect start-ups and entrepreneurs to quality workshops…
Meredith Sandiford is the Executive Director of The Capital Network and Greenhorn Connect. The two non-profit organizations respectively connect start-ups and entrepreneurs to quality workshops and content around the fundraising process and provide the leading community calendar and event resource hub for the startup community in the greater Boston Area. Meredith joined The Capital Network in 2011 as Program Manager in charge of overhauling the curriculum and growing the community and resources TCN provides. In 2014 she advanced to the role of Executive Director, coinciding with the acquisition of Greenhorn Connect. Prior to joining TCN, Meredith worked with Boston startup accelerator MassChallenge to create events and programming during its first competition cycle. Meredith holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in International Business from Northeastern University.  
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Michael DeAddio

Michael DeAddio

Chief Operating Officer, WorldQuant

Mr. DeAddio oversees multiple global activities including Technology and Finance. Prior to joining WorldQuant in 2014, Mr. DeAddio was Chief Operating Officer, Chief…

Mr. DeAddio oversees multiple global activities including Technology and Finance. Prior to joining WorldQuant in 2014, Mr. DeAddio was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Investor Relations at Elm Ridge Capital, and before that served as Chief Operating Officer at Credit Suisse Alternative Asset Management. He was also Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Silver Point Capital and a Managing Director in the Credit business at Citadel Investments Group. Mr. DeAddio holds a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, Political Philosopher

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. His writings—on justice, ethics,…
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he teaches political philosophy. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets--have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television.  It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”
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Michael Schroeder

Michael Schroeder

Director of Virtual Design and Construction, SGA (Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc.) Boston/New York

Michael J. Schroeder is the Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Services for architectural firm SGA (Boston/New York)
Michael J. Schroeder is the Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Services for architectural firm SGA (Boston/New York)
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Michelle Caldeira

Michelle Caldeira

Senior Vice President of College Bound Dorchester

Michelle Caldeira is the Senior Vice President of College Bound Dorchester. Prior to joining College Bound Dorchester (CBD) in 2012, Michelle spent six years in…

Michelle Caldeira is the Senior Vice President of College Bound Dorchester. Prior to joining College Bound Dorchester (CBD) in 2012, Michelle spent six years in the Development & Communications office at Pine Street Inn, leading a team of fundraisers, communication specialists and volunteer coordinators to raise over $5M annually and manage 1,000+ volunteers. Currently, Michelle is the co-leader of College Bound and oversees Strategic Planning, Development, Government Affairs, Public Relations, and Special Events. In the past four years at CBD, Michelle has raised over $10M, significantly expanding new multi-year investments. As a direct result of her leadership, CBD’s signature College Connections Program, serving Opportunity Youth, gang-involved & incarcerated youth, grew over 75% in the last four years and successfully enrolled more than 150 young people into college. Michelle passionately believes in the genius of our young people and her commitment to communities of color and passion for education is demonstrated in the variety and breadth of her advocacy efforts. She serves on several boards including the José Mateo Dance Company and Bridge Boston Charter School. She is also active on the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance raising awareness for safety, wellness, and intervention in Dorchester. In addition to her activism, Michelle has galvanized strong support for candidates of color in Boston and beyond and pushed for legislative policies that support and fund programs for Opportunity Youth. Michelle received her BA in Sociology from Binghamton University. Michelle was born in Guyana, raised in Brooklyn and has lived in Boston for 14 years. She is a nine time marathoner, loving sister, proud daughter and can’t live without bacon.

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Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

Head of Digital Banking, Bank of America

Michelle Moore is Head of Digital Banking for Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing Bank of America’s mobile…
Michelle Moore is Head of Digital Banking for Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing Bank of America’s mobile and online strategy, roadmap and transformation. She is focused on making banking more convenient for customers by delivering innovative products and services across mobile devices and online platforms. Bank of America is a leader in Mobile and Online Banking with 33 million digital customers including more than 21 million Mobile Banking app users, growing at a rate of 11,000 users per day. Moore is also responsible for ATM, Fraud, Preferred and Small Business Call Centers, and Financial Centers and Market Growth Strategy. Since joining Bank of America in 2003, Moore has held a number of leadership positions, including chief operating officer for Global Commercial Banking (GCB) and Finance executive for GCB Middle Markets, Bank of America Business Capital and Dealer Financial Services. Additionally, she served as the Finance executive for Corporate Workplace. Moore also has experience in the Consumer Banking business, having held positions as Strategy and Planning executive, as well as Checking Products executive. Moore serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Leadership Advantage Program. She also serves on the board of Hope Haven, Inc. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She resides in Charlotte with her husband and two sons.
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Mike Festa

Mike Festa

Director, Wayfair Next

Mike Festa leads Wayfair’s research and development team, Wayfair Next, where he spearheads developments in augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D scanning. Previously, Festa was…
Mike Festa leads Wayfair’s research and development team, Wayfair Next, where he spearheads developments in augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D scanning. Previously, Festa was a Senior Software Engineer, where he led the warehouse management systems engineering team, stocking high demand items and shipping to customers within two days. Prior to his time at Wayfair, he led Software Development at IonSense where he built automated systems for mass spectrometry. Festa has a B.S. in Computer Science from The George Washington University, and studied Computer Science at the United States Air Force Academy.
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Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan

CEO, The Boston Globe

Prior to joining the Globe in January 2014, he spent 20 years at Hill Holliday, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, and…
Prior to joining the Globe in January 2014, he spent 20 years at Hill Holliday, where he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Creative Officer. During his tenure as President and CEO, the agency grew 85%, becoming the 12th largest agency in America and the second largest based outside of New York. Mike began his career as Sports Editor of the Weymouth (MA) News when he was 15, and he worked his way through college working in the library of The Boston Globe. After stints at Boston Magazine and the Quincy Patriot Ledger, he became an advertising copywriter and by the age of 25 had been awarded his first One Show Gold award and Cannes Lion. He won additional One Show Gold, Cannes Lion, Grand Clio, Communication Arts, and Hatch Best of Show awards after joining Hill Holliday. In 1996, he was named Adweek Magazine’s National Creative Director of the Year. In 2013, the Ad Club of Boston inducted Mike into their Hall of Fame. In addition to Hill Holliday, Mike served as an Associate Creative Director at Leo Burnett and as Executive Creative Director of DDB Chicago where he oversaw McDonald’s. Mike has served on the Board of Directors of BJ’s Wholesale Club where he chaired the Compensation Committee and was a member of the Governance Committee as well as the Special Committee that oversaw the sale of the company to Leonard Green Partners and CVC for $2.8 billion in 2011. He has also served on the Board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and has chaired the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Saint Anselm College. He currently serves on the Boards of ChoiceStream, a leading programmatic advertising firm as well as the American Repertory Theater and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. He was a founder and Board member of One Fund Boston, Inc., the relief fund that raised in excess of $81 million for the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
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Mike Wasserman

Mike Wasserman

Executive Director of the Boston Debate League

Mike Wasserman is the Executive Director of the Boston Debate League, a quickly growing high-impact organization that brings the rigorous activities of debate and argumentation…

Mike Wasserman is the Executive Director of the Boston Debate League, a quickly growing high-impact organization that brings the rigorous activities of debate and argumentation to thousands of students in the Boston Public Schools. Prior to joining the BDL, Mike served in leadership roles at Bottom Line for 10 years, most recently as the Massachusetts Executive Director, leading the organization through a dramatic and unprecedented period of growth. Outside of work, Mike is the co-founder of a non-profit collaborative effort called the Marathon Coalition. He also serves on the Board of Noonan Scholars. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA in non-profit management from Boston University. Mike lives in Boston.

