June 26 , 2020

A jack-of-all-trades, Lara has professional experience in scientific research, communication and outreach, media, change and project management, and analytics.

Originally from New Zealand, Lara spent seven years at The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research as a plant molecular biologist and intrapreneur – bringing several in-house innovations to fruition in addition to publishing scientific findings. Lara focused her passion of innovation and bringing ideas to life by pursuing an MBA from Ohio University and gained hands-on experience at the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

Lara hopes to instill her training of the experimental/ design process (be curious, question everything, assume nothing) to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset so they can better adapt and overcome the challenges of this ever-changing world.