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David Aaker, the Vice-Chair of Prophet, a global consultancy, has published over 100 articles and 16 books that have sold well over one million copies. His books, which include Aaker on Branding: 20 Principles That Drive Success, Brand Relevance, Spanning Silos, Brand Portfolio Strategy, Building Strong Brands, and From Fargo to the World of Brands, have been translated into eighteen languages. The winner of three career awards for contributions to the science of marketing, he was named as one of the top five most important marketing/business gurus in 2007 and a Faculty Giant in the spring issue of BerkeleyHaas magazine. He has won awards for the best article in the California Management Review and (twice) in the Journal of Marketing. A recognized authority on brand equity and brand strategy, he is an active consultant and speaker throughout the world. He blogs at davidaaker.com and is Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

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Jennifer Bevington has worked in youth program development for the past 26 years, primarily in science and natural history museums as well as cultural organization in Chicago, Los Angeles and Bay Area before her work in higher education at UC Berkeley. She has specialized in educational program planning, community outreach, partnership development, and fundraising. Jennifer has developed award-winning programs and directed education departments in distinguished natural history museums in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She has worked with primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall in both the Bay Area as well as in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on developing afterschool clubs and environmental programs.

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Rick Carucci has recently retired as President of Yum Brands, Inc. where he was responsible for 33,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants in over 120 countries. He was previously Yum's CFO for seven years, during which time Yum's stock price tripled. Altogether, Rick has thirty years of combined experience at Yum and PepsiCo, Inc. More than half of his experience was in international business which included positions where he was based in Cyprus and Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of VF Corporation. Rick graduated with an M.B.A. from the Haas Business School in 1984 and a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics from Brown University in 1979. He is married to Julee Peterson Carucci, who is also a Haas MBA graduate. They still like each other and have two delightful daughters.

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Kevin Casey is the founder and CEO of New Avenue, a company that he started during his second year at Haas. New Avenue is an online platform that makes it easy for homeowners to expand their single-family homes for sharing with their children and extended family. The company takes the painfully complex process of managing a contractor and makes it fun, and easy.

Casey's experience includes various roles in community development, technology and finance. He obtained an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, researched economic and community development as a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, and holds a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Fordham University. Early in his career he was a Vice President responsible for the design and project management of Oracle business intelligence systems for US Trust and Charles Schwab.

The anthropologist in him believes that our homes and our communities should address our emotional and social needs, and he founded New Avenue to offer an alternative to the broken financial and home building industries that have lost touch with this mission (and also happened to create the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression). With a father who is an urban planner and a grandfather who was a modular builder, he learned enough about construction to understand that the greatest challenges in development are education, communication, and planning. He also grew up in a pre-fab Sears Catalog home built in 1908.

Kevin and his wife, Kristina live in Berkeley. Kristina is the head merchant at Title 9, the women's athletic apparel company.

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Al Fan is the founding Executive Director for Charter School Partners, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis that supports the startup, growth, and expansion of high quality charter schools. He was most recently in 2013 named by the Walton Family Foundation as one of the Ed Reformers to Watch. Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at General Mills, a global food manufacturer based in Minneapolis, in various marketing and sales positions with an emphasis in the areas of Brand Management, Category Management, Consumer Research, and Strategic Planning.

Prior to General Mills, Mr. Fan was a Manager at Accenture, a global strategic consulting firm, and worked with numerous organizations in the areas of technology, systems development, and strategic planning.

Mr. Fan has been actively involved with charter schools and nonprofits throughout the Twin Cities and has served on the boards of the Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis, Social Venture Partners, Hiawatha Leadership Academy, and was the founding board chair for KIPP MN. Mr. Fan has been a volunteer for Best Prep, Junior Achievement, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Mr. Fan has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California in Berkeley and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California in Berkeley. He has been married for 25 years, has one daughter attending Vanderbilt University, one daughter attending ELON University in North Carolina, and his third daughter attending Duke University.

