- Doug Brent – VP of Technology Innovation at Trimble
- Bernadette Clavier – Director Public Management and Social Innovation Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Christopher Cowen – Managing Director and Co-Head of Higher Education at Goldman Sachs
- Dr. Matthew Goldstein – Researcher of Immunotherapy for Cancer at Stanford University
- Antonio Neves – Founder of THINQACTION and award-winning journalist
- Dr. Nasser Paydar – Chancellor of Indiana University East
- John Ridgway – Multi-Emmy award winner and CEO of Novocom
- Paul Siegel – Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Maya Entertainment
- Philippe Taieb – Social Enterprise Consultant and Coach at Harvard Business School
- Dr. Linda Thor – Chancellor Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Doug Brent, based in the Silicon Valley, is currently the VP of Technology at Trimble. Prior to this work, Doug was Chief Operating Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This role was both operational and integrally involved in the support of global Internet policy making. Doug played an executive leadership role for the definition and delivery of the root DNSSEC project and the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names. Further, he was recognized as establishing processes and metrics that resulted in improved operational performance and transparency at the same time that the organization doubled in size to about $63MM.
Doug has a twenty-five year record of management and leadership in high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to his role at ICANN, Doug was CEO of Packet Design Inc., an innovator of network routing and traffic analysis solutions. Doug led Packet Design from its inception through commercial deployment of its products in some of the largest carrier and enterprise networks in the world. Before Packet Design, Doug was vice president of engineering at Andes Networks, and vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications. When IBM acquired Whistle, he joined IBM as general manager for small business services, Global Small Business Division. Doug has also held executive and engineering management positions at Taligent (an Apple/IBM/HP joint venture) and Apple Computer. He has a B.A. from University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Bernadette Clavier is the Director of Public Management and Social Innovation programs at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business which educates leaders to solve the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. In charge of marketing & communications, digital strategy, and conference programs, she created an online knowledge base for social innovation ideas and launched the Social Innovation Conversations podcast with a vision to disseminate knowledge for social change.
In France, her home country, she worked as Vice President of Seasonal Products for French retail chain E. Leclerc. Sourcing over 300,000 SKUs from around the world, she witnessed first hand the challenges of the global supply chain, including human rights and social and environmental issues. She pioneered e-commerce in France making E. Leclerc the first hypermarket nationwide to offer products online for the 1998 holiday season. As the Toys Category Manager at the E. Leclerc central buying office from 1992 to 1997 she consistently maintained a #1 position on the market, constantly innovating communications. Prior to joining E.Leclerc Bernadette relaunched Erector Set in France as a brand manager for toy maker Meccano.
She holds an MBA from H.E.C. Paris, speaks French, English, and German and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. In her spare time she created an organic food program for Bay Area schools, advocates for autism awareness, and works as part of The Climate Project team.
Chris Cowen is co-head of the Higher Education Group within the Public Sector and Infastructure Group. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a managing director at Prager, Sealy & Co., where he managed the firm’s national higher education banking and consulting practice. He began his career in the municipal derivate products group at Merrill Lynch. Chris serves as chair of the San Francisco Secondary School Committee for the University of Pennsylvania. Chris earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999, and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in History from the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.
Dr. Matthew Goldstein
Dr. Matthew J. Goldstein is a passionate advocate for mentoring having served as a mentor in many Stanford University programs, including mentoring Co-Founder Stephanie Bravo in the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Medical Mentorship Program. Dr. Goldstein received his Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology in 2010 and will complete his M.D. in 2012 at Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford University, Dr. Goldstein’s studies have focused on three areas: immunotherapy for cancer, medical education reform, and improvements in clinical care through use of novel technologies. He has also served in a number of leadership roles, including President of the Medical School Student Government, Founder of the Stanford chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Founder of the Medical Leadership Development Program. Dr. Goldstein’s awards include fellowships from the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the American Society of Hematology and he was a recipient of the the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Swarthmore College and graduated with honors in 2004.
Antonio Neves is an award-winning journalist, founder of THINQACTION and trusted coach to exceptional Gen Y-ers working in the media industry. He is a well-respected thought leader in the media industry and is currently the lead correspondent for the NBC produced MSN business show Cool Runnings. As a coach, Antonio draws on his experience as a journalist, television host and producer combined with a strong foundation in coaching theory and human behavior. He knows what its like to be a young, excited professional bursting with potential. Simultaneously, he understands the needs of complex media organizations that must manage intergenerational and multicultural dynamics. For the past 3 years Antonio has had the privilege of interviewing and learning from socres of top Fortune 500 CEOs and executives, as well as highly successful entrepreneurs. His articles on entrepreneurship and innovation appear in Entrepreneur Magazine, MSN Money and Business on Main. Previously, Antonio worked for Nickelodeon, BET Networks, PBS and Advertising Age. Antonio is the author of Student Athlete 101: College Life Made Easy On & Off the Field.
