Scilla Andreen, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix Scilla Andreen is an award-winning filmmaker, Emmy-nominated costume designer, and tireless champion of independent film. Known as a disruptor and pioneer in the film industry, Scilla is a popular speaker on the festival circuit. She is relentless in her mission to help filmmakers translate their artistic vision into commercial success.  Frustrated by complicated and one-sided distribution deals, Scilla co-founded IndieFlix in 2005 which has become one of the most meaningful, global, online streaming platforms in the industry. Her latest innovation, the RPM model (Royalty Pool Minutes), jettisons antiquated and complicated payment systems in favor of refreshingly transparent simplicity: for every minute watched, a filmmaker gets paid. Scilla sits on the board of The Film School and The Seattle Interactive Conference. She loves photography, sailing, dinner parties and games. Her friends call her fortune cookie. She resides with her two children and dogs in Seattle, WA.

Scilla Andreen, CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix

Scilla Andreen is an award-winning filmmaker, Emmy-nominated costume designer, and tireless champion of independent film. Known as a disruptor and pioneer in the film industry, Scilla is a popular speaker on the festival circuit. She is relentless in her mission to help filmmakers translate their artistic vision into commercial success. 

Frustrated by complicated and one-sided distribution deals, Scilla co-founded IndieFlix in 2005 which has become one of the most meaningful, global, online streaming platforms in the industry. Her latest innovation, the RPM model (Royalty Pool Minutes), jettisons antiquated and complicated payment systems in favor of refreshingly transparent simplicity: for every minute watched, a filmmaker gets paid. Scilla sits on the board of The Film School and The Seattle Interactive Conference. She loves photography, sailing, dinner parties and games. Her friends call her fortune cookie. She resides with her two children and dogs in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Anne Condon, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia Dr. Anne Condon received her Bachelor's degree (1982) from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. (1987) at the University of Washington.  Her research is in the areas of computational complexity and algorithms, with a current focus on ways the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA or other molecules.  Dr. Condon has received a ACM Distinguished Dissertation Award, an NSF Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Alumna Awards from University College Cork and U. Washington's CSE Department and College of Engineering. She is an ACM Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She received the 2010 Computing Research Association's Habermann Award for outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.

Dr. Anne Condon, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Dr. Anne Condon received her Bachelor's degree (1982) from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. (1987) at the University of Washington.  Her research is in the areas of computational complexity and algorithms, with a current focus on ways the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA or other molecules.  Dr. Condon has received a ACM Distinguished Dissertation Award, an NSF Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Alumna Awards from University College Cork and U. Washington's CSE Department and College of Engineering. She is an ACM Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She received the 2010 Computing Research Association's Habermann Award for outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.

Hannah & Haley McConnaughey, Annika Hustad, Atlantis ROV Team Atlantis ROV Team is an award-winning underwater robotics team of middle- and high-school students from Whidbey Island. They have amassed regional, international, and professional accolades for their successes at competition and for STEM outreach. This August, the all-girl team of Hannah, Haley, and Annika, won the Black Sea International ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition in Constanta, Romania in the high school division. With a deep commitment to “paying it forward”, they have reached hundreds of people with STEM outreach over five years:  as exhibitors and workshop presenters at the Sally Ride Science Festival, as the youngest presenters ever selected to host Seattle Science Festival Signature Events, in partnership with the Sea Scouts on the tall ship Odyssey, and as the multiple year winners of the People’s Choice award for their hands-on robotics exhibits at the Whidbey Area Fair.  Atlantis has garnered allocates from the Seattle Times to the Washington Post.

Hannah & Haley McConnaughey, Annika Hustad, Atlantis ROV Team

Atlantis ROV Team is an award-winning underwater robotics team of middle- and high-school students from Whidbey Island. They have amassed regional, international, and professional accolades for their successes at competition and for STEM outreach. This August, the all-girl team of Hannah, Haley, and Annika, won the Black Sea International ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition in Constanta, Romania in the high school division.

