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Laura Huang, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Faculty Director of Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Author, Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage
book cover of EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage

Laura Huang is a Distinguished Professor of Management and Organizational Dynamics, who has held faculty positions at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Northeastern University, and is on the board of Wharton Alumni Angels and NJECC. Laura’s award-winning research examines the role of intuition and interpersonal relationships in entrepreneurship and in the workplace, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Forbes.

She is the international best-selling author of EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage, which was published by Portfolio: Penguin Random House—and she is also the creator and co-founder of Project EMplify, an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage for unserved and underprivileged K-12 communities through the principles of EDGE.

Laura was named one of the top 40 business school professors by Poets and Quants, and was a recipient of the 2020 Cozzarelli Prize given by the National Academy of Sciences. In 2021, she was named to the Global Thinker50 Radar list as one of the top thinkers with the potential to change the world of theory and practice.

Prior to her academic career, she held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson.

Laura holds an MS and BSE in electrical engineering, both from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine.

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