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 bozoma saint john   Uber  Chief Brand Officer

bozoma saint john

Uber
Chief Brand Officer

Bozoma Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber, where she is tasked with telling the stories of our millions of riders and driver partners across 600+ cities. Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Most recently, Boz was the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. In the role, she spearheaded campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. Boz stole the show at Apple’s keynote World Wide Developers Conference when she introduced the new interface for Apple Music. Following the presentation, Buzzfeed called her the "coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.”

Before Apple, Boz was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio by engaging tastemaker-consumers. Prior to Pepsi, Boz served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand, as well as managed accounts at advertising agencies Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's SpikeDDB.

Boz was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington DC, and Accra Ghana, before immigrating to Colorado Springs CO when she was 12 years old.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council).  


Carolyn Everson is Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook where she leads the company’s relationships with top marketers and agencies for all of Facebook’s family of apps including Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Carolyn oversees a team of regional leaders, and the teams focused on global partnerships, global agencies, global gaming, and the Creative Shop. Prior to Facebook, Carolyn was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. Carolyn also spent seven years at Viacom. Her last role was as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of U.S. Ad Sales for MTV Networks, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and finance for MTVN’s U.S. Ad Sales department. Prior to Viacom, Carolyn held roles at Primedia, The Walt Disney Company and Accenture Consulting. Carolyn has been named to AdWeek’s “AdWeek 50” since 2013. In 2015, she was named to the top of Business Insider’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Advertising, and she has been named a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age. Carolyn was twice included on Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” Carolyn is on the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.; serves on the boards of DonorsChoose, Effie Worldwide, the Mobile Marketing Association, and She Runs It; and is an advisor to Luma Partners. She is the Chair of We Day, United Nations, which encourages and supports young people who are creating transformational social change. Carolyn is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and communications from Villanova University, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Carolyn also received an honorary doctorate from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Carolyn is a member of the Villanova University Board of Trustees, and a trustee of The Montclair Kimberley Academy. She resides in Montclair, New Jersey with Doug, her husband, and Taylor and Kennedy, their twin daughters.

 carolyn everson   Facebook  VP, Global Marketing Solutions

carolyn everson

Facebook
VP, Global Marketing Solutions


 deep nishar   SoftBank  Managing Director

deep nishar

SoftBank
Managing Director

Deep Nishar is currently the Senior Managing Partner at the SoftBank Vision Fund. Some of his representative investments include 10X Genomics, Guardant Health, Improbable.io, Nauto, OSIsoft and Zymergen.

Deep Nishar has more than 20 years of experience helping to build and grow successful software and Internet businesses. He joined LinkedIn in January 2009, and served as the senior vice president of products and user experience until October 2014. He was responsible for setting and executing the company’s global product strategy and led the product management, data science, user experience and web design teams, as well as online sales and business development. Deep has been credited with simplifying and modernizing LinkedIn’s product portfolio, as well as building the LinkedIn mobile platform to further drive member engagement around the globe. During Deep’s tenure at LinkedIn, the team grew membership from 32 million to 347 million, revenue from $78 million to $2.2 billion and LinkedIn became a top 20 US and top 25 global site as measured by Comscore.

Before LinkedIn, Deep worked at Google from 2003 to 2009, where he headed product strategy for the Asia-Pacific region, led the company’s mobile initiatives, and built the systems used for managing Google's global customer base.

Previously, Deep was founder and vice president of products at software company Patkai Networks. In 2010, he co-founded AngelPad, a mentorship program for entrepreneurs.

Deep serves on the board of directors for TripAdvisor (NYSE: TRIP). Deep holds an MBA with highest honors (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, a MSEE from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B. Tech with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology. Deep has co-authored eight patents and is also a recipient of the Google Founders Award, which is given to employees who made extraordinary contributions to the company.


 

Eric Paley is a Partner at Founder Collective, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Eric led Founder Collective's investments into numerous companies including Uber, Cruise Automation, Makerbot, Kuvee, Bookbub, Integral Ad Science, and The TradeDesk (Nasdaq: TTD). Previously, Eric founded Brontes Technologies, a 3D imaging company, which was acquired in 2006 by 3M.  In 2016 and 2017, Eric was named to the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists. Eric has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, is a frequent contributor to Techcrunch, and is a board member of the New England Venture Capital Association.

 eric paley   Founder Collective  Partner

eric paley

Founder Collective
Partner


 FRANCES FREI   Uber  SVP of Leadership & Strategy

FRANCES FREI

Uber
SVP of Leadership & Strategy

Frances Frei is Uber's first SVP of Leadership and Strategy.  Frances joins Uber from Harvard Business School, where she most recently served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and remains the UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management. Her research examines how leaders create the context for organizations and individuals to thrive. Frances's work at Uber focuses on building a world-class leadership team, fostering leadership at all levels of the organization, and guiding the clear articulation of strategy and its planning processes.  Frances is the best-selling co-author of Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business.


