Kara Blackburn


Kara Blackburn


Kara Blackburn is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an affiliate of MIT Sloan's Leadership Center.

She has spent the last 15 years teaching MBA students to increase their interpersonal effectiveness and to be more strategic communicators in the business environment. At MIT Sloan, she teaches Communication for Leaders, a core course, and runs the accompanying Communications Lab. Blackburn also teaches Advanced Communication for Leaders, an elective for full-time MBA students and Sloan Fellows.

In addition, Blackburn co-created a groundbreaking course at MIT Sloan, Leading the Way: Perspectives on Advancing Equity and Inclusion.

Blackburn has mentored teams in the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), and China and India Lab courses, and has been the faculty lead for study tours in South America and Africa. She has traveled on behalf of the MIT faculty to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Botswana, Namibia, Vietnam, Thailand, and China.

Blackburn holds a PhD from Boston College, a MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA from Connecticut College.

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