Speaker Bios – The Invasion 2018

Chris Galy

Chris Galy

Chief People officer  – Ten-X

Chris’ global human resources leadership experience spans more than twenty years in the military, software, e-commerce, networking, and semiconductor industries. Prior to Auction.com, he served in Human Resources and/or Talent Acquisition roles at Intuit, Xilinx, Harmonic, and Integrated Device Technology. Before his human resources career, Chris served as an active duty Army Aviation Officer.

Brad Hoist

Brad Hoist

Mandel Communication

Brad Holst is driven by his belief that “everyone has a need to be heard.” He is the primary architect of Mandel Communication’s powerful message-planning tools and has designed winning communication training solutions for Mandel’s global clients. He’s a contributor to the Harvard Business Review Channel, the Harvard ManageMentors video series, and Training Industry Magazine. Prior to joining Mandel, Brad held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and The Clorox Company. Brad makes his home in the San Francisco Bay area, with his family and a pair of Labrador Retrievers. For more information, please visit Brad’s LinkedIn page:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradholst1

Daniel Savage

Daniel Savage

Head of Veterans Program  – Linkedin

Dan Savage serves as the Head of LinkedIn’s veterans program, responsible for identifying and leveraging opportunities to use LinkedIn’s platform and resources to advance the employment situation of America’s veterans. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Dan spent four years at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University serving in numerous roles: managing day-to-day operations as its first Chief of Staff; leading a national study of veteran-serving nonprofit organizations with the George W. Bush Institute; and launching its Onward To Opportunity program nationwide alongside the Department of Defense and the Schultz Family Foundation. Dan is a former infantry officer of the US Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, a veteran of the war in Iraq, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Riki Tate

Riki Tate

Independent Salesforce Consultant

Riki Tate, a San Francisco native, is a former Army combat medic and served 6 years where he was embedded in an infantry stryker platoon, deployed for 14 months for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and an instructor of tactical combat casualty care. After his military service, Riki completed undergraduate American Studies at UC Berkeley. Riki is currently an Independent Salesforce Consultant managing several clients remotely, focused on end user efficiency and automation, and voluntarily trains service members for career opportunities for the Salesforce ecosystem. Riki also exercises absolute determination at his local temple every morning and evening everyday with his devoted wife Olive, and he is a leader of membership growth, nurturing new members, emceeing, and pilgrimages.

Scott Baily

Scott Bailey

VP, Global Accounts, Mandel Communications

Scott Bailey is a firm believer that there is powerful and compelling communicator lurking within each and every one of us. He is a sales professional in the communication skill training industry. Scott is responsible for establishing and managing many of Mandel’s (a global business communication skills training supplier) relationships with clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 clients. For over 30 years, he’s thoroughly enjoyed helping thousands of business professionals compose, communicate, and convey their thoughts more effectively – in any venue. In his free time, Scott can be often found at San Carlos Airport, where he pursues his interest in experimental aviation and aircraft construction. Scott’s son, Damon Bailey, proudly serves in the US Marine Corps as an Engineer Officer since January 2011 to the present.

Donte Burney

Donte Burney

Software Engineer, Linkedin

Donte Burney is a US Army veteran and software engineer at LinkedIn who has past as experienced as coding instructor and multimedia producer. While deployed on Operation Iraqi Freedom, Donte Burney worked as finance technician ensuring soldiers had access to funds across the Middle East. During his off-duty hours, he was a modern Army combative instructor teaching soldiers techniques striking and grappling.

Garrett Deese

Garrett Deese

Ten-X

Garrett’s product, program and marketing leadership experience spans more than a decade in the military and software industries. His service in project, program, and product management roles started while working as an intern for VetsinTech which catapulted him into roles both at Intuit and now currently at Ten-X. Before his product leadership career, Garrett served as an active duty aircraft armament systems maintainer, specializing in nuclear munition systems in roles across the globe. When not traveling, cooking, and competing on national games shows like the Price is Right, Garrett gives back by helping and teaching transitioning veterans how they can leverage their networks and military experiences to differentiate themselves when pursuing their dream careers. Garrett is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing, 2012. Other accomplishments of career significance to Garrett include designation as California State Assembly 17th District’s Veteran of the Year in 2015 and receipt of the American Marketing Association’s San Francisco Bay Area Marketing Leadership scholarship for 2012. Garrett, his girlfriend Lauren, and his pup Bixby, all reside in San Francisco, CA.