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John Foraker is the Chief Executive Officer of Annie's, Inc., a leading natural and organic food company based in Berkeley. Annie's is a mission-driven business focused on sustainability, social responsibility, and delighting our millions of fans. Foraker holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkley (1994) and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis (1986).

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Cathy Garza is Director of Alumni Engagement and is responsible for connecting alumni with relevant Center programming, students, faculty and staff. Cathy's ties to Haas are longstanding. As the Managing Director of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics' Policy Advisory Board, she produced programming for 200+ Board members. She also spent four years in Haas' Career Management Group advising students, working with employers to bring relevant opportunities to campus, and enhancing curriculum by bringing to campus a speaker series, a mentoring program, and varied networking opportunities. Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Cathy worked in commercial banking in a variety of roles in marketing and finance, including as an analyst and lender and in corporate finance, working on some of the first asset backed securitizations of credit card receivables. Cathy is Bay Area educated receiving her MBA from Haas and her AB from Stanford. She is active in her community as a public school volunteer and can be found on a soccer pitch most weekends cheering on her kids.

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Aylin Gezgüç received her BA from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, and her MBA from Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley.

She started her career at the Turkish Treasury and worked on project finance deals in infrastructure, municipality and defense sector. In 1998, she worked as a consultant for the "Sacred Sites International Foundation" and "Law and Economics Consulting Group". From 2000 onwards, she worked on the relations of the Turkish Republic at the IMF, OECD, G20 and multilateral development banks such as the EBRD, ADB and BSTDB.

In 2007, she joined Koç Holding as the Foreign Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator. She oversees CSR Projects from design to implementation.

She is on the Board of Directors at the UNGC Turkish Local Network as well as at the Turkish Foundation for Combatting Erosion Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats. www.mlmm.com.tr

Creating shared value through inspiration: High rates of youth unemployment coupled with low skills in the labor market, created an obstacle for business in Turkey but also gave an opportunity to create value. This is the story of how an ambitious mantra lived up to its promise, starting with a strong but narrow offering and resulting in a wide range of acceptance and ownership across the country in numerous companies from a wide range of industries as well as schools in different geographies and fields.

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Bob Halperin is Co-founder and Managing Director of Alumni Forum Services, the premier provider of Forum services to leading business schools and universities. Bob served previously as Chief Education Officer of Young Presidents Organization, and is a YPO Certified Forum Facilitator. Bob was most recently Executive Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and has held senior leadership positions in executive education at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Babson College.

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Sarah Eisenberg Hauser is the Executive Director for The Princeton Review Northern California. Her position is an intersection of her two passions: education and business. Her goal has always been to care for students in a way that helps them reach their potential. Sarah grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After high school she moved to Berkeley and has lived in the Bay Area for the last 18 years.

Sarah received her BA in Sociology and a minor in Education from UC Berkeley. She went on to earn her MBA with an emphasis in Marketing (Beta Gamma Sigma) and her Master’s in Education at the University of San Francisco. Before joining The Princeton Review, Sarah spent 8 years running the Sylvan Learning Center Piedmont. During her tenure with Sylvan, she grew the Piedmont Center into the highest revenue generating territory in the country. Sarah has three children 5 and under: Eli, Camille and Marc, and enjoys her life in the Bay Area.

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Heather Hollick works with quiet leaders and technical experts, inspiring them to enhance their leadership while navigating an invigorating career. She moves fluidly between the worlds of challenging leaders one-on-one, advising and transforming teams, and inspiring audiences large and small. Her work resonates with quiet leaders who seek to have great careers and build healthy organizations.

She has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University, and an undergraduate degree in math, physics, and secondary education. Heather is a change agent on a global scale with leadership experiences in IT, HR, consulting, and volunteer organizations. Her experience spans such companies as Cisco Systems, United Healthcare, Research in Motion, and the pensions department of the British Government.

