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2018 Speakers

Shift Forum is hosted by John Battelle, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the Web 2.0 Summit. Forum speakers are drawn from the top echelons of the world’s most admired companies along with the world’s most respected and thought-provoking academics, journalists, and authors. New speakers are added weekly, so please check back for updates.

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Anat Admati

Anat Admati

Economist
Stanford
Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor
Financial Times
David Gelles

David Gelles

Reporter / Author
New York Times
John Heilemann

John Heilemann

National Affairs Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC; Executive Producer and Host, Showtime's The Circus
NBC News, MSNBC, Showtime
John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Governor
Colorado
Traci Des Jardins

Traci Des Jardins

Chef/Owner/Partner
Mijita Cocina Mexicana, The Commissary, Arguello, Transit, Public House
Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus

Former Secretary of the Navy
US Navy, Google Ventures
Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka

Founder and Executive Director
Code for America
Lata N. Reddy

Lata N. Reddy

Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Impact
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann

CEO and Co-Founder
Pinterest
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Entrepreneur and Public Board Member across World Class Tech Companies
theBoardlist
Anat Admati

Anat Admati

Economist

Stanford

Anat Admati, a Professor of Finance and Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business, has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on banking and corporate governance. Since 2010, she has been active in the debate on financial regulation.

She is a coauthor of the book, The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people and by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 global thinkers in 2014. Her current research incorporates, beyond economics, insights from disciplines such as law, political science, and psychology.

Admati received her BS from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, her PhD from Yale University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich. She has served on various boards within academia, nonprofits and governmental organizations.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

CEO

Genentech

Bill Anderson became Genentech's Chief Executive Officer in January 2017; he was appointed Region Head North America in July 2016. Previously he was head of Global Product Strategy for Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland since 2013. Bill joined Genentech in 2006 and was responsible for the Immunology and Ophthalmology businesses until 2010 when he became head of BioOncology, Genentech’s largest therapy area.

Bill developed broad global experience through his roles at Roche and previous employers in engineering, operations, finance and sales and marketing. In addition to his native United States, Bill has worked in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK, where he served as a general manager. Prior to joining Genentech, Bill worked for nine years at Biogen, and for four years at Ethyl Corporation, a specialty chemicals company.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in 1988, and master's degrees in management and chemical

Mohammed Ashour

Mohammed Ashour

Co-Founder and CEO

Aspire Food Group

Mohammed Ashour is the co-founder and CEO of Aspire Food Group, an agtech company that addresses food sustainability by developing the most advanced insect farming technology in the world. Aspire was founded in 2013 after Mohammed led his team to win the largest business prize in the world -- the prestigious US$1 million Hult Prize. A Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Mohammed is a highly sought-after public speaker and is widely regarded as a leading voice in social enterprise and food sustainability. He has been featured in major publications and media interviews, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fox Business News, the Economist, Wired, CNET, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. Mohammed pursued MD, MBA, and MSc (neuroscience) degrees from McGill University and holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto.

John Battelle

John Battelle

EIC & CEO

NewCo

As co-founder and CEO of NewCo, John Battelle continues his life’s work finding patterns in the massive narrative that is the intersection of business, technology, and culture. John is an entrepreneur, author and journalist. Best known for his work creating media properties, Battelle helped launch Wired in the 1990s and launched The Industry Standard an integrated weekly magazine, research, online, and conference business that set records for advertising pages sold in a single year during the dot-com boom.

His growing interest in the Internet, and its potential as a business platform, led him to found the Web 2.0 Summit with publisher Tim O'Reilly in 2003. In 2005, he founded the online advertising network Federated Media Publishing. John’s 2005 book, The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture, described the history and impact of search engines and the late emergence of Google from a field of competitors.

Pat Brown

Pat Brown

Founder and CEO

Impossible Foods

Dr. Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods. He was previously a Professor of Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Stanford University School of Medicine. Pat’s Stanford research group discovered the biochemical mechanism by which HIV inserts its genes into human cells; developed tools that enabled the expression patterns of whole genomes to be detected and profiled; and pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to improve classification, diagnosis and individualized treatment of human cancers. Pat is a co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit publisher of open-access scientific and medical research. Trained as a pediatrician, Pat was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor, and the NAS Award in Molecular Biology.

