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Betsy Ziegler


Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, which was ranked as the number one university-affiliated tech incubator in the world in 2018.

Previous to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was responsible for integrating technology into the Kellogg educational experience as well as portfolio innovation. From 2011 through September 2015, she served as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students.

Prior to Kellogg, Betsy served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, where she led the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-led its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice.

Betsy holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a B.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with distinction. She is also is a member of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Board of Directors and an advisor and investor in many young technology companies.