With over 25 years of experience in various executive and leadership roles, Deb Tillett currently serves as the President and Executive Director of the ETC (Emerging Technology Centers
) in Baltimore. The ETC is Baltimore City’s business incubator program, a venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC). The ETC, which focuses on growing early stage technology companies in Baltimore City, consist of two separate incubator facilities: the Emerging Technology Center at Haven St. and the Emerging Technology Center at Johns Hopkins Eastern. Ms. Tillett is responsible for management and oversight of these two technology and innovation centers. In that role she provides the guidance, leadership and resources necessary for entrepreneurs to start, grow and succeed within their ventures.
Prior to joining ETC, Ms. Tillett served as president and co-founder of Immersive 3D, LLC, a technology start-up providing web-based 3D computer gaming solutions for K-20 education and offering contract-based technology services. Ms. Tillett is an avid speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, and serves as an Advisor and Board member to various early-stage startups.
Ms. Tillett received a B.S. degree from Towson University and a M.B.A. from Loyola Sellinger School. She is the Emeritus Chair, Board of Advisors for College of Business and Economics at Towson University; and a board member for the Julie Center (a non-profit community organization run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur). Ms. Tillett was named the 2004 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record; received the 2005 Bravo Award, Smart Woman Magazine; and was a 2006 Dean’s Recognition Award Distinguished Alumni, Towson University. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Gaming in 2006.