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Thara Pillai

Director of Alumni Programs & Engagement

Harvard Innovation Labs

Ms. Pillai is a veteran marketing and business development professional who mentors and advises early-stage ventures in Boston and beyond. In her current role as Director of Alumni Programs & Engagement at Harvard Innovation Labs, Ms. Pillai provides support and guidance to Harvard alumni-led venture teams and connects Harvard’s global community of alumni entrepreneurs. Previously, she held roles at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and consulted early-stage startups. Ms. Pillai is a board member of TiE Boston, a mentor at The Founder Institute, and the founder of a networking and mentoring group for women entrepreneurs, RebelWomen. Prior to her leadership roles in Boston’s startup ecosystem, she worked as a broadcast journalist in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, covering major events such as September 11th, the Clinton Impeachment Trial, and the civil war in Uganda. Ms. Pillai holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Thara Pillai

Learnings from a Founder's Journey



2:15pm - 3:15pm