Dr. Thane Kreiner and Cassandra Staff of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship: Incubating Social Change

January 23, 2017

Hosted by Phillip Thomas

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. The centers embody the University’s mission to unite students and faculty with Silicon Valley leaders to address significant public issues. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity.

Dr. Thane Kreiner has served as Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University since 2010, where he is also Howard & Alida Charney University Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit. Thane was previously Founder, President, and CEO of PhyloTech, Inc. (now Second Genome) as well as Founder, President, and CEO of Presage Biosciences, Inc. Thane was the start-up President and CEO for iZumi Bio, Inc. (now iPierian). Prior to his efforts as a “parallel entrepreneur”, Thane spent 14 years in senior leadership roles at Affymetrix, Inc. Thane currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BioBricks Foundation and as a Board member for Didimi, Inc.. Thane earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business; his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine; and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.

Cassandra Staff is the Director of the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) at Miller Center. An appreciation for diversity and global communities was planted at an early age between her travels to visit family in Malaysia, living in Mexico, and attending some of the most culturally diverse schools in the country. Cassandra has been with the GSBI since 2010, when she first learned about social entrepreneurship through Santa Clara University’s MBA program. There, she was able to combine her business training with her passion for doing good and supporting the underprivileged and under-resourced around the world. Through her work with Miller Center, she has had the honor of working with over 100 social entrepreneurs directly through GSBI programs.

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Tune into the interview with Thane and Cassandra and click through the corresponding slideshow to the left… (Photo credits: Santa Clara University, Sistem Biobolsa, and Empower Generation)