Grounded Advisor

Kathleen Kennedy

Executive Director, MIT

With multiple roles at MIT, Kathleen is on the front lines of cutting-edge technology. Right now, she is extremely passionate about topics such as global climate change, the evolving nature of work, and the future of education. She is a strategic leader with a unique skill set for transforming organizations as well as building new ones.

Kathleen is currently the Executive Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, a multidisciplinary center that includes Collective Intelligence Design Lab and the new Pandemic Response Colab. In addition, she is a venture partner at Good Growth Capital.

She is a cofounder of Manifest Boston (formally HubWeek), a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration which brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science and technology. She currently serves as a member of the board.

In 2016, she worked as a lead organizer of The Engine (, a venture fund and accelerator program for tough tech startups which was built by MIT. Prior to that, she served as President as well as Chief Strategy Officer of MIT Technology Review, MIT’s global media company. She also served as President of the MIT Enterprise Forum, MIT’s entrepreneurial support organization.

Kathleen is a frequent speaker at global conferences and very active in the innovation community. She serves on numerous selection committees including the Eisenhower Fellowships, the Lemelson-MIT prize and the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition.  In 2017, she was named by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women.