Adapting to Change w/ Dr. Silvia Mah

“Adapting to changes in definitions of success”

silvia mah“So, you have a great idea … how can UCSD and the San Diego ecosystem help you?”

Dr. Silvia Mah is the CEO of Hera-Labs a business accelerator for women-owned small businesses, business partner in the franchising of Hera Hub a spa-inspired co-working space for women entrepreneurs, and a lean startup instructor in Spanish at the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at UC San Diego.

Dr. Mah’s primary focus is in on (1) empowering, nurturing, and sustaining women-owned businesses in San Diego and nationwide, (2) invest in socially relevant new ventures that will allow women to break through barriers in order for the next generation of women entrepreneurs to grow even more, and (3) help accelerate university discoveries through the commercialization pipeline.  Prior to her current endeavors, Silvia was Director of the Teams in Engineering Service program at the Jacobs School of Engineering and an instructor to over 200 students on social entrepreneurship, project management, and leadership. Dr. Silvia Mah holds a Ph.D. in Marine Molecular Biology from UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an M.B.A. from UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Pepperdine University. She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is an advocate for special needs children focusing on ability with modifications, enjoys traveling with her husband, and delights in beach days with her 3 children.


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