Heather takes a unique and innovative approach to networking. She earned her networking stripes through total immersion. She has moved more than 30 times in her life — 25 times since graduating from college. Over the course of her career she has lived and worked in 16 cities across 7 states and 3 countries. In each new place she hit the ground running by starting with little more than the strength of her network and a few local alumni and LinkedIn connections.

You can learn more about her at her website at heatherhollick.com/about

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Albert Lee is one of the co-founders of MyFitnessPal, the leading free resource for achieving and maintaining your health goals. Backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufied & Byers and Accel Partners, the company has raised $18 million in funding to date. Before founding MyFitnessPal, Albert helped to develop numerous consumer and business products within some of the industry's most successful companies including eBay, Paypal and Yahoo.

Albert has a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Chris Loughlin was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO) on July 1, 2010. Since his appointment, Travelzoo's annualized revenues have grown over 50% and annualized operating income has increased threefold. In the almost 4 years he has served as CEO, Travelzoo's headcount has doubled to 450 employees in Europe and North America. There are a further 125 staff in Asia Pacific.

Travelzoo is a global Internet media brand with 25 offices worldwide. Travelzoo Deal Experts research and publish travel, entertainment and local deals to an audience of 26 million subscribers, 3 million mobile app users and more than 1.8 million social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Taoboa. The Travelzoo brand operates in 11 countries, in Asia Pacific the brand is operated under license.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Loughlin served as Executive Vice President, Europe since May 2005. He was responsible for launching Travelzoo in the UK, Germany, France and Spain, and driving the business' significant revenue and profitability growth. In 2001, Loughlin joined Travelzoo as Vice President of Marketing where he oversaw Marketing activities in the United States before moving into a new role as Vice President of Business Development. In this role he developed new products and revenue streams with airlines, hotels and tour companies in the United States.

Prior to joining Travelzoo, Loughlin was co-founder of Weekends.com, an Internet travel website in New York City. He began his career with Marks and Spencer Plc. and has MBAs from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business and Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City. Loughlin speaks at Investment, Internet and Travel Industry conferences and has appeared on TV networks such as Bloomberg, CNBC and CNN. He was named the "2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by The British Travel & Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame.

He recently moved to Austin, Texas and is happily married with two young daughters.

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Rich Lyons began as Dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1993, Rich was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his BS from Berkeley (finance) and PhD from MIT (economics). His research and teaching are mostly in international finance, though his more recent work explores how business leadership drives innovation, an area of strategic importance to Berkeley-Haas. In 1998 Rich received Berkeley's highest teaching honor and from 2006–08 he was on leave at Goldman Sachs as their Chief Learning Officer, focusing on leadership development for managing directors.

Principal changes at Berkeley-Haas under Dean Lyons include culture, collaboration space, and leadership. Long known for areas like technology, entrepreneurship, strategy, and social impact, Berkeley-Haas drove its strengths more deeply into admissions and other critical processes with a set of four defining culture principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself. Collaboration space is another area of heavy investment at the school, including a new courtyard, a new "active library" adjoining the courtyard, a new innovation lab, and a new education building for breakout, flexible-use, event, and gathering spaces. In a world where education is increasingly digital, some parts of education will always be best delivered face-to-face in cutting-edge spaces. On leadership, Berkeley-Haas has pulled together its advantage being in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area, its distinctive culture, and its preeminent faculty into a curriculum designed to deliver a signature brand of more innovative and entrepreneurial leadership.

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André Marquis joined the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship as Executive Director in 2010. He is a serial entrepreneur with a long record of starting successful biotechnology and information technology ventures with a particular focus on winning in markets where scalability and evidence-based decision making are critical including online advertising, media and pharmaceutical development.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the neuromarketing firm Innerscope Research. Mr. Marquis was also founder and CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, an early stage drug development company backed by Life Science Angels and Tech Coast Angels that creates improved small molecule drugs. He was the CMO of Log Savvy which developed the first system able to analyze the huge amount of data from diverse sources required to understand "Web 2.0" emergent social activity. Prior to Log Savvy, André was founder and COO of Chorus (choruspharma.com), a group inside Eli Lilly that radically increased the efficiency of the Pre-Clinical through Phase II drug development through outsourcing.

