Dr. Tanya Mathew is a Research Specialist at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Ohio State University for the Translational Innovation Program. In this role, she brings her unique background in dentistry, clinical research, improvement science, and civic leadership to lead capacity and community building efforts to accelerate translation. Translating innovative ideas to market quickly and efficiently requires a thriving ecosystem which brings together inventors, experts, servant leaders and creative problem solvers of all ranks to share their knowledge, skills and resources. In addition to spearheading the creation of the new program, she is an enterprising self-starter who has developed, tested and implemented educational programs that foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, team science and translational science. With formal training in civic leadership and non-profit management, she has over two decades of experience in serving and generating impact through the non-profit sector. During a career hiatus from academia, she served as the first Executive Director of a charitable organization driving its mission, growth, and development by working closely with local leaders and business executives. Dr. Mathew holds a secondary appointment as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry. An educator at heart, beginning her teaching career at a dental college in India at 22, she has been teaching dental students at The Ohio State University on Ethics and Communication over the past 6 years. She also teaches faculty, staff and students on inclusive intelligence competencies and mitigation of implicit bias in the healthcare setting. She is the 2021 recipient of the Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Fund Award for Multicultural Engagement from The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion for “enduring collegiality and unwavering devotion to the university’s diversity, inclusion and equity goals and practices.” She is excited to talk about teaching entrepreneurship as a leadership skill using the field of translational science as the framework.