SDM Alum Honored for Leadership in Boston Innovation Community

Mona Vernon By Lois Slavin, MIT SDM Communications Director

On December 4, 2014, MIT System Design & Management (SDM) alum Mona Vernon was named one of Boston’s “50 on Fire” at a celebration recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. The award was established by Streetwise Media, a digital media and events company, and its local unit BostInno.

The 50 winners were carefully selected from more than 2,000 nominations. They were cited as a group for “mixing creativity, bravery, presence … and a special spark that is changing Boston in remarkable ways that flat-out cannot be ignored.”

Vernon, who is vice president of the Data Innovation Lab at Thomson Reuters, was honored specifically for her leadership role in the innovation community, including fueling the thriving Cambridge and Boston Innovation District’s startup ecosystem with early adoption of technology from big data startups such as Recorded Future and Tamr. She was also cited for creating the Data Innovation Lab.

Since its inception early in 2014, the lab has offered several events through the Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, a Thomson Reuters series created by Vernon. Inspired by innovators and entrepreneurs, the series features thought leaders and experts from industry and academia who discuss, dissect, and explore technology topics and trends, particularly in the big data arena. The events are free and open to all.

“Mona continues to inspire not only those at MIT and SDM, but many more in Boston and beyond,” said SDM Executive Director Pat Hale. “All of us here at SDM are very proud of her.”

View Vernon’s presentation in the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series: “System Architecture for Corporate Innovation: How to Run a Successful Initiative and Deliver Tangible Results.”

Mona Vernon, SDM ’09