Michael McNerney

Michael McNerney

Arbor Networks

Michael McNerney is a Senior Director for Business Development at Arbor Networks. Previously, he was the Co-founder and CEO of Efflux Systems, a cybersecurity startup focused on post-breach analytics and incident response. Mike has also served as a Cyber Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he drafted and negotiated key pieces of federal legislation through the congressional process and worked with defense industry, internet service providers and tech companies to develop cybersecurity programs. Prior to that position, Mike worked in the U.S. State Department, where he pioneered rule of law and economic development programs in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Mike is a veteran of the US Air Force, an affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a lecturer of political science at California State University, and the co-founder of Technology for Global Security. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.

Donald Coolidge

Donald Coolidge

Entrepreneur

Donald Coolidge is a NYC based entrepreneur with a passion for consumer technology. Donald launched his first startup in 2011 and in 2014 he unveiled CogniToys, internet-connected smart toys that are changing the way a generation of digital kids learn and play. CogniToys are a Time Magazine Best Invention of 2015 and were tabbed as the “Best Use of A.I. in Education” by the coveted A.I. Awards.

Prior to becoming involved in technology Donald served 8 ½ years in the Marine Corps to include time in Iraq and Africa. He’s passionate about mentoring young veterans and advocating for the veteran community.

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark

Founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Foundation

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans and military families, and other civic and social justice causes. In 2017 he became a founding funder and executive committee member of the News Integrity Initiative, administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which seeks to advance news literacy and increase trust in journalism.

In 2016 he created the Craig Newmark Foundation to promote investment in organizations that effectively serve their communities and drive broad civic engagement at the grassroots level. Amid growing concerns about the proliferation of “fake news” in the context of the presidential campaign, one of the foundation’s first donations went to the Poynter Institute to create the Craig

Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. Newmark is widely credited for his leadership in promoting “news we can trust.” Craig serves on the board of directors of a range of nonprofits including Blue Star Families, Center for Public Integrity, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, Girls Who Code, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Poynter Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, VetsInTech, and Women in Public Service Project. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He serves on the advisory board of nearly twenty other nonprofit organizations including Donors Choose, EFF, New America Foundation, Voto Latino, Wikimedia Foundation, Women Who Tech, and many others.

In 1995 Craig started curating list of San Francisco arts and technology events he personally emailed to friends and colleagues. People were soon calling it “Craig’s List,” and when Craig turned it into a company he monetized minimally, opting for a business model that prioritized “doing well by doing good.” Today more than 5 billion ads have been posted on the site, the vast majority for free. While Craig remains chairman of craigslist, he has not been involved in management since 2000.

In 2015 craigslist received an award from the FBI in recognition of its undisclosed cooperation with the bureau in combatting human trafficking. Craig was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1952, Craig earned degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in San Francisco and enjoys bird- and squirrel-watching, science fiction, TV, and Dad jokes. Craig communicates regularly through his own blog at craigconnects.org and through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and HuffPost. He also travels the country speaking about issues and appearing on behalf of organizations he supports.

Chad Bonner

Chad Bonner

Sales Executive at Reltio

Chad Bonner serves as Vets in Tech chapter lead in Austin, TX, and is a Sales Executive at Reltio, a bay area based software company.  Chad fundamentally understands that “you can’t achieve true greatness, unless you first know who you are and what your purpose is,” and he continues to help guide people through this process.

Prior to joining Reltio, Chad has done everything from founding a health & fitness tech startup, running a senior healthcare company, motivational speaking, executive coaching, and served in sales roles in several great tech companies.  

Chad was a Field Artillery Officer based in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and he earned an MBA from the University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business).

Steve Schlabs

Steve Schlabs

VP, North America Sales, BMC Software, Inc

Steve Schlabs is the Area Vice President for the North America sales team for consulting services at BMC Software, Inc. He is based in the Denver area and has spent 29 years solving complex problems in high velocity environments through building and leading extraordinary teams. Just prior to joining BMC software, Steve worked for Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA. There, he was on the Worldwide Strategy and Planning Team for the Enterprise Group focused on implementing new go-to-market efforts to drive incremental revenue within the business units and regions.

In 2002, Steve had the opportunity to exponentially grow his skills and knowledge by joining salesforce. As one of the first 250 employees, Steve spent 9+ years implementing and selling salesforce.com-based solutions and growing his expertise in customer experience, sales, and global account management. In 2005 Steve created and led the first Client Services Executive Team, focused on linking customer’s corporate strategy to CRM change enablement and organizational adoption programs. His clients included Cisco, Dell, Merrill Lynch, ADP, and Nextel/Sprint.

After completing business school, Steve launched his career in technology by joining EDS. He was accepted into the Accounting and Financial Development Program where he supported new business development on the South Australian Government account in Adelaide and on the $2.9b Commonwealth Bank account in Sydney. Steve was also selected for a rotational assignment as an executive assisting the CFO, Jody Grant.

Steve began his career as an officer in the United States Army. He was a platoon leader in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and for his service, Steve was awarded the Bronze Star. He completed Army Ranger and Airborne Schools before leaving the military in 1992. Steve holds an MBA from Baylor University and a BA in Marketing from Midwestern State University. Steve lives in Broomfield, CO with his wife and two sons and enjoys coaching his son’s flag football and little league baseball teams.

Chris Starling

Chris Starling

Director of Operations, VetsinTech

Chris Starling retired from the Marine Corps in 2014 after 26 years on active duty. An infantry officer, he completed ten overseas deployments and three combat tours. Upon retirement, he worked as Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at the Marines’ Memorial Association in San Francisco. Recently Chris transitioned to a new role as Director of Operations at VetsinTech, a nonprofit that assists transitioning Veterans find jobs in the tech ecosystem.

While on active duty, Chris was stationed in the San Francisco Bay area three times. From 1992 to 1995, he was assigned to an Interagency Counter-Drug Task Force based at Coast Guard Island, Alameda. From 2007-2008 he represented the Marine Corps as a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University and from 2010-2013, Chris commanded the 23d Marines headquartered in San Bruno, CA. Marines from the regiment deployed to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Belize, the Republic of Georgia, and throughout the Pacific Rim. Also during this time, Chris deployed to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he served for one year as a military advisor to the UAE’s Presidential Guard.

In addition to 23d Marines, Chris’ command assignments included Heavy Weapons Platoon, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, CA, Company K, 3d Battalion 3d Marines in Kaneohe Bay HI, and as Commanding Officer of 2d Battalion, 2d Marines based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. Staff jobs held included Instructor duty at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Aide de Camp to the Commander, US Marine Forces Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith, HI, and in Stuttgart, Germany as the Partnership Division Chief at US Africa Command. Chris earned his BA from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York. He is fluent in German and enjoys outdoor activities, mountain biking, history and theatre.

Tom Anderson

Thomas R. Anderson

Counsel, VLP Law Group

Thomas R. Anderson is a corporate law attorney practicing with VLP Law Group LLP. Tom specializes in corporate and business law for emerging growth companies, venture capitalists and angel investors in the technology, life sciences and clean tech sectors. Tom’s practice includes general business law counseling to entrepreneurs and investors, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and he is skilled in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events. Tom strives to blend his legal skills with his prior management and leadership experience to provide his clients with quality legal services focused on their business objectives.

Tom attended the Georgetown University Law Center where he graduated cum laude and served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. Tom began his legal career in the Silicon Valley office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, one of the nation’s premier business law firms.

Tom earned an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University and a B.A. in Political Science from La Salle University.

Prior to attending law school, Tom served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he attained the rank of Colonel, commanded a battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, served as the 82nd’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (G-4) in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Star Medals.

Tom and his wife Lisa (who herself was the first female Division Dentist in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division) enjoy hiking, backpacking and photography in mountains across the USA.

Rick Howard

Rick Howard

Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Rick is the Palo Alto Networks Chief Security Officer (CSO) where he has overall responsibility of the company’s internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42), directs the company’s efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing non-profit, hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project, and provides thought leadership for the company and the Cybersecurity community at large.

His prior jobs include TASC CISO, iDefense General Manager, Counterpane SOC Director, and Commander of the U.S. Army’s Computer Emergency Response Team where he coordinated network defense, network intelligence and network attack operations for the Army’s global network. Rick holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the US Military Academy.

He also taught computer science at the Academy from 1993 to 1999. He has published many academic papers on technology and security and has contributed as an executive editor to two books: “Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures” and “Cyber Security Essentials.”

Raj Shah

Raj Shah

Managing Partner, DIUx

Prior to joining DIUx, Raj was the senior director of strategy at Palo Alto Networks, which acquired Morta Security, where he was CEO and Co-Founder. Prior to this, he was a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and began his business career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Raj served as an F-16 pilot in the United States Air Force where he completed multiple combat tours. He holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and an affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Maren Kate Donovan

Maren Kate Donovan

Managing Partner, Recruit

Having founded and built from scratch a 400+ person company in the virtual staffing space, I bring to the table a unique blend of roll-up-my-sleeves hustle and deep experience around recruiting, career development and workforce innovation.

My first entrepreneurial foray was in college as one of eBay’s first powersellers. After that, I became enamored by the ability to work with people from all over the world through growing global connectivity and online job boards and launched a matching making service to connect small business owners with talent from all over the world.  

Professionally, I help executive teams and companies recruit the best people for the right roles. I work in close collaboration with my clients to develop tailored hiring processes based on their culture and talent needs, then tap into a well-curated talent pool to find the best fits.

Personally, I strive to inspire others to consume less, explore more of this beautiful world we occupy and see the ways humans are more similar than we are different.

Loree Draude

Loree Draude

Head of Ads Help, Facebook

As a naval aviator who completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf, I know how to lead in demanding environments and motivate teams to accomplish superior results. I’ve spent the last 15 years in Silicon Valley working with companies on customer experience, product marketing strategy, customer acquisition and brand-building.

Specialties: Strategic leadership, people management, customer experience, social media, marketing strategy, communities, customer support, paid and organic user acquisition, online product marketing, web analytics, brand-building, video production, editing and storytelling.

David Kingsley

L. David Kingsley

SVP, Global HR Strategy and Operations, Salesforce

I am passionate about helping companies scale using culture, technology, and data to drive employee engagement.

My approach to HR leadership is hypothesis-driven, metrics-focused and outcome-oriented. The teams I serve focus on delivering stakeholder value at speed in high growth industries and markets around the world.

My contributions include the design, development and delivery of HR Strategy, Operations, and Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) functions with work that spans talent acquisition, compensation, learning and development, executive coaching, employee engagement initiatives, Information Technology, workforce planning, and employee service delivery.

I’m proud to be part of one of the top HR teams in the world at Salesforce, recognized in the Workforce 100: Ranking the World’s Top Companies for HR: http://www.workforce.com/articles/21293-2015-Workforce-100-List

Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Portfolio Lead, Future State

Specialties: Change Management, Program Management, Operations, Strategy, Process Excellence, Organizational Development, Group Facilitation, Coaching, Team-Building, Interpersonal Skills and Diversity Training, Motivational Speaking.

Matt Bigge

Matt Bigge

Partner, Crosslink Capital

Matt Bigge is an entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years of successful general management and multi-stage venture investing experience. Mr. Bigge carries a strong track record of investing in leading edge technology companies including CloudShield (SAIC), Narus (Boeing) and ArcSight (HP). He was also an early investor and Chairman of the Board of MeshNetworks (Motorola).

Currently, Mr. Bigge is focused on investments in Enterprise IT, Infrastructure and Security. He currently sits on the board of ProtectWise and Verodin. In the past, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of Strategic Social Holdings (acquired by Constellis Group). At Strategic Social, Mr. Bigge focused on building a world-class company providing Local Insight with Global Perspective for select public and private sector customers in emerging and frontier markets. He is a frequent lecturer in the areas of information operations related to critical infrastructure protection. He has lectured in the US to state, local and federal law enforcement. Internationally, Mr. Bigge’s lectures have addressed defense and law enforcement leaders on several continents ranging from Europe and Africa to the Middle East and Central Asia.

Prior to his business career, Mr. Bigge served in the U.S. Army with a distinguished record as an Infantry officer and Ranger in the 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Bigge has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University where he was also a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Mike Powers

Mike Powers

Diversity Lead, TEKSystems

Currently managing the veterans and disabilities program for TEKsystems. This includes compliance for OFCCP, outreach, internal and external hiring, determining partnerships and charities, garnering internal support and growth from executive leadership and local office directors in 110 locations in 47 states, managing sourcing vendors, educate and train college and internal recruiting teams on veterans recruiting, diversity and inclusion training, budget review, and interface with media outlets.

Sherif Abushadi

Sherif Abushadi

Program Director, Galvanize

I smile every time I look up from my work and find myself way outside my comfort zone.

I share that love with my students, inviting them to embrace their own confusion (instead of denying or avoiding it). When we do, we learn faster than we ever thought possible.

Professionally, I’ve spent nearly 20 years designing and building software for commercial and federal clients in the US and Canada. I’ve held multiple roles from developer to executive in my work with commercial clients including Verizon, The Home Depot, Mary Kay, Nationwide and Caterpillar. Federal clients have included the Departments of Education, Labor and Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Library of Congress.

I feel lucky to be living on the quiet side of a small, secluded and mysterious island off the western shores of Oakland, CA called Alameda with my main squeeze, B. and our little nugget A.

And one of my favorite quotes is attributed to Alan Kay, “a change of perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”

Hap Olsen

Hap Olsen

Software Engineer, Expedia

Hap Olsen is a US Navy veteran and software developer at Expedia with a BS degree from the Evergreen State College in Washington State.  I liked transitioning from the military so much I did it twice.  Once when leaving active duty and once after being recalled back to active duty for a year.  My Navy background covers everything from operating and maintaining multimillion dollar computer systems and listening gear used to protect multibillion dollar submarine to training with a range of weapons that may surprise you.  My software background is equally diverse covering a wide range of industries from educational to the Department of Energy to my current employer at Expedia and many other stops in between.

Chester Santos

Chester Santos

International Man of Memory

Chester Santos is one of the world’s foremost experts on memory training. As a professional speaker, coach, and corporate trainer in the area of memory improvement and mental fitness, he’s helped thousands of people around the world to realize the benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind. Chester has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, USA Today, PBS, CNN, and various other television, radio, and print media all over the world. Chester is also the 2008 USA National Memory Champion. He has spoken for groups of CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, and prestigious universities including: the Royal University for Women in Bahrain, the Haas Graduate School of Business in Berkeley, Stanford University, and Harvard University. Chester is the author of “Instant Memory Training for Success” (Wiley/Capstone – July 2016). His iPhone application, “Steel Trap”, was featured by Apple and became an instant worldwide bestseller.

Vince Kohli

Vince Kohli

Chief Program and Product Officer, Stanford Innovation

Vince Kohli is silicon valley inventor, angel investor, enterprise software cloud innovator, global venture mentor maker, product strategist, and philanthropreneurologist.

Vince has obsession with ICEX = Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship + Human-centered design with UI and UX research over 16+ years of enterprise experience in top #1 technology management consulting. Vince was selected as major SAP Mentor in Silicon Valley, a mentorship program launch from corporate software SAP, which now is a major movement in software development and well established software enterprise brand, to serve Fortune 100 CIO’s. A strong breadth of business experience and deep understanding about the symbiosis between Corporate + Start Up environments with expertise in design thinking, customer development, value creation, innovation, AI and machine intelligence.

Vince works with early-stage companies to become more successful through design innovation-driven entrepreneurship.  He is currently helping early stage/seed/post seed tech startups in major high-tech verticals including biotech, healthcare and agriculture with an emphasis on digital media, precision medicine, IOT, AR, VR, AI, IIoT, and connected cars. He is founder of two tech startups in silicon valley with successful exits, and ex Accenture.

Vince is founding partner since the inception of PCI (People Centered Internet, Oct 2015) with Vint Cerf, strategic advisor with Angel hack for corporate accelerator and hackcelerator, and mentor for code creators + change makers.

Vince was top silicon valley candidate selection by World Bank for social entrepreneurship. Vince is also serving at international incubators and accelerators community of entrepreneurs in South America ecosystem and developed high growth early stage tech entrepreneur program curriculum and execution of mentorship lemonade program since 2016.

Vince most recent talks in 2017 is building empathy into design of products – AI/UI a harmony built for one another, a key highlight at Silicon Valley Levis Stadium.

Vince’s all round international technology experience as a entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship coach, super angel investor, product designer and corporate strategist makes him a sought after business advisor/mentor at Google, Stanford, Singularity, IBM, StartX, AngelHack, Google4Entrepreneurs, Innovation Catalyst at UCSF for digital health + hardware and software design for medical devices, corporate startup innovation at Honda and Samsung, and startup judge at NASA, Google, Stanford, Draper University, UC Berkeley and MIT.

Katherine Webster

Katherine Webster

Founder and CEO

VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!

Michael Christman

Michael Christman

Product Manager, Google

Former military officer with a passion for leading teams and creating products that makes our lives better. My interests lie in leveraging my engineering background and leadership skills to help develop new products that will change the world.

Sean Sheppard

Sean Sheppard

Partner, Growthx

A Navy brat, Five-time selling founder and founding partner at GrowthX, Sean Sheppard is a recognized thought leader in startup sales and marketing. Named the #2 Sales Influencers You Should Be Following On Social Media, Sean has helped dozens of startups achieve predictable, scalable revenue growth by implementing proven sales and marketing methodologies. Sean has developed a proven formula to find product-market fit that was the foundation for the MXP program – the back-bone of GrowthX Capital – which will be published in an upcoming book.