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Millie Liu

Millie Liu

Partner, Procyon Ventures

Millie Liu is a founding partner and managing director of Procyon Ventures, focusing on helping entrepreneurs with deep technology turn their ideas into…
Millie Liu is a founding partner and managing director of Procyon Ventures, focusing on helping entrepreneurs with deep technology turn their ideas into great businesses with global reach. She was previously at APT, an enterprise data analytics startup acquired by Mastercard for $600m where she helped Fortune 50 clients such as Walmart and P&G make better strategic decisions leveraging data. She also was a cofounder an MIT startup using machine learning to perform automatic event detection. And she previously worked in private equity in China with a focus on growth equity.
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Mitch Bush

Mitch Bush

Senior Designer, CBT

Mitch Bush is a senior designer at CBT. His work aims to bridge the gap between architecture and urban design by designing buildings that advance…
Mitch Bush is a senior designer at CBT. His work aims to bridge the gap between architecture and urban design by designing buildings that advance the visions outlined in existing neighborhood and district master plans. His innovative designs are known for their unique architectural languages. His recent projects include the award-winning master plan for the redevelopment of the Government Center Garage as well as the iconic, oval-shaped 121 Seaport Boulevard project currently under construction. Mitch holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
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Morgan First

Morgan First

Co-Founder and CEO of Second Glass Inc (Wine Riot)

Morgan First is the networker, cheerleader, press liaison and steadfast innovator behind the expansion of Second Glass. She was born and raised in Los Angeles,…

Morgan First is the networker, cheerleader, press liaison and steadfast innovator behind the expansion of Second Glass. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and headed to Boston for college where she earned her degree from Emerson College in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After graduating she ran 1st Publications Motion Affair Planner (MAP) BOSTON, a combination local city guide and planner that was sold successfully at Barnes and Noble locations across the city. She then switched gears to focus her dynamic vision and marketing prowess on all things wine and social media. Morgan was named INC Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs in 2010 and is regularly asked to speak on panels and share her skills with the world, including serving a formative member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. She has been recognized for her upbeat cando attitude and success in various publications including The Boston Globe and MSNBC's Your Business. You can find Morgan tirelessly jetsetting across the US as Second Glass expands its empire.

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Myechia Jordan

Myechia Jordan

President and CEO, The Dimock Center

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Na (Lina) Li

Na (Lina) Li

Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Na Li pursues a broad range of research interests that lie in the design, analysis and control of multi-agent systems with applications in power and…
Na Li pursues a broad range of research interests that lie in the design, analysis and control of multi-agent systems with applications in power and energy systems, systems biology and physiology. The goal of her research is to develop foundational theories and tools to exploit real world system structures that can lead to computationally efficient and distributed solutions, and apply them to improve systems operations and architecture.
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Natalia Urtubey

Natalia Urtubey

Director of Engagement, Imagine Boston 2030

As a lifelong advocate for community engagement, Natalia brings community leaders together to identify opportunities for collaboration, and creative way to showcase community work. Much…
As a lifelong advocate for community engagement, Natalia brings community leaders together to identify opportunities for collaboration, and creative way to showcase community work. Much of her work focuses on developing community growth strategies and stakeholder partnerships. With five years of experience in the non-profit sector, she also understands and promotes alternative education and career exploration programs for Boston’s youth. In July, Natalia joined the Mayor’s Office as the Director of Engagement for Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first master planning process in more than half a century. Natalia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Master in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University.
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Neil Gupta

Neil Gupta

Venture Engagement Team, Draper Laboratory, Draper Laboratory

Neil Gupta is responsible for fostering and facilitating Draper Laboratory’s relationship with Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, specifically development efforts in virtual and augmented reality. Gupta received…
Neil Gupta is responsible for fostering and facilitating Draper Laboratory’s relationship with Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, specifically development efforts in virtual and augmented reality. Gupta received Bachelor’s degree in Enginerring and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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Nick Dougherty

Nick Dougherty

Director, PULSE@MassChallenge

Nick Dougherty is the Program Director for PULSE@MassChallenge.  In this role, Nick focuses on facilitating active collaboration between high-impact startups and key stakeholders…

Nick Dougherty is the Program Director for PULSE@MassChallenge.  In this role, Nick focuses on facilitating active collaboration between high-impact startups and key stakeholders within the healthcare ecosystem, including leading providers, investors, corporates, institutions, and patient advocacy groups. He joins MassChallenge from VerbalCare, a 2013 MassChallenge Finalist, where he designed patient-centered communication platforms for providers and both verbal and nonverbal patients to improve shared decision making, healthcare management, and patient engagement. Nick served as Co-Founder and CEO before being named General Manager in 2015 after VerbalCare was acquired by Medical Specialties Distributors.

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Nick Montfort, Ph.D

Nick Montfort, Ph.D

Author of Computer Science, MIT

Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. His poetry books are #! and Riddle & Bind, and he co-wrote 2×6 and 2002: A Palindrome Story. His more than fifty digital projects include the collaborations The Deletionist, Sea and Spar Between, and the Renderings project. His collaborative and individual books from the MIT Press are: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, and most recently Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities. He lives in New York and Boston, offers naming services as Nomnym, and is a professor at MIT.
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Nicole Sahin

Nicole Sahin

CEO, Globalization Partners

Nicole Sahin is the CEO of Globalization Partners, a company which helps fast growing companies quickly expand into new foreign markets without the pain of…
Nicole Sahin is the CEO of Globalization Partners, a company which helps fast growing companies quickly expand into new foreign markets without the pain of establishing new subsidiaries. The company provides services in more than 150 countries and has been named the #6 fastest growing private company in America by Inc Magazine, as well as the #1 fastest-growing female-led company. Despite having achieved 17,000% growth in 3 years, Nicole is passionately focused on ensuring that her firm remains the most competent and trustworthy solution for companies navigating a complex global legal environment. Prior to launching Globalization Partners, Nicole was a Managing Director of a firm which provided international HR, tax, legal, and compliance services to CFOs, HR Directors and General Counsel of fast-growing technology companies establishing subsidiaries and hiring in dozens of countries. Via her experience advising companies ranging from Tesla to HID Global on their international expansions, Nicole founded Globalization Partners with a mission to create an international PEO (Professional Employer Organization) and thereby make it faster and easier for companies to hire talented employees internationally without setting up foreign entities. In her prior life, Nicole helped build High Street Partners, a software-enabled services firm which developed software to simplify management of global accounting, payroll and tax matters for CFOs and controllers. High Street Partners sold for approximately $100 million in 2014 and is now Radius, one of Globalization Partners’ business partners. She’s also owned a small business in the Caribbean, and founded the Sweet Life School in rural Cambodia. Nicole holds an MBA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Nicole lives in Boston, loves to travel, and is inspired by a vision of a world where the coolest companies and brightest people can seamlessly collaborate, without regard to jurisdiction.
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Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhD

Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhD

Mass. General Hospital

Niels Rosenquist is an Instructor on faculty in the psychiatry departments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research is broadly focused…
Niels Rosenquist is an Instructor on faculty in the psychiatry departments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research is broadly focused on the links between human biology and human behavior, with a focus on large-scale mobile data. and social media data. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Michigan in field of Neuroscience, after which he joined the United States Peace Corps to serve as a health educator in Guyana, South America. He returned to the US to attend graduate school, obtaining MD and PhD (economics) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and Wharton School of business. After finishing residency training at the MGH/McLean psychiatry residency program, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard with Nicholas Christakis, studying the links between mental illness, social networks and genetics.  His research is broadly focused on the links between human biology and human behavior, with a focus on large-scale biological and social media data. .
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Nimit Sawhney

Nimit Sawhney

Co-founder and CEO, Voatz

Nimit has nearly 15 years experience in mobile software development, information security and embedded systems including 5 yrs as the business/technical head of a R&D…
Nimit has nearly 15 years experience in mobile software development, information security and embedded systems including 5 yrs as the business/technical head of a R&D unit. Nimit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Business Management from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is currently the Co-Founder/CEO of Voatz, a small startup based in the Boston area which is piloting a high security mobile-first election voting and citizen engagement platform which utilizes the power of the Blockchain to enforce irrefutability. Nimit is always exploring new ways of using cutting-edge technologies in non-traditional arenas and is an enthusiastic participant in several civic tech projects.
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Noah Wilson-Rich

Noah Wilson-Rich

The Best Bees Company

Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes & LATimes op-ed contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / TV personality / beekeeper / uncle.…
Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes & LATimes op-ed contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / TV personality / beekeeper / uncle. He has 20 academic publications to date through affiliations with Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern Universities. His book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in 2014 through Princeton University Press (US) and Ivy Press Ltd. (UK). Noah partnered his national book tour with the expansion of The Best Bees Company across 8 cities, meeting with and hiring local beekeepers along the way. Noah earned his Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University in 2011. His research focuses on ways to improve bee health. Noah is a Founding Partner and current Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties, nationwide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research conducted at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in Boston’s South End.
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Nurzhas Makishev

Nurzhas Makishev

Managing Partner, NKM Capital

As a venture capitalist, Nurzhas has led investments in over 50 leading technology companies including Lyft, Hyperloop One, Ripple, Robinhood, eShares and Cruise.…
As a venture capitalist, Nurzhas has led investments in over 50 leading technology companies including Lyft, Hyperloop One, Ripple, Robinhood, eShares and Cruise. Previously, he was an early stage investor at Venrock and IP Group and led product strategy at Google and Oracle. Early in his career, Nurzhas worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and Bank of America and a researcher at MIT Media Lab. Nurzhas received an MBA from the Wharton School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and Economics from MIT.
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Olivier de Weck, PhD

Olivier de Weck, PhD

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT; Codirector, Center for Complex Engineering Systems, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and MIT

Olivier L. “Oli” de Weck is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT as well as the codirector of the Center…
Olivier L. “Oli” de Weck is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT as well as the codirector of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and MIT. He is also the lead instructor and coordinator for MIT’s System Design and Management core. His research interests, teaching emphasis, and professional experience centers on “strategic engineering,” i.e. the design of complex systems for long life cycles (greater than 10 years) under both epistemic and aleatoric uncertainty. Before joining MIT, he was a liaison engineer and later engineering program manager on the Swiss F/A-18 fighter aircraft program at McDonnell Douglas.
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Orhan Gazelle

Orhan Gazelle

Investor, Schooner Capital

Orhan joined Schooner in 2015 to focus on venture and growth stage investment opportunities. He holds responsibilities across the full lifecycle of investments,…
Orhan joined Schooner in 2015 to focus on venture and growth stage investment opportunities. He holds responsibilities across the full lifecycle of investments, from sourcing to diligence and deal execution to portfolio company support.  Prior to joining Schooner, Orhan was an analyst at Taulia, Inc., a financial supply chain company based in San Francisco, where he served as a cross-functional business partner responsible for driving company-wide analytics.  Orhan holds a Master of Engineering Management from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College.
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Panos Panay

Panos Panay

Founding Managing Director, BerkleeICE

Panos Panay '94 is the founding managing director of Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor…
Panos Panay '94 is the founding managing director of Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from more than 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners. He writes about startups and entrepreneurship for blogs and publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, and he has been named to Inc. magazine's "Inc. 500,” Fast Company's "Fast 50," BostInno's "50 on Fire," and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” Panay has delivered guest lectures at universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University, as well as at industry events including South by Southwest (SXSW), Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale (Midem), and TEDx. He serves on a number of boards.
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Paola Sebastiani, PhD

Paola Sebastiani, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health

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Patrick Petitti

Patrick Petitti

CEO, Catalant

Pat Petitti is the co-founder and co-CEO of Catalant, the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent. Founded in 2013 at Harvard Business School, HourlyNerd’s…
Pat Petitti is the co-founder and co-CEO of Catalant, the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent. Founded in 2013 at Harvard Business School, HourlyNerd’s innovative human capital solution connects top independent professionals with enterprises to tackle projects flexibly, quickly and efficiently. Catalant has built a global network of nearly 30,000 boutique consulting firms, custom teams, and independent experts, as well as best-in-class software tools for engaging and managing expertise and project work. Based in Boston, Catalant serves more than 10,000 clients, including Fortune 1000 companies like GE, Hess, Pfizer, and Microsoft, as well as countless others on a confidential basis. Prior to founding HourlyNerd, Petitti was a consultant at negotiation and conflict management consulting firm Vantage partners, and before that at Booz Allen Hamilton. Petitti received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a die-hard Bostonian.
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Paul Ha

Paul Ha

Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center

List Center Director Paul Ha has more than 25 years of professional experience in art and museum administration and curating. He was the Director of…
List Center Director Paul Ha has more than 25 years of professional experience in art and museum administration and curating. He was the Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM), Deputy Director of Programs at Yale University Art Gallery, and Executive Director of White Columns, New York’s oldest non-profit visual art space. He has curated and worked with 100+ artists in solo and group exhibitions, and many artists received their first major museum exhibitions with his support. He has been a visiting critic, lecturer, and consultant at many institutions, including the NEA. Since joining the List Center in 2011, Paul has overseen several site-specific commissions on MIT’s campus and founded the exhibition program List Projects for emerging artists. In 2015 he served as commissioner and co-curator of the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
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Paul Nioi, Ph.D

Paul Nioi, Ph.D

Scientific Director, Amgen Massachusetts

Paul is a molecular biologist and has worked in biotech for over 12 years. He obtained his BS in pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland before completing his PhD in molecular pharmacology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Paul then went on to postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Cecil Pickett who was the head of research and development at Schering-Plough (now part of Merck). Paul’s team at Amgen is heavily focused on using human systems to predict both the safety and efficacy of drugs and their targets. His team has major efforts in applying human genetics, advanced human in vitro models and genome engineering to enhance our abilities to focus on human biology in translational medicine.
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Paulina Perepelkin

