Melanie Shumate

Program Manager, MIT REAP

First ever entrepreneurial venture when you were younger

In fourth grade, I did door-to-door sales of homemade dog treats (my secret recipe).

Most influential book you’ve read

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Favorite modern innovation

Music streaming services

The thing you do away from the office that keeps you sane

Kickboxing

Favorite quote

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Best part of your job

Bringing talented people together from around the world for a common purpose: creating innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities.

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