Kathleen Kennedy

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Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy is 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 will 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 between The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital and Kathleen currently serves as vice chair on the executive board. She is an advisor for Good Growth Capital. 

She was President of MIT Technology Review, where she lead the business, redefined the iconic magazine brand and expanded the global reach. She also served six years as President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MITs global entrepreneurial support organization. 

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.