Strategic Alliances Director, Innovation Accelerator, California, USA
Leda Karabela’s role is to ensure that priorities are effectively carried out via mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations with industrial/institutional partners.
She is a marketing, fundraising and communication professional with over 25 years of global executive experience. Having worked on academic /private partnerships projects at Stanford Business School, she has developed critical programs , maintaining growth-focused relationships between faculty, corporations and foundations to support ongoing research, and match talent needs with educational programming. She has organized and executed a multi-million dollar capital campaign, addressing stakeholder engagement, donor cultivation and stewardship accountability. She has also directed the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a corporate membership program for a university-wide research effort that positively impacted fundraising and institutional growth for years.
She is also the founder of Yhesitate, a company based on strategic communications, branding, leadership principles, solution-based methodologies, conflict resolution and cultivation of stakeholder alliances. She is part of the coaching team at SupporTED program and offers her support to the TED Fellows program designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers. Coaching/mentoring startup companies is one of her passion points and ways of giving back to the communities in which she conducts business.
Leda has earned an LL.B. in Jurisprudence from Aristotelian University Law School (Greece), an MSc in Communication from Boston University and an Executive Coaching Graduate degree from University of Texas, Dallas School of Management. She is a Certified Coach with more than 1000 hours of client coaching experience. In addition to Stanford University, she has also worked with both physical and virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.