Molly Q. Ford is Senior Director of Global Equality Programs at Salesforce, the World’s Most Innovative Company according to Forbes and one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for eight years in a row. In this role, she is responsible for shaping and sharing the company’s core value of Equality and evangelizing the Salesforce culture.
Prior to making her passion for Equality a full-time job, Molly worked on the award-winning Salesforce Public Relations team. With more than 15 years of Public Relations experience, she was responsible for building awareness for Salesforce Service Cloud, the world’s #1 customer service and support solution. Prior to joining Salesforce, she held positions at major technology companies including Cisco, Check Point Software, IBM and UMAX.
Molly holds a B.S. in Public Relations from San Jose State University. She resides in Oakland, CA with her puppy Jackson, the amazing Maltese.
Kevin is the co-founder of Save the Children’s Innovation Accelerator and Director of New Partnership Development, focused on identifying partnerships at the leading edge of our mission for children. Kevin works with technical program teams to identify, refine and disseminate innovative development approaches with a clear social impact. He is instrumental in raising seed funding from private and institutional donors interested in scaling breakthrough approaches to address children’s health, education and livelihood outcomes. During his tenure at Save the Children, Kevin has cultivated a number of notable partnerships with foundation, external affairs, marketing and HR teams at Fortune 500 companies such as Accenture, Mattel, Facebook, Google, P&G, and more.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Kevin worked in business development at the Earthwatch Institute. Kevin also spent a decade working in multiple organizations across advocacy, political organizing and marketing. Kevin graduated as a New England Scholar from The University of Connecticut with degrees in philosophy and political science. Kevin recently completed his MBA, also at UConn, and is a trained mediator. Kevin lives in Monroe, Connecticut with his wife Amanda, his daughter Cecelia and his son Tommy.
Shane Metcalf is a seasoned executive coach and speaker who is obsessed with building healthy organizations, and creating the opportunity for people to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Driven by his deep belief in the potential of our species, Shane co-founded 15Five, industry-leading performance management software that is unlocking the potential of the global workforce. As Chief Culture Officer, Shane understands what fundamentally motivates people, how to architect high performance, and which principles and rituals create “self-organizing cultures”. Along with his co-founder, David Hassell, Shane has developed the Best-Self Management methodology and the HumansNotResources podcast where they explore the art, science, and personal experience of high performance at work and in life. Shane has been featured in XConomy, LingoLive, and the Association for Talent Development. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Jonathan Raymond is the author of Good Authority and the CEO at Refound. Refound is a leadership training firm that designs and delivers accountability skills training programs for high-growth organizations. He’s an experienced CEO and people leader and has worked in tech between performance and empathy. He’s a half-decent barista, a bad-but-enthusiastic surfer, and a proud father of two incredible girls. He lives in Encinitas, California.
Nancy Vitale is the CHRO / Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Genentech and a member of the Genentech Executive Committee. She is responsible for leading the HR team that is dedicated to creating a great place for the organization’s 14,000 employees to do their best work in pursuit of the company’s important mission. Nancy is also a Board Member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America – another mission-driven organization.
Prior to joining Genentech in 2006, Nancy was director of HR for the Gillette North American Commercial Division at Procter & Gamble (P&G) where she was integrally involved in the merger of Gillette and P&G. Prior to P&G, Nancy was vice president of HR for CIGNA’s Group Insurance Division. She has held other senior HR positions in a variety of industries and companies, including Deloitte Consulting, DANKA Office Imaging and the Times Publishing Company.
Nancy is known for her drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that involve complex organizational dynamics. Her life purpose is to “make meaningful connections,” which she explains as being for both people and ideas.
Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University. In 2015, Nancy was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area,” and in 2016 was named to their “Forever Influential” Honor Roll.
Christine Lopez is president of the McKesson Foundation and vice president, Corporate Citizenship. A Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy executive with 13+ years of experience leading corporate citizenship and private foundation initiatives for the nation’s sixth largest company, Christine is passionate about designing and implementing data-driven, impactful, and scalable solutions that meet community, employee, and business needs and objectives.
Allan Swan is leading the Panasonic team at the Gigafactory located in Sparks, NV. He’s supporting the teams by combining servant leadership and Panasonic’s 7 basic business philosophies.
The PENA team is producing the world’s safest, highest quality, best performing Lithium-ion batteries and delivering them to our partner, Tesla.
Previously, Allan was Senior Vice President of Operations for the Defense Sector in the United States at Rolls-Royce. This role was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was responsible for five (5) manufacturing plants, that consist of more than 1,500 employees.
Allan was responsible for the full breadth of manufacturing activities including deploying the Rolls-Royce Production System, High Performance Culture with a focus of
Engagement and Recognition and implementing a large-scale modernization project. He has led teams in North America and Europe to deliver a world-class supply chain that is lean, scalable and the global standard.
Over his career, Allan has worked in purchasing, logistics, operations and corporate strategy roles including roles at Rolls‐Royce, Thyssen Krupp and United Technologies.
Allan is a graduate of Southampton University with a Master’s Degree in Global Supply Chain Management; and also holds a number of Management Diplomas.
Allan lives in Sparks, NV, is married and has three children. In his spare time Allan enjoys traveling, team sports, and studying world history.
Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International, responsible for leadership of the Company’s enterprise-wide Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) policy, business strategy and initiatives, including the Company’s diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and volunteerism programs and its Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department.
Ms. James’ duties as leader of Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department include policy and strategy formulation regarding overall CSR, inclusion and philanthropy initiatives in alignment with the Company’s overarching business objectives; development of critical implementation practices and program execution; collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders; and cultivation of strategic alliances with key constituency groups. She serves as principal management liaison to MGM Resorts International’s Board of Directors CSR Committee, and the Chairman’s Executive CSR Committee. She also functions as key spokesperson for CSR initiatives and Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department. Beyond her CSR activities Ms. James is a director on the board of and special advisor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC.
Ms. James has received several recognitions for her legal accomplishments and civic contributions. In 2015 she was admitted to the American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. In 2016 the National Bar Association conferred upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2017 she received the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Award at the HRC Las Vegas Gala for outstanding leadership and service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (“LGBTQ”) community; and the “Make An Impact” Leadership Award from Las Vegas’ City Impact Center. Black Enterprise Magazine named her among the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity in 2016. Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015, and as one of 2016’s and 2014’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2014, the Las Vegas nonprofit organization Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction honored Ms. James for her philanthropic efforts, and with its Celebrating Community Badge the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada acknowledged her work to advance the roles of women in our society. In 2012, Uptown Professional Magazine selected her as one of the top 100 executives in corporate America, and in 2011 Black Enterprise Magazine listed her as a Top Executive in Diversity. In 20l0 she was credited by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services.
Ms. James serves as a director on several nonprofit boards, including The MGM Resorts Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, Nevada Legal Services Inc. and Grand Victoria Foundation (Chicago, IL).
Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature in 1974 from Harvard/Radcliffe College after having received the honors of Phi Beta Kappa junior year, the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (then Radcliffe College’s highest honor for a graduating woman based on the graduate’s scholarship, conduct and character) and the lsobelle T. Briggs Fellowship for Graduate Study. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977.
Katy Steinmetz is the San Francisco Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine and covers national news throughout California. She began working for TIME as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and was part of a team that chased candidates around the country during the 2012 presidential election. Since moving west in 2013, her coverage has focused on culture, politics, tech and language. She has also written award-winning features on LGBTQ issues, including TIME’s “Transgender Tipping Point” cover story.
In 2016, Steinmetz published a book on American history and culture for kids, called Awesome America. And she once convinced nine members of Congress and nine Beltway journalists to take part in a competitive spelling bee. (Sadly, the politicians won.)
As a data seeker and trend translator, Brittany specializes in using analytics and innovations to connect companies and causes to do more good in the world. Brittany Hill is the CEO of Catalist, the industry’s only matchmaking and measurement platform for companies and causes, with a proven track record of raising 35% more funds for social causes. As a social good technology entrepreneur, Brittany is behind some of the industry’s most innovative products and tools that help nonprofits and companies elevate their social impact.
Brittany’s extensive background in the nonprofit and agency sectors supports her vision for revolution in social good technology solutions. Mrs. Hill has built multi-channel partnerships and award-winning campaigns with some of the most notable blue-chip nonprofit organizations (American Heart Association, UNICEF, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Make-A-Wish International) and corporate brands (Pepsico, General Mills, Hasbro, Best Buy).
Brittany’s trendsetting insights have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, MSN.com, among others. She is a seasoned speaker on the topics of data-driven cause alliances, social impact measurement, industry trends, people analytics and cause partnership sales, with previous engagements at Sustainable Brands, SXSW, Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum), Momentum and various national nonprofit conferences.
Michele Nyrop is Senior Vice President of HR for Banana Republic, a $2.38 billion multi-channel, global apparel brand with more than 600 company-owned and operated stores. Michele and her team are responsible for driving initiatives that attract, develop, grow and engage the great talent at Banana Republic as well as within the Gap Inc. corporate functions (Franchise, Legal, Finance, Real Estate, and Loss Prevention), which support the company’s portfolio of brands. Throughout her over 20 years at Gap Inc., Michele has served in numerous senior HR leadership roles in both stores and headquarter locations in North America and Asia. She currently serves as the executive sponsor of Gap Inc.’s employee-led African American networking group. Michele holds a degree in retail management from the University of Wisconsin.
Heather Whiteman is the Head of People Strategy, Analytics, Learning & HR Operations at General Electric (GE) Digital. Her work focuses on creating an integrated talent management strategy and process to align critical business capabilities needed to ensure they are available in the workforce. Her work utilizes emerging technology trends, advanced analytic techniques, and integrated strategy design to drive business insights and decision making in the areas of recruiting, learning, development, org design and culture. Of late her work has been particularly focused on identifying & defining the talent shifts and strategy necessary to transform an organization into a digital one.
Heather has held past roles with GE, Pacific Gas & Electric, and in consulting. She has a master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a PhD in Human Capital Management. She currently teaches Human Capital Analytics at UC Berkeley Extension and is an Executive Board Advisory Member of the MS in Business Analytics with the Rensslaer Lally School of Management.
Tigran Sloyan is the CEO of CodeSignal, an automated-technical assessment platform that enables large and small companies to go beyond resumes and evaluate engineering candidates based on their skills and not the school they went to or the companies they’ve worked at.
Tigran is also the founder of the #GoBeyondResumes movement that brings together engineering, recruiting and career services leaders to create a mindset shift in the industry about how we approach recruiting and how we measure talent. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of education, assessment and recruiting and how these industries interact and influence each other.
Tigran holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and has previously worked in Product Management and Engineering roles at companies like Google and Oracle. Between 2003 and 2007, Tigran was awarded 5 medals at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad that brings together more than 500 top young mathematicians from all over the world.
Rajeev is currently the CEO of Accolade, the market leading personalized advocacy company for employers, health plans, and health systems. Rajeev joined the company as a board member, investor, and CEO in November, 2015. Today, Accolade has 800 employees focused on driving better outcomes and increased satisfaction for healthcare consumers while delivering incredible savings for payers.
Prior to that, Rajeev co-founded Concur, the global leader in travel and expense management, in 1993 two years after graduating from college. His initial role in the company was in product management and his early years were focused on the product management and development organizations. In the 20 years that followed, he worked in nearly every role in the business – culminating in his final role as president, chief operating officer, and board director for the last nine years of his tenure.
In that role, he was responsible for all operational functions of the business ranging from sales and marketing to customer services to R&D and human resources. During that timeframe, the company grew from $60mm in revenues to over $800mm in revenues before eventually being acquired by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) for $8.3bn in 2014.
Rajeev is married with two children. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1991 (BSE).Today, he serves on the board of Avalara, a top provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation for businesses; Apptio, a SaaS technology business management solutions provider; Amperity, the world’s only Intelligent Customer Data Platform; and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that raises funds to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
Rachel Ernst is the Vice President of Employee Success at Reflektive, where she oversees the HR function and builds content for products and customer education.
Her passion for leadership stems from starting and participating on a Board of Directors for a women’s college organization. This work sparked her interest in a career that entails regular coaching, listening to and facilitating action on employee feedback, and working to build effective and cohesive leadership teams. Her career in HR spans compensation, learning and development, leadership coaching, people analytics and organizational design. She strives to evolve the performance management ecosystem to fulfill its ultimate goal — inspiring high performance through ongoing, real-time feedback.
Before joining Reflektive, Ernst spent more than three years at Quantcast, leading its learning and development team and people, partnerships and operations with a focus on coaching, individual growth and leadership development. Prior to that, she spent four years as Director of HR at Fidelity Investments, leading the company’s employee development, change management, talent and team development.
Ernst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and German at the University of California, Davis and an MBA in International Business from the Brandeis International Business School. She currently serves on the Board for CareerUp Now, an organization that fosters Jewish young professionals’ growth, and is a mentor for the Jewish High Tech Community in San Francisco.
Bechara Choucair, MD, is senior vice president and chief community health officer at Kaiser Permanente. He oversees the organization’s national community health efforts and philanthropic giving activities aimed at improving the health of its 12.2 million members and the 68 million people who live in the communities it serves. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Choucair was the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health for five years before serving as senior vice president, Safety Net and Community Health at Trinity Health. In 2018, Dr. Choucair was named #10 on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Health Executives in the U.S.
Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) speaker, consultant and facilitator. A technologist by trade, Willie now makes waves at the intersection of event production, behavior change, and leadership development. He’s the founder of an online magazine for black men called Abernathy, and an advisor to authors, startups, and executives across a range of industries. Prior to his current work, Willie served as Technical Lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program, an intensive, 4-week online workshop for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead. In his spare time, he enjoys producing and hosting events and dinners.
Tyler Muse is the Founder and CEO of Lingo Live, a language learning company started in 2012 after learning Spanish over Skype from a woman in Guatemala. Today, Lingo Live helps thousands of working professionals across the globe to express their authentic voice and communicate more effectively in their jobs through highly personal, one-on-one English communication training. The company’s mission is to encourage meaningful human connections through learning.
Prior to starting Lingo Live in 2012, Tyler worked as an analyst for GE Energy Financial Services. His team underwrote power project finance opportunities in emerging markets such as Latin America, India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia
Alexandra Spunt is Everlane’s Chief Creative Officer and has been with the company since its start. She is also the coauthor of No More Dirty Looks, a book about the chemicals in personal care products. Prior to that, she oversaw content and branding at American Apparel.
Jennifer Carlson serves as Executive Director of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Workforce Institute. The Institute is the workforce development arm of the WTIA focused on addressing the tech industry’s workforce and diversity needs through a building a nationally registered technology apprenticeship program called Apprenti. Additionally, she serves on the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA) workforce board and as an Adjunct Professor in Graduate Studies at Seattle University. Previously, she successfully ran a $260MM P&L in 12 states, developed web based policy management systems and ran national branding initiatives for AIG Agency Auto, a billion-dollar insurance division of AIG, and managed U.S. sports and event marketing for Progressive Insurance. While Jennifer began as pre-law in college, she completed her BA in technical journalism with a concentration in public relations, a minor in sociology, and has an MBA from Ohio University.
Maurice is a former urban educator, turned tech leader with a distinct passion for creating access for those from marginalized communities. He currently works at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he leads their diversity, equity and inclusion work. Additionally, he is the founder of TechNColor, an alliance for underrepresented people in tech, that aims to create a more diverse and inclusive tech community. Prior to his position at CZI, he led outreach and diversity initiatives Outco Inc. a job search and interview prep accelerator for software engineers. Maurice also serves as a board member at LearnServe International, a social entrepreneurship program for high school students. He is a first-generation college graduate of Morehouse College, where he studied Africana Studies and Political Science.
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Mary Huss has been publisher of the San Francisco Business Times since 1992. In 2018 she was promoted to her current position overseeing the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times.
Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times are part of American City Business Journals, with 40 multi-media business journals serving local markets across the country.
Mary began her career with business journals as part of the startup team that launched the St. Louis Business Journal and a number of other business journals in the early 1980’s. Before coming to San Francisco, she was publisher of the Philadelphia Business Journal. She has been a reporter, an editor, a circulation director, an advertising sales director and publisher.
Earlier in her career she was a writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and before that, was founding editor of a successful weekly alternative newspaper in St. Louis, The Riverfront Times.
Mary has created many signature events at the Business Times including Corporate Philanthropy Summit and Awards, Fastest Growing Private Companies, Business of Pride, STEM Leadership Summit, Most Influential Women and the Women Who Lead series.
Mary has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 2004, Mary was Board Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on that board. Mary also serves on the board and executive board of the Bay Area Council, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She serves on the San Francisco State University Foundation Board and is on the Boards of the Commonwealth Club and Junior Achievement. Mary is past board Chair of PBWC.
Paul leads teams responsible for MasterCard’s humanitarian and development solutions. His clients and partners are UN agencies, international NGOs, civil society organizations, thought leaders and their funders. Using joint development and shared value approaches his teams look for ways to more effectively respond to disasters, lift people out of poverty, and grow inclusive communities. Much of his work is focused on digital commerce, aid tools, data privacy, identity and financial inclusion.
Paul has been with MasterCard since 2007, where he has held a variety of roles, including sales, product development, and corporate strategy. Immediately before MasterCard Paul was a co-founder of a consumer payment wallet start-up. Prior to this Paul was a senior officer with Visa and a US Navy officer.
Paul received a BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and a MA in International Affairs from SIS at the American University, Washington, DC.
Kate Larsen is an award-winning reporter for ABC7 news in the Bay Area. She covers everything from politics to wildfires and feels there is no more important time for journalism than now. Kate and the ABC7 news team are very focused on ‘Building a Better Bay Area,’ through focused reporting on issues that affect people in their day-to-day lives.
Kate was born and raised in San Francisco and has spent her whole career anchoring and reporting in communities throughout California. She previously worked at KNBC in Los Angeles, where she and the news team won an Emmy for coverage of a major wildfire in Calabasas. She reported on everything from the San Bernardino terrorist attack to Hollywood’s biggest red carpets.
Kate also worked at the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, where she frequently reported from the State Capitol. Her first on-air job was at the CBS and FOX affiliate in Bakersfield, where she was honored with a RTNA Golden Mike Award and AP Mark Twain Award for her investigative reporting.
Kate is a proud graduate of UCLA. When she’s not at work, you might find her running around the playground with her daughter, going on hikes through the Presidio with family and enjoying all the great views and food that San Francisco has to offer with her husband and friends.
Melia (pronounced muh-LEE-uh) Russell is a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covers tech culture and labor issues in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining The Chronicle, she started as an intern at Business Insider in 2013 and spent five years growing the digital news site. Some of her recent coverage focused on dissent inside tech companies, the supply and demand for skills and the ways public companies and startups compete for talent in a hot jobs market.
Jack Altman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lattice, a modern people management platform for growing companies. Since graduating the Y Combinator Winter 2016 class, Lattice serves 1000+ customers such as Reddit, Cruise, Coinbase and Asana. Prior to starting Lattice, Jack was the VP of Business and Corporate Development at Teespring, and an angel investor in companies such as Opendoor, Instacart, Pinterest, Gusto, LendUp, Soylent, and Patreon.
Kausik Rajgopal is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s Western U.S. Region, which includes offices in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Silicon Valley. He founded McKinsey’s Digital Payments service line in 2006 and co-leads McKinsey’s Global Payments Practice and Fintech efforts. Outside the U.S., he has served banking and payments clients in Canada, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Since joining McKinsey in 1997, Kausik has worked primarily in the financial services and payments industries, helping banks, payments processors, telcos, technology players, networks, consumer credit providers and others address strategy, operations, and organization issues.
His recent engagements have included development of mobile payments and digital wallet roadmaps, digital acquisition and onboarding of new Card and Payments customers, definition of next-generation ‘order management’ mobile experiences, competitive and partnership strategies to test and scale new digitally delivered consumer credit propositions, data utilization and monetization strategies, business-to- business payments electronification and e-invoicing, supply chain and trade finance strategy, blockchain and crypto-currency use cases, and e and m-commerce business models for the future.
Kausik is an author on payments and financial services topics and a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including Money 20/20, BAI, CFPB panels on Mobile Payments, etc. He convenes McKinsey’s Emerging Fintech & Payments Forum, which brings together a broad range of Payments players and investors for discussions on the future of Digital Payments and Commerce. He holds a patent for expedited electronic payments processing.
Kausik received his Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Political Science with Distinction from Stanford University. He also received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and serves on the Board. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council and the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony. He is a mentor at StartX, Stanford’s incubator for student entrepreneurs and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He lives in Palo Alto with his family and enjoys hiking, poker, tennis and cooking.