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Matt Segneri is the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, Launch Lab X for alumni, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. He oversees the i-lab’s strategy and operations and acts as the primary liaison to the i-lab’s key stakeholders and the local, national, and global innovation community.
He has more than 15 years of leadership experience in organizations of different sizes and stages of development across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the i-lab, he was the Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. During that time, he served as co-lead of the HBS New Venture Competition and as a judge for the President’s Innovation Challenge, MassChallenge, and the MIT $100K. He also played a lead role in developing the proposal that established the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
Previously, he was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies. He co-led the inaugural Mayors Challenge, a $9 million competition to inspire American cities to develop bold solutions to common challenges and oversaw initiatives on cross-sector collaboration and innovation teams around the world. In addition, he served as a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. In the Mayor’s Office, he focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, service and civic engagement, and safety and security. He also led projects at the Monitor Group and worked in the Special Advisor Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “40 Under 40” and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.” He lives in Newton with his wife and three children.
Rebekah Emanuel is the Head of Social Entrepreneurship. A McKinsey alum and HBS grad, Rebekah has started flagship organizations across the private, public and social sectors. While herself at HBS she incubated a start-up at the i-lab, took her start-up to a residency at MassChallenge, and was invited to the second class of the Harvard LaunchLab.
Alongside start-ups, Rebekah has also spent significant time guiding mature organizations. As a Director at the City of Boston, Rebekah wrote the long term plan for Boston outlining where and how the city will grow– including exciting plans for the Allston area where the iLab is situated. The first long term plan completed in 50 years, she helped solicit and integrate over 14k constituent voices, and align the city’s budget against the strategic priorities. The metrics she designed to track progress attracted media attention for their cutting edge public accountability.
Rebekah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an LLM in Law from the National University of Ireland Galway as a Mitchell Scholar, and a BA from Yale University. She also serves as a chaplain.
Dr. Michael Fenn is tasked with advising and supporting all healthcare and life science ventures with a focus on supporting founders seeking to drive innovations in human health, which include students, research fellows, and alumni. Michael also serves as a liaison within the Harvard-affiliated healthcare and research communities, as well the surrounding Boston-area ecosystem.
He is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between the academic research and venture worlds, having worked extensively in both. Michael has served as cofounder, advisor, and board member for over 25 startups, as well as several incubators and economic development committees. His entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in significant early-stage capital, creation of intellectual property, technology transfer, and navigation of regulatory pathways. Dr. Fenn received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry, all from the University of Florida.
Peter Gladstone is the Assistant Director of Consumer Goods and Services. He leads programming and mentoring for all consumer-facing ventures at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Peter has over 20 years of consumer marketing experience having held marketing jobs of varying responsibilities for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company. Peter will be working in a part-time capacity. When not working at the Harvard Innovation Labs he can be found shipping blue socks all over the world for his two sons (ask him about it), training his family’s new puppy or mentoring consumer start-ups outside of the Harvard community.
As Director of Alumni Engagement, Thara pilots programs and extends the reach of the Harvard Innovation Labs – both to provide ongoing support to Harvard Innovation Labs’ alumni ventures, and to bring together Harvard’s greater, global community of alumni entrepreneurs.
Thara is a veteran marketing and business development professional who has mentored and advised early-stage ventures in Boston and beyond. She is a Board Member at TiE Boston, a mentor at Founder Institute, and the founder of a networking and mentoring group for female entrepreneurs, RebelWomen. Over the past three years, she held roles at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, overseeing programs to support alumni founders, from building community to developing programs to advance their ventures.
Thara holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Broadcasting from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Leo Guyshan is the Associate Director of Network Engagement at Harvard Innovation Labs. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Open Avenues, a social impact startup driving narrative change around immigration. Leo has worked throughout the Boston startup ecosystem. He was the Program Director at MassChallenge Boston, where he helped design the accelerator while streamlining operations for the Boston program and site. Before MassChallenge, Leoworked at the Harvard Business School Rock Center for Entrepreneurship where he managed the HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, developed alumni entrepreneurship programming, and supported the New Venture Competition and Rock Accelerator.
Alexa Barry is the Community Coordinator at Harvard Innovation Labs. She works closely with our network of ventures and founders to make connections to valuable resources and experiences at the i-lab.
Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs team, Alexa worked for the YMCA of San Francisco at an educational non-profit where she developed workforce development programming for high school aged youth in partnership with the Bay Area’s business community. Alexa graduated from Bowdoin College where she studied History.
Outside of her time at the i-lab, Alexa loves to play basketball, explore nature, experiment in baking, and travel.
As the Director of Marketing, Josh leads a team of marketers whose mission it is to inspire the world to question the status quo. This includes driving Brand Strategy, curating content, and creating engaging digital and physical experiences. He has been a leader in consumer marketing for 20 years, spending over half of his career at Nike before moving to New Balance, then into the world of entrepreneurship. He co-founded Nix, a Harvard Innovations Labs based start-up before becoming the Head of Marketing for Tracksmith, a Boston-based running apparel brand. Throughout his career, creating original programs and one-of-a-kind experiences has been his passion.
Josh serves on several youth- and sports-related boards and remains active in the sports marketing industry. He graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in marketing & management and earned his MBA from Northeastern University with an emphasis in finance.
Hannah Geise is the Strategic Marketing Manager at Harvard Innovation Labs, helping to guide digital strategy and overall marketing initiatives. She began her career as the social media lead for Sartori Cheese, an artisan cheese company based in Wisconsin, before moving to Boston. Here, Hannah joined an early-stage food tech start up out of MIT called Spoiler Alert as employee #6 and lead marketer. With Spoiler Alert, she went through the MassChallenge and Techstars programs. From there, she worked as the lead copywriter for Grand Circle Cruise Line’s River Cruise brand before spending nearly three years supporting marketing and editorial efforts for BostonChefs.com, a website covering Boston’s food, restaurant and dining scene. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Journalism. Outside of work, Hannah is passionate about personal finance/the FIRE movement, crafting epic cheese plates, reading, and checking out food pop-ups & tasting menus.