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel.

The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: "[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn." She was also named in 2006 for "rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online." In 2007 the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. In 2010 the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award and in 2012 the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded her the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.

John Chambers

John Chambers

Executive Chairman

Cisco

John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, is a working chairman with a focus on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is also an advisor on the company’s strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991, became President and CEO in 1995, and served as Chairman and CEO from 2006–2015. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO.

He has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate social responsibility over his past 20 years at the helm of Cisco, including Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Chambers serves as Chairman of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is a current member of the board of directors for Airware, OpenGov, Pindrop and Sprinklr.

Carol Christ

Carol Christ

Chancellor

UC Berkeley

Carol Christ is 11th chancellor of the University of California Berkeley. A scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.

Christ spent three decades as a professor and administrator at UC Berkeley before serving as president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. She returned to Berkeley in 2015 and has played an instrumental role in efforts to stabilize the institution’s budget, confront sexual violence and sexual harassment on campus, and create a long-term plan for housing students.

As president of Smith, Christ supervised the development of the nation’s only accredited engineering program at a women’s college, oversaw a significant rise in student diversity, expanded Smith’s global reach, and managed a major capital planning program.

Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock

Former Vice Chair

GE

Beth Comstock was named Vice Chair in August 2015. In this capacity, she leads GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets and service models; drives brand value and partners to enhance GE’s inventive culture. This unit includes Current, GE Lighting, GE Ventures & Licensing and GE sales, marketing and communications.

Since 2008, she served as GE’s chief marketing and commercial officer. From 2006, she was President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal overseeing ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com, Peacock Equity, and acquiring ivillage.com. In 2003 she was named the company’s first chief marketing officer in more than 20 years. Previously, she held a succession of roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting.

Beth is a member Nike’s Board of Directors and Trustee of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology.

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor

Financial Times

Rana Foroohar was recently named global business columnist for the Financial Times, as well as Associate Editor. She will take up her post on 1 March, 2017. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar was for six years the assistant managing editor in charge of business and economics at Time, as well as the magazine’s economic columnist. She also spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions including the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East–West Center at the University of Hawaii. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition, she is an economic and political contributor at New York City’s public radio station WNYC and appears frequently on NPR, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, and the BBC. She has appeared numerous times on programs such as “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University, which she attended after leaving her hometown of Frankfort, Indiana, in the heart of the rural Midwest. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, the writer John Sedgwick, and her two children, Alex and Darya.

David Gelles

David Gelles

Reporter / Author

New York Times

David Gelles is a reporter for The New York Times’s Sunday Business section, writing about tech, sustainability, executive compensation and more. He also writes the Revalued column, which covers social and environmental responsibility in the business world, and is working with the Well team to expand The Times's coverage of meditation.

Before joining Sunday Business, Mr. Gelles was a reporter at DealBook, The Times's Wall Street blog, covering mergers, acquisitions, corporate taxes and inversions. Mr. Gelles joined The Times in 2013 after five years as a reporter for the Financial Times, for which he covered mergers, acquisitions, media and technology from New York and San Francisco. During his time at the Financial Times he conducted an exclusive jailhouse interview with Bernard L. Madoff.

Mr. Gelles is the author of "Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business From the Inside Out," which was published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and at Boston University. He lives in New York with his family.

Kirsten Green

Kirsten Green

Founder and Managing Partner

Forerunner Ventures

Kirsten Green used a unique and unconventional blend of professional history and acquired investment experience to launch San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she currently serves as Founder and Managing Director. Noticing that emerging purchasing processes were linear and ripe for improvement, Kirsten developed a pacesetter mentality and analytical eye to remain ahead of experience- driven retail trends and identify compelling brand platforms and visionary
entrepreneurs. As a founder, Kirsten has lead efforts to raise over $250M from leading investors and has invested in more than 40 early-stage companies. Forerunner Ventures is the only VC firm to invest in both Dollar Shave Club and Jet.com, two of the biggest and highest-profile e-commerce exits in recent years, and counts Birchbox, Bonobos, Glossier, Hotel Tonight, Warby Parker and Zola among its portfolio companies.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Forerunner portfolio companies including Glossier, InTurn, Outdoor Voices, Ritual and Rockets of Awesome among others. In an unpredictable consumer landscape, Kirsten’s 20+ years of evaluation and investment success stems from a combination of product savvy, retail acumen and a thesis-driven approach that has been the basis of all Forerunner investments — from pre-revenue startups to multi-billion- dollar enterprises- to date. She’s been honored in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2017, named VC of the Year at TechCrunch’s 2017 Crunchies Awards, and is part of Forbes 2017 Midas List in addition to being named in the magazine’s roundup of “Top Women Investors in VC.”

