Maura O'Neill

Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Haas School of Business
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Maura O'Neill is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business and was a recipient of the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015 and 2016.

Maura was appointed by President Obama to be the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Agency for International Development, where she had responsibility for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. Maura is most well known for adapting venture capital and drug discovery methods to development by co-creating the Development Innovation Venture Fund. Maura served as a member of the White House Innovation Cohort assisting in innovation across federal government. Prior to joining the Administration she served as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate.

A serial entrepreneur, Maura founded four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems/billing, e-commerce and digital education. In 1989, she was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year.

Maura has MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD from University of Washington, where her research focused on narrow-mindedness and errors it leads to in science, medicine, political decision-making, and business.

In addition to teaching Maura advises early stage companies, incubates breakthrough approaches to global health with the Aspen Institute and serves as founding Vice Chair, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, a public charter.

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Academic Background 

PhD, Interdisciplinary (Psychology, Biology, and Business), University of Washington, 2009

MBA, Columbia University, 2005

MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

BA, magna cum laude, Environmental Studies, University of Washington, 1977

Publications & Media

Videos 

2013 Global Diaspora Forum: Remarks from Dr. Maura O'Neill, USAID

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Narrow-mindedness - It's not Them, It's Us | Maura O'Neill | TEDxRainier

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Go Inside the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program

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Maura O'Neill: 2013 Social Good Summit

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Voices of Inclusion - Interview with Dr. Maura O'Neill

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Papers & Articles 

Interview with Professor Maura O’Neill on Inspiring Leadership

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How Does a Girl Make it Into the Boy’s Club?

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What Amazon Got Right From the Start

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The Next Mobile Revolution: Boosting Women’s Entrepreneurship Via Mobile Money

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The ‘Heart Disease’ Seizing San Francisco

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Awards & Honors 
  • Businessperson of the Year, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1989
  • North American Participant, NATO Advanced Study Institute on Energy Efficiency and Utility Industry, Portugal, 1987
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Rotary Club of Seattle, 1992
  • Academic: PhD nominated for top dissertation across all departments and schools (2009); Columbia University Distinguished Service Award (2004); University of California, Berkeley Haas School of business- Dean’s Council of Student Presidents, Haas Community Fellow & Graduation Speaker
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Academic business honor society)
  • 2015 Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching
Academic Background 

PhD, Interdisciplinary (Psychology, Biology, and Business), University of Washington, 2009

MBA, Columbia University, 2005

MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

BA, magna cum laude, Environmental Studies, University of Washington, 1977

Publications & Media

Videos 

2013 Global Diaspora Forum: Remarks from Dr. Maura O'Neill, USAID

WATCH VIDEO

Narrow-mindedness - It's not Them, It's Us | Maura O'Neill | TEDxRainier

WATCH VIDEO

Go Inside the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program

WATCH VIDEO

Maura O'Neill: 2013 Social Good Summit

WATCH VIDEO

Voices of Inclusion - Interview with Dr. Maura O'Neill

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Papers & Articles 

Interview with Professor Maura O’Neill on Inspiring Leadership

VIEW PAPER

How Does a Girl Make it Into the Boy’s Club?

VIEW PAPER

What Amazon Got Right From the Start

VIEW PAPER

The Next Mobile Revolution: Boosting Women’s Entrepreneurship Via Mobile Money

VIEW PAPER

The ‘Heart Disease’ Seizing San Francisco

VIEW PAPER

More Articles by Maura O'Neill

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VIEW MORE