A serial entrepreneur, O’Neill founded four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems & billing, e-commerce and digital education. In 1989, she was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year.
Currently Maura is teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford and Columbia Universities. In 2016 she was received the UC Berkeley Earl Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also advises start-ups, global companies, foundations and global government agencies.
Maura has MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley. She has a PhD from University of Washington, where her research focused on narrow-mindedness and the errors it can lead to in science, medicine, business and political decision-making. She helped found a public charter school, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (grades 6-12th) and continues to serve as Vice Chair.