2012 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Geoffrey Moore - Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and advisor as well as a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). Recognized as a leading business advisor, Geoffrey divides his time between consulting on strategy and transformation challenges with senior executives and on developing mental models to support his advisory practice. With this intent in mind he has written his newest book published by HarperCollins in September of 2011: Escape Velocity: Free Your Company’s Future from the Pull of the Past, the result of his years of experience working with large enterprises in his former role as a Managing Director at TCG Advisors. Recognized as well for his expertise in market development and business and investment strategies, as a Venture Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures he also serves as an advisor to MDV portfolio companies by drawing upon best practices derived from his extensive experience working with technology startups over the last two decades.

Geoffrey has made the understanding and effective exploitation of disruptive technologies the core of his life's work. His books, Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, The Gorilla Game, Living on the Fault Line and Dealing with Darwin are best sellers and required reading at leading business schools. Highly regarded as a dynamic public speaker, he integrates a speaking practice with his advisory work.

He is a founder of both The Chasm Group and TCG Advisors. Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Stanford University and a doctorate in literature from the University of Washington.

Opening Remarks

Debra Satz - Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, is the senior associate dean for the humanities and arts. Satz, a philosophy professor, directs the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. She earned a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a doctorate in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After teaching at Harvard and Swarthmore College, Satz joined Stanford in 1988 as an assistant professor of philosophy. Her research focuses on the ethical limits of markets, the place of equality in a just society, theories of rational choice, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, ethics and education, and issues of international justice.

In 2004, Satz received the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest teaching honor. She was awarded the Roland Prize in 2010 for faculty volunteer service. She also cofounded the Hope House Scholars Program, which pairs volunteer faculty with undergraduates to teach liberal arts courses to residents of a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women.

Satz has written and edited three books as well as dozens of articles, essays, and book reviews. She has also supervised 40 doctoral students and advised the thesis work of many undergraduates in philosophy and the Ethics in Society Program.


Martin Giles - Martin Giles is the San Francisco-based US technology correspondent of The Economist Newspaper. Among his previous roles, he was the paper's management correspondent, its Finance editor and its Paris-based European business correspondent. He also spent ten years on the commercial side of The Economist Group in London and New York, launching and acquiring new businesses for the company. Martin is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an Executive MBA from The University of Chicago's Booth Graduate School of Business. A trustee of a UK charity that supports students who wish to become journalists, he is also a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.


Russell Berman - Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Berman joined the Stanford faculty in 1979. In 1982-83 he was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard, and in 1988-89 he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Berlin. In 1997 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany. Professor Berman is the editor of the journal Telos.

Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. From 1992 through 2000 he served as director of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program. He is currently director of the German Studies program at Stanford as well as director of the Introduction to the Humanities Program.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 1987 and 2000, respectively). Hoover press published his book Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has published numerous articles in Hoover Digest, most recently The Psychology of Appeasement (Summer, 2004).”

Allen Blue - Allen is one of the co-founders of LinkedIn. Currently he manages the Content and Communities division, covering LinkedIn's Groups, News, Events, Answers, and Communication products.

Before joining LinkedIn, Allen designed exploratory products and marketing programs at PayPal. And he was an early employee Director of Product Design at SocialNet.com, a first-generation social site supporting dating, recreational and professional activities, where he was responsible for product design and implementation of SocialNet’s member-data focused business model.

Before entering technology, Allen lectured at Stanford University.

Michael Carter - Michael works with scholars, scientists, and start-ups to help bring technology and games to learning. His professional career has included designing math courses and games for the Hewlett and Gates foundations, shaping the curriculum that Oxford, Stanford and Yale offered their alumni online, designing and producing educational games for youth, and directing education research at Apple. His academic career includes professing European history at Dartmouth, directing Academic Systems Development at Stanford, and lecturing on learning at design at several universities. Michael holds a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.

Beth Coggeshall - Beth Coggeshall is a PhD candidate in Italian, writing her dissertation on friendship in Dante's life and works.  In 2011, she was awarded the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship in the Humanities, in recognition of excellence in research, teaching, and university service. Beth has published several articles on Dante, and has taught more than a dozen different courses at Stanford, on a variety of topics in Italian literature, language and culture.

From 2008-2010 Beth was the resident director (Graduate Theme Affiliate) of the Casa Italiana, the Italian-themed undergraduate residence on Stanford's campus. In 2008-2009 she served as one of the graduate co-coordinators of the interdisciplinary Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) workshop, sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center.

