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Thara Pillai - Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston). Boston, MA, US

Thara Pillai

Director - Alumni Programs and Engagement | Harvard Innovation Labs


Thara Pillai is a marketing and business development professional who mentors and advises companies and entrepreneurs.



Thara Pillai is a marketing and business development professional with nearly two decades of experience in North America & EMEA. She has mentored and advised companies in Boston and beyond. Currently, she is the Director of Alumni Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Innovation Labs. In that capacity, she oversees the design and execution of Launch Lab X GEO, a 9-month alumni accelerator. She also hosts a networking and mentoring group for female entrepreneurs, RebelWomen.
Thara's past experience as a journalist at CBC, CTV, and other media organizations has given her solid research skills that allow her to understand a business from end-to-end. "When I evaluate a problem for a company, I'm able to take into consideration the entire corporate entity and vision, rather than looking at a problem in isolation."

Industry Expertise (2)

Social Media


Areas of Expertise (5)

Brand Management




Social Media

Education (3)

University of St. Gallen: M.B.A., Media & Telecommunications 2003

Carlton University: M.A., Broadcast Journalism 1993

Ryerson University: B.A., Broadcast Media 1990





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Selected Media Appearances (3)

Outstanding Women of 2020 Announced, Will be Honored at the 18th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Sept. 11

Indian New England  online


This year’s Outstanding Women’s list represents a diverse group of women in the areas of science, business, education, healthcare, art and culture, and community and social services - Thara Pillai...

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New Student-Led Nonprofit Aims to Counter COVID Misinformation

EdSurge  online


One of the established folks mentoring the group is Thara Pillai, director of alumni programs and engagement at Harvard Innovation Labs. “What's fascinating about this team is that it is made up of students from major universities from across the country,” she said in an email interview...

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They Are Rebel Women

Patch  online


"The fundamental idea behind it was this was a need expressed by each one of us," said Pauline Benninga, who co-founded RebelWomen with Lisa Spitz and Thara Pillai. "We want women to feel like, 'I can do this, I can try,' rather than saying 'I'm not sure. I'm risk averse and have al of these other responsibilities so I'm not even going to give it a shot..."

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