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Carol  Reiley

Carol Reiley

Serial Entrepreneur, AI Roboticist & an Active Advocate for Diversity/Bias in AI

Carol Reiley

Serial Entrepreneur, AI Roboticist & an Active Advocate for Diversity/Bias in AI


Carol Reiley is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI.  Her purpose in life is to save the world, one robot at a time. She's been named the Mother of Robots and over the past 20 years has worked in a breadth of robotics applications ranging from healthcare (Intuitive Surgical) to space (Lockheed Martin) to underwater to self-driving cars.

She is currently CEO of a healthcare startup, a creative advisor of the San Francisco Symphony, tech advisory council member for Harman Kardon, a World Economics Forum Young Global Leader, and a brand ambassador for Guerlain Cosmetics. She cofounded and was President of drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab, helped build team of 8 to 150+ employees, and raised over $77M.

She also founded Tinkerbelle Labs for low cost healthcare as well as Squishybotz for educational robotics. She is a published children's book author on the 1st growth mindset which has sold over 20K copies, was on the 1st female engineer on the MAKE magazine cover, and the youngest member on the IEEE Robotics and Engineering Board.

She previously was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for over 1000+ low-income students in the Baltimore/DC area. She did her undergraduate in computer engineering from Santa Clara University and graduate work in CS at Johns Hopkins University and has published dozens of papers and holds eight patents.

She is an advocate for underrepresented groups in technology as well as speaking out about Bias in AI. She's been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Wired and is recognized by Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and Quartz as one of the top founders in Artificial Intelligence. She and Andrew were named by MIT tech review as the AI power couple. They live in Los Altos and have one daughter.

Speaker Videos

TEDxBaltimore: From Personal Computers to Personal Robots

The Atlantic: Self Driving Car Talk / WHAT'S NEXT?

Bias in A.I.

The Impact of Self-Driving Cars

Future of Surgery

Speech Topics

AI, Robotics, Ethics


Women’s Leadership