Nick Hanauer

Nick Hanauer

Venture Capitalist

Second Avenue Partners

Nick Hanauer is a co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners. Second Avenue provides management, strategy, and capital for early stage companies. Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors and managers in the Northwest with over 30 years of experience across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, retailing, e-commerce, digital media and advertising, software, aerospace, health care, and finance. His experience and perspective have produced an unusual record of serial successes. He has managed, founded or financed over 30 companies, creating aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. Some notable companies Include Amazon.com, Aquantive Inc., (purchased by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion), Insitu group (purchased by Boeing for $400 million), Market Leader (purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million). Some other companies include Marchex, Newsvine, Qliance, Seattle Bank and Pacific Coast Feather Company.

John Heilemann

John Heilemann

National Affairs Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC; Executive Producer and Host, Showtime's The Circus

NBC News, MSNBC, Showtime

John Heilemann has covered politics, business, and their intersection for 25 years in America and abroad. He is the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, the co-host of Bloomberg TV and MSNBC’s With All Due Respect, and a creator, executive producer, and host of Showtime’s campaign documentary series The Circus. Heilemann is the co-author of the New York Times No. 1 bestsellers Game Change and Double Down (on the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, respectively), the former of which was turned into film by HBO that won five Emmy awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. He is a regular contributor to Morning Joe, Charlie Rose, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He was the host of Download, a four-part documentary series on the rise of the Web that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Heilemann was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York City with his wife, Diana Rhoten.

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Governor

Colorado

John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 140 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. Again he has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most pro-business state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards. He is a great believer that governors, far more than Congress, can revive American democracy.

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

Co-Founder

LinkedIn

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock Partners. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and CZI Biohub. He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.

Traci Des Jardins

Traci Des Jardins

Chef/Owner/Partner

Mijita Cocina Mexicana, The Commissary, Arguello, Transit, Public House

A California native of a small central valley agricultural community, Traci Des Jardins has been a part of the San Francisco food community for 22 years and has opened many great San Francisco restaurants including Jardinière, Mijita, Public House, The Commissary and Arguello. Traci is also the culinary advisor to Impossible Foods which launched the Impossible Burger in the summer of 2016. The Impossible Burger is a revolutionary plant based meat. The Impossible Burger is currently only offered in four restaurants in the United States with Jardinière being one of them.

Traci is a dedicated philanthropist, sitting on the board of the local non-profit La Cocina, and has been a longtime supporter of the farm to table movement and sustainability. Known as one of the top female chefs in the country, Des Jardins is a two-time James Beard award-winner and has earned a number of industry accolades throughout her career.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

President and CEO

Starbucks

Kevin Johnson is a passionate servant leader, he proudly carries on Starbucks legacy of human connection, driving the company’s core strategies for growth, and being of service to the more than 330,000 partners who wear the green apron around the world. Transitioning from the board of directors, Kevin took on the role of President and CEO In March 2015, leading the company’s global operating businesses across all geographies, as well as the core support functions of Starbucks supply chain, marketing, human resources, technology and mobile and digital platforms. His career spans more than 30 years, scaling global businesses, including 16 years at Microsoft and five years as CEO of Juniper Networks. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Kevin's commitment to innovation and following his heart extends beyond the world of business. He was a founding board member of NPower, an organization that provides nonprofits with access to technology and the skills needed to fulfill their social missions. He is involved with Catalyst, a leading nonprofit focused on expanding opportunities for women in business. Kevin also supports Youth Eastside Services, one of the largest providers of youth and family counseling in the Seattle area. At Starbucks, Kevin is passionate about continuing to nurture what’s at the heart of the company’s success: human connection - the tens of millions of interactions large and small that happen between partners and customers every week, and make a meaningful difference in the communities around the world where Starbucks does business.