Chris Finan

Chris Finan

CEO, Manifold Technology

Manifold Technology is a venture-backed technology startup based in Sunnyvale, CA. Manifold offers the highest-performance distributed ledger technology platform on the market, providing enterprises and consumers with a new level of trust, efficiency and immediacy for value exchanges.

Robert Langol

Robert Langol

Sr. Director, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast

People-focused, farsighted leader with 25+ years experience in operations management, human resources, policy development and strategic planning. Skilled in leading people to achieve results in the most demanding, “no fail” circumstances. Creates trust, builds teams and develops new leaders to meet and exceed expectations.

Julie Cane

Julie Cane

Marketing & Brand Strategy, Wells Fargo

With over 15 years of experience in financial services, today Julie is focused on the next generation and builds strategies to serve college bound students in high school through recent college graduates, bringing together offerings to re-invent how students experience the brand and build financial health at all touchpoints during this pivotal yet increasingly complex life stage.

During her eight years with Wells Fargo, she has held various strategic planning roles including leading the first Competitive Intelligence team for Brokerage and Wealth Management. Prior to Wells, Julie led the Human Capital and M&A Business Consulting group for Charles Schwab Advisor Services and was a Strategy Consultant to financial services companies with Accenture. She also led two merge integrations for Autodesk and managed strategic equity investments for their Corporate Venture Capital Group.

In the mid ‘90s, she was in SEI Corporation’s first class of prior military officers and was selected by the CEO for a team to evaluate and improve their corporate culture. Julie began her career as a US Navy SH-3 helicopter pilot, flying combat support, search and rescue, and torpedo recovery missions in the Philippines and southern California.

She earned her BA and NROTC scholarship from the University of Virginia and holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Julie enjoys her role as President of the Wells Fargo San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Team Member Network of 300+ volunteers as well as serving on the Selection Committee for No Barriers “Warriors to Summits” program. She is also on the Board of Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit providing housing, legal, medical, mental and career transition services to 3,000+ veterans in the Bay Area. She is the mother of 17 and 13 year old daughters, and enjoys trail running, cycling, Pilates and yoga.

Roddy Teeple

Roddy Teeple

Executive DirectorJP Morgan Chase

Roddy Teeple is a technology industry commercial banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he covers early and growth stage companies. He has over 20 years of post MBA experience in financial services including value based strategy consulting, investment banking, commercial banking as well as operating roles in technology companies. His investment banking experience includes positions with Credit Suisse, Robertson Stephens and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Combined, he has executed deals in excess of three billion dollars in aggregate transaction value and advised or executed deals in excess of $10 billion. He has served as a member of the investment committee with a leading family office and ran his own boutique investment bank.

Roddy’s military service includes over six years as a US Naval Officer, where became a SEAL Platoon Commander at SEAL Team ONE. While assigned to SEAL Team THREE and SEAL Team ONE, he completing three jungle warfare special operations platoon deployments to Southeast Asia and led over 100 special operations training missions. He was selected one out of ten officers to lead a High Altitude Low Opening / High Altitude High Opening (HALO/HAHO) platoon where he was also a military freefall jumpmaster. He represented the USA in Conseil International Du Sport Militaire (CISM) pentathlon competitions and was a champion of the amphibious cross country, earning an individual gold medal, silver medalist in seamanship and a silver medal winner with Team USA. He retains membership and is an active participant in the UDT-SEAL Association and is a contributor to the UDT SEAL Foundation.

He earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA where he studied finance and an AB degree from Harvard College where he studied economics and Spanish literature. He was a John Harvard Scholar.

Andrew McClure

Andrew McClure

Vice President, Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Andrew McClure is an investor at Trident Capital Cybersecurity.  With $300M under management, Trident is the largest venture capital fund focused on early stage investing in cybersecurity.  He is a board observer at Prevoty, an autonomous application security company.

He began his career as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he led cross-functional teams in Afghanistan, the Middle East, East Africa, and Australia.  He remains affiliated with the Marine Reserves, where he supports Cyber Command’s tech engagement team in Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining Trident, he completed a joint degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA), where he focused on cybersecurity, national security strategy, and technology innovation.  Andrew also holds a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the U.S. Naval Academy.