Catherine Halaby

Hacking Arts, Founder

Catherine Halaby is a storyteller and legendary living room performer. A 2014 MIT Sloan MBA grad who does not have a professional headshot of any kind, Catherine aspires to never own a suit or sensible shoes, and to save the world. In business school, Catherine pursued her love of the arts, digital media, and innovation and launched a career in branding. The best thing she ever did was co-found Hacking Arts with Kathleen. Catherine's work has taken her around the globe, most significantly to the Middle East for three years with Endeavor, the global non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Catherine has worked at both Save the Children and Funny or Die, so you know she appreciates a dramatic imperative. She is currently a WPP MBA Fellow and the Associate Director, Strategy at Brand Union in New York. She is a graduate of Yale College.


Hacking Arts, Founder

Kathleen Stetson has worked in the arts in front of and behind the curtain for over 10 years. She is a recent MIT Sloan graduate and is Co-Founder and CEO of Trill (, Boston's source for all things live shows. While getting her Sloan MBA, she co-created Hacking Arts with the incomparable Catherine Halaby. Prior to MIT, Kathleen was a professional opera singer and an acoustical engineer with Arup in New York City. Her projects included the design of Greece's first national opera house and library with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. She holds a BA in music from Harvard University, an MM in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music, and an MS in architectural acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jean-Jacques Degroof

Investor and Mentor

Jean-Jacques Degroof worked in financial services and in academia and has been an active venture investor for the last 15 years in the USA and in Europe. His common interest across his investment, teaching and mentoring activities is how to turn academic research into innovative ventures. Jean-Jacques has been involved in art as an eclectic collector. He holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Leila W. Kinney

MIT Arts Initiatives, Executive Director

Leila W. Kinney works with Associate Provost Philip Khoury, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), the Creative Arts Council, the Council for the Arts at MIT, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the MIT Museum, to advance the arts at MIT in the areas of strategic planning, cross-school collaborations, communications, and resource development. She is an art historian with experience in both SA+P, where she was on the faculty in the History, Theory and Criticism section of the Department of Architecture (HTC) and SHASS, where she taught in the Program in Women's Studies and in Comparative Media Studies. She is a member of the Board of Mass Humanities and of the Advisory Committees of the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the MIT Museum.

Sam Magee

MIT Student Arts Programs, Manager

Sam Magee is the Manager of Student Arts Programs at MIT. His background is in Art Education and student programming. Sam feels it is his primary duty at MIT to advocate for the arts at every turn and to involve students in arts experiences they may not have had a chance to participate in before. Sam also promotes the arts through a business focused arts competition, community building through the continuum of student and alumni engagement, and educating students about the role of arts in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Edward Roberts

Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Chair

Edward Roberts is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology, and the founder and chair of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an expert in advanced technology management and entrepreneurship, a serial high-tech entrepreneur, and a leading angel investor.