December 7, 2015
Power Players: Fresh Faces

Laurie Leshin

Laurie Leshin landed on the Worcester business and higher education scene in 2014 when she became the first female president in the 150-year history of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

This geochemist and space scientist is a perfect match for the school, which is increasingly gaining national grants and attention. Aside from her role at the school, Leshin also is a key influencer in the city as a result of the power she wields in directing WPI.

The school has stepped up its efforts to reinvigorate the area surrounding its Worcester campus in recent years, with new buildings like the Biomanufacturing Education & Training Center being placed outside its traditional campus.

This has allowed the school to anchor the northern end of the Main Street corridor, creating a sense of place in Worcester and using its higher education culture to reinvigorate the city's atmosphere.

Read about other Central Massachusetts Power Players

Change Agents: Executives bringing their organizations to new heights

Visionaries: Forward thinkers pushing to realize the promises of the future

Politicos: Public officials leveraging their positions to further business development

Fresh Faces: Newcomers to Central Massachusetts with refreshing perspectives and ideas

Inner Circle: Long-time players who continue to have a significant role in new developments

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