Our Speakers

MARILYN ALEXANDER consults to senior executives on brand strategy and development, process, organization, and revenue growth opportunities. She has more than 30 years experience in finance, marketing, brand management, and strategic planning, along with significant board experience.
Ms. Alexander serves on the boards of DCT Industrial, a real estate investment trust headquartered in Denver, CO, and Torchmark Corporation, an insurance holding company headquartered in McKinney, TX. At Chapman University, she is a member of the Board of Governors and the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Alexander’s first board position was with Equity Office Properties (EOP) which was acquired by Blackstone in a $39M transaction – the largest real estate transaction in the U.S. at the time.
Previously, Ms. Alexander was Senior Vice President and CFO of the Disneyland Resort in California. Before this, she served as Vice President of Destination Marketing and Brand Management for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Earlier, she was Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis at Marriott Corporation where she directed major financial and strategic planning processes for the company. After earning an MBA, she was a management consultant with Cresap, a division of Tower Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).
Ms. Alexander earned an AB degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania.

MARILYN ALEXANDER

NITI BASHAMBU is Chief Analytics Officer for IAC Applications where she leads a global data science, analytics, and business intelligence team. Working at the intersection of data, product, and marketing for over 15+ years, Niti has been instrumental in creating scalable data-driven strategies to achieve sustainable growth for IAC’s most profitable division growing it from $50M to $500M+ in annual revenue.

In her previous position, Niti was Senior Vice President for Search for IAC Applications, where she drove double-digit revenue growth by combining data-driven innovation with a sharp focus on user experience, to create search products that engage and delight customers.

Niti was named a Women Worth Watching by the Profiles in Diversity Journal and was also awarded the Stevie Award for Women in Business. 

NITI BASHAMBU

NEEL is a talent-focused executive with over 20 years in consulting and operating roles. He is a professional speaker, organizational consultant, and thought leader on the topics of executive hiring and talent development. Over the past two years, Neel has delivered over 100 human-capital related keynotes and trainings across 4 continents, comprising over 1,500 attendees. Audiences include senior company executives, investors, and industry talent professionals.
Most recently, Neel was the Managing Partner of Green Peak, a premier Private Equity-focused talent advisory firm. Over his 9-year tenure, he served as a key advisor for over half of the top 25 Private Equity funds in the U.S., including KKR, Hellman & Friedman, TA Associates, TPG, and Madison Dearborn Partners. Prior to Green Peak, Neel worked with the Boston Consulting Group, spent several years leading startups and held positions at Intel, IBM, and Deloitte Consulting.
Neel holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

NEEL BHATIA

JOSÉ BLANCO is a Managing Partner at CVF Capital Partners and brings over 30 years of investment experience to the firm. Before co-founding the firm in 2005, Mr. Blanco served as a Regional Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at AIG Investment  Corporation (AIG), where he supervised direct investments in a variety of industries including manufacturing, logistics, distribution, business services, and financial services.

Following his tenure at AIG he served as the CFO for a NASDAQ listed company. This experience allows Mr. Blanco to combine his tenure as an investment officer with his operating experience as a CFO to assist companies execute on their business plans and build value for all stakeholders.

At CVF Capital Partners, Mr. Blanco has led investments in healthcare, manufacturing, recycling, aerospace, logistics, business  services and telecom throughout the Western U.S. He currently sits on the boards of Pioneer Recycling Services, Precision Machine & Manufacturing, Utility Telecom, ComAv and Off-Spec Solutions where he has teamed up with owners and founders to build value

for all stakeholders..

Mr. Blanco earned a PhD in Economics from Utah State University, an M.S. from the University of Utah, an M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. from Saint Michael’s College.

JOSÉ BLANCO

MICHAEL J. BUSH has served on over 10 Boards of Directors. These include NTN Buzztime, Inc., 3 Day Blinds, Inc., Anchor Blue Retail Group, Bally International AG., Movado Group, Inc., and Marwais Steel Corporation. Michael began his career at Bain & Company in San Francisco.

In 2013 he was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Ross Stores, Inc, a Fortune 500 corporation and Armenta, a luxury jewelry brand. He also serves as co-Chair of the Board of TechnoServe, a global not-for-profit economic development agency and the Board of the Brain Injury Association of America.
Michael is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

MICHAEL BUSH

Ameriway Inc. has been founded since 1987 focusing on investing in cross-border trades and technology innovation in Northern California. Iris has keen interest in technology and innovation especially in mobile technology, information technology and life science. She has also since March 2015, taken on a Chief Operating Officer role in More Health Inc., a global virtual clinic and healthcare center headquartered in Silicon Valley in United States.
IRIS CHAN has been a partner of The Angels Forum since 2010; and since June 2017 has joined Mighty Capital as a senior partner. The Angels Forum (“TAF”) founded in 1997, has been investing in; mentoring and advising Silicon Valley
startups from the earliest stages all the way through a meaningful exit. It is adiverse group of 25 high-net-worth private investors, all of whom have been CEO’s founders or senior executives of successful entrepreneurial ventures. Its
focus is on early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors. Investments are limited to companies headquartered within 50 miles of Silicon Valley, CA. As a result, our resources are close by when entrepreneurs need them most.