Dr. Nasser Paydar
Dr. Nasser Paydar joined Indiana University in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. From 1989 to 2003, Professor Paydar served the School of Engineering and Technology as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Executive Associate Dean. In Spring 2004, Professor Paydar became responsible for the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) campus as Vice Chancellor and Dean. In 2007, Dr. Paydar was appointed as the Interim Chancellor of Indiana University East. He became Chancellor of Indiana University East in 2009. Dr. Paydar is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has authored over 60 scientific publications in solid mechanics and computational methods based on finite element analysis with applications in electronic packaging and biomechanics. Dr. Paydar has been principal and co-principal investigator of research grants from National Institutes of Health, Cummins Electronics, Carrier Electronics, Delco Electronics Corporations, Rockwell International, DePuy Inc., and U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center.
John Ridgway is a multi-Emmy award winner whose international media branding is viewed daily on six continents, roughly three-quarters of the worlds population. Through his production company Via/Novocom John has provided brand design and strategy for some of the worlds most-watched channels and shows, including NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, CBS Evening News, Monday Night Football, Entertainment Tonight, CNBC, MSNBC, and global events such as World Cup Soccer, and The Academy Awards. Ridgways world wide client base includes Paramount, Discovery, ESPN, NewsCorp, Fuji Japan, Hong Kong Cable, ORT Russia, STAR Asia, RTL Germany, MediaCorp Singapore, and SKY U.K..
Ridgway teaches media branding at UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, the International Film School in Germany and has established endowed scholarships at Arizona State University and Otis College of Art and Design. He is also a member of the Board at California State University Foundation at Channel Islands.
Paul Siegel has over twenty-five years of hands-on-experience in multiple sectors of the entertainment industry. His in-depth knowledge and experience in both domestic and international television program distribution has made him a key decision maker for television programming to cable networks and over-the-air television stations worldwide. His experience in distributing and producing childrens programming both animation and live action has assisted many of his clients in developing and managing many animation projects for television, home video and theatrical distribution. Pauls companies produced and distributed many animated movies and childrens TV shows such as the three (3) animated Care Bear Movies (I, I and III), the award winning animated specials, Our Miss Liberty and My Little Toaster, and the animated TV series M.A.S.K., Inspector Gadget, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Police Academy, Heathcliff, Real Ghostbusters, Popples, Strawberry Shortcake, Get Along Gang, He-Man and Masters of Universe, Superfriends, and Teddy Ruxpin and the live action TV series and movies Adventures of Merlin, Tarzan Epic Adventures and Super Samarai Syber Squad. He also helped MGM introduce new episodes of Fame; distributed Tales From The Dark Side, the half hour anthology TV series and develop and distribute new episodes of Baywatch among then many other series and movies for worldwide TV.
Philippe Taïeb is a consultant with 25 years of experience, split between the corporate world and the social sector. The two main areas of his consulting practice are Social / Impact Investing and Capacity Building. He works on behalf of investors, social enterprises, corporations, and grant-makers and helps to design or improve hybrid business models and innovative financial mechanisms aimed at generating social and environmental value. He also helps individuals, teams, and organizations to build their capacity, especially in the areas of strategy, effectiveness, and leadership development. Philippe is a Coach as well, working with teams and executives from all industries. At Harvard Business School, he provides career counseling to MBA students and coaches senior managers participating in Executive Education programs. In the corporate world, Philippe was a consultant at Braxton Associates, a strategy consulting firm, in Europe, before leading business units for Swiss multinational company SGS in Senegal, Haiti, and Chile. In the social sector, he spent 5 years at The Nature Conservancy where he worked on its global scaling strategy and expansion into Africa and initiated partnerships with European cooperation agencies, and then became the Director of International Operations at City Year, a youth service organization. He also managed the marketing and operations of School Aid, a development and public health program in Mali part of Doctors of the World. Philippe holds a Master’s degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP), one of Frances top business schools, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Linda Thor
Dr. Linda M. Thor is chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, serving the Silicon Valley of California. A nationally recognized innovator in education, before joining FHDA in February, 2010, Dr. Thor served for nearly 20 years as president of Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, a college known for serving working adults through online learning and worksite training. Prior to becoming Rio Salados president in 1990, Dr. Thor was president of West Los Angeles College in Culver City, California. Active at the national level, she serves on the boards of the League for Innovation in the Community College, the executive council of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), the Commission on Lifelong Learning for the American Council of Education, and the board of the Community College Baccalaureate Association. In 2010 she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Committee on Measures of Student Success. In California she serves on the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board, NOVA Workforce Board, and Peninsula Clergy Network Community Advisory Board. Dr. Thor holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Pepperdine University, a master of public administration degree from California State UniversityLos Angeles and a doctor of education degree in community college administration from Pepperdine University.