May 23, 2013

Innovator-in-Residence Named for Social Innovation Lab

Boston, MA – May 23, 2013 – Wentworth Institute of Technology announced today that Jeanne Dasaro, a well-known Boston-based community builder, digital storyteller, and social entrepreneur, will become the Institute’s first Innovator-in-Residence. In this one-semester appointment, she will serve as a valued mentor to students participating in innovation and entrepreneurship programming, expand networking opportunities for students, faculty, and staff with entrepreneurs and leaders in the innovation space, and collaborate with faculty and staff to advance Wentworth’s position in Boston’s local innovation economy.

As Wentworth launches a Social Innovation Lab during the summer semester to provide students the opportunity to focus on product and technology innovations that impact communities and improve people’s lives, she will collaborate with students as they develop their ideas and solutions.

“Jeanne’s energy, enthusiasm, and success as a social entrepreneur and business leader will greatly assist our students who are charting their own entrepreneurial career paths,” said Monique Fuchs, associate vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship. “Her broad array of experience, keen ability to collaborate effectively with many constituents, and ever-expanding network in the innovations space is a tremendous asset we look forward to leveraging.”

Dasaro brings six years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator. She is the founder of the Wonder Women of Boston network, helping women leaders, artists, and professionals of diverse backgrounds connect with and support each other.  As a videographer, Dasaro developed and produced North End Stories, a chronicle of the neighborhood’s Italian heritage. She also served as co-founder of the New Prosperity Initiative (NPi), a community media organization dedicated to social justice, knowledge-sharing, and dialogue across for-profit and nonprofit sectors. 

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