Lara Stein

Managing Director, Global Development

Lara Stein is currently heading up Singularity University’s global expansion. Ms. Stein work’s across SU’s internal teams and the global alumni community to create, build and implement Singularity University’s global expansion. She represents SU’s business strategy in-country in partnership with local Alumni teams. Lara partners with the country alumni leadership to develop a collaborative, exponential and scale-able plans for local innovation ecosystems within each country.

Before joining SU, Lara was the founder of the TEDx program at the TED Conferences, where over the course of 6 years she grew TEDx from an idea to a global phenomenon incorporating more than 10,000 events in over 1,200 cities in 133 countries.   Since Lara created TEDx there have been more than 50,000 TEDx talks.  In addition to TEDx, Ms. Stein managed the TED Prize, where she facilitated annual $1 million grants for a “Wish to change the world”.  She also created “TEDx in a box” started TEDxYouth, the TEDx Corporate platform, and TEDxWomen.  Lara conceptualized, implemented and left in place one of the largest and most active opt-in global communities solely focused on fostering the sharing of ideas and communication.

Prior to TED, Lara was a consultant to numerous technology and media companies, including, Pangea Day, TED, Worldwide Biggies and JVP. Prior to her consulting roles, Lara was President of iXL New York. Stein founded and built iXL’s NY office, managing a team of over 250 individuals.  She also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN, running their NY office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development. Prior to Microsoft, she was Director of Interactive Publishing and licensing for Marvel Comics. Lara also worked in development at Lifetime Television and WGBH.

Lara’s achievements have earned her recognition in several leading industry trade publications, including The Silicon Alley Reporter’s “Top 100 Executives”, Alley Cat News’ “Top Women of Silicon Alley” and The Elite’s  “Who’s Who Among Outstanding Female Executives.”