Executive Producer, SOLVE, MIT Technology Review
Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of innovation, economic growth, and restorative sustainability. She has built a career identifying innovative startups that create market and drive positive and disruptive change. As the executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, Chris helped more than 1,500 companies make their market debut. If those companies were a portfolio, they would have a combined market value of more than $60 Billion.
Today, Chris is leading MIT’s Solve initiative to convene business, technology, policy and philanthropic leaders to work together identifying and implementing solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Chris began her career at Ziff-Davis, where she worked as a writer and editor for 12 years before joining International Data Group (IDG) to lead DEMO. Chris co-founded two companies, including the startup media and consulting firm Guidewire Group.
Her work has won numerous citations, including the prestigious SVForum Visionary Award in 2010. She sits on the boards of Versaic, Inc. and Thinktomi, and is an advisor to a number of high-impact early stage companies. Chris holds BA degrees in Literature and Communication Arts from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.