With a deep commitment to “paying it forward”, they have reached hundreds of people with STEM outreach over five years:  as exhibitors and workshop presenters at the Sally Ride Science Festival, as the youngest presenters ever selected to host Seattle Science Festival Signature Events, in partnership with the Sea Scouts on the tall ship Odyssey, and as the multiple year winners of the People’s Choice award for their hands-on robotics exhibits at the Whidbey Area Fair.  Atlantis has garnered allocates from the Seattle Times to the Washington Post.

Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch Tennessee In his role as CEO of Launch Tennessee, Charlie takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance Tennessee entrepreneurship. In 1998, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the nation’s leading mall advertising companies. As the CEO, he structured three rounds of private financing before selling the company in 2006 to Australia-based EYE Corp., one of the world’s leading out-of-home media companies. After selling Foxmark, Brock helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisors, an investment bank in Chattanooga and served as Managing Director. Charlie was also founding partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, as well as the CEO of CO.LAB, a Chattanooga accelerator that provides resources and mentoring services to entrepreneurs and runs the summer GIGTANK program. He is an organizer and director of CapitalMark Bank and Trust in Chattanooga and also serves as a director of The Dixie Group and Park Media Software.

Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch Tennessee

In his role as CEO of Launch Tennessee, Charlie takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance Tennessee entrepreneurship.

In 1998, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the
nation’s leading mall advertising companies. As the CEO, he structured three rounds of private financing before selling the company in 2006 to Australia-based EYE Corp., one of the world’s leading out-of-home media companies. After selling Foxmark, Brock helped launch FourBridges Capital Advisors, an investment bank in Chattanooga and served as Managing Director.

Charlie was also founding partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund,
as well as the CEO of CO.LAB, a Chattanooga accelerator that provides resources and mentoring services to entrepreneurs and runs the summer GIGTANK program. He is an organizer and director of CapitalMark Bank and Trust in Chattanooga and also serves as a director of The Dixie Group and Park Media Software.

Bill Bryant, Commissioner, Port of Seattle Bill was born in Morton, grew up in Hoodsport, attended Capital High School in Olympia and studied trade and diplomacy at Georgetown University. After college he worked on trade issues for Governors Spellman and Gardner, trekked alone across China and Tibet, and in 1985 moved to Yakima where he eliminated trade barriers for Washington’s apple industry. In 1992, Bryant moved to Seattle and founded Bryant Christie Inc., a company that works to eliminate foreign trade barriers, develops new international markets. Commissioner Bill Bryant was elected to represent King County citizens as a Port of Seattle Commissioner in the fall of 2007. Bryant immediately began increasing the Port’s transparency and public accountability, working to protect Puget Sound, and improving our transportation system. After only one year on the Commission, in 2009 he was elected President of the Commission by his peers. He served as Commission President for three consecutive years. Growing up on Hood Canal and hiking in the mountains left him committed to protecting our environment. His experiences around the world gave him a deep understanding of how trade generates jobs here, and how fortunate we are to live in Washington State.

Bill Bryant, Commissioner, Port of Seattle

Bill was born in Morton, grew up in Hoodsport, attended Capital High School in Olympia and studied trade and diplomacy at Georgetown University. After college he worked on trade issues for Governors Spellman and Gardner, trekked alone across China and Tibet, and in 1985 moved to Yakima where he eliminated trade barriers for Washington’s apple industry. In 1992, Bryant moved to Seattle and founded Bryant Christie Inc., a company that works to eliminate foreign trade barriers, develops new international markets.

Commissioner Bill Bryant was elected to represent King County citizens as a Port of Seattle Commissioner in the fall of 2007. Bryant immediately began increasing the Port’s transparency and public accountability, working to protect Puget Sound, and improving our transportation system. After only one year on the Commission, in 2009 he was elected President of the Commission by his peers. He served as Commission President for three consecutive years.

Growing up on Hood Canal and hiking in the mountains left him committed to protecting our environment. His experiences around the world gave him a deep understanding of how trade generates jobs here, and how fortunate we are to live in Washington State.

Michael Docherty, CEO, Venture2 Inc.  Michael Docherty has a unique perspective, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.  In his forthcoming book Collective Disruption, Mike reveals how smart corporations are learning to partner with startups for transformative innovation.  The book provides established companies with a practical framework for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses. As CEO of Venture2, a consulting and new ventures firm, Mike works with leading brand companies and startups to build innovation ecosystems and commercialize breakthrough new products and businesses. Clients include Unilever, Merck, Pfizer, Cisco and Jarden and other leading firms. Mike holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a highly rated speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community.