Tim Connors - Tim is the Founder and Managing Partner of PivotNorth Capital, an early-stage software-focused venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Sample investments include Blekko.com, Readyforce.com, Sing.ly, Cloudpassage.com, Keepsy.com, Answerly.com, and Votizen.com

Prior to founding PivotNorth, Tim apprenticed for twelve years at Sequoia Capital and US Venture Partners. During Tim’s operating career, he helped build C-Cube from a startup into a publicly-traded leader in digital video, and at Tandem was the youngest member of an elite design team that built Tandem’s flagship Everest server line.

Tim conceived of and co-founded Spoke.com. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs at Adify (acquired by Cox Enterprises), ClickShift.com (acquired by WebTrends), Redline Communications (TSE: REDL), StorePerform (acquired by Red Prairie), Trovix.com (acquired by Monster.com), RevolutionMoney (acquired by American Express), SupplierMarket.com (acquired by Ariba), Guidewire Software, Media6Degrees.com, and 4info.net. Tim serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame and as a Director on the Stanford University Daper Venture Investment Fund.

Tim received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame with High Honors, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School with Distinction.

Jorge Freyer - Jorge Freyer provided strategic guidance on expanding businesses globally through alliances and product expansion. He has been an executive of several companies; amongst them GE and Sony, as well as co-founder of startup companies that debut in the public markets in the US and in Europe. He headed several M&A activities as a partner at Hultquist Capital. He holds a graduate degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Mr. Freyer currently heads up AAC Microtec's North American Operations, in expanding the applications market for affordable space satellites and robotics. He is also a Board Advisor with The Loomis Group, a digital media company, and regularly offers strategic guidance to small and large companies.

Marie Oh Huber - Marie Oh Huber is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Agilent Technologies. She is responsible for supervising the company’s global legal function including intellectual property law, corporate governance and securities law, mergers and acquisition support, commercial law, litigation support, employment law and legal compliance matters. She also has responsibilities for corporate relations, which includes external and internal communications, government affairs, philanthropy, university relations and external research and the country leadership program.

Huber was previously vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary of Agilent, overseeing a team responsible for advising the board of directors and management team on issues including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities law, executive compensation and benefits, real estate, environmental and stock plan administration matters. Prior to joining Agilent, she spent 10 years with Hewlett-Packard as an M&A and securities lawyer and practiced at large law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Huber serves on the board of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley.

Huber received her B.A. from Yale in Economics, studied at the London School of Economics and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Kathryn Hume - Kathryn Hume will receive her doctorate in Comparative Literature in August. An intellectual historian, she researches the intersection between mathematics, philosophy, and literature in 17th and 18th century France. Her dissertation, Habits of Thought in the Enlightenment, studies the relationship between habit and knowledge in the works of Descartes, Pascal, la Rochefoucauld, Hume, and Smith. Outside her studies, Kathryn is the marketing specialist at Vantage Local, a micro-targeted online advertising start-up. After her dissertation, she will pursue a career in marketing and/or product management in high tech.

Michael Karasick, Ph.D - Dr. Michael Karasick, Vice President of IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, California oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world’s first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including: storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, materials science, Web 2.0 technologies and what IBM calls Smarter Planet projects, such as healthcare informatics, water desalination and electric car batteries.

Prior to his current role, Karasick was VP of Business and Technical Strategy for IBM's Software business in Somers, NY. He led technical initiatives spanning all IBM Software brands encompassing key industry and horizontal standards work, Linux support and IBM platform workload optimization. Before moving to New York, Karasick was for three years Director of Development for Lotus-China – responsible for products such as Lotus Symphony. He has also been the Lotus Director of Development for Client Platforms and Technologies, where he was responsible for the Lotus Expeditor product as well as the Lotus mobility products and technical direction. Before moving to China, Karasick was the IBM development director responsible for embedded software development and sensor solutions.

Karasick has served as CTO and Director of Architecture for IBM's Pervasive Computing Division, leading the design and evolution of middleware and device software. He has also led the Pervasive Computing Systems and Software team at TJ Watson Research Center, focusing on hardware design, system development, cognitive psychology and usability, user interface design, speech, and middleware. Karasick’s early career in Research included a senior manager role in Software Development Technology; an IBM assignment at Sematech, where he led a multi-company effort to produce a system for simulating semiconductor manufacturing logistics; work in the areas of robotics and geometric modeling and robotics, shortly after joining IBM Research in 1988.