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Founder and Partner

Cowboy Ventures

Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a fund that backs seed-stage techonology startups. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets, what they call “Life 2.0”. Cowboy-backed companies include August, Branch, Brandless, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home and Lightstep. Prior to Cowboy, Aileen was a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers for over a decade, and also founding CEO of RMG Networks, a leading venture-backed digital out-of-home media network. Aileen has experience working hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies, and previously held operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School, and is mom to 3 kids and wife to the co-founder/CTO of startup Renovo Motors.

Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch

President

Aetna

As President of Aetna, Ms. Lynch is responsible for driving the strategic execution of the company’s vision to improve access to consumer-focused, high-value health care to the nearly 46 million people Aetna serves. Through leadership of the company’s commercial, government and specialty businesses, she is helping lead broader change that will make health care work better for everyone.

Prior to Aetna, Ms. Lynch held executive positions at both Cigna and Magellan Health Services, where she served as President. She began her career as a CPA at Ernest & Young after earning a B.A. in Accounting at Boston College. Ms. Lynch earned an M.B.A. from Boston University and received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

Ms. Lynch is the first female President in Aetna’s 160-year history and has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for her leadership and contributions to improving the health care system.

Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus

Former Secretary of the Navy

US Navy, Google Ventures

Ray Mabus has been a change leader throughout his career, attacking entrenched public corruption as Mississippi’s State Auditor in the early 1980s to reviving a bankrupt, publicly-traded manufacturing company to revolutionizing the Navy and Marine Corps as the longest serving Secretary of the Navy since World War I under President Obama. Mabus has also served as Governor of Mississippi and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Currently, Mabus is CEO of The Mabus Group, a strategic advisory consulting firm focusing on resiliency, helping business, organizations and institutions prepare for, mitigate against and gain competitive advantage from man-made and natural change. Mabus is also an advisor to Google Ventures, and also serves as a lecturer at the Harvard Law School, an executive fellow at the Harvard Business School and as a visiting fellow with the Institute of Politics and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Denise Morrison

Denise Morrison

President and CEO

Campbell Soup Company

Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. She became CEO in August 2011 and is the 12th leader in the company’s 148-year history. Under her leadership, Campbell is realizing the potential of its Purpose, Real food that matters for life's moments. The company is a leader in soup, fresh carrots, refrigerated juice, and organic baby food, with brands such as Campbell's, Bolthouse Farms, and Plum Organics. It is also a leader in Global Biscuits and Snacks with trusted brands including Pepperidge Farm, Arnott's, Royal Dansk, and Kjeldsens. Campbell is committed to strengthening its core business while expanding into faster-growing spaces to become the leading health and well-being food company.

She serves as a board member for The Consumer Goods Forum, MetLife, Inc., Catalyst, and her alma mater, Boston College, and served on President Obama’s Export Council. She is consistently ranked among Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO

O'Reilly Media

Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each of those big ideas. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, and a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox. His book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, is coming out from Harper Business in October 2017.

Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka

Founder and Executive Director

Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that believes that government can work for the people, by the people, if we all help. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped start the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, husband, and six chickens.

Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi

Founder and CEO

Code.org

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org. Born in Tehran, Iran, Hadi grew up during the Iran-Iraq war. His school did not offer computer science classes, so he taught himself to code at home on a Commodore 64. After immigrating to the United States, he spent his summers working as a software engineer to help pay his way through high school and college. Upon graduating from Harvard University with a Masters degree in computer science, Hadi pursued a career in technology starting at Microsoft where he rose into the executive ranks. He founded two startups – the first was a huge success and the second a dismal failure – and he now invests and advises other technology startups.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org, which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 20% of US classrooms, created the most broadly used curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students. Hadi has served as an early advisor or investor at many tech startups including Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, and Uber. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Axon and Convoy.

Lata N. Reddy

Lata N. Reddy

Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Impact

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Lata N. Reddy is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact at Prudential Financial and Chair and President of The Prudential Foundation.