Michael Docherty, CEO, Venture2 Inc. 

Michael Docherty has a unique perspective, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.  In his forthcoming book Collective Disruption, Mike reveals how smart corporations are learning to partner with startups for transformative innovation.  The book provides established companies with a practical framework for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses.

As CEO of Venture2, a consulting and new ventures firm, Mike works with leading brand companies and startups to build innovation ecosystems and commercialize breakthrough new products and businesses. Clients include Unilever, Merck, Pfizer, Cisco and Jarden and other leading firms.

Mike holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a highly rated speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community.

Brier Dudley, Columnist, Seattle Times Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting theNorthwest in a weekly column published on Mondays and a blog appearing throughout the week at www.seattletimes.com. Dudley previously covered Microsoft for five years. A third-generation Seattleite, Dudley received a B.A. in English from Whitman College and studied film production in Italy before starting a career in newspapers. He has won numerous journalism awards and several oyster-eating competitions.

Brier Dudley, Columnist, Seattle Times

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting theNorthwest in a weekly column published on Mondays and a blog appearing throughout the week at www.seattletimes.com.

Dudley previously covered Microsoft for five years. A third-generation Seattleite, Dudley received a B.A. in English from Whitman College and studied film production in Italy before starting a career in newspapers. He has won numerous journalism awards and several oyster-eating competitions.

Sam Smith, Trustee of Western Governors University and Former President of Washington State University Sam Smith served as President of Washington State University from 1985–2000. He was instrumental in establishing WSU's three regional campuses — WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver — as well as fostering development of the university's Distance Degree Programs. He is a trustee of the Western Governors University (WGU), of which WSU is a founding member, and serves on the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and director of the Washington Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. He holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley and honorary doctoral degrees from Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, and Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok, Russia. He joins us at Converge on behalf of Jean Floten, Chancellor of Western WGU.

Sam Smith, Trustee of Western Governors University and Former President of Washington State University

Sam Smith served as President of Washington State University from 1985–2000. He was instrumental in establishing WSU's three regional campuses — WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver — as well as fostering development of the university's Distance Degree Programs.

He is a trustee of the Western Governors University (WGU), of which WSU is a founding member, and serves on the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and director of the Washington Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. He holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley and honorary doctoral degrees from Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, and Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok, Russia. He joins us at Converge on behalf of Jean Floten, Chancellor of Western WGU.

Stacy Flynn, Founder, Future Resource Collective Stacy is a textile and apparel specialist with a BS in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University. She is actively reinventing the textile and apparel business model to preserve the future of apparel. After a diverse background working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations like DuPont, Target, Eddie Bauer, and Rethink Fabric, Stacy launched Future Resource Collective (FRC), a collaboration hub and incubator for sustainable innovations in the apparel and textile industry. In 2014, FRC launched its first social purpose corporation, Evrnu, which uses a patent-pending technology that recycles cotton garment waste to create premium, renewable fiber. From her years in the field, Stacy brings a strong understanding of customer needs, deep knowledge of the industry's supply chain, and the creativity necessary to build trust and develop relationships in order to collectively solve tough issues. She skillfully combines vision and specialization to make new initiatives successful, and uses these strengths to facilitate collaboration with diverse stakeholders and drive innovations to fruition.

Stacy Flynn, Founder, Future Resource Collective

Stacy is a textile and apparel specialist with a BS in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University. She is actively reinventing the textile and apparel business model to preserve the future of apparel.

After a diverse background working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations like DuPont, Target, Eddie Bauer, and Rethink Fabric, Stacy launched Future Resource Collective (FRC), a collaboration hub and incubator for sustainable innovations in the apparel and textile industry.

In 2014, FRC launched its first social purpose corporation, Evrnu, which uses a patent-pending technology that recycles cotton garment waste to create premium, renewable fiber.

