Lesa Mitchell

Founder and CEO
Networks for Scale
Kansas City, MO

Lesa Mitchell is the Chairman and Founder of Networks for Scale an organizational leadership company focused on enabling scale for startups while reducing the failure rate.

Mitchell was a vice president with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation until 2013. She was responsible for the Foundation's frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market and the new relationships between philanthropy and for-profit companies. Mitchell was instrumental in founding the Kauffman Innovation Network/iBridge Network, the Translational Medicine Alliance, and the National Academies—based University-Industry Partnership.

Prior to joining Kauffman, Mitchell spent 20 years in executive roles at Aventis, Quintiles, and Marion Laboratories, and ran an electronic clinical trials consulting business.

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