Mitra M. Best is an entrepreneur, technologist, and innovation leader. As PwC’s Lead Principal for Strategic Innovation and Technology, Mitra is a future-maker, responsible for creating new technology platforms and business models that solve critical challenges faced by organizations, the ecosystem of stakeholders, and the workforce. She has successfully led large-scale initiatives in both private and public sectors focused on new growth and efficiency models through innovative applications of technology. Mitra’s commitment to fueling innovation inspires her leadership of various initiatives both inside and outside PwC, particularly in promoting gender equity in STEM professions. At PwC, she co-leads the Women in Technology program , building an inclusive culture that resonates with technologists and provides equitable opportunities for growth. Additionally, Mitra is a frequent speaker at corporate conferences, leads C-suite workshops for Fortune 500 clients, mentors start-ups and entrepreneurs across industries, and guest lectures at top universities. Mitra holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science & Linguistics from UCLA, Graduate Management Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from MIT Sloan, and an Innovation Masters Certificate from Stanford University. She is a lifelong learner who values continued education as an imperative for growth and development.