From her years in the field, Stacy brings a strong understanding of customer needs, deep knowledge of the industry's supply chain, and the creativity necessary to build trust and develop relationships in order to collectively solve tough issues. She skillfully combines vision and specialization to make new initiatives successful, and uses these strengths to facilitate collaboration with diverse stakeholders and drive innovations to fruition.

Jennifer Gilhool, CEO, Pink Streak Ink Jennifer is a recovering anxiety-ridden workaholic.  She is founder & CEO of Pink Streak Ink, which manages Jennifer’s international speaking and consulting business and published her first book, Sheryl Sandberg, China & Me, which spent several weeks on the Amazon best seller list.   Currently, Jennifer is launching the Gender Economics Lab (GEL).  Through a state-of-the-art interactive learning platform, GEL helps companies create inclusive and empowering work environments capable of unlocking the power of diversity to optimize business results.  Prior to entrepreneurship, Jennifer spent 15 years with Ford Motor Company.  Her last assignment, as the first Director of Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering for Asia Pacific & Africa, relocated her to Shanghai, China.  Prior to Ford, Jennifer practiced law in Chicago and Detroit.

Jennifer Gilhool, CEO, Pink Streak Ink

Jennifer is a recovering anxiety-ridden workaholic.  She is founder & CEO of Pink Streak Ink, which manages Jennifer’s international speaking and consulting business and published her first book, Sheryl Sandberg, China & Me, which spent several weeks on the Amazon best seller list.  

Currently, Jennifer is launching the Gender Economics Lab (GEL).  Through a state-of-the-art interactive learning platform, GEL helps companies create inclusive and empowering work environments capable of unlocking the power of diversity to optimize business results. 

Prior to entrepreneurship, Jennifer spent 15 years with Ford Motor Company.  Her last assignment, as the first Director of Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering for Asia Pacific & Africa, relocated her to Shanghai, China.  Prior to Ford, Jennifer practiced law in Chicago and Detroit.

Greg Herlin, CEO & President, Cashmere Molding, Inc.   Greg Herlin is one of the leading manufacturing CEO’s in the Northwest. Greg co-founded Cashmere Molding in 1991 and ever since has been the visionary force that has helped grow the company into what it is today. Greg’s leadership is responsible for not only superior revenue growth through the recession but also for the dynamic changes in manufacturing infrastructure that make Cashmere the industry leader it is today. Greg has led Cashmere through 30+% growth every year for the past 7 years as well as generated positive returns on investments in capital equipment and value added services.  Over the course of the past several years Cashmere Molding has won numerous awards for its innovative approach to productivity. Those productivity gains have allowed Cashmere to lead the way in “Onshoring” millions of dollars in injection molded plastics. Most recently Cashmere was named for the 5th consecutive year to the Puget Sound Business Journals “Fastest Growing Private Companies” List. Five years on the list is a distinguishing accomplishment and put Cashmere in the PSBJ’s “Hall of Fame”. Greg was also named Seattle Business Magazines, Midsize Manufacturing “Executive of the Year for 2013”.  

Greg Herlin, CEO & President, Cashmere Molding, Inc.  

Greg Herlin is one of the leading manufacturing CEO’s in the Northwest. Greg co-founded Cashmere Molding in 1991 and ever since has been the visionary force that has helped grow the company into what it is today. Greg’s leadership is responsible for not only superior revenue growth through the recession but also for the dynamic changes in manufacturing infrastructure that make Cashmere the industry leader it is today. Greg has led Cashmere through 30+% growth every year for the past 7 years as well as generated positive returns on investments in capital equipment and value added services. 

Over the course of the past several years Cashmere Molding has won numerous awards for its innovative approach to productivity. Those productivity gains have allowed Cashmere to lead the way in “Onshoring” millions of dollars in injection molded plastics. Most recently Cashmere was named for the 5th consecutive year to the Puget Sound Business Journals “Fastest Growing Private Companies” List. Five years on the list is a distinguishing accomplishment and put Cashmere in the PSBJ’s “Hall of Fame”. Greg was also named Seattle Business Magazines, Midsize Manufacturing “Executive of the Year for 2013”.  

David J. Helfand, President & Vice-Chancellor, Quest University Canada David J. Helfand has been a faculty member at Columbia University for thirty-seven years, serving half of that time as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications and has mentored 22 PhD students, but most of his efforts have been aimed at teaching science to non-science majors; he instituted the first change in Columbia's Core Curriculum in 50 years by introducing science to all first-year students. In 2005, he became involved in the development of Quest University Canada, a highly innovative new university in British Columbia designed from scratch to prepare students for the new millennium. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Quest since 2008. He is also in his final year of a four-year term as President of the American Astronomical Society.

David J. Helfand, President & Vice-Chancellor, Quest University Canada

David J. Helfand has been a faculty member at Columbia University for thirty-seven years, serving half of that time as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications and has mentored 22 PhD students, but most of his efforts have been aimed at teaching science to non-science majors; he instituted the first change in Columbia's Core Curriculum in 50 years by introducing science to all first-year students. In 2005, he became involved in the development of Quest University Canada, a highly innovative new university in British Columbia designed from scratch to prepare students for the new millennium. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Quest since 2008. He is also in his final year of a four-year term as President of the American Astronomical Society.

David Giuliani, Founder, Board Chair, Washington Business Alliance

David Giuliani, Founder, Board Chair, Washington Business Alliance

David Giuliani is a co-founder of the Washington Business Alliance and serves as the Board Chair.

David is the former CEO and co-founder of Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, the Clarisonic® company. Previously, he was CEO and co-founder of Optiva Corporation, the Sonicare® company. He also was a featured speaker at the White House Conference on Corporate Responsibility in recognition of his innovative business practices. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studied graduate-level electrical engineering and business at Stanford University, and has authored more than a dozen U.S. patents.

David was the SBA's National Small Businessperson of the Year and the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year for Manufacturing in 1997.

David actively participates in Washington State community activities including Junior Achievement, the Washington Technology Center, Alliance of Angels, and ham radio for emergency preparedness. He lives on Mercer Island with his wife, Patricia.

 Kris Kutchera, VP of Information and Technology Services, Alaska Airlines Kris leads a team recognized for its award-winning alaskaair.com web site, mobile apps and loyalty program and industry-leading airport automation. Kris focuses on innovation to improve customer experience and employee productivity, while ensuring the reliability of core systems needed to run the airline. Kris joined Alaska Airlines in 2005 with more than 20 years of experience in IT.  Previously at Alaska, Kris served as managing director of IT applications. She began her career at Boeing Computer Services and Cap Gemini America before moving on to leadership positions at Washington Natural Gas (now part of Puget Sound Energy), Fluke (now part of Danaher), and F5 Networks, where she served as vice president of information technology for five years.  Kris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in zoology.  She trained and taught as an instructor at Boeing Computer Services, and in 2009 she graduated from the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.  Kris currently sits on the State of Washington Technology Services Board, the University of Washington iSchool Founding Board, the Technology Access Foundation Board and she serves as a governing body co-chair to the Seattle CIO Executive Summits. 

 Kris Kutchera, VP of Information and Technology Services, Alaska Airlines

Kris leads a team recognized for its award-winning alaskaair.com web site, mobile apps and loyalty program and industry-leading airport automation. Kris focuses on innovation to improve customer experience and employee productivity, while ensuring the reliability of core systems needed to run the airline.

Kris joined Alaska Airlines in 2005 with more than 20 years of experience in IT.  Previously at Alaska, Kris served as managing director of IT applications. She began her career at Boeing Computer Services and Cap Gemini America before moving on to leadership positions at Washington Natural Gas (now part of Puget Sound Energy), Fluke (now part of Danaher), and F5 Networks, where she served as vice president of information technology for five years. 

Kris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in zoology.  She trained and taught as an instructor at Boeing Computer Services, and in 2009 she graduated from the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.  Kris currently sits on the State of Washington Technology Services Board, the University of Washington iSchool Founding Board, the Technology Access Foundation Board and she serves as a governing body co-chair to the Seattle CIO Executive Summits. 

