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Fireside Chat with David Ebersman ‘91: Why I left Facebook to Start a Mental Health Care Tech Company

April 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In 2009 David Ebersman joined Facebook as the company’s CFO, where he oversaw the initial public offering of stock on May 18, 2012. Constantly surrounded by all this startup energy inspired him. In 2014, David wanted to start something of his own. He wanted to solve a problem that not only affected him but millions of people in the US in need of accessing high quality mental health care.

Join David Ebersman, the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Public Health for a fireside chat, where he will discuss the launch of Lyra Health, a health care company that sells technology and services to address mental health. Lyra is transforming mental health care by creating a frictionless experience for members, providers, and employers. Using technology and data, they connect companies and their employees to mental health providers, therapy, and coaching programs that work.

Lyra recently raised a $45 million series B round, enabling them to develop new technologies and reach more people in need. Today Lyra is available to more than 230,000 people. They have piloted with partners like eBay and Uber as early customers and aim to continue partnering with more companies.

About the speaker:

David Ebersman ‘91 is currently co-founder & CEO of Lyra Health, a health care technology company focused on behavioral health. Previously, David served as the Chief Financial Officer of Facebook from 2009 through 2014. Prior to joining Facebook, he worked in various positions at Genentech, a biotechnology company, from 1994 to 2009 including as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Product Operations, and Vice President, Product Development. Prior to joining Genentech, David was a research analyst at Oppenheimer, an investment bank. David is a member of the board of directors of SurveyMonkey and Castlight.  He holds an A.B. in International Relations and Economics from Brown University and was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow in 2000.

Co-sponsored with the School of Public Health.

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April 17, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Petteruti Lounge
75 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912
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