IRIS CHAN

ERIC COLSON is the Chief Algorithms Officer at Stitch Fix, leading a team of 85 plus Data Scientists. He is responsible for the multitude of algorithms that are pervasive to nearly every function of the company: merchandise, inventory, marketing, forecasting & demand, operations, and the styling recommender system.

Prior to joining Stitch Fix, he was the Vice President of Data Science & Engineering at Netflix. Eric holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.S. in Information Systems, M.S. in Management Science & Engineering. 

ERIC COLSON

RICHARD FIREHAMMER, JR. is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ:UEIC), a global leader in wireless control technology for the connected home. Mr. Firehammer’s success is built on implementing sound corporate governance principles that  reinforce responsible business practices, while encouraging corporate citizenship and company integrity.

During his tenure, he has been instrumental in repositioning UEI from a once retail-oriented company to the industry leading technology provider by refocusing UEI to its core competencies, namely a technology-based company that designs, develops and delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems.

Mr. Firehammer plays an integral role by providing legal and business counsel to the Board of Directors, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, and all other members of UEI’s executive, senior and non-senior management teams and participates actively in the development and

implementation of UEI’s global business strategies, including establishing new businesses in Brazil, Hong Kong, China, and Mexico. Today, UEI customers include a broad spectrum of Fortune 100s in the global entertainment control and smart home markets, employing more than 10,000 individuals worldwide.

Mr. Firehammer earned a JD, cum laude, from Whittier College School of Law, a BS in Accounting from Indiana University, and holds credentials as a Certified Public Accountant. He remains current on legal, business, and governance issues and participates as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals,

the American Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

RICHARD FIREHAMMER JR

SHARON GARRETT has served in executive positions for both large, established firms and for startup and privately-held companies. Currently, she provides management advisory services, primarily to private equity companies, on acquisitions, divestitures, and process improvements. Ms. Garrett has served as EVP of American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance company and as EVP of PacifiCare Health Systems. Ms. Garrett has provided executive management expertise to companies in various industries, includingtechnology, insurance, real estate, healthcare and online education. 
Ms. Garrett served as CIO of Disney from 1989 to 2000, where she was responsible for domestic and international information technology operations. Prior to Disney, she served as Deputy Director of the UCLA Medical Center and as Chief Operating Officer of a $600 million multinational biotechnology company. She has held positions as a software designer and business process engineer. 

Ms.GarrettholdsaPhD, Masters, and Bachelor’s degree, all from UCLA. She serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Ross Stores.

SHARON GARRETT

AARON GETTE is a proven thought leader and influential IT professional with over 20 years of experience. Aaron has worked with Startups and Fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area, delivering CIO and CTO level leadership.

Aaron’s ability to build and manage high functioning teams has led to the successful growth of companies, converting traditional IT infrastructure into revenue generating powerhouses. 

AARON GETTE

MARK GOLDSTON Mark Goldston is currently the Chairman and CEO of The Goldston Group in Los Angeles, California, which is a firm primarily focused on venture capital and emerging growth company.
He is the majority owner, General Partner and patented inventor of Athletic Propulsion Labs, LLC, an athletic footwear and apparel company. He is also the Executive Chairman and a major investor in Pulse Health, LLC, a leader in the
emerging field of non-invasive, exhaled breath measurement as the new frontier in disease diagnosis.

He is a Board Member, investor and patented inventor in TuneGo, a subscription network dedicated to connecting the world’s music artists with producers, labels, talent management and fans He is also a Strategic Adviser and investor of Fresh Brothers, a premium, fresh ingredient, no preservative pizza chain located in Southern California.
He is a Strategic Adviser, major investor and patented inventor in Vyng, Inc., creators of the app providing video ringtones and video contextual texting on mobile phones. Mr. Goldston is also the major investor, co-founder and co-inventor of the PO2 Posture, Fitness and Breathing Enhancement System. Mark is a Founding Member of the National Football League Los Angeles Chargers Chairman’s Advisory Board.
He received an undergraduate B.S.B.A (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) degree from Ohio State with a dual major in Marketing and Finance and received his MM (MBA) from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with a dual major in Marketing and Finance.

MARK GOLDSTON

KRISTIE GOSHOW is charged with driving the success of global marketing programs for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the broader travel and hospitality industry, Kristie is a proud business leader with the child-like curiosity required to successfully stand above the noise and deliver the unique, individual stories of more than 700 independent hotels across 85 countries.
Since 2003, Kristie has been an active voice and participant on several industry associations and boards, including HEDNA, HSMAI, and HTNG, and has served as a board advisor to a number of start-up ventures including her current engagement with suiteness.com. Additionally, she is an acting member of the Customer Advisory Board for Marketo, an Adobe Company.
Kristie holds an honors degree in Tourism Management from the University of North London and graduated with two separate awards for her academic performance and work. She is based in Redondo Beach, California.