Paulina Perepelkin

Founder, Additive Fashion; Founder, ZyeSao; Business Development Manager, GrabCAD

Paulina is the founder of Additive Fashion, a blog focusing on 3D printed fashion, founder of ZveSao- a boutique luxury 3D printed jewelry brand and…
Paulina is the founder of Additive Fashion, a blog focusing on 3D printed fashion, founder of ZveSao- a boutique luxury 3D printed jewelry brand and the organizer of Wearable Technology in Boston Meetup with 650 professional members focusing on developing the next generation of wearables. She is also the Business Development Manager for GrabCAD, a Stratasys Software Solution. On the crossroads of Business, Fashion and Technology Paulina has consulted with numerous companies on the strategies of incorporating 3d printing and wearable technologies to develop their brand and better connect with customers. Paulina holds an MBA with a focus on Fashion Management as well as an MS in Operations Management. She wrote her double thesis on 'Potential Applications of Additive Manufacturing in Developing the Fashion Industry"
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Payal Agrawal Divakaran

Payal Agrawal Divakaran

Principal / .406 Ventures

Payal Agrawal Divakaran is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she supports the team in investing, board involvement, and portfolio management. .406 Ventures…

Payal Agrawal Divakaran is a Principal at .406 Ventures, where she supports the team in investing, board involvement, and portfolio management. .406 Ventures is a Boston-based venture capital firm with ~$650M under management. The firm invests in enterprise-oriented startups in sectors including healthcare IT, cybersecurity, data/analytics, and cloud infrastructure. Payal is currently involved with Axial Healthcare, CloudHealth, Lexumo, Jisto, Nomad Health, and Redox. Previously, Payal was at Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a company called SpotRocket to help students discover high potential startups to work for. Payal has also worked at Eventbrite, Spectrum Equity, and J.P. Morgan. Payal received her MBA, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and her BS in Electrical Engineering and minor in Management from MIT. She is a Boston native, and she and her husband, who is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, currently live in Cambridge.

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Peter Boyce II

Peter Boyce II

Principal, General Catalyst Partners

“The power of technology lies in its ability to create, democratize, and expand our notions of human livelihood.” I am excited about opportunities anchored by product-focused entrepreneurs and it’s a privilege to…
“The power of technology lies in its ability to create, democratize, and expand our notions of human livelihood.”
I am excited about opportunities anchored by product-focused entrepreneurs and it’s a privilege to work alongside founders who champion this as well. At General Catalyst, I’ve enjoyed supporting companies such as CadreGiphy, Indico, and Mark43. In addition, I help oversee Rough Draft Ventures, through which General Catalyst invests in promising university entrepreneurs. It’s incredibly rewarding to work with student entrepreneurs as I am passionate about empowering potential founders early in their lives. I relate to entrepreneurs as someone who has been in their shoes. Before joining General Catalyst, I worked at start-ups in education (Skillshare), media (Bad Boy Entertainment), and personal finance (GoGirl Finance). I also worked on technology-focused investment strategies at a hedge fund. I graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and Secondary in Computer Science. While on campus, I co-founded Harvard Ventures & HackHarvard: two student-led organizations that build community around engineers and future founders.
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Peter J. Koutoujian

Peter J. Koutoujian

Sheriff of Middlesex County

Peter J. Koutoujian was sworn in as the 30th Sheriff of Middlesex County on January 21, 2011. During his nearly five years in office,…

Peter J. Koutoujian was sworn in as the 30th Sheriff of Middlesex County on January 21, 2011. During his nearly five years in office, Sheriff Koutoujian has focused on launching a new era at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with a series of initiatives aimed at increasing public confidence, providing a safer working environment for staff, and improving the lives of those in its custody. From his first day in office, Sheriff Koutoujian implemented new hiring and promotional practices intended to further professionalize the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. Those included promotional exams for employees as well as the completion of four academy graduation classes in four years, yielding 150 new full time, academy trained officers. Another top priority upon becoming Sheriff was the relocation of the Middlesex Jail located on the top floors of the Edward J. Sullivan Court House in Cambridge. For years, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office was the lone occupant of the otherwise abandoned high rise. In June of 2014, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office safely departed the aging complex and relocated to our main facility. Nearly one year from that date, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office was accredited by the prestigious American Correctional Association, recognizing “the best of the best” in the correctional field. The Sheriff has also prioritized the need to provide innovative treatment and programming for those in the custody of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, underscoring this important window of opportunity to address the factors that led to the criminal behavior of those who are incarcerated. As a former public health official, Sheriff Koutoujian recognizes the essential role of health care in continuing to rehabilitate the justice-involved. He has led an effort throughout the Commonwealth to utilize health insurance as a tool to reduce recidivism while saving taxpayer dollars by enrolling individuals to coincide with their date of release, allowing for access to critical substance abuse and behavioral health-related resources upon returning to the community.

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Peter J. Pitts

Peter J. Pitts

President & Co-Founder, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Peter Shattuck

Peter Shattuck

Director, Clean Energy Initiative & Director, Massachusetts Office, Acadia Center

Peter Shattuck's work at Acadia Center focuses on cleaning up the energy supply across all sectors of the economy. Driving market-based emissions reductions is at…

Peter Shattuck's work at Acadia Center focuses on cleaning up the energy supply across all sectors of the economy. Driving market-based emissions reductions is at the core of this work, using cap and trade policies such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which Acadia Center has tracked since the program’s early development in the 2000s and which Acadia Center is now promoting beyond the region. Peter also leads parallel efforts to price carbon emissions in the transportation, building, and industrial sectors, and to provide incentives to boost clean energy supply in the electric and thermal sectors. As Massachusetts Director, Peter oversees Acadia Center’s work on grid modernization, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and renewables in the Commonwealth. Peter received a B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin, where he focused on the impact of carbon markets on development in Mexico.

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Rachel Rabinovich

Rachel Rabinovich

CFP®, Society of Grownups

Rachel is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who believes that financial planning can be a positive and powerful tool for changing lives. Before joining Society…
Rachel is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who believes that financial planning can be a positive and powerful tool for changing lives. Before joining Society of Grownups, Rachel was a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, where she helped clients manage their investments with an emphasis on sustainable and responsible investing.
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Rachel Zimmerman

Rachel Zimmerman

Moderator. WBUR reporter CommonHealth Blog

Rachel Zimmerman is a reporter at WBUR and spends most of her time writing and editing stories for the CommonHealth blog, where she covers health…
Rachel Zimmerman is a reporter at WBUR and spends most of her time writing and editing stories for the CommonHealth blog, where she covers health and medicine. Previously, she was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Seattle, New York and Boston. She’s also written for The New York Times, the (now-defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the alternative paper Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon, among other publications. She is the co-author of The Doula Guide To Birth (2009), published by Bantam/Random House. In 2008, she spent the year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Rachel lives in Cambridge with her two daughters.
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Rafael Reif

Rafael Reif

President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ravi Chaturvedi

Ravi Chaturvedi

Research Fellow, The Fletcher School, Graduate School on International Affairs; Tufts University

Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi is a Research Fellow for Innovation and Change at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at IBGC where he leads the…
Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi is a Research Fellow for Innovation and Change at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at IBGC where he leads the Planet eBiz study, which analyzes the forces that drive digital evolution and the future of global commerce. He is the co-author of the third most read Harvard Business Review article in 2015, “Where the Digital Economy is Moving the Fastest”. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, strategy and business management, and the payments industry. Prior to Fletcher, Chaturvedi was the Head of Portfolio and Products for the Middle East and North Africa region at American Express. He also worked in various capacities in parts of Asia for a decade with organizations such as Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Hewlett Packard. Currently a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School, Chaturvedi holds the MIB degree from Fletcher, where he was an Emerging Markets Enterprise Scholar. He also has an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. Chaturvedi serves as a Member of the Advisory Board for the Estonian Government’s eResidency initiative.
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Rebecca “Becky” Koepnick

Rebecca “Becky” Koepnick

Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, The Boston Foundation

Rebecca “Becky” Koepnick, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, joined the Boston Foundation in February 2014 and oversees TBF’s grantmaking related to housing and community development…

Rebecca “Becky” Koepnick, Director of Neighborhoods and Housing, joined the Boston Foundation in February 2014 and oversees TBF’s grantmaking related to housing and community development as well as program-related investments. Since joining TBF Becky has focused the Foundation’s work on advocacy to break down barriers to new housing development, launched the Health Starts at Home initiative, and supported the work of community organizations in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park to receive equitable transit access along the Fairmount Indigo Commuter Rail line. Prior to joining the Foundation Becky gained extensive experience in the housing and community development field at the local, state and national levels. Most recently Becky was Director of the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. At Moelis, she led all aspects of the Institute’s operations and policy work, as well as worked with New York’s affordable housing community on key issues facing the city and the housing sector. Previous to that, Becky was Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in DC, where she coordinated and led HUD and the Administration’s housing and economic development priorities. Her accomplishments at HUD include coordinating and leading the development of the Rental Assistance Demonstration, developing strategy to move the Strong Cities and Strong Communities initiative from vision to implementation, and coordinating disbursement of $14 billion in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She has also served as Director of Preservation Strategies and Director of Special Projects at New York State’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Becky holds a BA in Government from Smith College and a Masters of Urban Planning from New York University.

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Rebecca Liebman

Rebecca Liebman

Co-Founder, LearnLux

Rebecca is the Co-founder of LearnLux, a financial education company for Millennials. She has a passion for startups, education, and the amazing things that happen…
Rebecca is the Co-founder of LearnLux, a financial education company for Millennials. She has a passion for startups, education, and the amazing things that happen when they are combined. She loves to work with dedicated, excited, and passionate people and brings them together to make great things happen. Rebecca was on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education and has had many incredible experiences, especially for someone of her age. She founded two startups by the age of 20, had the opportunity to live in Kenya, completed environmental research in Western Europe, and worked for some amazing Boston-based startups that went through the MassChallenge and Techstars programs. Rebecca loves public speaking, the word “plethora,” and motivating people—especially on Mondays. She has a passion to learn as much as possible by being a student of life and questioning almost everything. She loves kayaking and other types of boats, but knows that the best ship is friendship!
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Rebekah Emanuel

Rebekah Emanuel

Executive Director, Imagine Boston 2030

Rebekah is the Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030. This civic initiative will result in the city’s first master plan in 50 years and is…
Rebekah is the Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030. This civic initiative will result in the city’s first master plan in 50 years and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017. This citywide plan will focus on creative ways to embrace and guide growth in a wide variety of areas from economic development and housing to climate change preparedness. Prior to leading this effort, Rebekah was an advisor to the Mayor, co-founded her own start-up and worked in the strategy and consulting space. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
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Ricardo Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez

Researcher, MIT

Ricardo Alvarez is a researcher at MIT who interested in the integration of real and synthetic spaces through the use of VR/AR technologies to design new…
Ricardo Alvarez is a researcher at MIT who interested in the integration of real and synthetic spaces through the use of VR/AR technologies to design new types of human experiences.
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Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia

President, Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation

Ricardo is a natural-born entrepreneur. Passionate about taking on new challenges, he sold his first startup at the age of 22. This led to the…
Ricardo is a natural-born entrepreneur. Passionate about taking on new challenges, he sold his first startup at the age of 22. This led to the creation and development of various companies, predominantly in the field of technology, with a strong bent towards innovation. His son Richi’s brain tumour diagnosis in 2011 forced him to abandon all his plans and move from Barcelona to Boston to save his life. Thankfully that battle has been won, but the fight continues. Ricardo discovered the obstacles that existed, as well as the lack of provision and support in this field through his own personal experience, and decided to create the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation, a very unique and disruptive non profit organization that he now manages from Boston with links around the world. This has given him the opportunity to move into the world of Social Entrepreneurship and help other entrepreneurs interested to make an impact through the support of the Richi Social Entrepreneurs, one of the initiatives of the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation focus to foster and catalyze the development of international Social Entrepreneurship, while raising funds to support the foundation’ mission. Ricardo is also Corporate Strategy Advisor for the Efron Group, a multi-national technology company, and he sits on the Pediatric Patient Advisory Committee and the Ethics Advisory Committee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
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Richard Dulude

Richard Dulude

Principal & Investment Manager, _Underscore.VC

Richard is a Principal & Investment Manager at _Underscore.VC As a programmer -> entrepreneur -> VC, he is relentlessly focused on making every touchpoint with…
Richard is a Principal & Investment Manager at _Underscore.VC As a programmer -> entrepreneur -> VC, he is relentlessly focused on making every touchpoint with “in flight” entrepreneurs meaningful. Building upon co-founding Popt as the CTO (a venture backed social media sentiment analysis startup), he caught the venture bug working part time at Founder Collective (an early stage venture firm) while grabbing an MBA at Harvard Business School. Prior to returning to academia, he led a “skunkworks” project to stand up Procter and Gamble’s Direct-to-Consumer efforts from an idea to becoming the fastest growing channel at the company globally. Richard also has written code at Apple in the early days of the iTunes product, and at Goldman Sachs on their proprietary quant trading desk following his M.Eng. and B.Sc. from Cornell University, where he graduated with highest distinction for his thesis dissertation on stochastic network optimization.
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Richard T. Lee, MD

Richard T. Lee, MD

Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University Head, Cardiovascular Program, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

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RJ Krawiec

RJ Krawiec

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

RJ is a strategist, innovator, and design-thinker specializing in healthcare and emerging health technologies. As a Principal in Deloitte's Strategy Consulting practice, RJ advises clients…
RJ is a strategist, innovator, and design-thinker specializing in healthcare and emerging health technologies. As a Principal in Deloitte's Strategy Consulting practice, RJ advises clients across the commercial, federal, and nonprofit sectors. He leads Monitor Deloitte’s Federal Innovation Unit, where he helps clients fundamentally rethink the way they approach business via design-based research, process mapping, and scenario planning.
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Robert Waldinger, MD

Robert Waldinger, MD

Director, Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Waldinger is a MGH psychiatrist who is leading the nation’s longest continuing study on what makes us happy.
Robert Waldinger is a MGH psychiatrist who is leading the nation’s longest continuing study on what makes us happy.
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Robin Young

Robin Young

Co-Host, Here & Now, WBUR

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody…

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for "The Today Show."

Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable's Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio's regional Edward R. Murrow award.

As an independent documentary filmmaker, she produced and directed the opening film for Marion Wright Edelman's White House Conference on Children and followed the rise of then unknown filmmaker John Singleton in the film "Straight From the Hood."

Her documentary "The Los Altos Story," made in association with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, California, won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and is now the backbone of a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness initiative.

She has had an eclectic career in broadcasting, serving as second director on Boston Bruins and Red Sox telecasts, was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking television show "Evening Magazine," and she's pretty sure she's the only Peabody Award-winner who has also hosted a cooking game show! (Yes, that was Robin on the Food Channel's "Ready Set Cook!" When they cast their vegetables and vote? That was Robin's idea!)

Robin was born on New York’s Long Island, attended Ithaca College in upstate New York and has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, but Boston is her hub.

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Rockford Weitz, Ph.D

Rockford Weitz, Ph.D

Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies

Rockford Weitz, Ph.D. is Entrepreneur Coach and Director of the Maritime Studies Program at Tufts University's Fletcher School. He also serves as President of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit seeking practical solutions to global maritime challenges, and President & CEO at Rhumb Line International LLC, a consultancy providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs and startups. In 2014, Rockford served as founding Executive Director at FinTech Sandbox Inc. From 2008 to 2013, he served as founding CEO at CargoMetrics, leading the effort to build a VC-backed financial technology business that started in his Cambridge apartment. Prior to co-founding CargoMetrics, he was a team leader of the Fletcher Abu Dhabi Project, a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, a fellow at Fletcher's Maritime Studies Program, and a fellow at Fletcher's Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies. He has taught courses in Jurisprudence, Maritime Security, and Global Maritime Affairs at the Fletcher School, and published op-eds in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Straits Times (Singapore), among others. Before co-founding Rhumb Line in 2005, he served as international counsel at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., leading the effort to open 12 international subsidiaries and streamline global operations. He also worked at the U.S. Trade Representative, and co-founded and served as Program Director of the Borgenicht Peace Initiative, a social entrepreneurship venture in Bethlehem. Rockford earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School, and a B.A. in International Relations: Political Economy from the College of William and Mary. He is a fellow in the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, a member of the Fletcher School's Advancement Council, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Rony Abovitz

Rony Abovitz

Founder, President, and CEO, Magic Leap, Inc.

Prior to starting Magic Leap, Mr. Abovitz was the co-founder and head of development and technology for MAKO Surgical, the world leader in human-interactive robotics…
Prior to starting Magic Leap, Mr. Abovitz was the co-founder and head of development and technology for MAKO Surgical, the world leader in human-interactive robotics for orthopedic surgery. Rony was named a 2005 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on computer-assisted technologies for minimally invasive surgery. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.
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Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the…
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980 and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990. In his research achievements, Dr. Tanzi served on the team that was the first to find a disease gene (Huntington’s disease) using human genetic markers, helping to launch the field of neurogenetics. He later co-discovered all three early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease genes and identified several others as leader of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Alzheimer’s Genome Project. He also co-discovered the Wilson’s disease gene and several other neurological disease genes. Most recently, he and his team used Alzheimer’s genes and human stem cells to create what the New York Times coined, “Alzheimer’s-in-a-Dish”. This is a three-dimensional human stem cell-derived neural culture system that is considered to be the first true model of Alzheimer’s disease, recapitulating both pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease: plaques and tangles. The model has made drug screening for Alzheimer’s disease 10 times cheaper and 10 times faster. Dr. Tanzi has developed novel therapeutics for AD including gamma secretase modulators and metal chaperones (PBT; Prana) aimed at lowering plaque and tangle pathology. Both have been entered into clinical trials for Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Tanzi has published over 500 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award, Potamkin Prize, Ronald Reagan Award, Silver Innovator Award, and many others. He was named to TIME magazine’s 2015 list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World, and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the top national award for invention and innovation.
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Rus Gant

Rus Gant

Director, Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory, Harvard University

Rus Gant is a well-regarded international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator. Currently Director of the Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory at Harvard University.
Rus Gant is a well-regarded international 3D artist, computer engineer and educator. Currently Director of the Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory at Harvard University.
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Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly

Growth Marketing Manager, Nanigans

Ryan is a data-driven growth marketer and former attorney. In his current role at Nanigans, Facebook’s leading marketing partner, he drives the company’s lead generation…
Ryan is a data-driven growth marketer and former attorney. In his current role at Nanigans, Facebook’s leading marketing partner, he drives the company’s lead generation and new business goals by building, managing and executing paid acquisition, account based marketing campaigns, and other growth initiatives. Before Nanigans, Ryan was on the founding team at Bridj an app based pop-up mass transit network where he oversaw all areas of marketing, including: budgeting, drafting and executing on a localized playbook that fueled roll-outs to new markets, testing and optimizing digital and on-the-ground strategies for user acquisition and retention.
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Ryan Lester

Ryan Lester

Director of IoT Strategy, Xively by LogMeIn

Ryan J. Lester, Director of IoT Strategy at LogMeIn, and his team own the strategic development and implementation for the go to market…

Ryan J. Lester, Director of IoT Strategy at LogMeIn, and his team own the strategic development and implementation for the go to market plan for Xively, an IoT Connected Product Management platform. He is passionate about making the IoT easy and helping companies unlock new value through connected products. Prior to this role at LogMeIn, Ryan held various sales, marketing, and product positions at Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and Eaton Corporation. Ryan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, then a SM in Engineering Systems and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Ryan McKindles

Ryan McKindles

Group Member, Bioengineering Systems & Technology, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Ryan J. McKindles is a member of the Bioengineering Systems & Technology group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Ryan J. McKindles is a member of the Bioengineering Systems & Technology group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
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Sandra Richter

Sandra Richter

Co-Founder and CEO, Soofa

Sandra Richter, is the cofounder and CEO, of the MIT smart urban furniture & IoT startup, Soofa. A marketing scientist focusing on Persuasive Technology in…
Sandra Richter, is the cofounder and CEO, of the MIT smart urban furniture & IoT startup, Soofa. A marketing scientist focusing on Persuasive Technology in the urban landscape, particularly sustainable mobility, she worked at the MIT Medialab where she investigated into how persuasion profiling can lead to sustainable urban mobility choices. Next to her research she consulted for Europe’s key energy supplier, Vattenfall. Before earning her Masters in strategic communication from the University of the Arts in Berlin, she worked as an international market researcher at KPMG. Last year Sandra was selected as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company for her work in and around cities.
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Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD

Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD

Director of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Entrepreneur

Sangeeta Bhatia is a cancer researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur who works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained…
Sangeeta Bhatia is a cancer researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur who works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and engineer at Harvard, MIT, and Brown University, Bhatia’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization to yield inventions with new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, predictive toxicology, and drug delivery. She and her trainees have launched more than 10 biotechnology companies to improve human health. Bhatia has received many honors including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, known as the ‘Oscar for inventors,’ and the Heinz Medal for groundbreaking inventions and advocacy for women in STEM fields. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Director of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering , the American Academy of Arts and Science, and Brown University's Board of Trustees.
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Sanjay Aggarwal

