Foundations of Technology Series
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.
- April 8: Jonathan Avni, Product Manager, Pinterest
Topic: Product Management and Monetization
- April 15: Aaron Naldoza, Head of Sales Development, LinkedIn
Topic: Sales Development
- April 22: Damian McKenna, Director, Advertising Technology, Facebook
Topic: Driving Transformation
- April 29: Evan Benway, Senior Product Manager–Innovation, Plantronics
Topic: New Product Innovation
- May 6: Stephanie Montaño, General Counsel, CSR [RE]DESIGN Group
Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility
- May 13: Simon Macgibbon, Co-founder & Managing Partner, BCG Digital Ventures
Topic: Digital Innovation
- May 20: Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partnerships, Google
Topic: Technology Partnerships
- June 3: Jordi Monso, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co.
Topic: Technology Consulting
*subject to change based on availability
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.