KRISTIE GOSHOW

GEOFF has a broad functional background in large corporations having served in senior positions in Corporate Strategy, Sales and Marketing, and Manufacturing Management. He learned world class operating processes with corporations like
GE, Tenneco, and Silgan. His involvement in corporate boards started when he sold American Business Products, a $500MM publicly traded business at a 70% premium to market.
In Private Equity, Geoff served as CEO of Levlad, a manufacturer of Natural Beauty products and drove an operational turnaround which included recruiting a new management team, , a a ERP system, and diversifying the customer base. Since 2008, he has applied his leadership skills as an Operating Partner for Oaktree Capital and Corridor Capital.
Geoff graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Engineering and Economics and has an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Operations from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

GEOFF GRUELICH

DAWN HAGHIGHI, is General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance Officer for PCV Murcor Real Estate Services. Her career encompasses senior management positions with responsibility for matters at several multi-national corporations, including Assistant General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Princess Cruises, General Counsel for the Illinois Division of Charter One Bank (RBS), and Employment Counsel for Nordstrom, Inc.
She is a frequent lecturer before corporate boards, foundations andprofessional organizations around the world and is active in a number of international, public policy, and not for profit organizations. In recent years, she was selected as a participant to the U.S./China Economic & Trade Cooperation Forum welcoming then PRC Vice President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles, as a delegate to the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, as a member of the United States delegation to the Enhancing the Middle East’s Economic Future IV Forum Doha, Qatar, as a speaker at the First Sino- American Women’s Conference Beijing, China, as an invited participant to the RAND China Reform Forum Beijing, China, a participant at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, a presenter to the Supreme People’s Court Mediation and Arbitration Congress in Beijing and Shanghai, China and as a delegate to several HKTDC Business Forums in Honk Kong, SAR.
Ms. Haghighi also attended the White House Welcome Ceremony for the PRC Premier Wen Jibao. Ms. Haghighi has received many professional awards including ACC Committee Member of the Year, ACC Advocacy Award, the Los Angeles Business Journal In-House Counsel Awards (Finalist), the Alston & Bird Women of Distinction Award, the ACC Member of the Year Award and the Association of Media and Entertainment Honoree.

DAWN HAGHIGHI

LISA HARRINGTON is a senior-level legal and business executive with experience within Fortune 100 and start-up companies in technology, media, commerce, aviation, hospitality, fashion, apparel,and entertainment, both domestically and internationally. Ms. Harrington is the former General Counsel of ASICS America, Surf Air and Big Air Studios and the Associate General Counsel for NBCUniversal-Digital.
Lisa is recognized by business partners and direct reports for her collaborative work style, high caliber work quality, and dynamic leadership skills. Lisa has received recognition and many awards for her outstanding performance and leadership in the legal community. Lisa has been featured in multiple publications and is a frequent speaker and panelist.

LISA HARRINGTON

BONNIE HILL is co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company based in Los Angeles. She has over 26 years’ experience serving on twelve different corporate boards and a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy.

Dr. Hill currently serves on the board of directors of Banc of California and the Rand  Corporation. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Millstein Center at Columbia Law School, and the advisory board of the “Boards that Lead” Program at the Wharton Executive Education Program. Recent board service includes: California Water Service Group (2003-2017); Yum! Brands, Inc. (2003-2015), The Home Depot (1999-2014, serving as lead director 2008-2014), and AK Steel Holding Corp. (1994-2014). She is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program and a founding member of the Lead Directors Network. Her community involvement includes service on the boards of the Jenesse Center, NAWBO-LA Advisory Board (Natl,Assn.of Women  Bus.Owners); W2020, and Providence Saint Joseph Foundation. Dr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, a Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

BONNIE HILL

JEREMY R. HOLLAND is a Managing Partner at The Riverside Company, leading the Origination team across the various unds/strategies in North America. Jeremy joined the Riverside in 2010, when they recruited him to switch from executing deals to focusing on originating new investment opportunities in the Western US & Canada. He has more than 20 years of private equity experience, closing deals  across a range of industries and throughout the capital structure. He began his private equity career with Buttonwood Capital Group immediately after completing his undergraduate studies. Jeremy earned a B.S. degree in Finance from California State University Northridge. The Riverside Company is one of the largest and oldest global private equity firms focused on the lower end of the middle market. Riverside has more than $8 billion in regulatory assets under management. The firm makes  control in premier companies with enterprise values of less than $400 million, and partners with strong management teams to build these companies through acquisitions and value-added growth. Additionally, Riverside has a dedicated non-control investment fund which has the flexibility to invest in larger companies as well. Since 1988, the firm has invested in more than 300 transactions with a total enterprise value exceeding $20 billion. They currently oversee a portfolio of 75+ companies in North America, Europe, and Asia with total aggregate sales $5 billion and more than 18,000 employees. The firm’s specializations include: healthcare, education & raining, software, manufacturing, tech-enabled business services and consumer. More information on The Riverside Company can be found at www.riversidecompany.com .

JEREMY R. HOLLAND

JULIE CAVANNA-JERBIC is a chief operations executive, qualified financial expert, business advisor, and member of several boards. A former C-level executive management and program leader at Hewlett-Packard, Julie directed top-level,
high profile initiatives in Finance, Sales Account Management, and IT. These initiatives led to organizational transformations, financial integrations, and go-tomarket turnarounds at this Fortune 50 company enabling top line growth of 7% and over $1.7B of efficiency. As the Managing Director of Iron Butterfly LLC, she currently advises leadership teams on effectively managing transactions and business disruptions. Julie is known for her expertise in technology-based businesses including SaaS, Cloud, Data Analytics, AI, and Professional Services. She continues to share her knowledge nationally by offering workshops on The Pragmatic and Strategic CFO, allowing professionals to develop skills to manage across the enterprise and function at the COO level with a focus on increasing shareholder value.