André was the CTO and Senior Vice President of Marketing at Internet Pictures Corp [NASDAQ: IPIX]. iPIX was the world's largest manager of Internet visual content with partners including Microsoft and Yahoo!. His team created the technology and infrastructure for eBay's Picture Service. He was also founder and Vice President of Marketing at Emptor (Accept.com), a Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital backed online payments company that was acquired by amazon.com. Prior to Emptor, he was a member of the initial management team at CyberGold [NASDAQ: CGLD] where he directed marketing strategy and marketing programs for one of the 20 fastest growing sites on the Internet.

Mr. Marquis was also a member of Boston-based CommonAngels and a founder of Incubator, LLC, a Berkeley-based business incubator. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester.

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Dr. Kellie McElhaney is the Whitehead Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She launched this center in 2003, which placed corporate responsibility squarely as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School.  The Center has received global critical acclaim with The Financial Times rating Haas #1 in the world in 2008. Part of the Center's differentiation is its $1.3M student-run socially responsible investment fund, which Kellie helped to launch and still advises.

Her Corporate Responsibility work focuses in three areas: (1) Analyzing and developing companies' CSR strategy and its alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and value creation; (2) Exploring the linkage between women, business leadership, and corporate sustainability (3) The business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR. She has written a book entitled Just Good Business The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (2010) on these focus areas, as well as given a TED talk on the topic.

Kellie also focuses on Women and Business Leadership, as well as connections between women as corporate leaders and the firm's financial, environmental and social performance. She has developed new courses in this arena called Women in Business in which she looks at the business cases for investing globally in the development of women. She has written various case studies of companies who are doing this, including the GSMA, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola. You can see her latest study on Women on Boards and Environment Social and Governance (ESG) performance improvements here.

Kellie keynotes for companies and organizations all over the world, and consults to Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy and women's investment strategy, bridging her academic focus with the practitioner world.   Her client list includes HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Levi, Wal-Mart, Target, Clorox, Ernst & Young, NVIDIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nokia (Finland), Navigant, Volunteer Match, Ford Motor Company, PG&E, Driscolls Berries, Triage Consulting Group, Ulster Bank (Ireland), Kimberly-Clark, Frontline, Accenture, StatoilHydro (Norway), Yum! Brands, Chevron, ING, Energizer Holdings, Inc., Pandora Internet Radio, Aboitiz (Philippines).

Kellie serves on the Board of Directors for both Globescan and Sierra Europe Offshore, LTD., the Sustainability & Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the Dow Chemical Company, and the Advisory Boards for Sedgwick's Women's Forum, Pacific Community Ventures, SustainAbility and Atalanta Capital. She lives in the Oakland Hills in California and has two teen-aged daughters. She enjoys photography, yoga, good wine, running and has even tried surfing. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina, her MA from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving in to academia, Kellie worked in retail banking.

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Juan F. Mini, MBA 99, is the founder and president of Campus Tecnologico, a space in Guatemala City that nurtures innovation and technology with the aim of turning Guatemala into the Silicon Valley of Central America. He's also president of Grupo Mini, a family business focused on commercial and residential construction. Mini earned a BS in civil engineering from Cornell, a master's in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas. Right out of business school he cofounded ZipRealty, Inc., a U.S. real estate brokerage firm with licensed agents in offices nationwide who sell real estate on ZipRealty.com, making buying or selling a home easier and more efficient.

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Genevieve ("Gigi") Orta is an estate planning attorney whose focuses on providing comprehensive, personalized estate planning counseling to couples, families, and individuals, as well as probate and trust administration. Gigi is committed to helping her clients understand that the foundation of estate planning is appreciating the value of protecting themselves and their loved ones. Although based in the East Bay, Gigi and her team take clients all over the Bay Area.