Joanne Healy is the Director of Operations and Administration at the Harvard Innovation Labs.
As part of the senior leadership team, she will provide leadership and management of operations and ensure the smooth functioning of the all three labs as the campus hub of entrepreneurial innovation. She will manage the Operations team and act as the primary liaison with Harvard Business School and University departments.
Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs, she had a long career at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she was the Senior Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities included oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Systems, Event Planning, Facilities, The Open School for Health Professionals and all Open Enrollment Programs. She is looking forward to applying her experience to help make the Innovation Labs run smoothly and efficiently. She enjoys sports, reading, spending time with family and friends. She has recently taken up painting and loves it!
Maureen Schrader is a manager at the i-lab, focused on finance and human resources. She holds a BS in Management from Purdue University. Her professional background prior to her start at the i-lab has been in the real estate and senior care industries. The past several years of her life have been spent on an exhilarating roller coaster of a ride while supporting her husband with his entrepreneurial venture. She is passionate about exploring all of what New England has to offer, from the White Mountains to The Vineyard. You will find many of her weekends spent traveling with her family.
Jennifer Noon is the Manager of Events and Operations, supporting the everyday events that take place within the space and leading on the project management of Harvard Innovation Labs events. Jennifer holds a BA (Hons) in Festival, Events and Marketing Management from Edinburgh Napier University. After graduating university she set out on a successful career in the UK charity sector. Working in her native Scotland for the UK’s largest children’s charity and then relocating to London to work for Parkinson’s UK. Her professional portfolio includes a variety of events from small high profile receptions to large scale awareness and fundraising events. In 2018 she relocated from London to Boston with her fiancé to explore life in the USA. And is enjoying the highs and lows of the Boston weather!
Shuntaro Shirota is an Operations Coordinator at the i-lab. He supports the Operations team with a variety of functions, ranging from finance, events, to facilities. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in History and got his MS in Management from Mount Ida College. Prior to his time at Harvard, Shuntaro worked in Student Financial Services at Mount Ida, where he counseled students and families on financing their education. When not at the i-lab, he loves spending quality time with friends, preferably in the outdoors, and traveling to Japan to see his family.’
Ian has over 15 years of experience in software engineering, product development, IT systems, and project management. His career has included roles at multiple startup, mid-market, and multi-national organizations within SAAS, consumer products, financial services, and higher education.
At the Harvard Innovation Labs, in addition to technology planning and sporadic fire-fighting, Ian leads a team of engineers and analysts to ensure solutions are applied efficiently and effectively.
Ian holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S in Business Analytics from Babson College. When not at work, Ian spends his time trying to grow vegetables in a too-small garden, experimenting in the kitchen, and trying to keep a (very old) sailboat somewhat seaworthy.
Shawn Ayube is the director of laboratory operations at the Harvard Life Lab. He provides direction and guidance to the shared and private lab operations. He has worked for almost 20 years in the pharma/biotech industry for companies ranging from startup stage to world leading biotech. Over 15 years as a lab scientist in the discipline of small molecule chromatography supporting pre-clinical discovery efforts he has held roles of increasing responsibilities and has presented at conferences on these topics as well as co-authored articles in leading scientific journals. Prior to joining LabCentral, Shawn spent 7 years at Amgen, where he was initially brought in as a chromatographer and later transitioned into managing the laboratory operations for all of the discovery research groups at Amgen’s Cambridge, MA site. He earned his BS in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida.
Juhi Naik is the Lead Laboratory Operations Manager at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She works with the director of laboratory operations in order to ensure the needs of all residents are met while also fulfilling the long-term goals of the Life Lab. She began her industry experience at a large international food safety corporation where her main focus was the detection of bacterial pathogens in client samples using microbiological techniques. Most recently, she worked at a start-up whose mission was to provide oncology patients with personalized medicine. There, Juhi gained a variety of experiences in clinical lab work as well as lab operations such as equipment maintenance, inventory management, purchasing, audits, licensures, and documentation. Juhi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Avery Sikora is the Operations Lead at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She provides general operations support to ventures and team members, which includes guest relations, event coordination, logistical planning, and liaising between ventures, vendors and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Her work ensures prompt feedback and action in the space. While working in and around lab space is new for Avery, she has previously worked in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, focusing primarily on event marketing, entrepreneurial education, and content creation. Outside of work Avery loves to travel, volunteer, and spend time at the beach.
Avery earned her MBA and her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communication from Endicott College.
Jodi Goldstein is the former Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. With more than 20 years of experience as a startup executive, co-founder, and investor, she focused on new strategic initiatives to expand the Labs’ student and alumni reach and impact while also serving as primary liaison with the organization’s key stakeholders and the broader regional, national and global innovation community.
Jodi has a breadth and depth of industry experience including expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, and luxury goods businesses. She has been on the management team of several venture-backed startups including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, and Mobicious. She co-founded Drync — a mobile app that allows consumers to find, track, share and purchase wines. Jodi was also an investor at venture capital firm TA Associates, where she specialized in retail and consumer products. She began her career at GE in their FMP program and was a member of their Corporate Audit Staff, the internal consulting arm of GE.
Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Recently, she has been featured in Fast Company and The Boston Globe, and is a contributor to Fortune as part of its Entrepreneur Insider network. She was also recently featured on NECN and ABC news. In addition to raising three boys, Jodi enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and is also a private pilot.
Srikant M. Datar is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting at Harvard University. A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, he received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A Chartered Accountant, he holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.