Anne M. Finucane
Emily Leproust, Ph.D.
Robert B. Reich
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D.
Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD
Arjanna van der Plas
New speakers are joining each week—stay tuned!
General Atlantic Professor
Jennifer Aaker is a behavioral psychologist, author and the General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Best known for her research on time, money and happiness, Aaker also focuses on the transmission of ideas through social networks, the power of story in decision making, and how to build global brands across cultures. Her work has been featured in a variety of media including The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Forbes, NPR and Science. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology and the Stanford Distinguished Teaching Award. She currently teaches “Designing for Mixed Reality,” ”Humor: Serious Business”, and “Rethinking Purpose” at GSB and Stanford d.school, as well online global executive courses, “The Power of Stories to Fuel Innovation” and “The Innovation Playbook.” She co-authored the award-winning book “The Dragonfly Effect” with her husband (to whom she is surprisingly still happily married), and has served on the Advisory Board of early stage startups and companies, from ADAY to X (formerly Google[x]). She counts winning a dance-off in the early 1980s, establishing a reputation as a bad cook, and helping to raise her three children as her biggest accomplishments - though not necessarily in that order.
Bill Aboudi started out in the Family trucking business in 1988 and is currently President of Oakland Port Services Corporation (OPS) located on the Oakland Army Base next to the Port of Oakland.
In 1994 Bill co-founded West State Alliance (WSA), an association of local businesses and community groups, committed to information sharing among competitors and a collaborative approach to problem solving. Approximately half of the trucking companies serving Oakland now use WSA’s Yahoo-Group to communicate and as a forum to promote efficiency, for example, updating each other on terminal wait times and street turning containers.
Bill also operates Oakland Maritime Support Services, Inc (OMSS) a ‘one-stop-shop’ truck service center providing a portfolio of essential trucking services at the port and received the East Bay Small Business
Council “small business of the year award” in 2011, for local job creation and on-going involvement with the local West Oakland community.
Bill is active on several non-profit boards and contributes his time to many community based organizations. He was appointed by Mayor Dellums to the Workforce Investment Board where he serves as chairman of the
Business Services Committee. He is also on the board of the West Oakland Commerce Association (WOCA).
Bill Aboudi is a staunch advocate for clean air and won recognition from Breathe California in 2011 when nominated for a Clean Air Award for his contribution to sustainability in the fight against global warming.
Founder & CEO
Adrian is a serial entrepreneur and currently the founder and CEO of Forward, a stealth venture-backed healthcare technology startup. Mostly recently, he was the head of a Special Projects division at Alphabet/Google under the CEO Larry Page, during which he founded one of the Alphabet companies, Sidewalk Labs. Adrian originally joined Google upon the acquisition of his artificial-intelligence startup Wavii, and spent his first year at Google helping to create and build their Artificial Intelligence division. Adrian is also an active angel investor and advisor to a number of technology startups and funds.
Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur and writer with a passion for all things technological.
Outside of his day job, where Azeem is the Vice President at the global media company Schibsted Media Group, Azeem runs the very popular newsletter on the societal implications of technology called Exponential View which has garnered more than 11k subscribers including investors, academics, and journalists around the world.
Previously, I've been an award-winning entrepreneur, backed by VC, with a successful exit; an investor in many tech startups, especially in the AI sector; held corporate strategy roles at Reuters and the BBC. I've spoken on TV and radio (BBC, Sky, CNN, amongst others) and lectured or spoken at LBS, Harvard, TechCrunch, and dozens of other places. I started my career as an editor at The Economist and The Guardian.
The early part of Azeem’s career took him to journalism, where he covered technology at The Guardian and The Economist. Azeem has also had product strategy and innovation roles at the BBC and Thomson Reuters.
Recently Azeem was founder and CEO of PeerIndex, a venture-backed startup which applied a lot of machine learning to large-scale social graphs to make predictions about social web users. Brandwatch acquired PeerIndex in 2014.
Previously, Azeem has been an award-winning entrepreneur and an investor in many technology startups, especially in the Artificial Intelligence sector. Azeem has spoken on television and radio (BBC, Sky, CNN amongst others) and lectured or spoken at London Business School, Harvard, Techcrunch and dozens of other places.
EIC & CEO
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.
Founder and Creative Director
Pete Bergen does not sit still for very long, and generates his income through a variety of outlets. This Army veteran can be seen tending bar three nights a week and as a driver for Uber on his nights off. In between, he produces and performs in stand-up and improvisational comedy shows, serves as a faculty member at Washington Improv Theater, develops workshops for middle and high school theater students to build performance and public speaking skills through improv, and serves as a corporate trainer applying the principles of improv in the workplace.
As a Washington, DC-based stand-up comic and improvisor, Pete has performed at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and at The Improv in DC, as well as in festivals across the country, including UCB's Del Close Marathon, the New York Improv Festival, the Baltimore Improv Festival, the Philadelphia Improv Festival, and more. He is a trained actor, previously playing a feature role on America's Most Wanted and regularly appearing on Investigation Discovery.
Co-Founder & CEO
Louis Beryl is the CEO and co-founder of Earnest, a new type of financial services company blending technology, design, and service to rebuild modern banking from the ground up. Louis believes we can fix the financial system with a data-driven and hyper-personalized approach, eliminating unnecessary costs and offering clients the rates they deserve. He studied mathematics, economics, computer science, and engineering at Princeton before his graduate studies at Harvard. Prior to Earnest, Louis worked at Morgan Stanley and other large financial institutions, government agencies, startups, and the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Co-Founder & CSO
Nathan Blecharczyk is the co-founder and CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) at Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace that connects people with unique accommodations in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Nathan oversaw the creation of Airbnb’s engineering, data science, and performance marketing teams and currently plays a leading role in the company’s business and product strategy. He became an entrepreneur early on, running a business while he was in high school that sold to clients in more than 20 countries. He earned a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions before co-founding Airbnb. As a guest, Nathan has stayed in hundreds of homes using Airbnb and he is also a host in San Francisco, where he lives with his family.
T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics
Michael J. Boskin is the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution. He is also Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989 to 1993, when he helped resolve the Third World Debt and Saving and Loan financial crises, and place the first effective controls on government spending while
protecting the defense budget. His CEA was rated by the Council for Excellence in Government as one of the five most respected agencies in the federal government. Earlier, on Presidential Candidate Reagan’s Tax Policy Task Force, he helped develop the policies that substantially lowered marginal tax rates, indexed tax brackets for inflation, accelerated depreciation, and created IRAs and 401ks, the economic rationale for which was predicated on his research on the effects of taxes on saving. He later chaired the highly influential
blue-ribbon Commission on the Consumer Price Index, whose report has transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world measure inflation, GDP and productivity.
Dr. Boskin has advised four Presidents of the United States and multiple Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Chancellors of Germany and Premiers of China. He also serves as Senior Director of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Presiding Director of Oracle Corporation, and Board President of the Koret Foundation. He is frequently sought as a public speaker on the economic outlook and evolving trends significant to business, national and international economic policy and the intersection of economics and geopolitics. He writes regularly on economic policy in the Wall Street Journal and on global economics in a bi-monthly column syndicated in 145 countries. He authored three chapters in the just-released Blueprint for America, edited by George Shultz.