As a former GM, CFO, and CIO, Julie is currently a Board Member of the supervisory & Audit Committee of First Tech Federal with $12B of assets under management. Julie is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Morrissey Compton, a non-profit corporation assisting children with learning differences. Most recently, she completed her service on the Board of LotLinx as Audit Committee Chair and Compensation Committee member.

JULIE CAVANNA JERBIC

LELAND JONES joined Endeavour in 2000 in Portland and later opened the Firm’s Los Angeles office in 2006. Over the years Leland has worked with companies in transportation and logistics, business services, specialty retail, and the insurance and financial services industries. Leland currently serves on the boards of Berkeley Research Group, K2 Insurance Services, Triton/ Seaview Surety Holdings, LLC, Port Logistics Group, and Impact Fulfillment Services. Prior to Endeavour, Leland was a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s consulting practice in San Francisco where he worked on corporate turnaround assignments, reorganizations, and mergers and acquisition due diligence and integration projects. Prior to that, Leland worked in Coopers & Lybrand’s accounting practice. Leland received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. from University of California, Davis. In addition to his roles at Endeavour, Leland is on the board of the South Pasadena Education Foundation and is a member of the

Pasadena chapter of YPO. Leland grew up in the Bay Area and now lives with his wife and two sons in South Pasadena, California.

LELAND JONES

MILIND KAMKOLKAR is the CDO of Sanofi, a company focused on empowering lives through human health. Milind’s focus is driving and transforming Sanofi from a data generation organization to an insights generating organization where data is a monetizable asset class on par with product and shareholder value.

Milind joined Sanofi from a career spanning big pharma (Novartis), big and boutique consulting (Cognizant and PA Consulting), and numerous technology and software startup companies focused on health,technology and data mining blending insights and approaches across industries to solve complex human health problems at scale.

Milind is a featured speaker and thought leader in Digital Health, AI & Big Data. 

MILIND KAMKOLKAR

JANET KERR is Vice Chancellor of Pepperdine University and Professor Emeritus of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law where she taught for 30 years. Janet founded and was Executive Director of the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, was the first professor to hold the Laure Sudreau Endowed Chair, and served as Associate Dean of the law School from 1987-1990.

Janet sits on the board of directors of four public companies: Fidelity National Financial, La-Z-Boy, Inc, Tilly’s, Inc, and AppFolio. She serves as Chairperson of Tilly’s and AppFolio’s Corporate Governance/Nominating Committees.

She is also currently Of Counsel to Nave & Cortell. Additionally, Janet is CEO of Kerr Strategic Consulting, providing expertise in startup counseling and financing, corporate organization and governance, and strategic relationships. Janet developed several successful technology companies, including X-Labs, co-founded with HRL Laboratories, and Exemplify, Inc.

JANET KERR

RENEÉ LABRAN is an active investor, advisor and board director, with 25+ years of operating, strategic, and financial experience. She is currently serves on the boards of Sambazon, Inc., the leading acai products company, Idealab in Pasadena, the longest running technology incubator, and TomboyX, a growth stage apparel company. Additionally, she is Governor Brown’s appointee to the Board of Trustees for the California State Bar (which licenses and regulates attorneys), as a nonattorney public member. Ms. LaBran is particularly focused on helping companies navigate industry change and disruption – both the disruptor and the disrupted.
Ms. LaBran was a founding partner of two funds, Rustic Canyon/ Fontis Partners and Rustic Canyon Partners, where she invested in early stage technology companies and consumer goods. She served as Board Director and advisor to many portfolio companies, as well as managing the internal operations of the funds. Currently, in addition to her board activities, she is an angel investor and advisor to early and growth stage companies on strategic and financial issues.
Prior to Rustic Canyon and RC/Fontis, Ms. LaBran held a variety of executive positions with the Los Angeles Times/Times Mirror, managing revenues in excess of $300 million and more than 200 employees. She was also a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CareerPath.com (now CareerBuilder), and a co-founder of Classified Ventures. Prior to Times Mirror, Ms. LaBran was a management consultant with the Monitor Company in the United States and Europe and managed its Los Angeles office. Ms. LaBran graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned an M.B.A. with honors from the Harvard Business School.

RENÉE LABRAN

CATHY LANGDRIDGE is a Finance Executive with 25+ years of experience at companies inclusive of Levi Strauss, Sephora, and Stitch Fix. Her focus has been on advancing businesses to higher levels of performance by balancing growth initiatives and investments, with profitability.

While mostly active in Finance, Cathy has held various operational roles providing visibility into the day-to-day workings of organizations to link operational and financial goals of the businesses together. At Stitch Fix, Cathy partnered closely with the Algorithms/Data Scientist teams to provide a connection between the data and the business financials.

For the past 10 years, Cathy has been a Board Member/Advisory Committee/ Treasurer of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific - an organization focused on advancing science literacy through astronomy. 

CATHY LANGRIDGE

LORI LYONS-WILLIAMS is a proven Chief Commercial Officer with a strong track record of strategic and commercial success across biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device markets, from prescription drugs to buy-and-bill and cash-pay products. In addition to full P&L responsibility in competitive markets, she has authored strategy and guided teams through both R&D Pipeline advancement and business development deals.