Sue Siegel has 30+ years of experience in the corporate world and in venture capital.  She has served as a CEO and Silicon Valley-based VC in both financial and corporate settings.  Her experiences afford her the perspective from start up to global conglomerate.  International in background, Sue brings a global perspective to any challenge presented.

Currently, as CEO of GE Ventures, Sue and her team find, activate and grow ideas across multiple industries to stimulate innovative opportunities for GE and its partners.  As a multi-modal innovation platform comprised of equity investing, licensing, new business creation and early market development and healthymagination, GE Ventures grows companies that advance industries and improves lives.  Prior to GE, Sue was a General Partner at Mohr, Davidow Ventures, a Silicon Valley multi-disciplinary venture capital firm, leading investments in consumer-driven health, precision medicine, digital health, med tech, and life sciences.  As President & Board member of Affymetrix (NASDAQ:AFFX), she delivered multi-billion dollars in shareholder value by scaling Affymetrix from a pre-revenue start up to a multi-billion market cap, multi-national genomic leader.   

Sue has served on corporate boards, public and private, and non-profit boards of all sizes of organizations.  She currently serves on the National Venture Capital Association board, Stanford Hospital Board’s IT Council, University of California President’s Innovation Council, Harvard Partners’ Innovation Advisory Board, USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, and on the Investment Committee of The Engine, MIT’s hard tech innovation accelerator.  

Most recently, Sue served on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative as a member of the Working Group to set guidelines for its establishment and served as an inaugural Board member for the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences. She served on the Executive Committee of Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Council.  Sue’s affiliations include being a distinguished Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies of Sciences-Medicine, and a member of YPO-Gold and of Women Corporate Directors.    

In the bestselling business book: “Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, Sue was a featured “Multiplier.”   She was also recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley”.

 SUE SIEGEL   GE Ventures  CEO

SUE SIEGEL

GE Ventures
CEO


 CAROLINE GHOSN   Levo  Founder & CEO

CAROLINE GHOSN

Levo
Founder & CEO

Caroline Ghosn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Levo, a company that’s using technology to mentor and arm its members with the tools needed to build excellence – to develop their talent, make connections, and learn from each other. Launched in 2012 with an office in San Francisco, Levo was created as a means to an end, aiming to help young professionals navigate their careers and has quickly become a leading millennial movement in the workplace. Ghosn has raised more than $8 million from individual angel investors, including Sheryl Sandberg, Fran Hauser, Susan Lyne, and Gina Bianchini.

At her first job out of college – with McKinsey & Co. – Caroline and her co-founder were met with what most college grads experience: a lack of professional tools, as well as access to information and mentors who can help educate this new crop of talent about how to successfully build a career path they’re passionate about. Today, Levo has grown into a leading professional network that offers millennial talent great, educational content on a range of topics – including how to negotiate your salary, dressing for the job (or promotion) you want, finding the right mentor for you, and more – as well access to peers in local and national markets who share similar interests and values through Local Levo, insights andexpert advice from some of today’s leading business leaders and innovators, like Sheryl Sandberg Kathy Calvin, Warren Buffett, and Janet Mock, with Office Hours, and more. On the backend, Levo is a resource to employers and major businesses, providing real-time data about millennial talent and what’s driving them in business through the Levo Institute.

Born in Brazil and raised in Japan and France, Caroline is a true global citizen, having lived in six countries. In addition to being multilingual (she speaks fluent Portuguese, French and Japanese), Caroline is the first woman in her family to graduate from college, with 2 younger sisters and a brother following in her entrepreneurial footsteps.

Caroline, 30, has been honored as a Good Housekeeping Awesome Women Award recipient and was previously named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business, and by Mashable as a female founder every entrepreneur should know. She has spoken at prestigious conferences including: the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg’s The Next Big Thing Summit, and LeWeb, amongst others. Ghosn graduated with Honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Political Economy and Economics.

Caroline graduated with Honors from Stanford University in 2008, with a B.A. in International Political Economy and Environmental Economics. You can read more about her here: https://www.levo.com/caroline-ghosn