Cilsy Harris lives and breathes the scientific method. As a young woman in Massachusetts, her neighbor, an MIT professor, invited her to work in his industrial biology lab at the university.

“That’s how I was taught to think and solve problems, and I use it every day in my leadership philosophy,” says Harris, who went on to study chemistry at Boston College. But after almost seven years, the allure of the lab began to fade — she laughingly blames the smell — and she developed an interest in business.

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