Trish Cotter is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT and Director of the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator (GFSA) at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where she mentors students through the accelerator process for their start-up ventures. In addition, she is a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management on topics related to entrepreneurship.
Trish was previously an executive at two emerging companies which she helped to bring public (Netezza in 2007 and Visual Networks in 1998). When Netezza was acquired by IBM for $1.8 billion in 2010, Trish served in the role of president of Netezza LLC during the integration process. She has a background in engineering, and has held various engineering and management positions at Honeywell, Computervision, Sun Microsystems and Stratus.
Patricia (“Trish”) Cotter believes in the promise and power of innovation when it comes to management, technology, business and education. Trish is known for an adept, creative leadership style that has resulted in closely aligned, loyal, motivated teams and positive outcomes throughout her career.
Trish holds a BA in business administration from Boston College, an MBA from Northeastern University, an AMP from Harvard Business School, and a MEd and EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. For her doctorate, Trish focused on work-based learning and closing the 21st century skills gap.
Trish was named Emerging Executive of the Year (2009) by the Mass Technology Leadership Council and won a Stevie Award (2011) for Customer Service Executive of the Year. Trish received a Northface Scoreboard Award for World Class Excellence Customer Satisfaction as selected by voting customers from 2006 through 2011.