2017 Speakers


Katie Stebbins

Vice President of Economic Development

University of Massachusetts President's Office

Katie Stebbins is the vice president for economic development for the University of Massachusetts, a five-campus, 75,000-student public research university system. She serves as a liaison to the business community, establishing and growing research and workforce development partnerships to benefit the university and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a member of President Marty Meehan’s senior leadership team, she represents UMass, the state’s second-largest employer and an institution responsible for $6.2 billion in annual economic impact, on boards and working groups  focused on business collaboration and increasing the state’s competitiveness in key sectors. 

Katie was previously Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she co-chaired the Governor Baker’s Digital Health Council and led state investment efforts in health-tech, robotics, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. A 20-year veteran of public service and economic development, Katie has launched three of her own companies. She is also a shameless champion for mid-size cities, roller derby and women in leadership. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in city planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


General Session: Growing the Robotics Landscape – Regional Comparisons