Dr. Boskin received his B.A. with highest honors and the Chancellor’s award as outstanding undergraduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his M.A. and his Ph.D., all in economics. In addition to Stanford, he has taught at Harvard and Yale. Author of more than one hundred fifty books and articles, he is internationally recognized for his research on world economic growth, tax and budget
theory and policy, Social Security, U.S. saving and consumption patterns, and the implications of changing technology and demography on capital, labor and product markets.
Dr. Boskin has received numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the National Association of Business economists’ Abramson Award for outstanding research and their Distinguished Fellow Award, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic for his contributions to global economic understanding, and the Adam Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to economics.
Co-Founder & CEO
Rose is the co-founder and CEO of HandUp, a fundraising platform that fights urban poverty. Donations on HandUp go toward basics like housing and medical care through more than 100 nonprofits serving homeless and at-risk communities across the US. In 2014, HandUp was named the Most Innovative Startup of the day by Fast Company and won the Webby Award for Best Charity People’s Choice in 2015.
Before founding HandUp, Rose worked as the COO of SuperBetter Labs, a health improvement app founded by award winning game designer Jane McGonigal. Prior to SuperBetter, Rose pioneered predictive modeling research connecting social network data to student success outcomes for top US universities at Inigral, Inc. She also served as a regional data manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Rose has her BS in Campaign Management from Santa Clara University and her MA in Psychological Research from San Francisco State University.
A firm believer in technology’s capacity to solve the world’s grand challenges, Rose founded the San Francisco Tech for Good Group to inspire collaboration between the tech community and social good organizations in the city. She’s also a core organizer of Science Hack Day SF. Rose can be found on Twitter at @rosical.
Golden State Warriors Point Guard and Co-Founder & CIO, Slyce
Stephen Curry is the point guard for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. In 2015, Curry led the Warriors to their first NBA championship in 40 years while earning his first MVP award. He followed this remarkable season by again being voted the league’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the first unanimous choice in NBA history. Renowned for his playmaking and shooting ability, Stephen is changing the way basketball players are viewed on and off the court. In addition to his on court success Curry is the co-founder of Slyce, a social media publishing and tracking platform for brands and influencers.
Michael Dubin is a passionate, creative entrepreneur, executive and trailblazing brand-builder with a unique style and an engaging voice that clearly resonates with male consumers. Under his leadership, DSC now boasts over 3.2 million active members and is on track for revenues to exceed $200 million in 2016.
The company has been recognized with several prestigious designations and awards including two Webbys, a CLIO Image Award, several Internet Retailer Excellence Awards, and an American Business Award. Dubin has been recognized by Ernst & Young as the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, in Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and in Business Insider’s 30 Most Creative People in Advertising. DSC was also selected to Ad Age’s Marketer A-List alongside major established brands such as Under Armour and Kohl’s, and previously won their “Best Out of Nowhere” Video Award.
In July of 2016, Dollar Shave Club was acquired by Unilever in making it the top exit in Los Angeles.
Dubin began his career as an NBC page, followed by an editorial stint at MSNBC news. He then transitioned into Digital Marketing, developing custom content for brand advertisers including Gatorade and EA and on behalf of properties such as Time Inc. and SI.com. Just before DSC, Dubin worked in the video seeding space, creating and driving engagement to branded content made by the likes of LG, Ford, Capital One, Taco Bell and other major brands.
Dubin is passionate about content, comedy and entertainment, having studied Improv and Sketch for over eight years at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. He has a BA in History from Emory University and lives happily in Venice, CA but misses the thunderstorms of the East Coast.
Stephen DeWitt, CEO of Work Market, joined Work Market in January 2015 to lead the company in its next phase of growth and innovation. Today, Work Market offers a two-sided network that helps businesses digitally transform how they send and manage work to their on-demand workforce without sacrificing quality or compliance.
Before Work Market, Stephen served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Hewlett Packard. During his time at Hewlett Packard, he held a series of executive roles, including regional leadership of the Americas, global business unit leadership for mobility, and corporate leadership for enterprise marketing.
Prior to that, Stephen was President, CEO and Chairman of Azul Systems, a pioneer in high end throughput computing. During his time at Azul Systems, Stephen provided strategic leadership and direction for the company from its earliest design stages through product development and market entry.
Stephen helped form Azul after serving as Vice President and General Manager at Sun Microsystems, where he led Sun’s edge computing business, following its acquisition of Cobalt Networks, where he served as CEO. At Cobalt Networks, he oversaw the development of the company from its earliest stages as one of the first Linux-as-appliance manufacturers to a high profile IPO.
Earlier in his career, Stephen served on the executive staff at Cisco Systems as Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Network Management Business Unit and Vice President of Enterprise Marketing.
Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Partner, Firmwide Chair, Political Law Practice; Member, Firmwide Executive Committee
Marc Elias is the chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law practice. His practice focuses on representing public officials, candidates, parties, corporations, tax-exempt organizations and Political Action Committees (PACs) in connection with campaign finance, governmental ethics, lobbying disclosure and white-collar criminal defense matters. His clients include numerous FORTUNE 500 corporations, national nonprofit organizations, lobbying firms, Am Law 100 law firms, prominent individuals, candidates and campaigns.
Marc is currently general counsel to Hillary for America, the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He served in the same role for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Marc’s clients include the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Associations and U.S. senators, governors, representatives and their campaigns.
A nationally recognized authority in the Federal Election Campaign Act, Lobbying Disclosure Act, Ethics in Government Act and Foreign Agents Registration Act, Marc is a preeminent counselor in the areas of congressional and executive branch ethics and gift rules, and federal and state pay-to-play laws and rules. He also advises and litigates claims under the Voting Rights Act, Help America Vote Act and National Voter Registration Act. Marc has litigated voting and campaign finance cases throughout the country in federal and state court. He has been involved in voting rights and/or redistricting litigation in a number of states, including Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Minnesota.
Elections, Recount and Campaign Counsel
Following the 2014 elections, Marc was appointed by DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz as a member of the Victory Task Force to review key components of the role of the Democratic Party–and related organizations—in recent elections and identify places where the party can strengthen and improve operations in future elections.
Marc served as lead counsel for Senator Al Franken in the 2008 Minnesota Senate election recount and contest—the largest recount and contest in American history. He successfully argued the case before the Minnesota State Supreme Court, which resulted in a unanimous decision affirming that Franken had received the highest number of votes legally cast in the 2008 general election for U.S. Senator.
In 2013, Marc successfully represented Attorney General Mark Herring in the Virginia Attorney General’s recount. In 2010, he successfully represented Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in the governor's recount, including a successful argument in the state supreme court. Marc represented Senator Maria Cantwell in connection with her 2000 recount, Senator Harry Reid in connection with his 1998 recount, and served as a consultant to the Senate Rules Committee during its consideration of the 1996 Louisiana Senate election contest.
Marc has represented numerous clients in public corruption and campaign finance matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Offices of Independent Counsel. He has also represented clients before committees of both the House and Senate, as well as before federal agencies.
Political Law Leadership
Named by Politico Magazine as one of the “50 Politicos to Watch,” he is frequently quoted in political law matters by the national media and has spoken and written extensively about both politics and political law.
Marc has taught both law and political science, including “Post Election Litigation and Advanced Election Law” at William & Mary Law School and “Modern Campaigns and Elections” at Hamilton College. He is also the former co-chair of the bipartisan Committee to Modernize Voter Registration. Marc serves on the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Election Law as well as an adviser to two American Law Institute projects: Principles of Government Ethics and Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes.
Moy Eng is the Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust headquartered in San Francisco, California. She brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed the arts program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, investing in efforts that helped bring $800 million in new public sector funding for arts education to California schools. Moy also commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem and the state of arts education in California and supported efforts to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space across the San Francisco Bay region.
Anne M. Finucane
Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. She is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.
Finucane chairs the global ESG Committee at Bank of America, which directs all of the company’s ESG efforts. She stewards Bank of America’s $125 billion environmental business initiative, including its $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative to mobilize market capital to deliver new investment into high impact clean energy projects. She oversees the company’s $1.2 billion Community Development Financial Institution portfolio and helps manage Bank of America's 10-year, $1.5 trillion community development lending and investing goal – the largest of its kind ever established by a U.S. financial institution. She also chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, including its 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal.
Active in the community, Finucane serves on both corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the American Ireland Fund, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, CVS Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Special Olympics. She serves on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Finucane has won numerous professional and public service accolades. Most recently, she was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List, AdWeek’s 2016 Power List: Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media & Tech. In 2013 she received the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, and the International Women’s Media Foundation Leadership Award. She was named 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, and American Banker magazine annually names her one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”
TV Personality, Chef, Entrepreneur, Author
After over 20 years as a Food Network star, Tyler has captivated millions of viewers on numerous hit shows, including: “Tyler's Ultimate,” his signature series; “The Great Food Truck Race,” a #1 series for the network; “How to Boil Water,” a cooking show for novices; and “Food 911,” his hugely popular recipe rescue show. Next up will be the seventh season of “The Great Food Truck Race,” as well as an instructional cooking show “Tyler Florence Test Kitchen” to be filmed at his retail location in Marin County. He has also hosted a variety of Food Network shows and specials, including “Iron Chef,” “Food Court Wars,” “America’s Worst Home Cooks,” “Planet Food,” “All American Festivals” and “My Country, My Kitchen.” He has been a regular guest on the U.S.’s highest-rated morning show, “Good Morning America,” as well as “TODAY,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Oprah,” “Access Hollywood,” “Extra,” and CNN among many others. On Ranker, a socially-minded consumer web platform designed around collaborative and individual list-making and voting, he earned many impressive ranks, including: #3 out of 8 “Favorite Food Network Chefs,” behind only Emeril Lagasse and Giada De Laurentiis; and #12 out of 17 “People Who Make TV Tasty,” beating Julia Child, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and more.
ENTREPRENEUR & RESTAURANTS
Tyler has built an impressive multi-million business with two restaurants, a kitchen retail shop, multiple award-winning wine labels, cutlery and cookware, a gourmet food line, a cooking app Yumavore through Apple‘s iTunes — that’s all in the past ten years. In July of 2008, Tyler opened his kitchen retail store, The Tyler Florence Shop, in Mill Valley, California. In July 2008 Tyler Florence Fresh restaurant, was opened at San Francisco International airport and in June 2010, he opened Wayfare Tavern, in San Francisco's Financial District. Tyler was awarded “Restaurateur of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and both of his restaurants were awarded three star reviews from San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, Michael Bauer. He also has his own line of award-winning wines sourced from world-class California vineyards. Tyler Florence Wines have received over 29 awards and ratings, including a 92-point rating for his first TF Zin. His newest wine brand, Blending Sessions, recently launched at www.tylerflorencewine.com. In 2014 and again in 2015, Tyler was honored to be a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist in their Best Chef (West Coast) category.
Tyler has authored multiple best-selling books, satisfying the appetites of hundreds of thousands of fans and readers. Most recently; Family, Friends and Weekends (Chatbooks), Tyler Florence Test Kitchen (Clarkson Potter), Tyler Florence Fresh (Clarkson Potter), Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake, Tyler Makes Spaghetti & Tyler Makes Pancakes (Harper Collins), Start Fresh; Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating and Family Meal (Rodale). In addition to previously released books - Dinner at My Place and Stirring the Pot (Wiley), Tyler’s Ultimate, Eat This Book and Real Kitchen (Clarkson Potter).
Global Business Columnist and Author of ‘Makers and Takers'
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.
Brady is co-Founder & CEO of Ignite Talks and co-author of O'Reilly's The Hardware Startup. Ignite is a talk series which has been held thousands of times around the world since its start in 2006. He is on the board of CAST, a non-profit that houses arts organizations in SF & Oakland.
Brady recently stepped into an advisory role at hardware startup accelerator Highway1, which he co-founded in 2013. The 74 Highway1 alumni have gone on to raise more than $115 million in venture and crowd funding, including Cue, Modbot, Molekule, Navdy, Podo and Ringly. Brady is a veteran of Khosla Ventures, O’Reilly Media and Microsoft.
David Friedberg is founder of The Climate Corporation, where he was CEO from the company's founding through its acquisition by Monsanto in 2013 and into early 2016. The Climate Corporation helps farmers around the world sustainably improve their productivity with digital tools that provide unique insights and predictions that help famers make and execute better decisions on their farm. David is also the founder and chairman of several other companies, including Metromile, the only pay-per-mile car insurance provider in the US, Eatsa, a fully-automated Quinoa-based fast food chain that is delivering healthy food faster, cheaper, in a tastier format than traditional fast food competitors, and Northern Quinoa Production Corporation, the only commercial producer of quinoa in North America. David is a lifelong vegetarian and believes that technology can help humans make better use of our natural resources, delivering food to all people that is healthier, more sustainable, and more efficiently produced. Earlier, David was with Google where he held several roles in Corporate Development and Product Management. He earned his bachelors degree in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley.
President & CEO
Adena Friedman is Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq, the company that created the world's first electronic stock market and today provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Nasdaq's technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. It is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a market value of $10.0 trillion and has approximately 18,000 corporate clients.
Ms. Friedman rejoined Nasdaq in 2014 as President, after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from March 2011 to June 2014. Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy, as well its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Friedman is credited with significant contributions to the strategy and expansion of the organization, helping to create one of the most diversified exchanges in the world today. She played an instrumental role in the company's acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993.
Founder & CEO
Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of San Francisco-based hint Inc., which produces the leading flavored water with no sweeteners and nothing artificial. Since its launch in April 2005, hint® has helped consumers live healthy lifestyles, and has received numerous accolades, including Best Flavored Water (Health, Men’s Health, and SELF).
Flavored only with natural fruit, hint delivers refreshment without unnecessary additives. hint’s brands include hintfizz, a carbonated drink that received Better Homes and Gardens’ Best New Product award and the Silver Stevie award for Best New Product of the Year in 2012. hintkick, another offering, is hint’s first all-natural, unsweetened caffeinated beverage.
Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Other honors include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women award; the GoldStevie award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year; OPENforum’s Women to Watch; and the Marketers That Matter award for Brand Building, Small Company.
Previously, Kara was vice president of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL, where she grew its startup shopping business to a $1 billion enterprise. Kara is an active speaker and writer, and a member of YPO, the world’s premier chief
executive leadership organization.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hagenkord is a board-certified pathologist with subspecialty boards in molecular genetic pathology. As Chief Medical Officer, Jill is involved in health product strategy, identification and evaluation of strategic business partnerships, regulatory strategy, health information review, and the development of provider and patient support tools. She also serves as the company liaison to medical professional societies as an active member in the Association for Molecular Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health. Jill received her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1999, did residency training at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Iowa, and completed fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Subsequently, Dr. Hagenkord practiced pathology at Creighton University Medical Center where she founded iKaryo Diagnostics. Prior to joining Color, Jill was the Chief Medical Officer at 23andMe, Invitae, and Complete Genomics.
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and Executive Chairman
Julie Hanna is a technologist, entrepreneur, investor and advisor working with purpose-driven companies aiming to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. In 2015, President Obama appointed her Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. She is Executive Chairman of Kiva, peer-peer lending pioneer and the world's largest crowdfunding marketplace for underserved entrepreneurs. During her tenure, Kiva has reached 190 countries and delivered nearly $1 Billion loans to over 2 million people.
Serving in roles that ranged from founding executive to founder and CEO, Hanna has pioneered products and led companies that have allowed millions of people to connect, communicate and collaborate globally. Among them, Healtheon (WebMD), onebox.com (Unwired Planet), Portola (acquired by Netscape) and open source innovator, Scalix.
Hanna is an internationally acclaimed speaker and advocate on the democratizing potential of technology to enable a more just and abundant world at mass scale. In recognition of her vision and global impact on economic and social progress, Hanna was named the United States Woman Icon of APEC and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Empowerment Award.
EVP, Investor Services Strategy, Segments and Platforms
Neesha Hathi is the leader of client experience and digital platforms for individual investors at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Schwab), including the latest innovation, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios™, offered by Schwab Wealth Investment Advisory, Inc. As of Dec. 31, 2015, individual investors at Schwab hold $1.3 trillion client assets in 9.8 million active brokerage accounts and 1million active bank accounts at Charles Schwab Bank.
Before her current role, Hathi has held a range of leadership roles across the organization. She led Advisor Technology Solutions, delivering digital platforms and solutions to the over 7,000 registered independent advisors (RIA) that custody over $1.1 trillion in client assets with Schwab. Hathi also served as the COO of Schwab Performance Technologies®, and led strategy and client experience teams that support Schwab’s RIA and other institutional clients.
Prior to joining Schwab in 2004, Hathi led strategy, marketing and finance for various start-ups, including Enuvis, a developer of GPS technology for wireless devices, and Kibu, a teen media company. She began her career in the field of investment banking, supporting the execution of initial and secondary public offerings and M&A transactions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and EVEREN Securities. Hathi serves on the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
Hathi earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 registrations.
Director & Producer
Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC and Unleashed Productions, Inc. As a business woman, longtime professional photographer, and social entrepreneur, Robin brings her leadership skills, creative eye and passion to her documentary film projects. Her artistic vision and experience in the business world afford her a unique perspective on what it takes to motivate an audience. Robin’s most recent award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers in Washington, DC and abroad. Robin is currently directing and producing Bias, a documentary about unconscious bias and how it affects the ways we hire, promote and fund. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. She has spoken about the importance of increased diversity in computer programming and on behalf of women’s rights at Watermark, Conference for Women, Mobile World Congress, SXSW Interactive, AT&T Foundry FutureCast, Dell Women Entrepreneur Network and Women 2.0. As Director of CODE, Robin has been featured in national publications: USA
Today, Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR. Robin is recipient of the 2016 National Political Women’s Caucus President’s Award.
Executive Producer & Host
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.
President & CSO
Shawn Henry is the president of CrowdStrike Services and CSO and a retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry, who served in three FBI field offices and at the bureau’s headquarters, is credited with boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, including denial-of-service attacks, bank and corporate breaches, and state-sponsored intrusions. He posted FBI cyberexperts in police agencies around the world, including the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine and Estonia. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Dateline,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and C-SPAN. He has been interviewed by Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and USA Today.
Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Debby Hopkins has spent her entire career leading the constant reimagining and reinventing of business practices across multiple industries and diverse cultures including automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, information technology and financial services. She is continuing that practice as a consultant to CEO’s through her private firm, Double Chase Advisors.
She is a Member of the Board of Directors at Union Pacific, Marsh & McLennan, and VentureWell. She is also an Advisory Board Member at Riverwood Capital and Stanford Technology Ventures Program and an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Debby joined Citi in New York in 2003 as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. She served as Chief Operations & Technology Officer and a senior advisor to Citi’s Investment Bank focusing on winning tech IPOs, including
VMware, Palo Alto Networks, Arista and Qliktech. She co-founded Citi Women, and played a key role in developing programs for high potential women at Citi.
She then founded and was CEO of Citi Ventures, and Citi’s Chief Innovation Officer. Based in Silicon Valley she focused Citi on venture investing, sponsorship of a global network of labs and accelerators across the company, and implementing a startup mentality in the enterprise.
She has served as Chief Financial Officer of The Boeing Company and Lucent Technologies. She was General Auditor of General Motors, and VP of Finance at GM Europe in Zurich; General Manager of Information Services and previously Corporate Controller, at Unisys. She started her career at Ford.
Debby previously served on the Board of DuPont, and on the Board of Qlik Technologies. Fortune twice placed Debby in the top 10 most powerful women in business, and she has been on the Institutional Investor’s Top 50
list every year since 2011. Debby holds honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Walsh College.
Jeff Huber is the CEO of GRAIL. GRAIL's mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL builds on 'ultradeep genome sequencing' technology and leading edge computer science, bioinformatics, and machine learning to create unprecedented scientific understanding of cancer biology. GRAIL's product will be a screening blood test used by everyone that can detect cancer at an early stage, and hopefully save millions of lives.
Prior to GRAIL, Jeff bootstrapped work at the intersection of life sciences and computer science at Google[x] (2013 - 2016). Previously at Google, Jeff led development for Google Ads (2003 - 2011), Google Apps (2005 - 2010), and Google Maps (2011 - 2013).
Earlier, Jeff was vice president of architecture and systems development at eBay and senior vice president of engineering at Excite@Home, where he led consumer product and infrastructure development.
Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from Harvard University. He is a board member of Electronic Arts (EA) and The Exploratorium, and former board member of Illumina (ILMN; 2014 - 2016).
Y-Vonne Hutchinson is a former international labor rights lawyer, the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder of Project Include. As a lawyer and advocate, she has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace.
Digital Collections Specialist
Kelly Jensen is a Digital Collections Specialist, currently on leave from the library of the California Academy of Sciences to digitize photos of the making of Star Wars: A New Hope in the image archives of Lucasfilm Ltd. She is also the photographer and co-author of the bestselling book Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas. Storytelling is her avocation and she is a frequent speaker at Odd Salon, Nerd Nite, and other cocktail & lecture series. Ms. Jensen resides in San Francisco and holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Art Center College of Design.
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.
Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.
Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
William (Bill) Kanarick is the Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of Publicis.Sapient, part of Publicis Groupe. Publicis.Sapient is a Digital Transformation Platform purpose-built to solve for the challenges of today’s digital
world — where companies seek to become fully digital businesses. In his role, Bill is responsible for the evolution of the Platform’s strategy, definition of its service offering, strategic leadership of its M&A efforts, strategic new business development, partnership expansion and stewardship for the Platform’s brands on a global basis.
Prior to joining Publicis.Sapient, Bill spent 17 years with Sapient Corporation holding a variety of leadership positions, most recently as its Chief Marketing Officer. In that role, Bill was responsible for guiding the evolution and execution of Sapient’s go-to- market strategies and offerings for all of its business focus areas across marketing, omni-channel commerce, consulting and technology. Prior to his term as Sapient’s CMO, Bill oversaw the progression of the Sapient’s interactive business and assisted in its European expansion. His roots are in business strategy, where he has consistently helped clients to build businesses and create sustainable value propositions for their brands. Bill regularly serves as a key advisor to senior clients on the application of technology to improve customer relationships and continues to speak publicly on this topic.
Before joining Sapient in 1998, Bill lead client services at Boston-based Pamet Marketing Technologies and was also a successful entrepreneur, having started and sold a boutique consultancy focused on the application of technology and analytics to drive brand growth.
David S. Kidder is an entrepreneur with a wide range of marketing and technology expertise focused on social, mobile, and search advertising and product development. David is the co-founder of Bionic, an enterprise growth solution. Prior to Bionic, David served as the co-founder and CEO of Clickable, an online advertising software as a service (acquired by Syncapse). Prior to Clickable, Kidder co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising pioneer (acquired by LifeMinders), and Net-X, a web-authoring platform (acquired by Target Vision). Kidder is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and received ID Magazine's International Design Award and Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. David is an active angel investor through his fund, Alt Option Return, is a founding member of the The Acumen Fund One Percent Fund, and serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian. He is the creator and co-author of the two-time New York Times bestselling five book series, The Intellectual Devotional, published by Rodale. His latest book The Startup Playbook, was released in January 2013, published by Chronicle Books. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and three sons.
Emily Leproust, Ph.D.
As an early pioneer in the high-throughput synthesis and sequencing of DNA, Dr. Leproust is disrupting the process of gene synthesis to enable the exponential growth of synthetic biology applications in multiple fields including medicine, DNA data storage, agricultural biology, and industrial chemicals. In 2015, she was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers for fast-tracking the building blocks of life, and Fast Company named her one of the most creative people in business for synthesizing DNA faster than ever. Prior to Twist Bioscience, she held escalating positions at Agilent Technologies where she architected the successful SureSelect product line that lowered the cost of sequencing and elucidated mechanisms responsible for dozens of Mendelian diseases. She also developed the Oligo Library Synthesis technology, where she initiated and led product and business development activities for the team. Dr. Leproust designed and developed multiple commercial synthesis platforms to streamline microarray manufacturing and fabrication. Prior to Agilent, she worked with Dr. X. Gao at the University of Houston developing DNA and RNA parallel synthesis processes on solid support, a project developed commercially by Xeotron Corporation. Dr. Leproust has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers—many on applications of synthetic DNA, and is the author of numerous patents. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Houston and her M.Sc. in industrial chemistry from the Lyon School of Industrial Chemistry in France.
Ryan is a Grammy nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, and avid technologist. In addition to logging studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé, he is the architect and ultimate case study for his company Disruptive Multimedia’s simple CRM for creators, a Twilio-enabled product called SuperPhone™. Bravely opting to remove his latest album from iTunes, he used an inbound SMS campaign to drive over $2MM in gross revenue by selling an album D2C to just 15K fans. He holds a BA in Government from Harvard and splits his time between New York, LA, Paris and Miami.
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005.
Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.
Alison Lewis is Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies’ first ever Chief Marketing Officer, leading marketing efforts for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including JOHNSON’S®, NEUTROGENA®, LISTERINE®, TYLENOL® and CLEAN & CLEAR®, among many others. In addition to driving the global marketing strategies for the Johnson & Johnson consumer brands, Alison also oversees global capability building in professional marketing, digital and strategic consumer insights for the organization plus leads the innovation pipeline development, working closely with the Chief Technology Officer.
A recognized creative marketing leader and passionate visionary, Alison brings more than 25 years of brand management and marketing leadership experience, and is known for growing global brands and creating customer value.
One of Alison’s greatest achievements to date has been accelerating the Company’s growth by evolving the global, regional and local organizational structures to build scale and relevancy. In 2016, Alison was recognized by Advertising Women of New York, AWNY’s, Woman of the Year. In 2015, Alison was recognized as one of the 100 most influential marketing leaders in the world by The Internationalist.
Alison has a proven track record of putting powerful consumer insights into action as seen through her instrumental role in creating highly recognized global platforms, including: CLEAN & CLEAR’S® SEE THE REAL ME™ that transformed how
the teen brand approached video content by placing real girls in the center of the campaign; JOHNSON’S® SO MUCH MORE™, the Company’s largest simultaneous global campaign launch to date, boldly shifting the conversation from baby skin care to baby development; and the LISTERINE® Brand’s POWER TO YOUR MOUTH™ for the FIFA World Cup™, the Company’s largest-ever global real-time marketing social activation. Alison joined Johnson & Johnson from The Coca-Cola Company, where she was responsible for making Coca-Cola’s 127-year- old brand relevant to consumers in a connected, multicultural world. She held a variety of executive positions in both the U.S. and Canada, and most recently was Senior Vice President -Marketing, North America.
During her career, she launched the My Coke Rewards platform, growing it as a powerful digital, mobile and social platform for the brand. She was awarded a number of recognitions, including Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age, the Clio Brand Icon Award and, most recently, Cannes’ Creative Marketer of the Year. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Alison spent six years in brand management roles at Kraft Foods in Canada.
Alison earned her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. She also has served as the Board Chair of the National 4-H Council.
Founder and CEO
Peter Leyden is the Founder and CEO of Reinvent, a media company that engages top innovators in deep conversations about solving complex challenges - and then creates media about their big ideas. Leyden worked for several innovative organizations that helped reinvent the fields of media, business and politics: He was managing editor at Wired magazine that helped introduce the digital revolution in the 1990s. He worked at Global Business Network, the pioneering think tank helping corporations plan for the future. He was founding director of the New Politics Institute that helped those in Washington transition to politics on the Internet. Leyden frequently gives keynote talks on new technologies and trends shaping the future. He is the coauthor of two books: The Long Boom and What’s Next. Leyden started his career as a journalist, including serving as a special correspondent for Newsweek magazine in Asia. He has spent his entire life interviewing remarkable people about big ideas. For the last couple decades, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and daughter. For more see reinvent.net.
Founder & CEO
Before founding Tipping Point Community in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley presidential campaign, Accenture and the Robin Hood Foundation. September 11th, 2001 occurred within Lurie’s first week at Robin Hood, which led the organization to leverage the generosity of the nation in targeted relief efforts for low-income New Yorkers. Over the following few years, Lurie adapted the Robin Hood model to his home community, the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $120 million to educate, employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area, impacting the lives of over 137,000 people last year alone. Lurie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the Levi Strauss Foundation and the 50 Fund. Lurie was the Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart and President, Walmart Foundation
Kathleen McLaughlin is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Walmart, and the President of the Walmart Foundation. Walmart uses its strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster inclusive economic development; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel, and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Last year, in addition to business initiatives investing in people and businesses in supply chains, the company surpassed over $1.4 billion in giving worldwide, including $1 billion of food donations. McLaughlin joined Walmart in 2013. Before that, she spent over 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, and she also earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Executive Vice President, Customer & Employee Experience
“Disrupt or be disrupted” is Donna Morris’s rallying cry. From abolishing Adobe’s annual performance reviews to dramatically expanding its family leave policy, she has set the industry agenda while making Adobe a great place to work. In her role as Executive Vice President of Customer and Employee Experience, she leads the product, customer service and technical support experience for all Adobe products, in addition to all aspects of human resources and the workplace. Her breadth of experience and unique point of view on workplace issues has been sought out by hundreds of media outlets including CNN, NPR, CNBC, Fast Company and Fortune.
Donna’s “north of the border” accent gives her away as a native of Ottawa, Canada. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University, she went into human resources and at age 25, she decided she wanted to run a large human resources organization someday. She joined Adobe in 2002 when the company acquired Accelio, and she was promoted to senior vice president at Adobe five years later.
Donna sits on the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management and the Adobe Foundation and was formerly a board member for California’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She is also a member of the Fordham University Parents Council and mentors with C100, a non-profit that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship.
Donna holds the Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior HR Professional (SHRP) and Canadian Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designations.
Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.
As UC president, she has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and achieve financial stability for the University; improve the community college transfer process; achieve carbon neutrality across the UC system by 2025; accelerate the translation of UC research into products and services; focus UC resources on local and global food issues; and strengthen the University’s engagement with its Mexican peer institutions of higher education. She has also implemented the
Fair Wage/Fair Work plan, which established a $15 minimum wage at UC for employees and contract workers – the first for a public university – and implemented a series of reforms to ensure that all UC contractors are complying with wage and workplace condition laws and policies. In 2014, she was appointed a tenured faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97.
Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist
DJ Patil has held a variety of roles in Academia, Industry, and Government. Most recently he was appointed by President Obama to be the first U.S. Chief Data Scientist where his efforts led to the establishment of nearly 40 Chief Data Officer roles across the Federal government. He also established new health care programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot, new criminal justice reforms including the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data Initiatives that cover more than 94 million Americans, as well as leading the national data efforts. He also has been active in national security and for his efforts was awarded by Secretary Carter the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service which the highest honor the department bestows on a civilian.
In industry, he led the product teams at RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), was founding board member for Crisis Text Line which works to use new technologies to provide on demand mental and crisis support, and was a member of the venture firm Greylock Partners. He has also was Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer and Head of Analytics and Data Product Teams at the LinkedIn Corporation where he co-coined the term Data Scientist. He has also held a number of roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay.
As a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, his research focused on nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory and he helped start a major research initiative on numerical weather prediction. As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, Dr. Patil directed new efforts to leverage social network analysis and the melding of computational and social sciences to anticipate emerging threats to the US. He has also co-chaired a major review of US efforts to prevent bioweapons proliferation in Central Asia and co-founded the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL). In 2014 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
William Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013, and took office in January of 2014. Prior to taking office, he worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council - seven years as a staffer then twelve years as a Member of Council.
As Mayor, Bill Peduto continues to champion the protection and enhancement of Pittsburgh’s new reputation - maintaining fiscal responsibility, establishing community based development plans, embracing innovative solutions and becoming a leader in green initiatives. Since taking office, Mayor Peduto has lead a collaborative effort to make Pittsburgh a leading 21st Century city. The Peduto administration has partnered with the White House on numerous initiatives, resulting in direct access to federal support related to affordable housing, education, economic development, energy efficiency, immigration, manufacturing, community policing, workforce development and technology. Under Peduto’s leadership the City of Pittsburgh has played an active role in National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors initiatives. Pittsburgh was recently selected to join the Rockefeller Foundation network’s 100 Resilient Cities, which provides resources to improve city resilience in the face of climate change, globalization and urbanization trends. Mayor Peduto also signed a unique agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to make the city a world leader in district energy production. He is a founding member of the MetroLab Network, a national alliance of cities and universities committed to providing analytically-based solutions to improve urban infrastructure, services and other public sector priorities. The Peduto administration is working to ensure that everyone benefits from Pittsburgh’s transformation and growth because, “If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.”
John Podesta served as Chair of Hillary for America. Prior to joining Hillary Clinton's campaign he served as Counselor to President Barack Obama. His duties included overseeing climate change and energy policy. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team.
He is the former Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, he served as White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
He also recently served on the President’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).
A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center,
where he is currently a visiting professor of law.
Robert B. Reich
Professor of Public Policy
Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Bestselling Author
Rob Reid is a high tech entrepreneur, angel investor and bestselling author based in New York City and San Francisco. A former venture capitalist, he was the founder, CEO, and later Chairman of Listen.com, which conceived of, built and released Rhapsody – the first online music service to secure full-catalog licenses from all of the major labels. Rhapsody created the unlimited streaming model later adopted by Spotify, Apple, and others. Rob has worked with technology startups as an investor, board member, and formal advisor for over ten years. Companies in his portfolio have included IGN, Kareo, Surf Air, Akili, Lyft, Poshmark, and Brava. Rob majored in International Relations at Stanford, later earned an MBA Harvard Business School, and was also a Fulbright Scholar in Cairo, Egypt. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent novel (Year Zero) was a New York Times bestseller. His upcoming novel (Forever On) will be the Lead Title in the Fantasy & Science Fiction category for Random House’s summer 2017 list.
Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D.
Founder, President & CEO
The Founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions LLC, a social change strategy firm, and the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a nonprofit think and action organization, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is dedicated to driving society toward inclusion. With more than twenty years of experience in the government, business, and not for profit sectors, Rockeymoore is a widely sought after policy expert. She has spoken and written extensively on subjects that include jobs and the economy, Social Security, health equity, and digital inclusion. The author of many reports and articles, she is also the co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America and the co-author of Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on Communities of Color. Dr. Rockeymoore has been invited to testify before both chambers of the U.S. Congress and on February 23, 2009 she was among other nationally renowned economic security experts selected to attend the Obama Administration’s White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004. Rockeymoore has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN among other media outlets.
Francesca Rossi is a research scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, and an professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy, currently on leave.
Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, computational social choice, and collective decision making. She is also interested in ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 170 scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 17 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, special issues of journals, as well as the Handbook of Constraint Programming. She has more than 100 co-authors.
She is a AAAI and a EurAI fellow, and a Radcliffe fellow 2015. She has been president of IJCAI and an executive councillor of AAAI. She is Editor in Chief of JAIR and a member of the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. She co-chairs the AAAI committee on AI and ethics and she is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Future of Life Institute. She is in the executive committee of the IEEE global initiative on ethical considerations on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems and she belongs to the World Economic Forum Council on AI and robotics.
She has given several media interviews about the future of AI and AI ethics (including to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Motherboard, Science, The Economist, CNBC, Eurovision, Corriere della Sera, and Repubblica) and she has delivered three TEDx talks on these topics.
Chief Product Officer
Chris Satchell serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer for Comcast Cable. In this role, Chris leads Comcast’s product, design and innovation teams in Philadelphia, Denver and Silicon Valley to develop and design the company’s consumer products that are enjoyed by millions of people every day.
Chris joined Comcast in 2015 from Nike, where he served as Consumer Technology Officer and was responsible for the strategy and execution related to all consumer-focused technology products and services. He led the Consumer Digital Technology team of 1,600 employees, which designed, built and operated consumer apps, Nike.com, e/mCommerce, brick-and-mortar retail solutions, digital brand experiences and activations globally.
Prior to Nike, Chris was Chief Technology Officer and EVP of R&D at IGT (International Game Technology), the world leader in gaming entertainment and casino systems. Before IGT, he served as Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, and was responsible for product and technical development across multiple areas of the games business, including Xbox, Games for Windows, Xbox Live and Microsoft Game Studios. While at Microsoft, Chris also held many other roles, including General Manager and Chief Software Architect for Microsoft XNA, the business responsible for developing tools and platforms that facilitate video game development and management. Chris received a BSc in Computing from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Diego Scotti is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Communications. He is responsible for linking the innovations of the company’s product team to the customer-focused operations of the business units to build the Verizon global brand, create consumer awareness and advocacy, and drive customer preference for the brand through all channels, every day.
In this role, Scotti oversees the global management of Verizon’s brand, including consumer insights, digital marketing, creative development and agency management, marketing effectiveness, social responsibility, sponsorships, media and employee communications. Given the demonstrated power of big data and digital marketing, Scotti also oversees the leveraging of Verizon’s current capabilities to help build its global brand.
Scotti joined Verizon in October 2014 to take on the newly created chief marketing role. He previously served as the chief marketing officer of J. Crew, and before that he oversaw 20 print and digital media brands at Conde Nast Publications. He also worked as the head of global advertising and brand management at American Express.
Scotti was recognized as one of the “Marketing Top 40 under 40” by Advertising Age in 2007 and was one of 21 marketers named as “Internationalists” by International Magazine in 2012.
A native of Argentina, Scotti earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising and marketing communications from the University of Management and Social Sciences in Buenos Aires.
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated Oakland, California’s 50th mayor on January 5, 2015. A native Oaklander, Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council.
Mayor Schaaf has more than two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney leading volunteer efforts in Oakland. She left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute. Mayor Schaaf then went on to become chief of staff to the Council President, Aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown and Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.
She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing and responsive trustworthy government.
Co-Founder & CEO
Tina Sharkey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Brandless. As an Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor she has dedicated over 20 years to creating and building purposeful communities, brands, and experiences with soul.
Tina is a Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital, and was the CEO of Sherpa Foundry. She sits on the Board of Directors of ipsy, Brit + Co, and Do. Prior to Sherpa, Tina was Chairman and Global President of BabyCenter, a Johnson and Johnson company. She led AOL’s network programming, social media, and messaging businesses. Before AOL, Tina co-founded iVillage, built Sesame Street Online, and helped create a new home shopping channel for QVC. She is also an advisor to many companies including Cue, Greenhouse, Pinrose, and The Information.
Tina is a Henry Crown Fellow and Mentor at the Aspen Institute, an advisor to WE Charities and the United Nations Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently lives in California with her two sons and her Tibetan Terrier, Tessa.
EVP Forth, a division of LM and CMO
Elle Shelley wears two hats at Local Motors: she is the Chief Marketing Officer for the vehicle side of the business and EVP of Launch Forth, a crowd-powered SaaS platform used by some of the world’s most renowned brands, including GE and Airbus.
In her role as CMO, she is responsible for the commercialization of the company’s vehicle portfolio. Since joining the company in 2013, she has personally managed two major vehicle launches: the Strati, the world’s first 3D-printed car and Olli, a self-driving shuttle powered by IBM Watson and repositioned Local Motors as a technology company while helping build company value though a major brand refresh. She leads brand and the product management practice at Local Motors and is responsible for developing new businesses, markets and service models. As the EVP of Launch Forth, Elle leads the vision and strategy for the newly launched service and software division and is responsible for client success.
A classically trained marketer, Elle spent the early parts of her career managing integrated advertising initiatives, successfully marrying digital and social media, PR and traditional advertising. She then went on to found her own marketing agency in 2012 to focus on app development, websites, brand campaigns, and social initiatives for start-ups, which merged with Local Motors in late 2013.
Well known for her signature enthusiasm and creativity, Elle spends her days, nights and weekends dreaming up marketing strategies that drive growth and accelerate co-creation. A graduate of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Elle is an iron pumping, EV-driving, yoga loving, classically trained violinist that is also fluent in Spanish. She is a firm believer in high heels, the power of open innovation and the magic of a cup of coffee.
Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD
Medical Doctor and Founder
Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care physician, a digital health entrepreneur, a writer and respected thought leader in national health policy. He is an original thinker who is interested in designing healthcare based on first principals and systems dynamics. He is the publisher of Tincture, a forum for thought leaders in healthcare and has written extensively on the importance of trust, language, nuance and data in understanding the core relationships in healthcare.
He has been featured in the New York Times and The Economist in which they highlighted his 'innovation by irritation' story on the creation of Healthloop; a physician initiated follow up technology that sifts through ‘little data’ to a make specific difference, in real-time, in the lives of patients in treatment or recovery.
He is the founding chairman of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, a working group of scientists to illuminate the public on the poisons in our food supply as well as a board member of The Hope Street Group, a bi-partisan think tank in Washington DC focused on education, jobs and health.
After graduating from UC Berkeley and before attending Georgetown Medical School, Dr. Shlain spent a year teaching high school science in Western Kenya with Harvard affiliated WorldTeach.
He recently served as a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the Health Service Systems Board of San Francisco and has served as an advisor to Optum, MD Anderson, Avia Health Innovation and a host of other emerging and established healthcare companies.
Former Acting Administrator
Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care, impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system. For the last two years, he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama. In that role, Slavitt oversaw programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Andy came into the public spotlight in October of 2013 when he was asked by the Obama Administration to lead the turnaround of Healthcare.gov from the private sector. Slavitt's tenure at CMS was marked by the successful execution of a number of large new programs-- the Affordable Care Act, the significant shift to pay-for-value payment models, and the implementation of MACRA. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a re-birth of private sector innovation and progress. Andy's tenure was also marked by a cultural shift towards a more engaged, transparent, and collaborative period of cooperation between the public and private sectors.
Andy's ability to spearhead complex management challenges stems from over two decades of experience working as a leader in the health care and technology private sector. Throughout his career, Andy's work centered on improving the consumer experience and access to care, new care delivery models, health equity, data and technology, and program integrity. From 2003 to 2013, Andy worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the Group Executive Vice President for Optum where he oversaw the delivery of clinical, technology and operational solutions to health care clients and consumers. Over his career at Optum, the company grew by tens of billions in revenue. Andy served in a number of different capacities which drove its growth, including as CEO of OptumInsight and overseeing mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, marketing, international business and business integration.
Andy has an entrepreneurial background, having founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. HealthAllies served people who are uninsured or underinsured by via an online marketplace for health care services. He was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
Slavitt has helped lead a number of national priorities from Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Task Force to President Obama's National Heroin Task Force. He has served in a number of leadership and board capacities in public, private and non-profit organizations in health care, education and the arts. Slavitt has been recognized as one of the 10 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine, and has received similar recognition from other health care and technology publications and organizations. He appears frequently in the media and is viewed as a non-partisan explainer of complex health care topics-- including on his Twitter feed.
Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President & Chief Legal Officer
Brad Smith is responsible for Microsoft's corporate, external, and legal affairs. He leads a team of more than 1,300 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work. He is also Microsoft’s chief compliance officer. Smith plays a key role in representing the company externally and in leading the company’s work on a number of critical issues including privacy, security, accessibility, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion, among others
Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, and before becoming general counsel in 2002 he spent three years leading the Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) team in Europe, then five years serving as the deputy general counsel responsible for LCA’s teams outside the United States.
Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He has played a leadership role locally and nationally on numerous charitable, business and legal initiatives. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. In 2014, the New York Times called Smith “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.”
In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic and legal organizations and in the broader technology industry. In March 2015, Smith joined the Netflix board of directors. He also works to advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, serving as chair of the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and as chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). In addition, Smith chairs the board of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program, at the appointment of the governor.
Co-Founder & CEO
Seth Sternberg is the Co-founder & CEO of Honor, a service modernizing the home care market and making it easier for older adults to remain in their homes with joy, comfort, and grace. Since launching in 2015, Honor has grown to help families in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
The home care company has been recognized as the 2016 Best New Startup by TechCrunch and as one of Business Insider's 25 Hottest Startups to Watch. Honor's Co-Founder Sandy Jen was also named the Silicon Valley Business Journal's CIO of the Year.
Prior to Honor, Seth was the Co-founder & CEO of Meebo, a web communications platform that reached $50M in revenue and close to half of the US internet population before being acquired by Google for $100M. At Google, Seth became a Product Director working on the Google+ Platform and GoogleX.
Sternberg’s inspiration for Honor came after a visit to see his Mother who lives on the East Coast. He’s a husband, father, and avid cyclist and loves working with entrepreneurs in his free time.
Jerry Taylor is the president of the Niskanen Center. Prior to founding the Center in 2014, Mr. Taylor spent 23 years at the Cato Institute, where he served as director of natural resource studies, assistant editor of Regulation magazine, senior fellow, and then vice president. Before that, Mr. Taylor was the staff director for the energy and environment task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Over the past two decades, Mr. Taylor has been one of the prominent and influential libertarian voices in energy policy in Washington. He is the author of numerous policy studies, has testified often before Congress, and his commentary has appeared in a wide range of prominent print and electronic outlets.
Arjanna van der Plas
Arjanna van der Plas is a social impact focused author, yoga teacher and workshop facilitator. She currently spends most of her time in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, teaching yoga and meditation at the Healing Well, and writing a book and blog series called Stories Behind The Fog. With SBTF she wants to challenge the single-minded view of homelessness by rendering its entire spectrum, one story at a time.
Before Arjanna moved to San Francisco, she was communications manager for the Amsterdam based sustainability startup Circle Economy. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at the TU Delft, innovator at TNO (the largest independent research organization in the Netherlands) and freelance science journalist. Arjanna holds two MSc. degrees from the TU Delft, one in Industrial Design Engineering and one in Science Communications.
Max Ventilla is a serial entrepreneur and currently founder and CEO of AltSchool, a startup reimagining primary education for U.S. schools.
Most recently, he was part of the founding team of Google+ and served as the Head of Personalization across Google products. He also founded Krypteian Systems (acquired in 2001) and the social search company Aardvark (acquired in 2010). Max earned a bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics and an MBA from Yale University.
Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and a Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He is a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, which documents the struggles and triumphs of women. Wadhwa has held appointments at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and Emory University and is a faculty member at Singularity University.
Wadhwa is based in Silicon Valley and researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances–in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials–are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. They will also disrupt industries and create many new policy, law, and ethics issues.
In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice”, for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”. He was also named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times.
Wadhwa teaches subjects such as technology, industry disruption, entrepreneurship, and public policy; researches the policy, law, and ethics issues of exponential technologies; helps prepare students for the real world; and advises several governments. In addition to being a columnist for The Washington Post, he is a contributor to VentureBeat, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
Senior Vice President, Communications & Policy
Rachel Whetstone joined Uber in June last year to run Public Policy and PR. Prior to that she spent a decade at Google -- first heading up the PR team in Europe before moving to the US to manage PR and Government Relations globally.
Rachel started her career in politics as a research assistant for the British Conservative Party. From there she moved to the Home Office, where she was a special advisor to the Home Secretary. Before joining Google Rachel was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Conservative Party. She has two children and lives with her husband in the US.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three children and lives in New York City.
Co-Founder & Chairman, Measure, Drone as a Service®
Robert Wolf is Chairman and co-founder of Measure, a company offering Drone as a Service® and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 32 Advisors, a company focusing on economic advisory services and developing infrastructure projects . From 1994-2012 Robert held several senior positions at UBS, a global financial services firm, including Chairman and CEO of UBS Americas and President and Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 after spending approximately 10 years at Salomon Brothers. Robert has held three Presidential appointments under President Obama; as a member of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009¬-2011, the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011¬-2013 and the Export Council from 2014-2016. He was also on the Homeland Security Advisory Council's Border Infrastructure Task Force in 2012. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of the Barack Obama Foundation, the Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School, the Athletics Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania and as Vice Chairman of RFK Human Rights. He also sits on the Board of the Partnership for NYC, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a graduate member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Robert recently joined Fox News/Fox Business as a TV contributor and Fox’s show Wall Street Week as a member of the Advisory Board. Robert is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.S. in Economics in 1984. While at UPenn, he played on the varsity football team that won IVY League Championships in both the 1982 and 1983 seasons. Robert was an honoree into the Ivy Football Association in 2013, and in May 2014, Robert received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wharton School.
Partner, Founding Member
Shivon is a partner and founding member of Bloomberg Beta, a $75 million venture fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. that invests in startups transforming the future of work. Shivon focuses on working with entrepreneurs using machine intelligence to solve real-world problems that matter. Beta has invested in 40 machine intelligence companies in areas such as agriculture, education, healthcare, and enterprise intelligence. She is known for an annual report that researches thousands of machine intelligence companies and selects the most promising real-world problems they are solving. She’s an advisor at OpenAI. a fellow at University of Toronto’s machine learning accelerator, and board member at University of Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. Ice hockey, piano, and photography make her smile.