 As one of seven corporate officers on the executive team in her current role as Chief Commercial Officer of Dermira, a publicly traded biotech focused on medical dermatology, Lori is actively engaged in Investor Relations, including regularly presenting on quarterly calls and at the podium at roadshows and investor conferences. As the strategic, financial, and operational leader of the portfolio, she regularly interacts with the Dermira Board of Directors and co-leads the Patient Value and Commercialization Committee. Over the course of her tenure, she has grown the commercial team from 5 employees to nearly 200 to meet significantly expanded demand for Dermira’s lead asset, QBREXZA®, which launched in October 2018 and is estimated to generate $500 to $600 million in peak year sales. She has broad experience with equity, convertible, and traditional debt financing transactions, and guided a small Dermira executive team through the company’s largest transaction to date, i.e., a $1-billion deal with Roche-Genentech to acquire worldwide rights to lebrikizumab, a biologic under development for atopic dermatitis. The company has not provided specific guidance but expects lebrikizumab to be a blockbuster when it reaches peak sales.

LORI LYONS-WILLIAMS

LINDA MAYER recently served as President / CEO of a $750m international manufacturing company and has served on boards and committees of privately held companies and non-profit organizations. She is a certified SEC financial expert with a Wharton MBA. Linda rose through successive leadership roles in global companies with functional expertise in finance, strategy, marketing and product development. Linda currently serves on boards, and additionally specializes in executive coaching, interim CEO roles and strategic consulting.

Since 1989, Linda has served on 14 Boards both private and not for profit organizations. Her first role as an independent Director was with MTD, a $2b family owned manufacturer of lawn care equipment. She also served as a Board
member of PortTech LA, an incubator for technology start-ups; Connor Sport Court International, a $60m private equity portfolio company; and Ann Sacks Tile and Stone, a division of The Kohler Company. In her role as President/CEO, Linda managed multiple boards of distinct business units.
Ms. Mayer’s career began as an International Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelors degree from Stanford University.

LINDA MAYER

BRENDA MCCABE has over 25 years’ experience in senior operating roles in domestic and international markets in VP positions in Sales, Operations, Business development in pharmaceuticals; clean technology and retail and consulting with McKinsey & Company. Since 2012 she has served as an Independent Board Director on for profit Boards in the US and Spain. She is a NACD Governance Fellow. Over the last eight years she has worked in regulated industries – healthcare technology and energy. Multicultural experience and total fluency in Spanish having lived and worked in Spain, Italy and US. From her own firm, she provides advisory and consulting services for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of technology.

Brenda’s board experience includes Audit, Nominating & Compensation Committees and Compliance:

  • Natraceutical S.A. (Ticker: NTC, RJF post-merger); Pharmaceuticals

  • SolidQ LLC: employee owned Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Data Management

  • Lug Healthcare Technology S.L.; Private Equity backed hospital pharmacysoftware company

  • Jubel, LLC: a healthcare platform in maternal health

MBA from University of Chicago Booth and B.S. Business Administration and B.A. Spanish from Berea College.
She resides in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

BRENDA MCCABE

DR. MARINA MESIN-ZAGAR is the Associate Director and a Global Sector Lead at USC Marshall’s Graduate Programs were she mostly focuses on corporate relations in the finance industry. Dr. Mesin-Zagar joined USC Marshall as a Visiting Scholar and subsequently was the Director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit. Prior to joining USC, she was the Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb, where she taught classes in strategic management, corporate governance and business strategy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Mesin-Zagar is a corporate governance scholar with expertise in corporate governance of EU and transitional economies. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection between corporate governance, organizational behavior and finance. She is the founding member of the Croatian Institute of Directors, where she served as the first female presidentand is currently a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Dr. Mesin-Zagar is also a member of the Education Committee of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations.

MARINA MESIN-ZAGAR

SC MOATTI is a Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur & visionary.
She is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo).
An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on investing and innovation at prestigious conferences globally, including the Mobile World Congress, the SuperReturn Conference, and the Commonwealth Club; and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering.
Andrew Chen, one of Uber’s top executives, called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.”

SC MOATTI

VIVEK MOHTA is a Managing Director at Manifold, an AI engineering services firm that works with leading companies to accelerate AI and data roadmaps.

As Managing Director of Client Solutions, Vivek is responsible for creating opportunities to collaborate with clients and partners that leverage Manifold’s exceptional team of machine learning and data engineers. Vivek began his career in particle physics research. He has since held leadership roles in innovation and data-driven decision-making across a range of domains—including a Massachusetts public investment fund in energy technology; an energy technology industry consortium; and technical advisor to a member of Congress and to the Executive Office of the President.

Vivek is passionate about inventing the future by bringing together great people. He earned aPh.D. from Harvard in Mathematics and two BS degrees from MIT in Mathematics and in Physics.

 

VIVEK MOHTA

As Vice President of Global Security for Herbalife, Jana JANA MONROE is responsible for all security functions throughout the company, including Executive Protection, Physical Security, Chair of the Cybersecurity Steering Team, Event Security, Employee and Property Security, Investigations, Business Continuity and Incident Response.

Jana joined Herbalife from the multi-billion-dollar electric utility company, Southern California Edison Company (SCE), where she served as the Chief Security Officer charged with transforming security services for SCE, a major part of the key national infrastructure. Business Resiliency was her responsibility, including the creation and management of SCE’s Emergency Operation’s Center; Threat

Management Program; Information Asset Security; Intelligence and Risk Analysis; Compliance, Investigations; and Executive Protection. Jana also assumed a leadership role in developing external partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement, in addition to forging public/private alliances with security entities in all facets of private industry.