Karasick has published numerous papers in the areas of software engineering, geometric modeling, programming languages and compilers, and pervasive computing. He is a member of the ACM and IEEE. He received an Hons B.S. from the University of Manitoba, MS from McGill University, and Ph.d from McGill and Cornell Universities, all in Computer Science. He was named an IBM Master Inventor in 2010.

Roberta R Katz - Roberta Reiff Katz is Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning at Stanford University, working since 2004 in the Office of the President and assisting with the development and implementation of a variety of new University-wide initiatives as well as the ongoing strategic support of various interdisciplinary endeavors throughout the University.

During 2009-10, Katz took a leave from her work at Stanford to serve as a Special Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice. Katz has a successful record of executive leadership: Co-founder and CEO of Flywheel Communications, Inc., President and CEO of the Technology Network (TechNet), Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation and, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (subsequently AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation.

Ms. Katz was also a lawyer in private practice, specializing in corporate law, as a partner with the firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Katz was a cultural anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Washington Law School.

Michael Korcuska - Michael Korcuska is Senior Director of Global Customer Operations at LinkedIn where he is responsible for supporting LinkedIn's 150MM members and nearly 10,000 corporate customers. Prior to LinkedIn, Michael spent 20 years in technology-enabled education and training. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, a non-profit consortium of universities working together to produce a teaching and learning software platform. He served as COO for ELT, a leading compliance-training provider, and has held leadership positions at online learning companies DigitalThink and Cognitive Arts. He currently serves on the board of ASTD, the American Society for Training and Development. He has M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern and B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford.

Bill Leidy - Bill Leidy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University. He is currently completing his dissertation entitled “Scandal and Literature: Dostoevsky’s Polemics and Gombrowicz’s Provocations.” His thesis explores the power of scandal, when harnessed by avant-garde artists, to serve as a catalyst for change in the literary world and broader society. His other research interests include war writing, utopian thought, and satire. Bill also teaches tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders how to think critically and write persuasively in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities program.

Prior to his enrollment at Stanford, Bill lived in Moscow where he wrote for a newspaper and its website. He holds B.A.’s in Chemistry and Russian from the University of Rochester.

Edgar Masri - Edgar Masri is currently president and chief executive officer of Qualtré, Inc., a Marlborough, MA startup, funded by Matrix Partners and Pilot House and focused on commercializing the next generation of motion sensors.

Prior to Qualtré, Mr. Masri was President and Chief Executive Officer of 3Com Corporation, a leading global data networking company. During his tenure, he negotiated, led the acquisition of, and chaired the board of H3C, the joint venture between 3Com and Huawei. He also brought 3Com to record revenue and gross margins and 6 consecutive quarters of profitability (non-GAAP) from the point 3Com started consolidating H3C results. 3Com moved during this period to 2nd or 3rd market share position in enterprise switching (ports sold) and enterprise routing (units). Mr Masri recommended and managed the go-private transaction with Bain Capital

Edgar Masri joined Matrix Partners, a leading venture capital firm in 2000. He led the investment in and served on the board of a number of semiconductor and telecommunication equipment startups, including Sandburst (acquired by Broadcom Corporation), Redline Communications (TSX/AIM: RDL). Prior to Matrix, Masri was president of 3Com Ventures and senior vice president of 3Com’s corporate business development. Before that, Masri was senior vice president and general manager of 3Com’s Network Systems Business Unit and had worldwide responsibility for the development, manufacturing and marketing of 3Com’s range of industry-leading enterprise and carrier systems products.

From 1995 to 1999, Edgar led 3Com's workgroup business and oversaw this unit's five-fold growth to a leading market share position with more than $1 billion in revenue. Prior to joining 3Com in 1985, Masri held various engineering and management positions in private startup and public companies in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Masri holds a Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration with distinction (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University.

Rob Meinhardt - Rob Meinhardt serves as General Manager of Dell-KACE overseeing the global Dell-KACE business – a company that he co-founded in 2003 and was acquired by Dell in 2010 after 20 quarters of consecutive growth. Over 6,000 customers have deployed the award winning, Systems Management Appliances within their businesses and organizations saving them time and money as they seek to better control and manage their vast end-point computing infrastructure. Dell-KACE is one of the fastest growing and most profitable businesses within Dell.

