Portrait of Bara Watts
  • Director of Entrepreneurship


Bara Watts began her career as a dancer, choreographer and singer in New York City. She eventually moved into the film industry where she progressed up the ladder by being an “intrapreneur” eventually holding senior level positions as Director of Special Projects at MGM/UA Home Entertainment, Director of Worldwide Promotions at 20th Century Fox, and VP at Universal Studios.

She is also a serial entrepreneur. Her first company, Barbara Watts & Associates, an entertainment marketing company was sold to a New York agency after eight years. Later, having moved back to her home town Cleveland, her WebTV company UNCOMN.tv Network was awarded the prestigious Innovation Fund award through GLIDE. The Network produced successful web programs including “Got City*GAME!”, and the “The Flannel Channel”. While in Cleveland she served as interim Executive Director at “Red an Orchestra”, a ground-breaking performance orchestra where she produced the first ever live orchestral performance in the multi-player avatar world, Second Life. Most recently she provided business management, marketing, and web technology consulting to various regional workforce organizations including Global Cleveland and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement).


  • Bara Watts Writes Guest Blog about Innovation

    May 12, 2020

    Bara Watts, director of entrepreneurship, wrote a guest blog titled "The time to innovate is now" for Crain's Cleveland Business

  • Bara Watts Selected to Present Paper

    November 3, 2019

    Director of Entrepreneurship Bara Watts was selected by the International Entrepreneurship Applied Research Symposium to present the paper, "How to develop 'Can-Do' students; teaching skills to innovate and activate change in the world."

  • Eve Sandberg and Bara Watts Participate in Workshop

    August 1, 2019

    Professor of Politics Eve Sandberg and Director of Entrepreneurship Bara Watts were invited participants in a two-day pedagogical workshop on Social (Justice) Impact Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts: Curricular & Co-curricular Innovations & Connections. The workshop was sponsored by the American Association of Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) and hosted at Mount Holyoke College. Other participants included faculty and administrators from: Swarthmore, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Macalester, Grinnell, Smith, Holyoke, and the University of Massachusetts.

  • Bara Watts Joins Advisory Board

    June 23, 2019

    Director of Entrepreneurship Bara Watts joined the Cognitive and Creative Learning Advisory Board for Project Lead the Way, an American nonprofit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools.