Directors Forum Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Director, Qualcomm; Fmr. CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA; Fmr. Chair, President Obama's White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Author, "Path to the Stars"

Sylvia Acevedo

Partner, Gibson Dunn; Advisory Board Member, International Women’s Media Foundation; Advisory Board Member, Reveal, Center of Investigative Reporting; Steering Committee Member, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.

Executive Director and Professor, Thunderbird China, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University; Fmr. Senior Director, Apple Inc.; Author

Doug Guthrie, PhD

Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners; Professor, Management and Strategy, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; Fmr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baxter International Inc.

Harry Kraemer

Director, Qualcomm; Fmr. CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA; Fmr. Chair, President Obama's White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Author, "Path to the Stars"

Sylvia Acevedo

Corporate Board Director, C-Suite Executive, Community leader, Author and Rocket-scientist. Devout believer in the power of transformation to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world.

Recognized leader whose innovation and growth strategies have been hallmarks of her career. Board member of Qualcomm, serving on the Governance Committee.

Author of Path to the Stars, which details Sylvia’s personal journey from the dirt roads of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to working as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM, Qualcomm and other U.S. technology leaders.

Most recently served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. Chair of President Obama’s White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership. Driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. One of the first Hispanics, male or female, to have earned their graduated degree in Engineering at Stanford University. Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Washington College.

In 2018 Sylvia was listed on Forbes’ “America’s Top 50 Women In Tech” and Fast Company named Acevedo one of its “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Acevedo was awarded the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Award For Leadership and was In Style’s “Number 7 on the Badass 50: Women Who are Changing the World.”

National speaker on Innovation, Leadership and Overcoming Challenges to deliver Peak Performance.

Partner, Gibson Dunn; Advisory Board Member, International Women’s Media Foundation; Advisory Board Member, Reveal, Center of Investigative Reporting; Steering Committee Member, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.

As The New York Times has noted, Mr. Boutrous has “a long history of pushing the courts and the public to see the bigger picture on heated issues.” The American Lawyer named Mr. Boutrous the 2019 “Litigator of the Year, Grand Prize Winner” and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals in 2021 named him a  “Top Lawyer of the Decade.”  According to The National Law Journal, which in 2013 named him one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” he “is known for his wise, strategic advice to clients in crisis and is a media law star.”

Mr. Boutrous has represented clients in the federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation in a wide spectrum of cases. He has argued more than 160 appeals, including before the Supreme Court of the United States, 12 different federal circuit courts of appeals, 10 different state supreme courts and a multitude of other appellate and trial courts in complex civil, constitutional and criminal matters. He has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history. In 2011, he successfully represented Walmart before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dukes case, which unanimously reversed what had been the largest employment class action in history and established important standards governing class actions (Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes). In 2013, he successfully represented the prevailing party in obtaining a unanimous Supreme Court decision enforcing the Class Action Fairness Act (Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles). Also in 2013, Mr. Boutrous successfully represented plaintiffs in the Supreme Court in a case invalidating California’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8 (Hollingsworth v. Perry), in which he also served as one of the lead trial lawyers and architects of the legal strategy that led to this landmark victory. Mr. Boutrous is currently handling a lawsuit on behalf of actor Ashley Judd against Harvey Weinstein seeking redress for the career-changing harm Mr. Weinstein caused when he defamed Judd to filmmakers in retaliation against Ms. Judd for having rejected Mr. Weinstein’s sexual advances. And Mr. Boutrous successfully represented Cable News Network, Inc. and reporter Jim Acosta in bringing First Amendment and Due Process claims against then-President Donald Trump and other White House officials, forcing the White House to restore Mr. Acosta’s press credentials. Months later, Mr. Boutrous represented Brian Karem, Playboy’s White House Correspondent, bringing similar First Amendment and Due Process claims and again prevailing in the district court, and then on appeal, in forcing the restoration of Mr. Karem’s press credentials. Mr. Boutrous also represented Mr. Karem in the D.C. Circuit, which affirmed in full in a published opinion establishing precedent confirming the First Amendment and Due Process rights reporters have in government-issued press passes.  Karem v. Trump, 960 F.3d 656 (D.C. Cir. 2020).

As both a crisis management strategist and a seasoned appellate and media lawyer, Mr. Boutrous has extensive experience handling high-profile litigation, media relations and media legal issues.  He routinely advises clients in planning how to respond, and in responding, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight.

The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation awarded him with the First Amendment Award in 2019. He also received the 2020 Freedom of the Press Award from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Distinguished Leadership Award from PEN America in 2019 for his leadership in advancing First Amendment rights and protecting freedom of expression.

Numerous profiles of Mr. Boutrous and his practice have appeared in the media. Prominent mentions include: “Litigator of the Year Grand Prize Winner” The American Lawyer (January 2020); “Litigator of the Week: Gibson Dunn’s Theodore Boutrous Jr. Scores Another Win for the Fourth Estate,” The American Lawyer (September 6, 2019); “Lawyer of the week: Theodore Boutrous Jr, attorney in White House press pass victory,” The Times of London (November 29, 2018); Litigators of the Week: Gibson Dunn’s Two Teds Score for the Free Press,” The Am Law Litigation Daily (November 30, 2018); Ted Boutrous, CNN’s Champion, Is Fired Up,” Law.com (November 30, 2018); “Litigator of the Week,” The Am Law Litigation Daily (April 27, 2017); “Litigator of the Week,” The Am Law Litigation Daily (September 8, 2016); “Practice Group Performs In Spotlight and Under Pressure,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 2012); “Litigator of the Week,” The Am Law Litigation Daily (June 2011); “Lawyer of the Week,” The Times of London (June 2011); “Appellate Lawyer of the Week,” National Law Journal (March 2011); “Litigation Department of the Year, The American Lawyer (January 2016); “Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer (January 2012); “ Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer (January 2010); and “ He’s a Hired Gun of the Highest Caliber,” The Los Angeles Times (June 24, 2007).

Mr. Boutrous is a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The Hollywood Reporter recently featured him in Power Lawyers 2021: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys, declaring  that “Boutrous is there when an industry’s future rides on a big argument.” In 2021, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named Mr. Boutrous one of the 100 best lawyers in California for the 18th year in a row.  He has been named a California “Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation, as well as a “National Practice Area Star” and a “Labor & Employment Star.” Chambers USA ranks him as a leading lawyer in four different categories, describing him as “an absolute star” and clients prizing his skills as “an amazing orator” and his “incredible knack of picking the winning argument and his oral advocacy skills are peerless. He picks the right point in response to every question without even blinking.” Legal 500  named Mr. Boutrous a “Leading Lawyer” for Supreme Court and appellate litigation, calling him a “renowned advocate” and “the preeminent authority on punitive damages defenses in the U.S.” In 2015, The National Law Journal named Mr. Boutrous to its “Trailblazers–Litigation” list, and the San Francisco Recorder named Mr. Boutrous to its 2015 “Groundbreakers” list. In 2012, Mr. Boutrous was named an “Attorney of the Year” by both the California Lawyer and the San Francisco Recorder. In naming him to its list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon called him “one of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation,” and the Los Angeles Business Journal describes him as “one of the nation’s most prominent appellate attorneys.”

Mr. Boutrous is a frequent commentator on legal issues. His articles include: Spare the ‘Dreamers’ a Nightmare by According Them Due Process,” Wall Street Journal (May 2, 2017); “Poor Children Need a New Brown v. Board of Education,” Wall Street Journal (August 28, 2016); “A First Amendment Blind Spot,” Wall Street Journal (May 27, 2014); “California Kids Go to Court to Demand a Good Education,” Wall Street Journal (January 28, 2014); “A Radical Departure on Press Freedom,” Wall Street Journal (May 23, 2013); “A Killer’s Notebook, a Reporter’s Rights,” New York Times (April 9, 2013); “Broadcast ‘Indecency’ on Trial,” Wall Street Journal (January 17, 2012).

Mr. Boutrous is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and was named its 2015 Leadership Honoree.  He serves on the Advisory Board of Reveal for the Center of Investigative Reporting and the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Mr. Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.

Mr. Boutrous is admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Executive Director and Professor, Thunderbird China, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University; Fmr. Senior Director, Apple Inc.; Author

Doug Guthrie, PhD

Doug Guthrie is a dynamic speaker and respected thinker in the areas of China-US business leadership and geopolitics. He brings notable experience and success as a senior executive and leadership consultant in the corporate, academic and public sectors across the United States and globally. He thrives in opportunities that stimulate dialogue on important public issues of the day, including the global ambitions of China, the importance of technology in the long-term health and vitality of the global economy, and the critical role of organizational leadership in galvanizing the United States’ innovative and sustainable economy.

Doug is a professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and director of its China Program. He also is co-founder of On Global Leadership, a thought leadership, China advisory and executive education provider that serves individuals and organizations worldwide. Doug teaches leadership at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, where he was the academic director from 2008 until 2011.

Doug is dedicated to working with leaders and organizations to make communities better places for everyone to work and live. His record of scholarship and corporate leadership gives him a unique view of contemporary geopolitical movements and events. He is often called on to speak in the United States and around the globe about the intersections of China, technology, academia and organizational leadership.

Doug has spent his career researching, writing, teaching and advising companies about two topics: organizational development, where he has focused on issues of leadership, organizational culture and corporate social responsibility; and the Chinese economic reforms, where he has delved into the intersection of economic and political forces that lead to successful economic development models.

From 2014 to 2019, Doug was based in Shanghai, China, as a senior director at Apple, Inc., where he led Apple University efforts on leadership and organizational development. Prior to joining Apple, from 2010 to 2014, Doug was dean of the George Washington School of Business, vice president for University China Operations, and professor of international business.

From 1997 to 2010, Doug held faculty positions at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was professor of management and director of custom executive education, and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he was professor of sociology and the founding director of the university’s Office of Global Education. He has held visiting professorships at several business schools, including Kellogg, Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford, Columbia and Emory. He served as director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999 to 2003). His research has been recognized by numerous grants and awards.

Doug received an AB in East Asian languages (Chinese literature) from the University of Chicago and MA & PhD degrees in organizational sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Doug studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted PhD research in Shanghai, China. He has authored and edited numerous books, academic articles, popular articles, and reports on Chinese economic reform, leadership and corporate social responsibility, and economic development in American cities.

Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners; Professor, Management and Strategy, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; Fmr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baxter International Inc.

Harry Kraemer

Harry Kraemer, Jr. is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Additionally, he is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio. Harry is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company. He was voted by the students at Kellogg as the Professor of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist for the award in 2014.

Panelists
Senior Managing Director & Global Head, Activism/Raid Defense and Strategic M&A Advisory Practice, Evercore

Bill Anderson

Chief Technology Officer, ANSYS, Inc.; Director, Turntide Technologies

Prith Banerjee

Partner & Co-Chair, Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

Holly J. Gregory

Chief Legal Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions

Keir Gumbs

Fmr. Director, Cubic Corporation; Rear Admiral (Retired), U. S. Navy; Consultant, Fair Winds Consulting, LLC

Dr. Janice M. “Jan” Hamby

Senior Managing Director & Global Head, Activism/Raid Defense and Strategic M&A Advisory Practice, Evercore

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is a senior managing director and global head of Evercore’s leading Activism/Raid Defense team and Strategic M&A Advisory practice.

Bill pioneered the practice of activism defense and has advised over 400 companies facing activists or strategic raids including many of the largest proxy fights and raid defenses over the past two decades. He advises companies worldwide across all industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions, special committee situations, corporate governance issues, cross-border transactions, contested shareholder situations, activism/raid defense and preparing for hostile activity.

Prior to joining Evercore, Bill was at Goldman Sachs for over 15 years where he served as an M&A partner and leader of their activism and raid defense team. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a Mergers and Acquisitions attorney for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked on the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, was a certified public accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves (where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal). He earned a B.S.B.A. in accounting and history, magna cum laude, and a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University (where he served as Managing Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal). He has published articles and speaks frequently on mergers and acquisitions, hostile activity and board / shareholder interaction.

Chief Technology Officer, ANSYS, Inc.; Director, Turntide Technologies

Prith Banerjee

Prith Banerjee is Chief Technology Officer at ANSYS, a leader in engineering simulation. Prior to that, he CTO of Schneider Electric, CTO of ABB, Managing Director of R&D at Accenture, and Director of HP Labs. Previously he spent 20 years in academia as Professor, Chairman, and Dean at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.   He has founded two startup companies, Accelchip and Binachip.  Banerjee currently serves on the Board of Directors of Turntide. In the past, he has served on the Board of Cray, CUBIC. and the Anita Borg Institute, and the Technical Advisory Boards of Ambit, Atrenta , Calypto, Cypress, Ingram Micro, and Virsec. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE. He received a B.Tech. in electronics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

 

 

Partner & Co-Chair, Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

Holly J. Gregory

Holly J. Gregory, co-chair of Sidley’s global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice, counsels publicly held, private and not-for-profit corporations on the full range of governance issues, including governance structure and culture, fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership, special committee investigations, CEO transitions, board audits and self-evaluation processes, shareholder activism and initiatives, proxy contests, relationships with shareholders and proxy advisory firms, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements and governance “best practices.” She is frequently called on to advise boards regarding sensitive and unusual matters. While most of the matters she works on are highly confidential, high-profile matters that are in the public record include advising on governance and accountability mechanisms of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to replace U.S. government oversight, and advising the Board of The Pennsylvania State University on governance reforms.

Holly played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. She also drafted the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance.

In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, Holly has lectured extensively on governance topics, including at events in Europe and Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), The Conference Board, the NACD, Association of Corporate Counsel, Society for Corporate Governance and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The author of numerous articles on governance topics, she writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal.

Holly recently completed her term as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee. She is a former co-chair of the ABA’s Delaware Law and Business Forum, a former appointed member of the Corporate Laws Committee where she served as co-editor of the Corporate Director’s Guidebook (Sixth Edition). She chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the SEC in 2009. Holly serves on the ABA Business Law Section Council, is a founding trustee and president of The American College of Governance Counsel and is a member of The American Law Institute. She has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and as a member of multiple NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions.

Holly clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School and Executive Editor of its Law Review, Holly served on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School from 2009 through 2011.

Holly is widely recognized for her work, including as: one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2021 and all prior years (fifteen years total); one of “the best and brightest minds in the legal profession” in Ethisphere’s 2017 and 2015 Attorneys Who Matter; the “Best in Corporate Governance” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2016 and at the inaugural 2012 Awards; the leading practitioner in corporate governance law in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (July 2010); a “Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance” in the International Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance, 2022 and prior years; and a “leading lawyer” in Corporate Governance in The Legal 500 US 2020 and prior years. She was named in 2018 to The National Law Journal’s list of “White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers.” Among other things, Holly was recognized for leading the team that counseled the global internet community on a new governance and accountability structure for ICANN for the period to follow U.S. government oversight.

 

Chief Legal Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions

Keir Gumbs

Keir Gumbs is Chief Legal Officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., where he oversees the legal, compliance and physical security teams.  Before Broadridge Keir served as Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary of Uber Technologies, Inc., where he oversaw Payments, M&A, Finance, Real Estate and Commercial Transactions, Corporate Governance, Marketing, ESG, Capital Markets and related matters.

Prior to Uber, Keir was a Partner for nearly a decade at Covington & Burling, where he represented a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.

Keir’s career includes six years of service with the SEC, where, immediately prior to joining Covington & Burling in 2005, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel C. Campos. In that position, Keir advised the Commissioner on a variety of matters arising under federal securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance issues under the Securities Act of 1933, issuer reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, corporate governance developments and SEC enforcement actions. Prior to serving as Counsel to Commissioner Campos, Keir spent five years as a staff attorney and later a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.

Honors and Rankings

  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Securities: Regulation: Advisory, Chambers
  • Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate, M&A and Governance
  • “D.C. Rising Star”, National Law Journal
  • DC Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance
  • “Trailblazers Under 40”, National Bar Association (2014)
  • Selected as one of the “People to Watch” in the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 and 2012 “Directorship 100”

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance
  • Fellow, American College of Governance Professionals
  • Society of Corporate Governance Professionals
  • Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association

 

Fmr. Director, Cubic Corporation; Rear Admiral (Retired), U. S. Navy; Consultant, Fair Winds Consulting, LLC

Dr. Janice M. “Jan” Hamby

Jan leads Fair Winds Consulting, LLC, providing project-based consulting and speaking services in the areas of cyberspace, education, leadership, and diversity. Previously she served as chancellor of the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University after having retired from the U.S. Navy in the fall of 2012 at the rank of Rear Admiral (Upper Half).

RADM Hamby’s military career focused on the employment of telecommunications, space and computer systems to make information available for command and control of the Force and to enhance decision making at all levels of the chain of command. Her service included two command tours at a regional telecommunications and networking site in the southeast United States and of a major information hub in Italy supporting military communications from Iceland to Iraq. Her Washington, DC service included providing analytic support to the Chief of Naval Operations to validate and justify Navy investments in space, cyber and information programs. She was the senior leader of the U.S. Navy Information Professional Officer Corps and is credited with developing its mentorship program and directing implementation of its professional qualification program that subsequently became the model for qualifications across the Information Warfare community.

During a one-year assignment in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan played a key role in untangling information disconnects and made substantive contributions to the Coalition Force’s second campaign plan. As a flag officer she directed the global operations of the Navy’s offensive and defensive cyber forces, served as the director of the North American Aerospace Defense/U.S. Northern Command telecommunications and computer networking efforts, served as Vice Director for Command, Control and Computer Systems on the Joint Staff and was Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense’s operational telecommunications and computer networks and cyber technology infrastructure.

Highly decorated, Rear Admiral (Retired) Hamby’s highest military award is the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. She holds a Doctor of Management degree and master’s degrees in the Management of Information Systems, Business Administration and National Security and Strategic Studies. Her doctoral research focused on mitigating the impact of toxic leadership at all levels of the organization. She serves on several boards of directors and is directorship certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

She is married to Dale Hamby, proud mother of two grown children and helps run Fair Winds Farm, the family sheep, alpaca, and lavender farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is an active knitwear designer and member of the fiber arts community.


CEO/Managing Partner, Spark Partners; Leadership Columnist, CIO Magazine

Adam Hartung

Managing Partner, FGA; Founder & Board Member, Spycraft Entertainment; Chairman, TCI, Inc.

David Harvilicz

Principal, Strategy & Operations Practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Rob Hills

President and Chief Executive Officer, Build-a-Bear; Director, Jack in the Box Inc.

Sharon Price John

Senior Managing Director and Western Region President, Chicago, Pearl Meyer

Jannice L. Koors

CEO/Managing Partner, Spark Partners; Leadership Columnist, CIO Magazine

Adam Hartung

For 9 years, Adam was the No. 1 Leadership columnist for Forbes.com with over 100 million readers. He wrote the quarterly Strategy & Leadership column for CIO Magazine for 7 years, and he has been a contributing editor for the International Journal of Innovation Science since its founding in 2008. His columns boldly predicted the success of industry changers like Netflix, Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Tesla.  As well as the too often unexpected negative impact these disruptors had on former leaders like Sears, Tribune, Research in Motion – and many others who were unable (or unwilling) to adapt.

Since the emergence of innovation as a critical part of strategy, Adam’s accurate forecasts about market shifting trends and his predictions for industry leading corporations has made him a reliable advisor to C-level executives and Boards of Directors, as well as a frequent press interviewee regarding leading companies in tech, transportation, media and retail. His insights into business growth and overcoming organizational obstacles have been featured in over 800 journals, including such notables as Inc, Adweek, Fortune, Washington Times – and multiple radio and television interviews.

Since 2004, Adam has been CEO and Managing Partner of Spark Partners, a strategy and innovation management consultancy. In 2010, Adam became the founding CEO of Soparfilm Energy, a corporation that invested early in fracking for oil and gas production. Additionally, Adam has been Audit Chair for a NASDAQ traded tech company, and on the Board of Directors at several successful privately held companies, including Crosfield Electronics and Benchmark Technologies in the U.K., Biometric Access Corp. and Apex Interactive in the U.S. Adam is a Certified Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he is a regular speaker on risk management, and he is a certified financial expert by the SEC. He regularly provides board advisory services on the role of Directors in strategy and leading during periods of innovation upheaval.

In 2020, the Global Innovation Institute invited Adam to join GInI’s Board of Advisors. GInI is the world’s leading professional certification, accreditation, and membership association in the field of innovation with over 5,000 members and 2,500 certified professionals in 35 countries.

Adam was formerly a successful entrepreneur, an executive with PepsiCo and DuPont, and is a Boston Consulting Group alum. Adam received his MBA from the Harvard Business School with Distinction. He now travels globally giving keynotes, leading strategy and innovation management workshops, and coaching executives and boards on how to increase their success.

Managing Partner, FGA; Founder & Board Member, Spycraft Entertainment; Chairman, TCI, Inc.

David Harvilicz

Mr. Harvilicz’s public sector experience includes a Presidential appointment to serve as Assistant Secretary in charge of the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) which leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s emergency preparedness and coordinated response to disruptions to the U.S. energy sector, including physical and cyberattacks.

In the private sector, Mr. Harvilicz’s career spans two decades of involvement in the launch and management of global corporations with collective market capitalization of over $250 billion, including three international cybersecurity firms.

Most recently, at BlueVoyant, a global cybsersecurity firm headquartered in New York and London, Mr. Harvilicz served as Vice Chairman overseeing the revenue function. He spearheaded major international engagements including at the U.S. Department of State and with various governments in EMEA.

Earlier, as Co-Founder and COO of Finite State, an Ohio-based firm focused on IOT security, Mr. Harvilicz oversaw the development, in less than twelve months, of the world’s most advanced IOT firmware reverse-engineering platform. He also co-authored a supply chain assessment report on networking and telecommunications products manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. The report exposed significant vulnerabilities in Huawei software and made headlines around the world and was the subject of multiple U.S. Congressional investigations.

Prior to Finite State, Mr. Harvilicz teamed with the Founder of [Redacted] Inc., Max Kelly, previously the Chief Security Officer of Facebook, Inc. Mr. Harvilicz had worked with Mr. Kelly in support of Sony Pictures Entertainment after it was devastated by a cybersecurity attack attributed to North Korea. At the time, Mr. Harvilicz was Co-Founder and CEO of Kernel, Inc., the company that ultimately was successful in distributing the feature film THE INTERVIEW online, despite significant attempts by North Korea and others at disruption. Mr. Harvilicz later served as Vice President at Comcast Corporation, after it acquired Kernel’s platform. During his time at [Redacted], Mr. Harvilicz led the effort to bring its highly specialized attribution capabilities to market.

Mr. Harvilicz’s legal career began as a law clerk for Senator Howard Baker, who had served as Senate Majority Leader and Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan, in the Washington DC office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell LLP. Later, Mr. Harvilicz joined the Wall Street firm Fried, Frank, Shriver, Harris & Jacobson LLP where he focused on complex mergers and acquisitions, and subsequently joined the Silicon Valley firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati LLP where he focused on venture capital financing and initial public offerings.

Later, Mr. Harvilicz joined the Washington DC-based management consulting firm CEB, which was subsequently acquired by Gartner, Inc. for

$2.6 billion. At CEB, Mr. Harvilicz traveled extensively in support of C-level executives from companies representing over half of the Fortune 500, including, for example: Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Cadbury, Cisco, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, ConocoPhillips, Credit Suisse, eBay, First Data, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, ING, Microsoft, National Australia Bank, UBS, and Wärtsilä.

Mr. Harvilicz is an active member of the bar in New York, Washington DC, and California, and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before the U.S. Circuit Court ( 9th Circuit) and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is an adjunct professor of law and business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and serves on the board of directors of Spycraft Entertainment LLC, a film and television production company based in Los Angeles, California.

Fluent in Russian, German, and Portuguese, Mr. Harvilicz studied abroad at Moscow State University, in Moscow, Russia, and at the University of Münster, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, before graduating with honors from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and New York University School of Law.

During his tenure at the U.S. Department of Energy he held a Q (nuclear) security clearance and maintains active TS/SCI clearance today. Mr. Harvilicz was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

* Harvilicz is pronounced “har-VIL-iss.”

Principal, Strategy & Operations Practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Rob Hills

Rob is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting who has worked predominantly on Operations Strategy and Global Supply Management engagements since the mid 1990’s. He is Deloitte’s Supply Chain practice leader for the west coast and leads the Transportation Industry Sector. He specializes in working with clients who manufacture highly engineered products across a variety of industries including Bio Tech, Med Device, Aircraft Maintenance, Semi-Conductor Equipment and Industrial Products. He is a leader in Deloitte’s Direct Materials Supply Management practice and has most recently led a systems integrator efforts to install a wide variety of supply chain applications including Kinaxis, Coupa, Ariba, and Koerber. Earlier in his career, he was a Mechanical Design Engineer for the Aerospace and Defense Industry in Torrance CA designing test equipment for military and commercial aircraft applications. He lives in South Orange County.

Recent Clients:

         Nutraceuticals Manufacturer (Irvine CA) – System Integration (Oracle / PLM / WMS/ MES)

         Real Estate Development (Irvine CA) – Finance and Procurement Transformation / Systems Implementation

         Medical Device Manufacturer (San Diego) – Procurement technology / Supply Planning technology Implementation

         Medical Device Manufacturer (San Diego) – Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Organization Design

         Medical Device Manufacturer (San Clemente) – Product Costing Improvement – Developed and implemented costing methodology for growth strategies / product costing / margin analysis

         Bio Tech (Northern California) – Conducted Indirect Procurement initiative / Organization review for BioTech firm.

         Manufacturer of Construction Equipment – Direct Materials reduction in the client’s service parts division through strategic sourcing and supply management planning of manufactured components from Emerging Markets.

       Airline Facilities Maintenance – Conducted cost reduction engagement to improve parts distribution to support all maintenance activity. Focus on: “On time Performance”

       Airlines Procurement – Conducted assessment and implementation Airport Services including Cargo, Catering and Aircraft Provisioning

         Semi-Conductor Equipment Manufacturer (Silicon Valley, CA) – Led effort to implement Business Transformation effort:  Sales and Operations Planning – Process and Metrics development, Package Selection and implementation planning

         China Based Telecommunications Manufacturer – Conducted Global Supply Chain assessment and benchmarking program; KPI’s across all elements of supply chain

President and Chief Executive Officer, Build-a-Bear; Director, Jack in the Box Inc.

Sharon Price John

Sharon Price John has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) since June 2013. In just a few short years, she has helped lead the company through a financial turnaround, while refreshing the nearly 20-year-old brand and repositioning it for future success. At the St. Louis headquarters of Build-A-Bear Workshop and when visiting stores across the globe, the Tennessee native leads and challenges her teams to be better and do better every day in a uniquely engaging way. She takes the time to share the full story with employees and answer questions, and they in turn know she will always speak the truth. Sharon took this approach directly to the field on the Season Eight premiere of the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss” in December 2016. In this episode, she donned a disguise while working with store and warehouse associates to gain unfiltered feedback on changes the company began implementing—including a new Discovery store format—beginning in 2014.

With two decades of experience in marketing, product development and change management, Sharon has worked on a variety of brands and businesses, including tenure at companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) and DDB Needham Worldwide, where she established a strong track record of success.

Prior to joining Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sharon was President of the Stride Rite Children’s Group LLC. (SRCG), a division of WWW, where she led all functions of the SRCG—including product creation, wholesale sales, marketing, planning and distribution. She wore many hats while directing operations, retail merchandising and international franchising for more than 350 Stride Rite stores.

Prior to SRCG, she held a range of senior management roles at Hasbro, including General Manager and Senior Vice President of Global Preschool, where she drove the global strategy and marketing for Hasbro’s Preschool portfolio that included Playskool and Play-doh. Separately, Sharon served as the General Manager, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the U.S. Toy Division, overseeing iconic brands like NERF, Transformers and My Little Pony, while managing key licensing relationships such as Star Wars and Marvel. Prior to that, she held a number of roles, including Marketing Director of Barbie and Vice President of International for the Disney Business Unit.

Sharon’s career began in the advertising industry working at top agencies in New York, including DDB Needham Worldwide on the Hershey account and Bates USA as Account Supervisor for the SNICKERS/M&M Mars business. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In 2014, she received the distinguished alumna award from Columbia Business School – Columbia Women in Business. In 2016, she was recognized as one of the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s 100 Distinguished Alumni of the last 100 years.

Sharon has served on the Board of Directors for Jack in the Box, Inc. (NASDAQ:JIB) since 2014 and is active on a number of national and regional philanthropic boards and organizations, including KaBOOM!, the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only women’s business group. Sharon is a sought-after speaker and has been a contributing writer to Fortune.com as a member of Fortune’s Powerful Women (MPW). She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children.

 

Senior Managing Director and Western Region President, Chicago, Pearl Meyer

Jannice L. Koors

Ms. Koors is a senior managing director with Pearl Meyer and president of the firm’s Western region. She has 30 years’ experience in executive compensation and governance, and has consulted to companies of all sizes and industries. She advises company boards and management teams on all aspects of strategic human capital decision-making. As an advisor, she helps companies deconstruct their long-term value creation objectives into tailored HR strategies that go beyond simple competitive parity—designing programs that consider a company’s specific business strategy, management talent, and corporate culture.

A noted expert in the field, Ms. Koors has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace, and Financial Times. She has appeared on CNN’s MoneyLine, NBC Nightly News, and has spoken at numerous seminars on executive and director compensation issues.

Ms. Koors is an NACD Governance Fellow and serves as faculty for the NACD’s Director Professionalism and Master Class programs. She leads Pearl Meyer’s annual Director Compensation Study, published in conjunction with the NACD. In 2020, she was named for the thirteenth time to the NACD D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Ms. Koors received her BA from Wellesley College and is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She is on the board of directors for The Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago and the advisory board for the Berger Institute of Claremont McKenna College.


Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Callaway Golf & Odyssey

Mark Leposky

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq

Byron Loflin

Principal, Human Capital Advisory, KPMG LLP

Felicia Lyon

Managing Partner, Anzu Partners

David Michael

Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Author

Frank Partnoy

Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Callaway Golf & Odyssey

Mark Leposky

Mark Leposky was appointed to his current position of Executive Vice President, Global Operations in January 2019. In this role, he is responsible for all areas of Callaway Golf’s global manufacturing, program management, sourcing and logistics operations and strategy.This includes responsibilities across the Callaway portfolio of brands, including TravisMathew, OGIO, Jack Wolfskin and Topgolf.

Prior to joining Callaway in 2012, Mr. Leposky held leadership roles at growing consumer products companies, including the United Parcel Service, The Coca-Cola Company, TaylorMade Adidas Golf Company, Fisher Scientific International and Gathering Storm Holdings. Mark also served in the US Army National Guard for 6 years.

Mark is originally from Illinois and holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a BS, Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University.

Mark is an avid golfer who enjoys Southern California’s weather and a variety of outdoor activities. He is married to his wife of 30 years, Julie. They live in Carlsbad, CA and have two adult children.

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq

Byron Loflin

Byron Loflin is Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) – acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 – and is architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.

Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Some of his recent published works include: “Love Your Neighbor,” International Banker Spring 2019, “Guide to Board Assessments,” Corporate Board Member June 2019, “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017.

Principal, Human Capital Advisory, KPMG LLP

Felicia Lyon

Felicia Lyon is a human capital advisor with 26 years of experience. Her work at the intersection of business strategy, talent, and technology helps to create a paradigm shift that allows her clients to think differently about work that drives efficiency AND build employee engagement while driving strong business outcomes.

She works with Fortune 500 to start-ups, with State, Local and Foreign Governments, has testified in front of Ambassadors, serves as a keynote speaker for advancing women in business, and is an international best-selling author.

Managing Partner, Anzu Partners

David Michael

David Michael has had a long career doing business in China and Asia-Pacific. He is currently managing director of Anzu Partners, a venture capital firm focused on helping innovative industrial technology companies achieve success.

Michael is also senior advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was formerly Senior Partner, head of the firm’s Greater China Business, and head of the firm’s Globalisation Practice Area. He serves on the board of directors of several companies, including Pivotal Systems Inc,, Nuburu, Inc. and TeraPore Technologies.

Michael is also a professor of practice at UC San Diego, who teaches courses on the China and Asia business environments at the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Michael founded and led BCG’s Global Advantage Practice, which focuses on emerging markets-related insights and client solutions. He has served on the firm’s Asia-Pacific management team, its global marketing committee and its global compensation committee. Michael formerly served on the Board of Taiwan Cement Corporation, a publicly traded industrial conglomerate based in Taipei, and with operations across Asia.

Co-author of six articles in the Harvard Business Review, Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in economics and an MBA from Stanford, where he received the Ernest W. Arbuckle Award. He was a Rotary Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Author

Frank Partnoy

Before joining Berkeley Law in 2018, Frank Partnoy taught for twenty-one years at the University of San Diego, where he was the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and received the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching three times. Partnoy has been an international research fellow at Oxford University since 2010, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and the Rady School of Management. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Financial Economists Roundtable.

Partnoy has written several dozen scholarly publications on topics in business law and financial markets, including in peer-reviewed journals (e.g.Journal of FinanceJournal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Corporate FinanceAccounting ReviewSocio-Economic Review), in chapters of academic press books (e.g.,OxfordCambridgeChicagoBrookings), and in law reviews (e.g., ChicagoPennsylvaniaGeorgetown). Partnoy also is co-author of several academic books, including a leading casebook that he assigns for Business Associations.

Partnoy is the author of four trade press books: WAITThe Match KingInfectious Greed, and F.I.A.S.C.O. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, and has written multiple articles each for The New York Review of BooksHarvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as more than fifty opinion pieces for the print editions of The New York Times and the Financial Times. Partnoy has appeared on numerous media programs, including 60 Minutes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has testified as an expert before both houses of Congress. He also has testified as an expert in a range of civil and criminal litigation, including on behalf of the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Before becoming a professor, Partnoy worked as a lawyer at Covington & Burling and as a fixed income derivatives specialist at Morgan Stanley and CS First Boston. He clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey in the Southern District of New York.

Education

J.D., Yale University (1992)
B.A./B.S., University of Kansas (1989)


Director, NuVasive, Inc.; Former EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm, Inc.

Donald J. Rosenberg

Associate Investment Manager, Board Governance and Sustainability, CalPERS

Tamara Sells

Partner and Co-Chair of the Global Data Protection, Privacy and Security Practice, DLA Piper

Andrew B. Serwin

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Dexcom, Inc.; Director, Sonendo, Inc.

Sadie Stern

Associate Professor of Management, University of San Diego

Carsten Zimmermann

Director, NuVasive, Inc.; Former EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm, Inc.

Donald J. Rosenberg

Donald J. Rosenberg recently retired as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Qualcomm Incorporated. As chief legal officer, he was responsible for overseeing Qualcomm’s worldwide legal affairs including litigation, intellectual property and corporate matters. In addition, he led Qualcomm’s Global Government Affairs organization and Qualcomm’s Corporate Compliance department.  He played a significant role in shaping and executing the company’s Strategic and Policy initiatives.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Rosenberg served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Apple Inc. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and general counsel of IBM Corporation.

Mr. Rosenberg has had extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance, law department management, litigation, securities regulation, intellectual property and competition issues. He has regularly engaged with high ranking officials worldwide on significant policy issues, with a particular focus on Asia and the European Union and its member states.

Mr. Rosenberg is a board member of NuVasive, Inc.  His non-profit board memberships include Corporate Directors Forum, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine and La Jolla Playhouse. He is a past National Co-Chairman of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he continues to serve on the Board and the Executive Committee.

Mr. Rosenberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Advisory Board, University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the China Leadership Board for the 21st Century China Center at UCSD. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York’s Pace University School of Law, where he taught courses in intellectual property and antitrust law.

Associate Investment Manager, Board Governance and Sustainability, CalPERS

Tamara Sells

Tamara Sells, associate investment manager, recently joined CalPERS Board Governance and Sustainability program, providing leadership and strategy for human capital management, the Responsible Contractor Program for Real Assets, and stakeholder engagements. In this role, she is responsible for researching and identifying opportunities to advance CalPERS’ sustainable investment strategy across all asset classes. She is also the co-chair of the Human Capital Management coalition (HCMC) of asset owners that includes 35 institutional investors representing over $6.6 trillion in assets. Prior to this role, she led the proxy voting and corporate engagement program for California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). As a former global equity corporate governance analyst, she specialized in financial markets’ regulatory and public policy efforts, and she was instrumental in developing the CalPERS business case for and support of the HCMC rulemaking petition for human capital management.

Tamara is an alumna of California State University, Sacramento and Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.

Partner and Co-Chair of the Global Data Protection, Privacy and Security Practice, DLA Piper

Andrew B. Serwin

Andrew Serwin is one of the pre-eminent privacy and security practitioners in the world. He has worked on some of the highest-profile privacy and security matters, and clients describe him as a “rock star lawyer,” “a walking encyclopedia on anything data protection related” and “a tireless worker, holding onto the ever-shifting puzzle pieces of the law in this area in a way that other privacy lawyers cannot” (Chambers USA). For his work in data protection and privacy, Andrew is an inaugural inductee into the 2017 Legal 500 Hall of Fame, comprised of outstanding US lawyers who have been recommended as Legal 500 Leading Lawyers for the last six consecutive years. He was also recently named one of the Daily Journal‘s Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2016 and a National Law Journal 2015 Cyber Security & Data Privacy Trailblazer, recognizing the 50 people “who have helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity.”

Andrew offers clients the practical experience that comes from having counseled on many of the highest profile privacy and cybersecurity matters of recent years, with the breadth of knowledge that comes from authoring the premier global treatise on privacy and cybersecurity.

With extensive business and leadership experience, Andrew understands his clients’ businesses, industries and unique challenges. He has founded, advised and served on the board of directors of many companies, particularly in the transformational technology and media sectors He also holds advanced certifications in governance, including as a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow and Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification in cyber oversight.

Andrew is a noted public speaker and author and the only law firm lawyer ever to be named to Security Magazine‘s prestigious “25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders.” He wrote the leading treatise on privacy and security, Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to Federal and State Law and Compliance and Information Security and Privacy: A Guide to International Law and Compliance (West 2006-2020), collectively a 6,000-page, three-volume treatise that examines all aspects of privacy and security laws, published by Thomson-West. The treatise has been called “the best privacy sourcebook,” “an indispensable resource for privacy professionals at all levels,” and “a book that everybody in the information privacy field should have on their desk.” He has published numerous other books and law review articles and routinely authors client alerts on cutting-edge privacy and cybersecurity developments.

 

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Dexcom, Inc.; Director, Sonendo, Inc.

Sadie Stern

Sadie joined Dexcom as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2020. In her role, Sadie leads the company’s global Human Resources team overseeing diversity, equity and inclusion; total rewards; talent acquisition; talent development; organization effectiveness; internal communications; and HR operations. As a trusted advisor, Sadie plays a key influential role on Dexcom’s executive leadership team to shape all aspects of the company’s strategy and culture.

Sadie also serves on the Board of Directors for Sonendo (SONX) since October 2021. She is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees.

Before joining Dexcom, Sadie served as Executive Vice President, People and Culture at 3D Systems, overseeing all aspects of Human Resources, Facilities, EHS and Ethics & Compliance across the company’s operations in 23 countries. Sadie has also held numerous HR leadership roles at Qualcomm, LG Electronics and The Walt Disney Company. She also served as an expatriate in the United Kingdom and Brazil.

Sadie holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Denver.

Associate Professor of Management, University of San Diego

Carsten Zimmermann

Carsten Zimmermann is an associate professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business, where he teaches strategic management, management consulting, digitization and global innovation courses. He is interested in questions that relate to the role of resources, ambidextrous practices and capabilities in strategic management and operations management. Recently, his work has been published in the Accounting Review, the Journal of Operations Management and Nature Protocols.

Building on his management consulting experience, Professor Zimmerman has helped to establish and grow dedicated executive education workshops, industry panels and tailored executive seminars. Over the past years, he has been involved in executive education for various organizations in diverse industries and across multiple business functions. Zimmerman was also a visiting associate professor at Dartmouth College (Tuck).

Areas of Expertise

Strategic management, technology and innovation management, strategic operations management

Awards

  • University Professor, 2018
  • Professor of Impact Award (MSEL), 2016
  • Junior Faculty Research Award, 2014
  • Steber Fellowship, 2013
  • Outstanding Professor Award (MBA), 2013
  • Professor of Impact Award (MBA), 2010
  • Professor of Impact Award (MBA), 2009

Selected Publications

  • Vazquez-Lombardi, R., Nevoltris, D., Luthra, A., Schofield, P., Zimmerman, C., Christ, D. (2018) Transient expression of human antibodies in mammalian cells, Nature Protocols13(1), 99-117.
  • Perols, J., Bowen, B., Zimmerman, C. (2017) Finding Needles in a Haystack: Using Data Analytics to Improve Fraud Prediction, The Accounting Review92(2), 221-245.
  • Kortmann, S., Gelhard, C., Zimmerman, C., Piller, F. (2014) Linking Strategic Flexibility and Operational Efficiency: The Mediating Role of Ambidextrous Operational Capabilities, Journal of Operations Management32(7/8), 475-490.
  • Perols, J., Zimmerman, C., Kortmann, S. (2013) On the Relationship between Supplier Integration and Time-to-Market, Journal of Operations Management31(3), 153-167.
  • Riedl, D., Kaufmann, L., Zimmerman, C., Perols, J. (2013) Reducing Uncertainty in Supplier Selection Decisions: Antecedents and Outcomes of Procedural Rationality, Journal of Operations Management31(1-2), 24-36.

 

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