Before entering the corporate arena, Jana had a distinguished 22-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She held a variety of increasingly responsible field investigative and operational roles, and executive leadership roles across the U.S., including five plus years as a “Criminal Profiler” at Quantico, VA. She was the first female profiler in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, the unit portrayed in the TV show “Criminal Minds” and she advised Jodie Foster in her role as Clarisse Starling in the movie “Silence Of the Lambs”. Her career culminated with Jana pioneering as one of few women in the FBI Executive Leadership ranks. She served as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in Los Angeles, California, and Phoenix, Arizona two of the largest FBI field offices in the U.S.; and was the first Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division, based in Washington D.C.

JANA MONROE

DR. ALFRED E. OSBORNE JR. Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Global Economics, management and Entrepreneurship at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and Faculty Director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum, Inc., Wedbush, Inc., and the First Pacific Advisors (FPA) Family of mutual funds. His non-profit affiliations include serving as Chair and Trustee of Fidelity Charitable, a trustee of Harvard-Westlake School and a director or the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.
He has served many years on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., among others. He has served as an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and directed studies at the SEC that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike.

Osborne was educated at Stanford University where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, and MBA in Finance, and MS in Economics and aPh.D in Business Economics.

DR. ALFRED OSBORNE

HOSHI PRINTER has more than four decades of impressive board, general and financial management experience spanning a wide range of industries. His expertise includes board roles especially in audit committees, dealing with Wall Street, capital raising, improving operational effectiveness, and restructuring organizations. He serves on the boards of one public company and three private companies and is the Chair of Audit Committee on all four boards. Printer has served as CFO for ten technology companies in sectors that include the Internet, ecommerce, software, storage, and  biosciences. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and Vice Chair of the Stanford Business School O.C. Alumni Association. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran.

HOSHI PRINTER

JOANNA REES is the Managing Partner at West, a venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building, and investing in purpose-driven brands. West invests in bold ideas and transforms visionary companies into category leaders including Twitter, Square, Impossible Foods, Prelude Fertility, Chegg and Go Fund Me to name a few.
Joanna currently serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), Tentrr, Prelude Fertility, Mursion, and Boon Supply. Joanna previously served on the public company board of Care.com (NYSE: CARE) and Leapfrog (NYSE: LEAP). Joanna is also a Senior Advisor of the B Team (www.bteam.org). Previously, Joanna led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011.
Joanna was the founder of VSP Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies combining technical innovation with market development. Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venturebacked companies across a broad range of industries including Danger Inc, Sabrix, Quinstreet, Stonyfield Farms, Account Now, Mirra, Posit Science, and Post Communications. She also served on the Board of the National Venture
Capital Association and the Coppola Companies.

JOANNA REES

FREDDIE REISS retired from his role as Senior Managing Director in the FTI Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice in 2013. Mr. Reiss has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning, cash management, liquidation analysis, covenant negotiations, forensic accounting and valuation. He specializes in advising on bankruptcies, reorganizations, business restructuring and providing expert witness testimony for underperforming companies. He has also acted as interim management, a fiduciary and chief restructuring officer and trustee.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Reiss was a partner and west region leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he co-founded the Business Restructuring Services Practice. Mr. Reiss holds an M.B.A. from City University of New York’s Baruch College and a B.B.A. from City College of New York’s Bernard Baruch School of Business. Mr. Reiss is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has completed the Director Education and Certification Program at the John E. Anderson  School of Management at UCLA.

FREDDIE REISS

BRUCE is a senior finance and operational executive that has led business operations for companies across a multitude of industries. His expertise spans venture capital,private equity and publicly traded companies where he has led the IPO process. With a strong background in public-offerings, start-ups, turnaround and rapid growth situations, Bruce has managed complete financial operations using industry best practices around systems automation and has directed major national and international financial and marketing programs as well as overseen multimilliondollar production and distribution operations.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Public Accounting Certifications. Most recently Bruce was the EVP/CFO for Robbins Bros. Jewelry, Inc., and prior that he held the EVP/CFO role for both Show Pavilion and Guitar Center.

BRUCE ROSS

Famous for creating one of California’s top destinations for satisfying the sweet tooth, Susan is a twenty-five-year veteran of the hospitality industry. Upon graduation from Cornell University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, she spent five years in event planning and catering at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts throughout the county. She then lent her talents to the sales and catering departments of a variety of renowned hospitality groups, including the esteemed Mobil 5-Star/AAA 5-Diamond Everest restaurant in Chicago and Ian Schrager’s Clift Hotel in San Francisco.
Although she enjoyed the restaurant business, Susan reminisced about baking alongside her grandmothers. She craved home-style, American treats made from scratch, with real ingredients, which had largely been replaced by the processed desserts found at most grocery stores. Combining her business savvy with the treasured 3”x 5” recipe cards passed down from her grandmothers Mildred and Madeline, she opened SusieCakes in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles in 2006. Serving up everything from classic layer cakes to moist, decadent cupcakes to seasonal fruit pies, SusieCakes’ delicious desserts and old-fashioned atmosphere quickly became a neighborhood favorite. Demand for the trademark home-baked taste has expanded beyond Southern California to include Northern California and Texas.
Susan is the proud recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year ™ Award in the Hospitality category in Greater Los Angeles as well as the Junior League of Los Angeles Community Achievement Award. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Restaurant Association.

