Lisa Chau

    • Member Type(s): Expert
      Communications Professional
      Media - Freelancer
      Media - Print Journalist
      Media - Web-only/Blogger
      Media - Other
    • Title:Director of Partnerships
    • Organization:Dreamfire
    • Area of Expertise:Technology, Health, Academia, Business

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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Technology, Health, Academia, Business
      Summary of expertise:
      Lisa Chau is a digital strategist with global marketing and public relations experience. She has been published over 130 times in Forbes, Buzzfeed, US News & World Report, as well as Huffington Post on TABLES: Technology - Academia - Business - Leadership - Entrepreneurship - Strategy, plus Health. Her work includes profiling high level executives, successful entrepreneurs, established professors, distinguished creatives and award-winning authors.

      She was a featured guest on Midday Talk with Dan Roderick, speaking on millennials and digital strategy ( The show aired on National Public Radio (NPR) Baltimore, which is ranked #21 in the radio market in the US, out of 273.

      Lisa is very active in the entrepreneurship scene. She organized and hosted the "How to Build a Strong Start-Up"​ conference at Columbia University, mentioned in Yahoo Finance (

      She is also extremely involved with education, lecturing undergraduates and MBA candidates at The New School and The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. At MIT, she taught a seven week summer course which covered the use of social media to enhance professional networking. Smith College invited her to speak as a part of their Executive Education Leadership Series (

      Lisa's Ted-Ed lesson has been viewed over 110,000 times and garnered:

      Over 8,000 views + 480 likes during the first 24 hours
      Over 10,000 views during the first 2 days
      Over 25,000 views during the first two weeks
      Blog/Web site:
      Executive Committee, Board of Directors for the Dartmouth Club of New York
      Prior media experience:
      Educational background:
      A.B. Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
      Economics Major with Philosophy Minor

      Vice President of the Wellesley Club of New Hampshire, 2009-2010
      Wellesley College Insignia Chair for milestone reunion, 2012

      M.A. Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire
      Creative Writing Thesis

      Staff reporter and photographer for The Dartmouth newspaper
      Phi Tau Co-Educational Fraternity: Active Brother, 2003 to 2006
      Phi Tau Co-Educational Fraternity: Alumna Member-at-Large, 2010 to 2014
      Creating Successful Team Environments, Dartmouth College sponsored retreat, 2005
      Story interests:
      TABLES: Technology - Academia - Business - Leadership - Entrepreneurship - Strategy plus Health
      Publication history:

      Forbes, co-authored with Harvard Business Press author & Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Professor Dorie Clark, 2013
      Networking Should Never Be Forced

      Global Disruption by Social Media

      Communication and Charisma for Leadership

      US News & World Report
      Over 70 articles, 2012 to 2015

      Huffington Post
      Over 60 articles, 2013 to 2017

      8 articles, 2017 to present

      Poets and Quants
      What I Wish I Knew Before College

      National Center for the Middle Markets article by Harvard Business Press author & Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Professor Dorie Clark, 2014
      Mastering real-time marketing
      Dr. Ian Tolfree is currently an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Vesta Health, where he advises on new health tech ventures while he works on launching his own pharmaceutical company, Sitala Health. He also manages the privately-held firm’s portfolio of current and future investments.

      Prior to founding Sitala, Ian was a multi-industry serial entrepreneur with experience transitioning patent-backed startups out of universities. He worked in pharmaceuticals, both spinning out companies as a founder and supporting others with drug development strategy. Additionally, he led startups in the quantum optics and chip spaces, where he led the construction of the world’s first quantum camera.

      Ian developed his industry agnostic approach to startups as the founding employee of Johns Hopkins’ FastForward Accelerator. There, he helped faculty and graduate students from across the university turn their inventions into startups, working with over 70 groups in medical devices, therapeutics, and new materials. He supported every stage of the projects, starting with early stage product ideation and developmental plans through to venture creation, business planning, and licensing. The rapid number of iterations in a short period of time allowed him to see patterns and develop a tech agnostic, risk mitigated approach to technology commercialization.
      His experience also includes working as an intelligence contractor, where he served as a Quantitative Political Scientist. His area of expertise covered machine learning, natural language processing and graph theory.

      Ian graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a PhD in Theoretical Physics, and Columbia University Engineering with a BS in Applied Physics.

      TABLES: Technology - Academia - Business - Leadership - Entrepreneurship - Strategy plus Health

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