In these roles, Reddy harnesses the power of capital markets to drive financial and social mobility. By combining diversity strategies, impact investments, philanthropy, corporate contributions and employee engagement with Prudential’s full business capabilities, she helps position the company to promote economic opportunity and sustainable growth.

Under Reddy’s leadership, Prudential is building an impact investment portfolio with the goal of $1 billion in assets under management by 2020. Additionally, she oversees a yearly grantmaking budget of $40 million through The Prudential Foundation, and a $22 million corporate contributions budget.

Eric Ries

Eric Ries

CEO and Co-Founder

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business.

He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted to new and established companies as well as venture capital firms. In 2010, he was named entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School and is currently an IDEO Fellow. Previously he co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. In 2009, he was honored with a TechFellow award in the category of Engineering Leadership.The Lean Startup methodology has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,Inc. (where he appeared on the cover), Wired, Fast Company, and countless blogs. He lives in San Francisco.

Michelle Peluso

Michelle Peluso

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

IBM

As SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle oversees all global marketing and brand initiatives, strategy, and execution for the IBM company. Michelle reports to Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Her team includes thousands of marketing professionals located in hundreds of countries worldwide. Michelle brings to IBM deep, customer-centric marketing and leadership experience, as IBM accelerates its transformation to a Cloud and Cognitive platform company. Prior to IBM, Michelle was CEO of Gilt, the Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Internet Officer of Citigroup, and the CEO of Travelocity. She serves on the Board of Directors for NIKE, Inc., nonprofit TechnoServe, and Tech: NYC. Michelle received an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pembroke College at Oxford University and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Marc Pritchard

Marc Pritchard

Chief Brand Officer

P&G

Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, is responsible for the brand building disciplines of the world’s largest advertiser, Procter & Gamble. As the company’s top marketer, Marc sets the media and marketing strategies that guide the communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands which represent over $65 billion in annual sales worldwide.

Marc believes in brand building that serves people and makes P&G brands indispensable in their lives. Since becoming P&G’s chief marketer and brand builder in 2008, Marc has focused on raising the bar on creativity and continuing to build P&G’s legacy as an innovative, world-class industry leader.

Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann

CEO and Co-Founder

Pinterest

Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son.

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Entrepreneur and Public Board Member across World Class Tech Companies

theBoardlist

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading consumer internet and media executive with over 18 years of leadership experience at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore and Joyus.

In June 2015, Sukhinder founded a new social enterprise platform – theBoardlist (http://www.theboardlist.com), a premium talent marketplace with over 3000 leading CEOS, senior executives and women leaders aimed at connecting highly endorsed female leaders with board opportunities in the U.S.and Canada.

Sukhinder is currently a board director at Ericcsson, Urban Outfitters and TripAdvisor. She previously served on the board of J. Crew Group Inc and as an advisor to Twitter.

Susan Sobbott

Susan Sobbott

President, Global Commercial Payments

Amex

Susan Sobbott is the President of Global Commercial Payments, a multi-billion dollar global division of the American Express Company, dedicated to serving the payments needs of small and mid-sized businesses, as well as, large and global corporations. She also serves as an Officer of American Express, a group of 15 senior leaders working with the Chief Executive Officer to develop the strategic direction of the company. Since 1990, Susan Sobbott has held various executive positions of increasing responsibility at American Express.

Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs

Mayor

City of Stockton

On November 8, 2016, Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California. Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over 100,000 residents. Before becoming mayor, Michael Tubbs served as Stockton's District 6 City Council member. Elected at age 22 in 2013, he became one of the youngest City Council members in the country. As a council member, Tubbs created the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, championed the creation of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention and was part of the council that led the city out of bankruptcy as Chair of the Audit and Legislative Committee. Mayor Tubbs graduated in 2012 from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honors. Mayor Tubbs is focused on poverty reduction, public safety, workforce development.

Kent Walker

Kent Walker

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Google

Kent ​advises Google's board and management on legal and policy issues. He oversees Google's legal and compliance affairs, its work with governments around the world, its policies for content on its various services, and its philanthropic efforts.

Before joining Google, Kent held ​executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and advised the Attorney General on technology policy issues.​ At the start of his career, he worked as a litigator specializing in government and public law issues.

Kent graduated with honors ​from Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He has served on the boards of a variety of industry associations​ and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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