Tara Lemmey

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Tara Lemméy
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation LENS, CEO and Founder
Markle Economic Future Initiative, Member
Known for Entrepreneur, designer, inventor, technology expert, innovation strategist

MCP 1000: Most Creative People in Business
Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013

2013 ComputerWorld Honors Laureates [1]

Tara L. Lemméy (pronunciation: /ˈtærə ləˈm/ TARR-ə lə-MAY) is an American entrepreneur, inventor, designer, technology expert, and innovation strategist.

She is CEO and founder of LENS Ventures, an innovation and investment firm based in San Francisco.[1]

Lemméy was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013[2] by Fast Company (magazine) and is one of the MCP 1000: The Most Creative People in Business. She is an inventor with over seventy US and international utility and design patents.[3][1]

Innovation and economic policy[edit]

Lemméy is a member of Rework America, the Markle Economic Future Initiative [4] created by the Markle Foundation to invent new strategies and scalable solutions for jobs, broad participation in economic prosperity, economic security and growth in America.

Lemméy is a co-author of America’s Moment. Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age (2015), a book by Rework America, a group of fifty leaders from across American life led by the Markle Foundation and supported by a set of experts.[5]

Lemméy has spoken on risk and innovation — at DO USA,[6] Techonomy,[7][8][9] TED India, Fortune Brainstorm Tech,[10] Future in Review,[11] Digital Media and Learning Conference,[12] and has been published in Wired, Business Week, and the Harvard Business Review.[13]

Lemméy has founded multiple technology companies in Silicon Valley and has served on corporate and non-profit boards. She is CEO and Founder of LENS,[14] an innovation and investment firm that works with leading institutions in creating next markets. LENS has advised senior executives of nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Intel, and the Lumina Foundation on innovation, next-generation strategies, new markets, and investments and acquisitions. She was an early advisor to Nest Labs and CEO Tony Fadell, led the strategy for Ribbit acquired by British Telecom, and served on the board of Discovery Mining acquired by Interwoven, now part of HP. Lemméy was CEO and founder of Net Power & Light, a developer of patented technology for high-fidelity video collaboration and live experiences in sports, entertainment, education, and healthcare.[15][16]

Lemméy was profiled in The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison),[17] '"must-read book on innovation" in 2010 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek[18]). She is a regular participant at the Aspen Institute, contributing to "Solving the Dilbert Paradox", a report from the Aspen Round Table on Talent Development.[19]

She was the Founding Chair of Policy, Law & Ethics at Singularity University and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and U.C. Berkeley.

National security, technology and privacy[edit]

Lemméy served as a co-chair of the Technology Working Group on the Markle Foundation's Task Force on National Security in the Information Age[20] and was the lead architect[21] of the SHARE information environment recommendation which became the ISE, the new way of information sharing for the intelligence and national security community post 9/11.

From 2002 to 2012, the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age has offered a broad vision and detailed recommendations on the key policy and technology issues affecting the creation of a trusted information environment. These recommendations have been adopted by Executive Order, codified in two pieces of federal legislation and led to the creation of the Information Sharing Environment.[22][23][24]

Lemméy was on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Privacy Advisory Committee,[25] which provides external expert advice to the Department’s Secretary and the Chief Privacy Officer on matters relating to privacy and civil liberties preservation in relation to national security improvements.

Earlier, Lemméy was President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation[26] and was a member of the founding board of TRUSTe.[27]

Public diplomacy[edit]

Lemméy has collaborated with the United States Department of State on public diplomacy and outreach programs around the world with her speaking tours on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth, most recently in Switzerland[28][29][30] and Turkey.[31][32][33][34][35][36]

In 2009 she was part of the U.S. State Department's Technology Delegation to Mexico, which explored ways for U.S. technology companies to support Mexican citizens’ resistance against the country’s drug cartels.[37]

In 2010 she was a delegate to the White House Council on Women and Girls Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, which was formed to address critical challenges and opportunities and identify public policy initiatives needed to move the women’s business agendas forward.

Previously, Lemméy was a Commissioner on the Embassy of the Future Task Force[38] at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as the "Ambassador from Silicon Valley" contributing to the Commission's Report that provided key recommendations for making the diplomatic pursuit of U.S. interests abroad more effective in the 21st century.[39]

Future of learning and higher education[edit]

Lemméy created DGREE.ORG[40] —an initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation[41] to envision the future of higher education and exploring how technology and innovation can drive new models for student-centered, lifetime learning.[42] In 2010 Lemméy hosted the DGREE Summit which brought together the shared thinking of business leaders, venture capitalists, education foundations, and university leaders and accreditors to focus on student-centric learning in a sustainable educational ecosystem.[43]

Lemméy has collaborated with Harvard Professor Michael Sandel to create a Global Classroom to pioneer the use of mobile technology and mobile video for global live debates about justice, rights and democracy. The series of live experiences in the fall semester of 2012 brought together students of Sandel's Harvard course Justice with those in China, India, Japan and Brazil,[44] featuring a guest appearance by philosopher Peter Singer joining the Harvard audience in Sanders Theater live from New York.

The video recordings of the Global Classroom experiment were featured in Sandel's EdX massive open online course in 2013.

The Global Classroom experiment was covered by the BBC, Fast Company and was recognized by ComputerWorld's 2013 Honors award program.[45]

Health and integrative medicine[edit]

Lemméy is part of the leadership team[46] at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine of the University of Arizona, with her role at the Center focused on innovation. Lemméy has collaborated[47] with Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Victoria Maizes on Public Forum on nutrition and health, part of the Center's annual Nutrition and Health Conference. Lemméy moderated[48] the Public Forum on “Food and Health: Public Policy and Personal Choice” with Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Robert Lustig and Michael Pollan, held in 2011 in San Francisco.

Awards and honors[edit]

MCP 1000: Most Creative People in Business

100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013

2013 ComputerWorld Honors Laureates (Mobile Access)[49]


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  2. ^ "Fast Company: 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013.". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tara Lemmey: Patents". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Markle Economic Future Initiative Members". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "America's Moment". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "DO USA Speaker: Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Techonomy 2013: A Spin with Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Techonomy 2012: Changing How the World Learns". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Techonomy 2011 Agenda. Know Thyself: Self-Tracking in an Era of Bespoke Healthcare. Moderator: Tara Lemmey" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fortune Brainstorm Tech Speakers". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "FiRE 2010 Speaker: Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Digital Media and Learning 2011. Transforming Play - Plenary Session with Tara Lemmey, Mizuko Ito, David Washington, Francois Bar" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Harvard Business Review: Untethered Data by Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "LENS Ventures". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "BusinessWire: Introducing Spin for Apple iOS Devices, a Brand New Way to Watch, Learn, Play and Be Together in Real Time". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fact Company MCP 1000 Profile: Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Deloitte Center for the Edge. The Power of Pull. From Passion to Potential. Vol 4" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Business Week: John Hagel on Invisible Innovation". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Solving The Dilbert Paradox - a report from the Aspen Round Table on Talent Development" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Tara Lemmey: Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Tara Lemmey". Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Markle: Information Sharing & Collaboration". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Brief History of the ISE" (PDF). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Markle: Creating an Information Sharing Environment.". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "EFF Appoints New Director". Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "P3P Guiding Principles". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  28. ^ "StartupTicker.ch". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Celebrating Launch of Aspire Zurich". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  30. ^ "Aspire Switzerland". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  31. ^ "Ozyegin University". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "US Embassy Turkey Twitter". https://mobile.twitter.com/USEmbassyTurkey/status/256396002024648704. Retrieved 24 January 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  33. ^ "Eskisehir Technopark". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  34. ^ "Kagider: Women Entrepreneur Association Turkey". http://www.kagider.org/?Dil=0&SID=1&HID=451. Retrieved 24 January 2013.  External link in |work= (help)
  35. ^ "Turkish WIN". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  36. ^ "GÖKTEN TEKNOLOJİK FİKİR DÜŞMEZ". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  37. ^ Scola, Nancy (August 27, 2009). "The State Department's Tech.Del: Can People Crush Mexico's Drug Cartels?". Tech President Blog. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  38. ^ "CSIS Embassy of the Future Commission Issues Report:" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  39. ^ "Embassy of the Future Report" (PDF). Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  40. ^ "DGREE: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  41. ^ "Lumina Foundation: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  42. ^ "Tara Lemmey: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  43. ^ "DGREE Summit 2010". Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  44. ^ "Tara Lemmey: Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013". Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  45. ^ "2013 ComputerWorld Honors Laureates" (PDF). 
  46. ^ "Leadership: Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine". 
  47. ^ "Public Forum at Nutrition and Health Conference on YouTube". 
  48. ^ "Food and Health: Public Policy and Personal Choice with Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan and Robert Lustig moderated by Tara Lemmey". 
  49. ^ "2013 ComputerWorld Honors Laureates" (PDF). Retrieved 15 May 2013.