Amita Shukla is an entrepreneur and writer passionate about helping minds unlock their potential. She is the founder and CEO of Vitamita, which focuses on creating transformative innovations for human health and well-being, and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change. Amita regularly advises individuals, teams and organizations on leading lasting transformation, and has presented over 100 invited keynotes, lectures, and workshops spanning diverse fields.
Previously, she spent close to nine years at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm, where she evaluated cutting-edge healthcare innovations and worked with leading scientists, physicians, and entrepreneurs to invest in and build world-class startups. Earlier, she was a vice president at AmiKa Corp., a biomedical technology company where she helped develop and market novel research tools—for which she holds 10 patents—until its acquisition by Harvard Bioscience. Previously, she founded two startups and was a healthcare analyst at Merrill Lynch. She has written about innovation for publications such as the MIT Technology Review.
In 2018, Amita became an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins to teach a graduate course on leadership, for which Enduring Edge has been a required textbook since 2014. Earlier, she served as a Mentor-in-Residence to help Hopkins’ researchers realize the potential of their discoveries. In 2010, she was appointed to the to the board of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) by Governor Martin O’Malley. In 2015, she was reappointed by Governor Larry Hogan, and is now its longest-serving board member. Amita holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard, where she was a Senior Editor at the Harvard Crimson, and an MBA from Stanford, where she led a team that won the university-wide annual startup competition for a novel cardiovascular device.
Amita has received training as a coach and is certified as a yoga teacher. Her passion for health traces back to high school, where she won first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her research on an Indian medicinal plant for preventing gum disease.
Learn about Amita’s Upcoming (and prior) Talks, Keynotes, and Workshops
Selected Additional Positions:
• President, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Washington DC Chapter (2015-2019)
• Co-founder of the Stanford GSB DC Salons (2016-present)
• Life Science Council Member, Springboard Enterprises (2012-present)
• Inaugural Pharmapreneur-in-Residence at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (2017-2018)
• Fish & Richardson FISHstep Review Committee Member (2015-2017)
• AccelerateDC Mentor (2015-2017)
• Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Science and Technology Development (2007-2015)
• TiE DC: Board of Directors (2008); Charter Member (2007-08)
Selected Writings & Publications:
• “Why Mastering Your Mind is the Secret to Success” Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
• “How to Transform Innovation into Impact” HIMSS News
• “Can Innovation Be Taught? The Power of Cultivating the Innovator’s Mindset” HIMSS News
• “Back to Nature: Biomimicry finds engineering solutions in the natural world” MIT Technology Review
• Article Archives at The Harvard Crimson
Articles Featuring Amita:
• In Conversation with Amita Shukla, Founder and CEO of Vitamita BioBuzz
• “The School of Pharmacy’s Revolution: Pharmapreneurism – Meet Pharmapreneur-inResidence, Amita Shukla” Capsule Magazine, Summer 2017
• “Advice to mHealth entrepreneurs? Change behaviors” mHealthNews
• “14 #mHealth13 Tweets for mHealth Entrepreneurs” mHealthNews: “The start of the 2013 mHealth Summit has been jam packed with advice for mhealth startups and investors. From Amita Shukla’s tips for budding innovators to the insights shared by renowned entrepreneurs and investors Steve Case and Esther Dyson, here’s some of our favorite soundbites captured via #mHealth13.”
• “Three Women Who Make Me Optimistic About the Future of Healthcare” MedCityNews
• “Is Entrepreneurialism Genetic?” Venture Capital Journal