Jeff Loucks, Chief Insights Officer, Cisco Consulting Services Dr. Jeff Loucks is the Chief Insights Officer for Cisco Consulting Services. His team is responsible for the creation and execution of research-based thought leadership for Cisco Consulting Services. His innovative data analytics approach to research and analysis have gained him industry recognition with a significant impact on Cisco corporate strategy.  Loucks co-led the team that developed the research and production of Cisco’s influential IoE thought leadership titled, “Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion” and “Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index: How Much Value Are Private-Sector Firms Capturing from IoE in 2013?” This project was followed by further groundbreaking research that showed the total IoE value at stake for both enterprises and public sector organizations to be $19 trillion.  Jeff has a B.A .in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. Jeff lives in Vancouver, B.C. with his wife and 2 children.

Jeff Loucks, Chief Insights Officer, Cisco Consulting Services

Dr. Jeff Loucks is the Chief Insights Officer for Cisco Consulting Services. His team is responsible for the creation and execution of research-based thought leadership for Cisco Consulting Services. His innovative data analytics approach to research and analysis have gained him industry recognition with a significant impact on Cisco corporate strategy. 

Loucks co-led the team that developed the research and production of Cisco’s influential IoE thought leadership titled, “Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion” and “Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index: How Much Value Are Private-Sector Firms Capturing from IoE in 2013?” This project was followed by further groundbreaking research that showed the total IoE value at stake for both enterprises and public sector organizations to be $19 trillion. 

Jeff has a B.A .in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. Jeff lives in Vancouver, B.C. with his wife and 2 children.

Ann P. McMahon, Vice President of Science and Education, Pacific Science Center Dr. Ann McMahon, Vice President of Science and Education at Pacific Science Center, is dedicated to inspiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from cradle to career and beyond – especially among girls and women. She believes fostering social/emotional engagement, as well as intellectual engagement, in the natural and human-made world makes science more relevant to girls – and to all of us. A satellite engineer for McDonnell Douglas (now The Boeing Company) for 10 years prior to her career in science education, Dr. McMahon has taught preschool and elementary school science and developed K-12 inquiry-based science and engineering practices. For fifteen years, she taught physics and astronomy to K–8 teachers at Washington University. Since 2003, Dr. McMahon has served on the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) faculty. Her research bridges the K-12 education and professional engineering communities. Her 2012 TEDxGladstone talk focuses on empathy in engineering. 

Ann P. McMahon, Vice President of Science and Education, Pacific Science Center

Dr. Ann McMahon, Vice President of Science and Education at Pacific Science Center, is dedicated to inspiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from cradle to career and beyond – especially among girls and women. She believes fostering social/emotional engagement, as well as intellectual engagement, in the natural and human-made world makes science more relevant to girls – and to all of us.

A satellite engineer for McDonnell Douglas (now The Boeing Company) for 10 years prior to her career in science education, Dr. McMahon has taught preschool and elementary school science and developed K-12 inquiry-based science and engineering practices. For fifteen years, she taught physics and astronomy to K–8 teachers at Washington University. Since 2003, Dr. McMahon has served on the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) faculty. Her research bridges the K-12 education and professional engineering communities. Her 2012 TEDxGladstone talk focuses on empathy in engineering. 

Marc Nager, CEO, UP Global.  Marc found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit in early 2009. In 2013, Startup Weekend merged with Startup America to pursue a broader mission under the UP Global brand - Unlocking human potential through entrepreneurship by building startup communities via a series of experiential programs that are led by grassroots volunteers. This year, UP Global will host over 1,200 programs in over 120 countries. 

Marc Nager, CEO, UP Global. 

Marc found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit in early 2009. In 2013, Startup Weekend merged with Startup America to pursue a broader mission under the UP Global brand - Unlocking human potential through entrepreneurship by building startup communities via a series of experiential programs that are led by grassroots volunteers. This year, UP Global will host over 1,200 programs in over 120 countries. 