In addition to his responsibilities with Dell-KACE, Meinhardt leads a global consumer solutions group which is focused on delivering high value solutions and services beyond the box to consumers and small businesses worldwide.

Prior to co-founding KACE, Rob worked for two years as a principal with R.B. Webber & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. During his tenure at R.B Webber, he worked on strategic marketing projects for startup and public technology companies such as Bordeware, Critical Path, Attensity, Avotus, Iteration Software and Kasenna. In addition, Meinhardt completed due diligence efforts in support of R.B. Webber's sister venture capital fund, TEFII.

Before joining R.B. Webber, Meinhardt served as Vice President of Marketing for AvantGo (formerly NASDAQ: AVGO, since acquired by Sybase). During his four years with the company, AvantGo's revenues grew from zero to nearly $30M on an annualized basis. Prior to AvantGo, Meinhardt served as a marketing advisor and occasional investor in several high technology companies including Sybase, Commerce One, Sagent, Persistence, Chiron, FedEx Ecommerce Division and others. Meinhardt holds a BA in Economics from Yale.

Gabriella Safran - Gabriella Safran has written on Russian, Polish, Yiddish, and French literatures and cultures. Her most recent book, Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk's Creator, S. An-sky (Harvard, 2010), is a biography of an early-twentieth-century Russian-Yiddish writer who was also an ethnographer, a revolutionary, and a wartime relief worker.

Safran teaches and writes on Russian literature, Yiddish literature, folklore, and folkloristics. She is now working on two projects: a monograph investigating nineteenth-century short Russian and Yiddish fiction in the context of the history of listening, and an article looking at the interaction of the Russian and Jewish rhetorical traditions among early-twentieth-century revolutionaries.

As the chair of the DLCL, Safran is increasingly interested in the reorganization of humanities departments and the implications of that for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Anaïs Saint-Jude - Anaïs Saint-Jude is the founder and director of the BiblioTech Program at Stanford University. As director, Anaïs carries out the BiblioTech Program's mission to bridge the gap between doctoral studies in the liberal arts and professional positions of importance in an array of sectors inside and outside of academia including private and not-for-profit sectors, government and non-governmental organizations, public policy, etc. In her role, Anaïs communicates the relevance of doctoral degree programs in the humanities in academia and beyond in the 21st century to faculty, students, and industry leaders; develops an internship program specifically designed for humanities doctoral students who seek experience in the private and public sectors; and initiates new and innovative thinking about curriculum to spark curricular initiatives to better prepare humanities doctoral students for careers in academia and beyond. Anaïs organizes the annual BiblioTech Conference at Stanford in May. Her research interests include humanities education, seventeenth-century French literature, social media, leadership, and the intersection of humanities and technology. She holds a Ph.D. in French from Stanford University.

Walter Scheidel - Walter Scheidel is Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and Chair of the Classics Department at Stanford. His work focuses on ancient social and economic history, premodern demography, and comparative and transdisciplinary approaches to the past. His most recent project is an interactive website featuring a geospatial network model of the Roman world.

Sheri D. Sheppard - Sheri D. Sheppard , Ph.D., P.E., is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Besides teaching both undergraduate and graduate design and education related classes at Stanford University, she conducts research on engineering education and work-practices, and applied finite element analysis. From 1999-2008 she served as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leading the Foundation’s engineering study (as reported in Educating Engineers: Designing for the Future of the Field ). In addition, in 2003 Dr. Sheppard was named co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to form the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), along with faculty at the University of Washington, Colorado School of Mines, and Howard University. More recently (2011) she was named as co-PI of a national NSF innovation center (Epicenter), and leads an NSF program at Stanford on summer research experiences for high school teachers. Her industry experiences includes engineering positions at Detroit's "Big Three:" Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler Corporation.

Stephanie Shih - Stephanie Shih is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at Stanford University and an exchange scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Shih studies rhythm and sound structure at the intersections of language, psychology, literature, and music. Her work utilizes quantitative methodologies and large-scale corpora to investigate patterns in real-word language use. Shih has received a Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship for 2012 – 2013 for continuing work on her dissertation, entitled Towards Optimal Rhythm in Syntax .

