Four questions with Larisa Leventon, the newly appointed Technology Leadership academic director

The accomplished technology innovator will steer the program’s curriculum and faculty to prepare professionals with the skills necessary to lead in today's complex technological landscape.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Larisa Leventon, an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and imaging technology innovator has been appointed the new academic director of the Master of Science in Technology Leadership (MTL) program.

headshot of Larisa LeventonIn this role at Brown’s School of Professional Studies, Leventon will shape the curriculum and guide the faculty team to lead the program into the future. She will work in collaboration with the Program Director, Peter Chomowicz and other team members at the School to plan and deliver a rich and transformational learning experience for all students.

Having worked in technical, operations and investment roles, Leventon approaches business problems through a combination of these lenses. She has made scientific and technical contributions in the fields of medical visualization, diagnostic image analysis, and surgical navigation applications. Prior to her more recent consulting and entrepreneurial ventures, Leventon had an extensive career in investment management, managing long and short equity investment portfolios for several NYC-based hedge funds.

The School of Professional Studies sat down with Leventon after the recent MTL residential session at the end of January to chat about her vision and goals for the program.

What are you most excited about as you assume this new role?

It is both a challenge and a privilege to guide the students for success in this rapidly changing technology landscape, empowering them as individuals with skills and knowledge necessary to not only succeed in their careers, but also drive positive change in society. Technology comprises the infrastructure of our world today and will continue to play an ever increasing role in the future. The MTL program offers a unique platform to make a meaningful contribution to the field and advance the state of the art in technology leadership. I am excited to work with my colleagues and faculty to help shape the next generation of technology leaders and problem-solvers.


Why is this degree so important amidst the current environment?

A Master's in Technology Leadership is essential for staying relevant and competitive in a rapidly evolving technological, business, and economic landscape. Today, every company is a technology company. The program equips working professionals with the skills and knowledge to lead through transformation, prepare for the future of work and help create a more resilient and adaptable workforce. The hallmark of the MTL program is the integration of technology and liberal arts, which is crucial in shaping well-rounded leaders who possess not only technical expertise, but also a deep understanding of the social and ethical implications of their work.


“ I am excited to work with my colleagues and faculty to help shape the next generation of technology leaders and problem-solvers. ”

Based on your experience in technology innovation, what do you hope to bring to this program?

I bring a multifaceted view on the challenges and opportunities facing technology leaders today. My experience in technology R&D, product development, entrepreneurship, and investment management spans several decades. My background in these areas encompasses the perspectives of strategy, research, operations, and finance. 

The signature of the MTL program is the Critical Challenge Project (CCP), a student-led initiative that results in a significant innovation and quantifiable contribution to the organization or industry of their choice. My experiences working on cutting-edge technology projects, as a portfolio manager investing in publicly traded companies, and as a mentor to startups will enable me to advise the students on their projects and chosen journeys.


What is your hope for the future of this program?

The goal of the MTL program is not only to prepare professionals to prosper in their careers, but to also equip them to be agents of change in their organizations and communities in a responsible, inclusive and ethical manner. With this goal in mind, we will continue to evolve the curriculum, incorporating a range of innovative pedagogical approaches, including experiential learning opportunities; increased interaction with thought leaders with diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives; and continue to offer highly personalized leadership and career coaching. Additionally, I see great opportunity in strengthening collaboration with industry partners to keep the program closely attuned to the needs of the tech industry, and to offer unique practical experience to students as they undertake their Critical Challenge Projects.


Leventon earned an Sc.B. in Mathematics with Computer Science from MIT, both an Sc.M. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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