Kristin Smith, CEO, Code Fellows Prior to becoming CEO of Code Fellows, Kristin served as VP of Supply Chain at Zulily where she oversaw the development of fulfillment processes, systems, and teams that were pivotal to the company’s rapid growth and sustained success. Prior to Zulily, she held several titles in eight years at Amazon.com, most recently serving as Senior Manager in charge of Product Management, Site Merchandising, and the Design teams responsible for Amazon MP3 and Amazon Cloud Player. She holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Kristin Smith, CEO, Code Fellows

Prior to becoming CEO of Code Fellows, Kristin served as VP of Supply Chain at Zulily where she oversaw the development of fulfillment processes, systems, and teams that were pivotal to the company’s rapid growth and sustained success. Prior to Zulily, she held several titles in eight years at Amazon.com, most recently serving as Senior Manager in charge of Product Management, Site Merchandising, and the Design teams responsible for Amazon MP3 and Amazon Cloud Player. She holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Kat Taylor, CEO, Beneficial State Bank Kat's life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.

Kat Taylor, CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Kat's life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of Beneficial State Banka Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves.

Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource CenterInsight Prison ProjectKQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.

Bonnie Wade, Senior Research Engineer, Automobil Lamborghini Bonnie Wade is Senior Research Engineer and Lab Manager at the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) and Gemini Composites.  The ACSL was based at the University of Washington campus from 2007 to 2013, but since January 2014 it exists as stand-alone Non-Profit Organization in Seattle. The ACSL is resposible for the development of all carbon fiber technologies and BIW concepts at Lamborghini.  Gemini Composites is a design firm that focuses on product development utilizing Forged Composite technology.  Bonnie joined the ACSL in 2007 while studying Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering.  In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. under the doctoral advising of ACSL Director Dr. Paolo Feraboli.  Her doctoral research focused on the crashworthiness of composite vehicle structures, for which Bonnie coauthored five journal publications and presented at conferences worldwide.  For her work in crashworthiness she received several awards and scholarships including the Boeing Fellowship Award and NASA SURP Grant.  

Bonnie Wade, Senior Research Engineer, Automobil Lamborghini

Bonnie Wade is Senior Research Engineer and Lab Manager at the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) and Gemini Composites.  The ACSL was based at the University of Washington campus from 2007 to 2013, but since January 2014 it exists as stand-alone Non-Profit Organization in Seattle. The ACSL is resposible for the development of all carbon fiber technologies and BIW concepts at Lamborghini.  Gemini Composites is a design firm that focuses on product development utilizing Forged Composite technology. 

Bonnie joined the ACSL in 2007 while studying Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering.  In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. under the doctoral advising of ACSL Director Dr. Paolo Feraboli.  Her doctoral research focused on the crashworthiness of composite vehicle structures, for which Bonnie coauthored five journal publications and presented at conferences worldwide.  For her work in crashworthiness she received several awards and scholarships including the Boeing Fellowship Award and NASA SURP Grant.  

Tammy Young, Vice President, Human Resources for Alaska Airlines.   Tammy Young joined Alaska Airlines as an officer in 2012.  In her role, Tammy is responsible for all aspects of human capital management for the organization, including engagement, talent development, recruitment, employment brand, compensation, medical and retirement benefits, diversity and inclusion and employee relations.  She also serves as a member of the company’s executive committee. Professionally, Tammy has a strong interest in workplace communication, the advancement of diversity and transformation of the human resource function.  Personally, she has an interest in childhood/youth welfare, a focus which engages her on the board of Boys and Girls Club of King County.  Tammy serves as Chairman-Elect at the Washington Athletic Club and is a regular volunteer for a variety of hands-on community service activities in the Puget Sound region.   Tammy is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tammy Young, Vice President, Human Resources for Alaska Airlines.  

Tammy Young joined Alaska Airlines as an officer in 2012.  In her role, Tammy is responsible for all aspects of human capital management for the organization, including engagement, talent development, recruitment, employment brand, compensation, medical and retirement benefits, diversity and inclusion and employee relations.  She also serves as a member of the company’s executive committee.

Professionally, Tammy has a strong interest in workplace communication, the advancement of diversity and transformation of the human resource function.  Personally, she has an interest in childhood/youth welfare, a focus which engages her on the board of Boys and Girls Club of King County.  Tammy serves as Chairman-Elect at the Washington Athletic Club and is a regular volunteer for a variety of hands-on community service activities in the Puget Sound region.  

Tammy is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jacob Zimmerman, Jazz Musician, Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals

Jacob Zimmerman, Jazz Musician, Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals