Linda Darragh's professional and volunteer experience has focused on enhancing entrepreneurship in Chicago for three decades.
As the Larry Levy Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Linda oversees one of four strategic initiatives at Kellogg. In this capacity, Linda has updated and enhanced the entrepreneurship curriculum, expanded the faculty and increased engagement opportunities for students and alumni. Linda created the New Venture Development course, and currently teaches the Growth Strategy Practicum course for the Executive MBA program and GIM Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Emerging Markets.
Prior to joining the Kellogg faculty, Linda was the director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also served as the Vice President of the Women's Business Development Center where she piloted innovative lending programs and organized Springboard: Mid-West, a nationally recognized investor forum for women entrepreneurs, in 2001 and 2003. The forums raised more than $85 million for participants.
Linda co-founded Impact Engine as an accelerator in 2012 with Jamie Jones. She has been a long-time board member of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871 and she currently serves as a board member for an Impact Engine venture capital fund as well as the management company.
Linda received a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor's degree from Queen's University.
In her free time, Linda will be on the golf course, tennis or paddle tennis courts, skiing or in her garden.