Keara A. Leach
Keara A. Leach, MBA, is program director for the National Academy of Inventors. She works closely with leadership from member institutions, NAI Fellows and partnering organizations to encourage and honor academic invention and innovation in support of the mission and goals of the Academy. Leach directs all programs of the NAI including member institution relations and launching local Chapters, nomination and election of NAI Fellows and the NAI annual conference. The conference serves as an arena where innovation and entrepreneurship leading to local and national economic development is recognized, honored and cultivated in the academic world. The event is a collaborative forum for leadership and inventors from over 150 prestigious research institutions to come together and share their innovative initiatives. Leach began her career with the NAI in 2011 and holds masters’ degrees in business administration and entrepreneurship in applied technologies and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and mass communications from the University of South Florida.