SUSAN SARICH

AMY SCHIOLDAGER retired in January 2017 from BlackRock after more than 25 years as Senior Managing Director and Head of the Index Equity business. In that role, she managed $2.5 trillion in assets and $3.5 billion in revenue. Amy was responsible for managing all aspects of the evolving Global Index equity business: overseeing investment portfolios, managing the operating and investment risk across a global platform, advancing technology solutions and managing client relationships across multiple client segments. Her team included 160 portfolio managers, research analysts &  strategists across 7 countries. Additionally, she sat on the Global Executive Committee, the most senior governing body at BlackRock and was Vice-Chair for BlackRock’s Corporate Governance Committee Amy founded the Women’s Network (WIN), the first employee affinity group, at BlackRock in 2006. Since  leaving the corporate executive world, Amy has built a portfolio career sitting on public/private and non-profit boards. She serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of American International Group (AIG) a NYSE Fortune 100 company, Intermediate Capital Group, a London based public specialty asset manager, Boardspan, an early stage start-up in San Francisco and Aperio, a private asset manager in Sausalito. Amy does non-profit work centered around advancing women and girls and speaks on topics to further empower women. Amy earned her a BSc degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.

AMY SCHIOLDAGER

JANICE SEARS is Independent Director of Essex Property Trust. She is also Independent Director of Invitation Homes, and is current Independent Director and former Board Chair of The Swig Company. She is Past Independent Director of BioMed Realty Trust until its sale to Blackstone Real Estate in January 2016. Janice acts as Advisor and nominated Independent Director to HELIX RE, a real estate software start-up funded by DFJ, Google Ventures and the Government of Singapore, Independent Advisor to the Audit Committee of the San Francisco Art Institute, and Director of QUALIC, the real estate arm of Compass Family Services.Previously, Janice held the position of Managing Director, Western Region Head in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She was also the San Francisco Market President. Janice managed the origination and execution of all Equity, M&A and Debt Products for the Western Region. As Market President, she managed a 30+ person LeadershipTeam across industry groups and product lines to deepen relationships with the non-profit community and local government, deploying $4 million annually to San Francisco based philanthropies.Prior to 1999, Janice was Head of Client Management for BofA’s Commercial Real Estate Group in California, overseeing relationships with REIT’s, Homebuilders and Fund Investors. Prior to 1988, she was Real Estate Economist at both Chemical Bank and Citicorp in New York.

JANICE L. SEARS

LARRAINE SEGIL is a serial entrepreneur who has been CEO of companies in aerospace, healthcare, financial and professional services. She is an expert in leadership, conflict resolution and creating, implementing and managing complex business alliances
She served on the Board of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR), ( 2005-2017), now on Vanir Construction Management, & Kandela, (Chairman).

Larraine authored 6 business books, 1 novel, 2 cookbooks. She founded, and in 2007, sold her shares in Strategic Alliances Consultancy, Vantage Partners. She created 3 endowments to mentor women, Larraine Segil Scholars and chairs the Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation mentoring business women. She served on the Board of the WHO, UCLA School of Management Entrepreneurs’ Board, and Board of Trustees of Southwestern School of Law.
Larraine holds 3 graduate degrees (Classics, JD, MBA), is Adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern and in the Straus Center for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine. Larraine taught Exec Ed in Alliances at Caltech for 24 years. She runs an urban farming company making cheeses & jams

LARRAINE SEGIL

ROBERT SEIDLER is the cofounder of Seidler Equity Partners, LP (“SEP”) and has been an accomplished private equity investor for over 25 years. The idea behind SEP was to build a firm that partnered with very successful business owners to navigate aggressive growth without the constraints of high leverage, outside control, management fees and artificial short-term investment windows, that are typical of private equity. Robert sits on SEP’s investment committee and shares overall leadership responsibilities for the firm’s activities. SEP invests patient capital into owner operated growth businesses as both a minority or majority partner. Since 1992, SEP has invested in over 40 companies in fields including manufacturing, service, distribution, medical and consumer brands.  Today SEP oversees funds in both the US and Australia and manages over $2 billion in assets. Robert has been active on numerous SEP Boards including LA Fitness, P.A.D.I., Sportsman’s Warehouse, Paragon Medical, Windy City Wire, Solaray, Aden & Anais, Tomah Products and Lodging Enterprises. Robert also sits on non-profit Boards at Villanova University, The Love & Art Children’s Foundation and the RA5 Foundation.

Robert received a B.A from Georgetown University and an MBA from U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management. Prior to business school and founding SEP, Robert traveled the world with a backpack doing odd jobs and trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. That pursuit is ongoing.

ROBERT SEIDLER

CHRISTOBEL SELECKY is a chief executive, entrepreneur and board member with more than 30 years experience in the healthcare industry.