In 1990, Gigi received a B.S. from Syracuse University. Gigi received a J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco Law School, magna cum laude, in 1996, where she was a member of the Law Review and a recipient of the Queen's Bench scholarship and University of San Francisco Dean's Tuition Scholarship. She received an LL.M. in taxation, with honors, from Golden Gate University in 2008. She has been in private practice since 1996.

Gigi is a founding member of East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers, and served as President of the Board of Directors in 2013. She is a member of the East Bay Estate Planning Council, the San Francisco Estate Planning Council, the Asian American Bar Association, and the California Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section. Gigi is also an adjunct professor of law at John F. Kennedy University School of Law, where she teaches Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, and Community Property. Gigi has been named a Northern California "SuperLawyer" in the area of Estate Planning & Probate for each consecutive year since 2007.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Gigi now lives in Piedmont with her husband, John (Haas MBA 2000), and their three children and two dogs. If given any free time, Gigi will first give thanks, and then spend it exercising, reading, needlepointing or knitting.

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Tammy Plotkin-Oren (BA '94, MBA '99) is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). She is the principal and owner of TPO Financial and Insurance Services in Oakland, CA. Tammy is dedicated to helping individuals, families and small businesses effectively navigate the world of financial and insurance planning through various stages of life. As a mother of three, Tammy knows first-hand that financial needs and priorities change as families evolve. A core focus of her practice is risk management and how to use insurance and other tools to ensure that her clients' fulfill their plans. She is passionate about helping people protect and plan for a secure financial future.

Her prior experience includes several years as an investment banking analyst in Tel Aviv, Israel, prior to returning to Berkeley for her MBA. After finishing the MBA program, Tammy joined an Internet Photography start-up and served as Director of Product Marketing. Ten years ago, Tammy decided to return to the finance world, this time with a focus on personal finance and started her own business.

Tammy is a member of the East Bay Estate Planning Council, the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco, and the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Her education includes both a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from UC Berkeley. She is active in her local community and has served on various boards including the Research Development Board at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and the Bay Area Children's Theatre.

She lives in the East Bay with her husband Arnon and three daughters. In her free time, you can find her running, watching her daughters' soccer games and going on family vacations.

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Ana Rangel is a recent Cal graduate who majored in Social Welfare. Her interest for education stems back to her high school days. As a former participant of outreach programs such as Puente and Upward Bound, Ana is fully aware of the importance of having resources readily available for first-generation students and their parents. Ana also has in class experience with middle school students thanks to her work with Stiles Hall as an undergraduate. Working as a site coordinator, Ana confirmed her desires to pursue a career in the education field. As this year's new Destination College Advising Corp (DCAC) Adviser, Ana is working with YEAH high school students and families with planning for college through parent and student workshops, academic planning meetings, college tours and much more. Ana's long term goals include graduate school and continuing to make higher education readily available to first-generation and underrepresented students.

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Rebecca Ricksen has actively participated in the UC Berkeley network for over 20 years. Her work at Haas in Alumni Relations and the MBA Career Management Group satisfies her incessant urge to connect individuals to one another and to additional resources for pursuing their professional and personal happiness. A third-generation Cal grad, Rebecca is grateful to her alma mater for introducing her life partner, employers, and cherished friends. linkedin.com/in/rebeccaricksen

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Meg Roundy is a true UC fan (her family holds degrees from 5 of the UC campuses) and she bleeds blue and gold! Meg focuses on Haas student-alumni relationships by providing opportunities for outstanding interactions between students and alumni in all six degree programs. She facilitates strong connections, affiliations and relationships by educating students on how to get the most out of Haas and Haas Alumni Resources while they are on campus, and alumni-in-residence. The more engaged that our community is with the Alumni Network as students; the more engaged they will be as alumni.

