I am a Senior Director of the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business. I oversee the Catalyst Accelerator program, teach courses in Technology & Innovation, while also directing pan-University initiatives such as the PhD Plus seminars in Innovation & Commercialization. I also sit on the University-wide Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, which organizes competitions, communications, and other aspects of Entrepreneurship at UVA.
Previously, I was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship within the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA and an Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University, within the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.
My academic experience spans the broad portfolio of initiatives through which Universities accomplish their mission: course design and teaching, experiential program development and execution, degree program construction and oversight, research and thought leadership, grant and donor fundraising, social and intellectual events, pan-University and corporate collaborations, stakeholder inclusion and communications, planning and budgeting, and simply helping a student through a tough time.
My work has been published or presented within academic, policy, and practitioner venues—with a particular focus upon the opportunities and conflicts resulting from disruptive technologies. Additionally, I have been interviewed or cited by a variety of media outlets, as well as within testimony before members of the US Congress and EU Directorates.
Previously, I founded or held leadership positions in a series of private, early-stage and venture-backed technology companies, gaining experience across the startup lifecycle—from idea to acquisition and, at times, failure. Throughout my career, I have also advised clients including global technology companies, international intellectual property institutions, and early-stage companies. While completing my MBA, I even had some fun writing video game reviews.
I hold a PhD in Management from Vanderbilt University (Owen Graduate School of Management), an MBA from AGSM (at the time, a joint degree from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales), and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University (Weinberg School of Arts & Sciences).