The Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series addresses the concepts of innovation and creativity, with specific emphasis on leadership, results, and the process of innovation. The event provides a platform for discussion and dialogue with business leaders who embrace risk-taking, creativity, innovation, and new ways of doing business.
7:30 a.m. – Networking and Continental Breakfast8:15 a.m. – Presentation by Donna Levin
About Our Speaker:
Donna Levin is a seasoned entrepreneur. She was the co-founder of Care.com, the world’s leading online destination for helping families find and manage family care with over 32 million members across 20 countries. During Donna’s tenure at Care.com, she played key roles in building and leading high performing teams, and scaling the company through five rounds of funding to IPO. Donna was also VP of Operations at Upromise, an online service that helps families save for college, that was acquired by Sallie Mae.
Donna is committed to helping bring big ideas to life. She has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at MIT and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. At present, Donna is WPI's first Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the university's Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem—her work aligns entrepreneurial activities across campus and disciplines and further stimulates innovation among the university community as a whole.
As a passionate advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship, she advises several early-stage start-ups; has mentored teams at MassChallenge, TechStars, Smarter-In-The-City, and Project Entrepreneur. She serves on the boards of directors of WBUR Boston, Zero to Three, Partners Community Physicians Organization and the Mass Technology Leadership Council.
Levin received a BA from Emerson College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.