Meg emphasizes education about, and connections to, the Haas network so that we have highly engaged students and alumni who understand the value of Haas and the Haas Network, and who give back their time, talent and treasure. linkedin.com/in/megroundy

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Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin is currently the Senior Advisor for Global Economic Competitiveness at the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee where she directs technology, trade, finance and energy policy. On behalf of Chairman Royce, Nilmini is currently working on efforts to increase access to electricity in Africa, maintain Internet freedom, and increase U.S. energy security. Prior to this position, she advocated on cybersecurity, cloud and privacy policy for the Information Technology Industry Council.

For eight years, Nilmini led international economic, development and transparency policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She drove the passage of a law that requires oil, gas and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to reveal trillions of dollars paid to governments that has been since adopted by the European Union and is being considered by many other jurisdictions.

As a Director at the National Security Council at the White House, Nilmini secured agreements with the G-8 to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction, to raise billions of dollars for the Global Fund for AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and increase transparency of international organization. She previously worked on international economic policy at Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Nilmini has appeared on HGTV and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Politico, Yahoo! and numerous international publications. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a "40 Under 40" Leader in International Development by Devex, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her husband and their three girls.

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Nora Silver is a professor at Haas and the director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, which she has led to a #3 ranking in US News & World Report 2012. Before coming to Haas, Nora founded and ran three nonprofit organizations and served on numerous boards of directors. An organizational consultant on strategy and planning, she has worked with more than 200 organizations worldwide, including nonprofits, businesses, governments, foundations and universities. Silver holds a Ph.D. in organizational and clinical psychology, and is the author of Telling the Whole Story (2011) as well as numerous papers and articles. At Haas, she co-teaches Social Sector Solutions, a nonprofit consulting projects class, and Cal Strategic Philanthropy, a class in which students have $10,000 to contribute to create the greatest social impact.

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Darrin Steele
CEO, USA Bobsled & Skeleton

Darrin Steele became the Chief Executive Officer of USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USBSF) in September 2007 after a restructuring of the organization. Since joining USBSF, the organization has achieved many successful milestones including:

  • Coaching reorganization
  • Performance records in World and Olympic competitions
  • Sponsorship value increase of more than 180%
  • Initiation of USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation
  • Establishment of a performance-based culture
  • Establishment and implementation of strategic plan
  • Development of BMW Bobsled Project

Steele served on the USOC's National Governing Bodies/Athlete Advisory Committee Best Practices Task Force in 2011 and Athlete Career & Education Working Group in 2013. Internationally, he was named to the FIBT Sport Committee in 2010 and led the FIBT Special Advisory Committee in 2010 and 2012. In 2013 he was elected to FIBT Executive Committee as the Vice President of Communications. Steele competed in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics in the sport of bobsled.

Prior to joining the USBSF, he spent five years with the Home Depot in various leadership positions, including Store Manager. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1987-1998 and the Army Reserves from 1999-2001.

Currently, Darrin teaches various courses at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, including business, sport marketing, and sport management.

Steele graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in economics while captain of the varsity track and field team where he earned All-American honors in 1991 and was inducted into the EIU Hall of Fame in 2001. He earned his masters of arts degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University in 1993. In 2008, he completed his MBA at University of California-Berkeley and earned his Olympic Sport Leadership Certificate from Northwestern University in 2011. He is currently working toward his PhD in Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and will begin working on his dissertation in fall, 2014.

Steele and his wife Sothy live in Colorado Springs with their three children.

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Tanya Shaw Steinhofer (BA '93, MBA '99) is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with 15 years of diverse investment industry experience, including expertise in real assets (e.g., real estate, commodities) and sustainable/socially responsible investing (SRI). She is passionate about helping women and families with young children achieve financial peace of mind. She runs her own independent, fee-only financial planning firm in Marin, Redwood Grove Wealth Management.

Her prior experience includes several years as a Senior Research Analyst and Investment Advisor at an independent wealth management firm in San Francisco and several years as an equity research analyst covering real estate investment trusts (REITs), first on the sell-side for Goldman Sachs in New York and then on the buy-side for a dedicated REIT money manager.