Sanjay Aggarwal

Partner, F-Prime Capital

Sanjay Aggarwal is a Venture Partner focused on enterprise software and financial technology investments.  Prior to joining F-Prime Capital, Sanjay was CEO of…
Sanjay Aggarwal is a Venture Partner focused on enterprise software and financial technology investments.  Prior to joining F-Prime Capital, Sanjay was CEO of Unicel Technologies, an India-focused mobile CRM company.  During his tenure with Unicel, he grew revenues by 6x, leading to a successful sale of the business to mGage India. Earlier in his career, Sanjay worked at Devonshire Investors (the private equity group of Fidelity Investments), McKinsey and Company in their US and India offices, and at Berkeley Process Control (acquired by Moog Inc), where he built advanced machine control systems.  Sanjay holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Supervising Animator and Storyboard Artist, PIXAR Animation Studios

Sanjay Patel is an Oscar-nominated PIXAR animator. Patel has written and illustrated graphic novels and picture books exploring Hindu mythology with an eye towards retelling…
Sanjay Patel is an Oscar-nominated PIXAR animator. Patel has written and illustrated graphic novels and picture books exploring Hindu mythology with an eye towards retelling the tales in a contemporary way, including Ganesha's Sweet Tooth and Ramayana: Divine Loophole.
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Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President of Open Learning overseeing MITx and MIT OpenCourseWare, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sanjay Sarma is the Vice President for Open Learning. He also leads the Office of Digital Learning, which oversees MIT OpenCourseWare and supports…

Sanjay Sarma is the Vice President for Open Learning. He also leads the Office of Digital Learning, which oversees MIT OpenCourseWare and supports the development and use of digital technology for on-campus teaching and massive open online courses (MOOCs). He is also the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

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Sarah Hodges

Sarah Hodges

Partner, Pillar

Sarah Hodges is a partner at Pillar, a Boston-based venture capital firm with a focus on machine intelligence. Prior to Pillar Sarah Hodges was a…
Sarah Hodges is a partner at Pillar, a Boston-based venture capital firm with a focus on machine intelligence. Prior to Pillar Sarah Hodges was a member of the executive team at Pluralsight, the world’s largest online learning community for IT, dev and creative training. At Pluralsight, Sarah served as the Vice President of People Operations, helping the company double in size in less than one year. Before joining the company, Sarah was a member of the executive team at Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight), where she oversaw business strategy, operations and marketing. Sarah has held leadership roles in early-stage startups including RunKeeper (sold to Asics) and Carbonite (CARB). She was previously a board member at BUILD and an advisor to Flybridge Capital. In 2012, Sarah co-founded Intelligent.ly, a leadership development company that has transformed over 1,000 emerging leaders across 50 high-growth companies, and continues to serve the Boston community.
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Sarah Mackin

Sarah Mackin

Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission

Sarah Mackin, MPH is the Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission since 2012 and she oversees Massachusetts’ oldest and largest…

Sarah Mackin, MPH is the Director of Harm Reduction Services for the Boston Public Health Commission since 2012 and she oversees Massachusetts’ oldest and largest Needle Exchange Program, AHOPE, a program where she began as an outreach worker in 2010 and which currently serves 7,000 people annually. She has over a decade of experience in the fields of substance use, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and drug user health, and her work in public health has taken her throughout Central and South America, as well as Vietnam. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College in 2007, and she completed her master’s degree in health policy from Boston University School of Public Health in 2014.

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Saurabh Saluja, MD

Resident in General Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Saurabh Saluja is a resident in General Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a 2015-2016 Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow in…
Dr. Saurabh Saluja is a resident in General Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a 2015-2016 Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow in the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School where he developed his interests in global health, disaster response, and surgical system development. Dr. Saluja was part of the response to the 2010 Haitian earthquake where he worked with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. At Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a Masters in Public Policy, Dr. Saluja studied the role of “surgical task-sharing” – specifically the potential for training non-physician surgeons in Angola. Dr. Saluja’s current research interests are in measuring quality of surgical care in low-income or otherwise resource-scarce settings. He has field experience in India, Haiti, Angola, South Africa and Brazil and is conversational in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Hindi.
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Scot Martin

Scot Martin

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Scot T. Martin is the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University, with appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences &…
Scot T. Martin is the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University, with appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His research focuses on research and engineering solutions to the major environmental challenges presently facing the world. His laboratory works specifically on problems of air & water pollution and their relationship to climate change.
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Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey

Managing Director, MassChallenge Boston

Scott Bailey is the Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In his role, Scott oversees the Boston competition & accelerator. Scott has served…

Scott Bailey is the Managing Director of MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston. In his role, Scott oversees the Boston competition & accelerator. Scott has served as a key member of the MassChallenge team since its early days in 2010. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Director of Partnerships, raising $4M+ of cash and $10M+ of in-kind sponsorships in 2014 to support the organization. In addition, Scott has worked closely with MassChallenge founders cultivating a vast network of supporters that are committed to the organization and its startups. He is a strong advocate for the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem and supports many local programs and organizations based on his work at MassChallenge. Following college Scott served as the Director of Client Programs at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), a non-profit technology business incubator. During his time at VCET, Scott prospected early stage companies for the $5 Million Seed Capital Fund and joined a student run startup, BlirpIt, as Director of Sales & Marketing. Scott is a New York transplant that currently lives in South Boston. He's also very fond of Vermont, where he went to college and fell in love with snowboarding and flannel shirts.

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Scott Burger

Scott Burger

Director of Operations, PRIME Coalition

Scott Burger is the Director of Operations at PRIME Coalition. As PRIME’s Director of Operations, Scott oversees all of PRIME’s investment processes, working with PRIME’s…

Scott Burger is the Director of Operations at PRIME Coalition. As PRIME’s Director of Operations, Scott oversees all of PRIME’s investment processes, working with PRIME’s Investment Committee to “boil the ocean” to identify the most promising early stage clean energy ventures that are fit for philanthropic capital. Before joining PRIME, Scott was a two-times MIT Energy Initiative Fellow at MIT. Through this role, Scott was a lead researcher with MIT’s Utility of the Future Project focused on the optimal deployment and regulation of distributed energy technologies within the electricity system. While at MIT, Scott served as the Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Before MIT, Scott led GTM Research's global downstream demand practice, and led GTM's entry into the Middle Eastern and Japanese markets. Before GTM Research, Scott was the Director of Engineering for Circular Energy, a solar PV engineering, procurement and construction firm based in Austin, TX (acquired). During his tenure at Circular, Scott oversaw the engineering department as the organization's revenue doubled. Scott holds a B.S. with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT. Scott has served on the selection committee for numerous energy accelerator and prize organizations, his work has been cited in publications ranging from The Boston Globe to Bloomberg, and has spoken for Fortune 500 companies and conferences globally. In his spare time, Scott enjoys running marathons, cycle touring, reading, and playing soccer.

