Tech Speaker Series

Foundations of Technology Series
Spring 2017
Saturdays, April 8 – June 3
Bishop Ranch Campus

Join MBA students, alumni, prospects and admissions representatives for eight Saturdays of learning and networking around the technology industry. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections.

Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and get an inside track on internship and career paths.

Sessions are on Saturdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the GSM Bay Area campus in San Ramon. The dates are April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 and June 3. Participants may attend all or individual sessions. Light refreshments will be served. 

Speakers Schedule*:

*subject to change based on availability

Program Coordinator

Nima Shomali Nima Shomali serves in the Office of the CEO for Yahoo Inc., where he helps craft and execute the vision of CEO Marissa Mayer. In this capacity, he leads the Yahoo Engage Employee Engagement program.   

Previously, Shomali spent four years in IBM’s elite Strategy and Innovation Consulting Practice. In this role, he worked to create Afghanistan’s first private equity fund and startup incubator while living for a year on Camp Stone, a NATO-operated base in Western Afghanistan. He also operated as project lead for the University of California Office of the President’s key initiative to rebuild the universitywide risk management system. 

Shomali has also worked in the Investment Management Division of the Goldman Sachs Group. Prior to this role, he spent two years designing jet engines for the F22 Raptor and F35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes as part of Pratt and Whitney. Previously, he designed satellites at UC Berkeley’s NASA-affiliated Space Sciences Laboratory.

Shomali holds an appointment as assistant professor of strategy and organizational behavior in the MBA and undergraduate business programs at St. Mary’s College of California, and received the 2016 Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. He is the program coordinator for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s MBA Foundations of Technology program. Additionally, he is an instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches innovation.

Shomali’s publications include articles in the Washington Post and New York University’s Graduate Business Journal. He is fluent in four languages, including Farsi, Dari and Spanish.

Shomali holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is an alumnus of the London Business School’s #1 worldwide ranked MBA program.