Director, Special Projects, MIT, Co-founder and Vice-chair, HUBweek
Kathleen is Director, Special Projects, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with the Center for Collective Intelligence at the MIT Sloan School to help coordinate campus initiatives and build collaborations with organizations around the world.
From July, 2016-June 2017, Kathleen served as Director, Special Projects, for the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, working as a lead organizer of The Engine (www.engine.xyz), a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation. This venture fund and accelerator program, opened in the Spring of 2017, was created to provide comprehensive support to transformative ideas from the formative stage to their most effective implementation.
In 2014, she co-founded HUBweek, a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology. HUBweek is a partnership among The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathleen serves as Vice Chair and is on the executive board.
In her 16 years at MIT Technology Review, most recently serving as its President, Kathleen helped to redefine the magazine brand and expand its global footprint, developing international programs and producing world-class events. She also served six years as President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global network of chapters organized around entrepreneurship.
She started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but quickly found her true calling and left the financial world to join a startup which specialized in media research for the film industry. She studied accounting at James Madison University and she was in the Rising Scholar program at the University of Virginia.
Kathleen is a frequent speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events around the world and 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 MacArthur Foundation, the Inclusive Innovation Competition, and the Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.”
She was awarded the Folio: 40, which recognizes the most innovative and influential people in the media industry, and named by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women of 2017.