Cynthia Franklin is the senior associate director for the Leonard N. Stern School's W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab at New York University. There she oversees the development and implementation of various initiatives that nurture entrepreneurial talent at NYU. Each year, the Berkley Innovation Lab serves hundreds of students, alums and other aspiring entrepreneurs through its venture competitions (which awards more than $300,000 in cash and services), venture mentor network, conferences, speaker series and technical assistance programs.Cynthia is also the instructor for Strategic Steps for Growth, an innovative nine-month management development program designed for CEOs of high-potential minority and women owned businesses and offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the Berkley Innovation Lab. By completion of the program in 2011, companies in the founding class had secured millions in new government contracts and new financing, and created dozens of new jobs.
Luke Williams joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2012 as Executive Director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab and Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He was previously an adjunct professor. Professor Williams is also a Fellow at frog design. Professor Williams is a leading consultant, educator and speaker specializing in disruptive innovation. He is the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders such as American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney and Hewlett-Packard to develop new products, services and brands. Professor Williams has been invited to speak worldwide, and his views have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company and on National Public Radio (NPR).
Rajesh thrives on the intersection of ideas and is a firm believer in interdisciplinary thinking as a key lever for innovation, and his career has focused on innovation and new product development in several contexts. In both his teaching and consulting work, Rajesh integrates a collaborative spirit with a broad perspective, drawing from his diverse sector experience and interdisciplinary training that spans engineering, design, and business strategy. He currently teaches innovation and human-centered design as an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Parsons School of Design (The New School), and has delivered guest lectures centered on innovation and product development at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Northwestern University. Rajesh’s research areas are focused on corporate innovation strategy and the intersection of innovation and society.
Jeff Carr joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2007, and is now a Clinical Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Jeff teaches Strategic Marketing, Marketing Management and Planning, and Entrepreneurial Marketing. He is also executive director of NYU Stern’s newly-formed Fashion Lab. Jeff is also an entrepreneur and marketing consultant with clients worldwide in the manufacturing and service industries. Consulting and lecturing extensively in the Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S., he has completed consulting projects and delivered executive development programs for Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, General Electric, Pfizer, Kodak, Time Inc., and Unilever, among others.