She is Chair of the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Her education includes both a BA and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She fulfills her passion for financial literacy by volunteering with organizations such as Women's Initiative for Self-Employment, Junior Achievement and Earned Assets Resource Network.

She lives in Mill Valley with her husband Eric, two children and a furry feline friend. In her free time, you can find her running or cycling the hills of Mt. Tam or skiing the slopes of Tahoe.

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Paul Tiffany is a highly experienced business consultant and an acclaimed facilitator of management training and development programs for leading firms and organizations throughout the world. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses in Business Policy & Strategy and International Management. Prior to this Professor Tiffany taught as a Lecturer at Stanford University, and he also currently serves as a Visiting Professor at Sasin, the Graduate Institute of Business at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand; IOMBA, the International Organizations MBA program at the University of Geneva; AVT Business School in Copenhagen; and the Cezanne School of Business at the University of Marseilles in Aix en Provence, France. Professor Tiffany earned an MBA from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Tiffany also authored several books: The Decline of American Steel was published by Oxford University Press in 1988, and appeared in a Japanese edition in 1989. Business Plans for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons), co-authored with Dr. Steven Peterson, was published in 1997 and again in 2005 in a new 2nd Edition. A world-wide Top-Five finalist in the Booz Allen/Financial Times "Best Business Book of 1998" competition, the first edition went through fifteen printings and was available in ten languages.

He is currently at work on a new book titled The Dynamic Capabilities Approach to Strategic Management (co-authored with Professor David Teece of the Haas School). Professor Tiffany has also been recognized for his teaching, receiving the Cheit Award as the outstanding professor in the Berkeley Executive MBA program in both 2003 and 2004. Dr. Tiffany currently leads Paul Tiffany & Associates, a multi-specialty consulting and training organization that offers management services to firms throughout the world. Recent clients have included Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, Deutsche Post DHL (Germany), Siam Cement Group (Thailand), Thai Beverage (Thailand), PepsiCo SE Asia, The Hartford Insurance Co., Krungsri Bank (Thailand), Statoil (Norway), Microsoft, Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, US Steel, Cisco Systems, Korean Management Association (Korea), National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand, and MinSheng Bank (China), among many others. Dr. Tiffany resides in Northern California and on United Airlines.

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Laura D'Andrea Tyson is a Professor and the Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002 through 2006 and as Dean of the Berkeley Haas School of Business from 1998 through 2001.

Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2011to 2013. She served as a member of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011 to 2012 and as a member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board from 2009 to 2011.

Tyson was a member of President Clinton's cabinet between 1993 and 1996. She was the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995. She was the Chair of the National Economic Council and the President's National Economic Adviser from 1995 to 1996.

Tyson is currently a Senior Advisor at the McKinsey Global Institute, Credit Suisse Research Institute, and The Rock Creek Group. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and is on the Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project. She is an advisory board member of Pave, Inc., Newman's Own, Generation Investment Management, H&Q Asia Pacific, and Tykoon. She is a member of the Economic Advisory Board of the World Bank's International Finance Corporation. She is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Tyson currently serves as an Advisor to the Alliance for Competitive Taxation and Samsung SDS. She is a Special Advisor at the Berkeley Research Group and is a Commissioner on the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. She is also a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and the Henry Jackson Initiative Task Force for Inclusive Capitalism. She serves on the National Academies' Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy and is a member of its Innovation Policy Forum. She is a member of the Think Long Committee for California, 21st Century Council and the Governance Project of the Berggruen Institute. She is the co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment.

Tyson is a member of the Boards of Directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., and Silver Spring Networks. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Jacobs Foundation.

Tyson has written books and articles on industrial competitiveness and trade. She has also written opinion columns for many publications including BusinessWeek, The New York Times and the Financial Times and she has made numerous television appearances on economic issues. She is on the editorial board of the International Economy. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Economix blog, Project Syndicate and the Financial Times A-list.

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