Green transportation innovator to speak at Commencement

Robin Chase, the CEO of carpooling venture and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will speak at SUNY Oswego’s dual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

Chase will speak at both the 9 a.m. ceremony for the School of Business and School of Education and the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. Both will take place in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall.

In 1999, Chase and friend Antje Danielson created Zipcar, a car-sharing service that aims to mitigate the impact of automobiles on society by providing them to drivers on an as-needed basis. SUNY Oswego rolled out its first two Zipcars in late April in partnership with this innovative company.

Chase moved on to head, which combines online carpooling with social networking. This venture marks a continuation of her passion for using Internet technology to raise transportation efficiency while minimizing its adverse effects on the environment.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Chase also served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

Chase lectures widely and has shared her zeal for connective technologies, entrepreneurship and sustainability in such media as NBC’s “Today” show, the New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Fast Company and Time magazine.

Her many honors include the Massachusetts Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit and Start-up Woman of the Year; inclusion in Business Week’s top 10 designers and Fast Company’s Fast 50 Champions of Innovation; and technology and innovation awards from Fortune, CIO and InfoWorld magazines.

SUNY Oswego’s Commencement activities will stream live at a link on and Time Warner Cable channel 96.

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(Posted: Apr 29, 2009)