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Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner

Columnist, The Boston Globe; Co-Founder, Innovation Leader

Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also…
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends, and Followers and Inventing the Movies, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.
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Sean Marsh

Sean Marsh

Co-Founder and General Partner, Point Judith Capital

Sean focuses on Internet, mobile and Saas companies including investments in Appcast.io, Flexreceipts, Sittercity.com, Ticketmanager, Vee24, CoachUp, Multiply.com (acquired by Naspers JSE: NPN), Optasite (acquired…
Sean focuses on Internet, mobile and Saas companies including investments in Appcast.io, Flexreceipts, Sittercity.com, Ticketmanager, Vee24, CoachUp, Multiply.com (acquired by Naspers JSE: NPN), Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications NASDAQ: SBAC) and Vaultus Mobile Technologies which merged with Antenna Software and was then acquired by Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA). Sean has also invested in Newforma, Inc., Handmark, Inc. (acquired by Sprint / Softbank), Tower Ventures (acquired by American Tower (NYSE: AMT), Andover.net (NASDAQ: ANDN, sold to VA Software, NASDAQ: LNUX), and Medical Metrx Solutions, Inc. (acquired by AIG). Prior to PJC, Sean was a partner at two other Massachusetts venture capital firms, Village Ventures that was backed by Bain Capital and Highland Capital and was a pioneer in building entrepreneurial funding platforms in emerging geographies and TSG Equity Partners, a family office formed by a Partner of the Thomas H. Lee Company. At the dawn of the first Internet innovation wave in the early 1990s, Sean worked in the Investment Banking Group of Prudential Securities Incorporated, where he was involved with the structuring, analysis, due diligence and closing of over $1.4 billion in mergers, public and private equity and debt offerings. Sean is a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees Technology Committee providing the Chief Information Officer input on technology strategy and procurement. Additionally, Sean has been a judge and a mentor for multiple early stage venture accelerator programs including Boston based MassChallenge and Techstars (Boston and Chicago). He is also involved with entrepreneurial and venture capital activities at Babson College and at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he serves as a judge for various Venture Capital Investment Competitions. Sean holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College.
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Shahram Khoshbin, MD

Shahram Khoshbin, MD

Shahram Khoshbin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, and a Neurologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the…
Shahram Khoshbin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, and a Neurologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital. He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and then came to Harvard for his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital. In addition, he completed his adult neurology residency in the Harvard Combined Neurology Program. He joined the medical staff of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital after finishing fellowships in neurophysiology at the Children’s Hospital and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research interests include the electrical activity of the brain. He has a special interest in the relationship of brain disease and the visual arts. At the Medical School, he has taught neurophysiology, basic neuroscience, clinical neurology, EEG, and evoked potentials. He is the recipient of two Faculty awards and three Class awards for teaching. He currently is one of the course directors for “Training the Eye,” a course that teaches clinical diagnosis to medical students using principles of the visual arts and utilizing the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Gardner Museum. Dr. Khoshbin has also taught and advised undergraduate students as a resident tutor at Harvard College, and is a former Master of Currier House, Harvard College. He and his wife Laura (an attorney in the law office for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its affiliates) co-teach a seminar on Medicine, Law, and Ethics at Harvard College
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Shannon McAuliffe

Shannon McAuliffe

Director, Boston, Roca, Inc.

Shannon McAuliffe graduated from Suffolk Law in 1993 and spent the next 15 years as a public defender, practicing in both the state and federal…

Shannon McAuliffe graduated from Suffolk Law in 1993 and spent the next 15 years as a public defender, practicing in both the state and federal systems. She left law in 2012 to pursue a new career where she could impact change on a larger scale. She attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and obtained a Master in Public Administration, concentrating her studies in adaptive leadership and public policy. She then joined Roca as the Director of the Chelsea site servicing 11 diverse communities and then in 2015, became the Director of Roca's newest site in Boston servicing 160+ high risk young men in Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, West Roxbury, S. Boston and Jamaica Plain. ROCA's evidence-based Intervention Model helps the highest risk 17-24 year old young men change destructive behaviors, gain critical skills, stay out of prison and get jobs. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts selected ROCA as the lead service provider in a $27 million "social impact bond" project to reduce incarceration and increase employment among high risk, court-involved and gang-involved young men. This new funding stream is incredibly innovative in that the government only pays for the services provided if and when better outcomes (reduced recidivism and increased employment) are achieved.

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Sharon Begley

Sharon Begley

Senior Writer, Science and Discovery, STAT

Sharon Begley, senior science writer, covers genetics, cancer, neuroscience, and other fields of basic biomedical research. She was previously the senior health and science…

Sharon Begley, senior science writer, covers genetics, cancer, neuroscience, and other fields of basic biomedical research. She was previously the senior health and science correspondent at Reuters, the science columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and the science editor at Newsweek. Among her favorite awards are an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina and the Public Understanding of Science Award from the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She is delighted to have moved to Boston but wonders why no one warned her about the Green Line.

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Sheila Narayan

Sheila Narayan

Managing Director, Golden Seeds LLC

Sheila Narayan is a Managing Director with Golden Seeds LLC, an angel investment firm that invests in early-stage women led companies. She is a member…
Sheila Narayan is a Managing Director with Golden Seeds LLC, an angel investment firm that invests in early-stage women led companies. She is a member of Golden Seeds’ Boston Operating Committee and manages the monthly Office Hours education program. Sheila is active in Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, mentoring start-up entrepreneurs and judging various business plan and pitch competitions. Sheila is also an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience in the payments and financial services technology industries. She has provided management consulting to global financial institutions, financial technology service providers, start-up companies, and non-profit organizations in the areas of business strategy, market analysis, program and operations management, vendor negotiation, and executive coaching. Previously Sheila was Executive Vice President and General Manager for Online Resources, Inc. where she led the Banking Payments Services Division, which provided SaaS-based online banking solutions, and bill payment processing services to many of the largest U.S. banks. Sheila then assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Operations and managed a team of 200 business and technology professionals. Prior to Online Resources, Sheila was a Partner at First Annapolis Consulting, where she spent more than 10 years advising some of the largest U.S. and international banks, credit card issuers, and payment processors. Sheila started her career at Digital Equipment Corporation where she completed a 3-year intensive financial development program. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bryant College and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Sophie Vandebroek, PhD

Sophie Vandebroek, PhD

Chief Technology Officer, Xerox

Dr. Sophie Vandebroek has been Xerox’s chief technology officer since 2006. She is responsible for Xerox’s global research labs located in Europe, Asia, Canada and…
Dr. Sophie Vandebroek has been Xerox’s chief technology officer since 2006. She is responsible for Xerox’s global research labs located in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., including PARC Inc. PARC provides custom R&D services to enterprises, startups and government agencies. Previously she held several other research and technology functions at Xerox and also worked at IBM Research and IMEC in Belgium. Vandebroek is a member of the board of directors of IDEXX Laboratories and served previously on the boards of Analogic Corporation and Nypro Corporation. She serves on the advisory council of the dean of engineering at MIT, is on the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund board and has been a judge for MassChallenge for several years. Vandebroek is a Fellow of IEEE, and holds 14 U.S. patents. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences. Vandebroek was born in Belgium where she earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from KU Leuven. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
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Sorin Grama

Sorin Grama<