Deb Mills-Scofield

Mentoring Both Startups And Students In Innovation And Strategy

For more than 25 years, Deb Mills-Scofield has helped companies create and implement actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategies. She works with "startups and upstarts" — small, medium, and big global companies in the service, manufacturing, and high-tech sectors. Mills-Scofield is also a partner at Glengary LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in Cleveland, Ohio.

While a student at Brown University, Mills-Scofield helped to create the Cognitive Science concentration, one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind. She worked at AT&T Bell Labs, where she designed and patented an integrated multimedia-messaging platform that was recognized as one of AT&T/Lucent’s top revenue-generating patents. Mills-Scofield was instrumental in spearheading AT&T WorldNet® Services, AT&T's Internet and E-commerce strategy and execution.

Mills-Scofield has contributed to many books, among them Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management by Steve Denning, and Trust Inc., and Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset by Barbara Kimmell. She regularly blogs at Harvard Business Review, Switch and Shift, Innovation Excellence. She has been recognized as one of the top 40 bloggers and tweeters on innovation.

Mills-Scofield is the recipient of Brown University's Barrett Hazeltine Prize in Entrepreneurial Mentorship. She mentors Brown students in the Entrepreneurship Program, the the Women's Launch Pad Program, the Social Innovation Fellowship, the Brown/RISD STEAM Initiative, and several student startups. She is a Visiting Scholar in Brown’s joint E-MBA with IE in Spain and on the Advisory Counsel for Brown’s School of Engineering.

Mills-Scofield is a Business Innovation Factory board member, and was a storyteller at BIF-9. She is also on the board of RISD’s DESINE-Lab. Mills-Scofield has taught at Oberlin College, University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business, CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management and Vanderbilt University, and is an Advisory Board Member at CWRU’s think[box].