She serves on corporate boards of directors and, through her independent consultancy, Population Health Strategies, helps management teams, companies, and healthcare investors improve patient engagement, population health outcomes, and healthcare cost management. She also previously served on the Boards of Directors of the California and New Mexico HMO Associations; testified before the House Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committees; and was named by “Managed Healthcare Executive” as one of the “Top 25 Disease Management Executives in the Nation” and by “OC Metro Magazine” as one of “Ten Orange County Women Making a Difference.”
Ms. Selecky received a Masters Degree in Public Communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and a B.A. with high honors in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Delaware.

CHRISTOBEL SELECKY

LAURI SHANAHAN has over 25 years of leadership and advisory experience across a number of global, multi-channel, and multi-brand enterprises as well as private, high-growth companies from a diverse array of industries including consumer products, consumer services and hospitality. She currently serves on the board of directors of three public companies: Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK), a $3.7B global,omni-channel footwear, accessories and apparel lifestyle company with a portfolio of well-known brands, Treasury Wine Estates (ASX: TWE), an Australian, $13B vertically-integrated global wine company with a portfolio of over 70 brands; and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the world’s largest amusement park and resort operators with a $3B market cap. Ms. Shanahan serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee for Deckers and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for Cedar Fair, and is a member of TWE’s Compensation Committee. Lauri was previously the Chief Administrative Officer of Gap Inc., a global retailer with $16B in annual revenues, where she spent over 16 years of her career. She served on the Executive Leadership Team and oversaw key strategic, operating and administrative functions serving all brands and business units. Lauri worked closely with Gap Inc.’s founders and Board of Directors,attending all board and committee meetings for over a decade.

LAURI SHANAHAN

ANN SHEPHERD helps accelerate gender diversity on for-profit boards through her work with the new social venture Him For Her.

She also serves on the board of HoneyBook, the financial and business management platform for creative entrepreneurs.
From 2004 until 2014, Ann built and led the marketing team for OpenTable, from pre-profitability through IPO to $2.6B public company.
Ann began her post-graduate career at Apple before moving to a series of progressively smaller startups including pioneering dot-com PointCast. In a consulting capacity, she helped drive customer growth for Amazon, Shutterfly,
Yahoo and others.
Ann earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

ANN SHEPHERD

CATHY STAUFFER's board leadership is backed by broad and deep C-level experience across consumer, technology and retail sectors, with over 30 years of experience driving high growth businesses, navigating through the complex and fast-moving world of changing consumer expectations and behaviors driven by rapid changes in technology. A strategic business leader, lifelong learner and expert in harnessing innovation for business growth, Ms. Staffer is experienced in digital  transformations, integrated commerce and working within highly regulated industries. As a board member Ms. Stauffer is an honest, collaborative partner to boards and management.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Stauffer has served in a variety of operating roles including president, chief merchant and chief marketing officer, acting as a strong steward of the business and building high performance teams leading strong brands in consumer, B2B, retail and direct to consumer businesses.

CATHY STAUFFER

KIRK A. WALDRON, CPA (inactive) is a senior executive having worked in the capacity as CFO/CEO of both public and privately held companies with aggregate enterprise value in excess of $500 million. Until recently, Kirk Waldron had been Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Qual-Pro Corporation. Previously, Mr. Waldron was the CFO of Classic Party Rentals, the largest party and event rental company in the country operating in fourteen states with 2,500 employees. Prior to Classic, Mr. Waldron was CFO and then President for SMTEK International, a publicly traded electronics contract manufacturer. During the last two years of Mr. Waldron’s tenure, SMTEK experienced
a 71% increase in revenue while returning to significant profitability, allowing the company to be sold at over $15.00 per share (a 40x improvement).

Mr. Waldron has a degree in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern California and spent four years in the audit group of Ernst & Young in Los Angeles where he earned his CPA license. Mr. Waldron previously served on the Board of Reptron Electronics, a publicly traded company and also served on the Board of State Fish, Inc, a privately held company. Mr. Waldron currently is a Board member and Audit Committee Chairman of InfoSonics, a $50 million, publicly traded wireless handset international distributor in San Diego.

KIRK A. WALDRON

GRACE is a strategist and former CFO who is passionate about using finance, BI and technology to empower Boards and CEOs to make better decisions. Grace has worked across early stage to late stage companies as a CFO, Head of Strategy, Advisor and Board member. She has worked with seed, venture and PE backed companies and currently is a Mentor and Investor at Techstars and on the Board of Directors at Hyrecar (NASDAQ: HYRE). She is often asked by her venture partners to assist in vetting CFO searches for portfolio companies and working with the CEOs to help them understand the different types of CFOs that are out there and how they fit with the company’s strategy. Prior to that she was a CFO at both JPMorgan in London and Greendot in Pasadena handling everything from international expansion to business development and business intelligence and accounting/finance.

GRACE WANG 

An experienced c-suite executive and board member, WENDY WEBB’s track record includes significant roles in some of the world’s best-known consumer-branded, technology and business services companies.
Currently CEO of Kestrel Advisors, Wendy is an Independent Director on the board of Fortune-500 ABM Industries. Previously, she was an Independent Director on the boards of public companies TiVo and Jack in the Box, and non-profits PetSmart Charities and Smith College.
Wendy’s background includes 20 years as a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, then c-suite positions at Ticketmaster and Tennenbaum Capital. Her early career was in investment banking.
Wendy is an honors graduate of Smith College, with an MBA from Harvard. More recently, she attended Stanford Directors’ College, and has been designated an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She currently serves as Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors LA/OC.

WENDY WEBB

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