Ellen Siminoff - Ellen Siminoffis President, and CEO of Shmoop University, an educational publishing company which aims to reduce the friction in learning.  Shmoop’s mission is to distribute its learning guides and other test preparation materials across all platforms in all corners of the world.  The company communicates with a distinctive edgy voice which has been roundly lauded by educators, students, and parents alike. Shmoop is entirely self-funded and grew from a singular personal vision to now encompass millions of unique visitors and dozens of awards. Shmoop’s test prep and teacher products are licensed to high schools, libraries and school districts.

She was President and CEO of Efficient Frontier, a pioneer of dynamic Search Engine Marketing (SEM) management services. Ms. Siminoff joined near the company’s founding and built Efficient Frontier to $1 billion in spend under management.

Prior to Efficient Frontier, Ms. Siminoff had six adventurous years as a founding executive at Yahoo!. During her tenure, she led Business Development (VP, Business Development and Planning), Corporate Development (SVP, Corporate Development) and eventually ran the Small Business and Entertainment Business units, representing approximately 25% of Yahoo's revenue (SVP, Entertainment and Small Business).

Among other boards and advisory relationships, Ms. Siminoff serves on the board of directors for US Auto Parts, an Internet retailer with more than 550,000 top-rated discount car parts; Solarwinds, a leading provider of downloadable, enterprise-class network management software; Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox browser; and Journal Communications, a diversified media and communications company operating businesses in newspaper publishing, radio and television broadcasting. In 2005 she was one of eight industry professionals named "Masters of Information" by Forbes magazine.

Ms. Siminoff graduated Stanford's Graduate School of Business with an MBA and Princeton University with a B.A. in economics.

Aaron Stanton - Aaron Stanton is the founder and CEO of BookLamp.org and the Book Genome Project, a technology-based book discovery platform built on computer-derived BookDNA.  He's an outspoken advocate and critic of the role of metadata in content discovery, and the role of computers in powering the connective threads between readers, writers, and publishers.  He's lectured in venues as diverse as Hong Kong, Germany, New York, and Stanford University on the challenges of book discovery and the invisible space in social recommendation engines where most books are functionally invisible.  Stanton's work has been repeatedly profiled over the years in the media, including Popular Science, Macworld, Wired Magazine, CNET, PC World Magazine, NPR, TechCrunch, the Huffington Post, the Seattle Times, ABC News, Mashable, and many others.

Matthew Tiews - Matthew Tiews assumed the newly created role of Executive Director of Arts Programs at Stanford in 2010. He is responsible for coordinating arts programming, including creating connections for the arts campus-wide and overseeing the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Stanford Lively Arts, and the Bing Concert Hall. He was formerly the associate director of the Stanford Humanities Center, where he was responsible for overseeing programming and operations, and was particularly active in developing collaborations bringing together the arts and the humanities. Prior to that, he worked at the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, the Stanford Humanities Laboratory, and as managing editor of the journal Modernism/modernity.

Tiews holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Comparative Literature and is co-editor of the multidisciplinary publication Crowds (Stanford University Press, 2007), which won the Modernist Studies Association book prize.

Bob Tinker - Bob Tinker is the CEO of MobileIron, a 300 person privately-held software company located in Mountain View, California. Mobile Iron is solving the problems CIOs face as business data and applications explode onto smart phones, pads, and tablets into the workplace. MobileIron is the first solution to give IT and users real-time management, security, and a private enterprise application storefront that enables companies around the globe to embrace mobile devices, mobile applications, and deliver users the mobile experience they crave. MobileIron’s investors include Foundation Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Storm Ventures.

Before MobileIron, Bob led the Business Development team for Cisco’s wireless business units, a combined $1B business. Before Cisco, Bob was the first business executive at enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace, where he was Vice President of Business Development. Cisco acquired Airespace in 2005. Bob’s previous roles include Director of Marketing at Vertical Networks and Vice President at NationsBank, with oversight of IT, sales, product management, and operations.

Bob is an Executive Board Member of the Foundation for the recently opened University of California at Merced, the first major university built in the U.S. in the last 30 years. Bob has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Kathryn VanArendonk - Kathryn VanArendonk is a PhD candidate in the English department. She is currently writing her dissertation on serial storytelling, genre, and episodic form, which considers form and structure in television drama and Victorian serials. Her academic interests include American television, the Victorian novel, serialization and narrative.

Vivek Wadhwa - Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.

Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., 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.

In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.

Liz Wiseman - Liz Wiseman is president of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is a researcher, best-selling author and executive advisor who teaches leaders around the world. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development for 17 years. Liz holds a Master of Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor in Business Finance from Brigham Young University.