Distinguished Speakers

Top executives, company founders, veteran entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers share valuable insights and lessons learned. Our recent speakers include:
  • Robert Cialdini, author, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
  • John Foraker, chairman of the Bunny, Annie’s, Inc. and co-founder of Once Upon a Farm
  • Carlos Alberini, CEO, Lucky Brand
  • Aimeé Lapic, former CMO, Banana Republic
  • Matthew Johnston, president and CEO, HM.Clause
  • Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allegiant Travel Co.
  • Kirsten Saenz Tobey, Founder, Revolution Foods
  • Vivek Ranadivé, Owner and Chairman, Sacramento Kings
  • Sandy Weill, Former Chairman and CEO, Citigroup
  • Bernard Tyson, President and COO, Kaiser Permanente
  • Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars, Incorporated
  • John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
  • Nancy E. Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Investors
  • Edward Zhu, Founder and CEO, CHIC Group
  • James C. Davis, President, Chevron Energy Solutions
  • Gordon Hunt, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health
  • Rick Ridgeway, Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, Patagonia
  • Carl J. Schramm, Former President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; named the “Evangelist of Entrepreneurship” by The Economist
  • Ron Canion, Co-Founder, First President/CEO, Compaq Computer
  • Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager of Investments and Director of Corporate Governance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • Bill McKibben, Founder,
  • T. Gary Rogers, Former Chairman, Safeway Inc.; and Former Chairman and CEO, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream
  • Angel R. Martinez, Chairman, CEO and President, Deckers Brands