Betsy Ziegler

Betsy Ziegler (Northwestern University photo)

Betsy Ziegler is CEO of 1871, the tech hub that’s home to more than 400 early stage startups, as well as accelerators, incubators, venture capitalists, and satellite offices for more than a half-dozen universities.

She took over for predecessor Howard Tullman in April 2018.

“The entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of the organization; they are why 1871 exists, so my first priority is to them,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “And I do think there’s room to extend the reach of 1871 throughout the ecosystem.”

Ziegler in 2015 was tapped for the newly created role of chief innovation officer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She’d been at Kellogg for four years before that, serving as associate dean of degree programs and dean of students.

Prior, she was a partner at McKinsey & Co.’s Chicago office and led the firm’s insurance operations and technology practice.

She has a B.A. in economics from the Ohio State University and an MBA in general management from Harvard Business School.

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