CEO, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Andy Jassy leads the Amazon Web Services business (AWS) and the Technology Infrastructure organization for Amazon.com. AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides software developers and businesses with cloud-based infrastructure services that are inexpensive, reliable, scalable, comprehensive and flexible. AWS has grown tremendously since its inception in 2006 and is now the underlying infrastructure for hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world from start-ups to enterprises to government agencies.
As a member of Amazon.com’s senior executive team since 2002, Jassy is also responsible for helping guide the company’s overall direction. He has held several key leadership positions since he joined Amazon in 1997. He authored the business plan for Amazon’s entry into the Music business and served as both its Director of Product Management and General Manager; started and built the Customer Relationship Management team; served as Director of Marketing; worked as Technical Assistant to Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos; and most recently, Jassy started and continues to lead the Amazon Web Services business.
Jassy earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his masters of business administration from Harvard Business School. He lives in Seattle and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two children.
Founder, The Chopra Foundation
As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of more than seventy-five books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than thirty-five languages.
Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, Doctor Honoris Causa, The Giordano Brunio University, Doctor of Science, Hartwick College, and Faculty, Disney Imagineering. Time magazine has described Dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.
Executive Chairman and Former CEO, Google
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.
From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Co-Founder and CEO, Snapchat
Evan Spiegel is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Snapchat.
Evan launched Snapchat with co-founder Bobby Murphy in September 2011 while still a student at Stanford University. In 2012, Evan left Stanford to dedicate one hundred percent of his time to the new company.
Prior to studying at Stanford, Evan also completed design classes at Otis College of Art and Design and the Art Center College of Design.
Chief Product Officer, ServiceNow
Chief Product Officer
Fred founded Service-now.com in early 2004 and currently serves as ServiceNow’s Chief Product Officer. After having founded ServiceNow, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from that time until May 2011. Luddy has been a director since June 2004.
Prior to Service-now.com, Fred was employed at Peregrine Systems from 1990 to 2003 where he held the position of Chief Technology Officer (note that during that time Peregrine also owned the Remedy Corporation, subsequently sold to BMC). Prior to Peregrine, Fred founded Enterprise Software Associates (ESA), and worked at Boole and Babbage, and the Amdahl Corporation. His products are used by thousands of corporations worldwide and have generated revenue well in excess of one billion dollars.
He created his first software program, an automated supply chain and maintenance utility for a business unit of American Standard, at the age of eighteen. Over his varied career, he has also written a competitive operating system to IBM’s mainframe offering, a set of performance management improvements for the IBM mainframe environment, a PC video conferencing and collaboration system, and a unix/linux based application development environment.
Fred tried to attend Indiana University and Sir George Williams University, but found part-time programming for these institutions to be far more compelling than the classroom experience.
Founder and CCO, Goop
Gwyneth Paltrow is an award winning actress-turned-wellness mogul is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Goop, a weekly lifestyle newsletter, encouraging readers to ‘nourish the inner aspect’. Though the brand has been around for almost seven years, it’s only just begun to build itself out as a full-service media company.
Goop originated as a newsletter detailing Paltrow’s favorite things to eat, buy, and do; today, the newsletter has close to a million subscribers and sits adjacent to a lifestyle site that offers up fashion roundups, city guides, and recipe suggestions. In addition, Goop has moved into the e-commerce space, selling a curated selection of items like Carven dresses and Phillip Lim boots, as well as exclusive collaborations with brands like Stella McCartney.
CEO, DreamWorks Animation
Jeffrey Katzenberg is the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-Founder and Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG. In 1994, along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, he co-founded DreamWorks SKG, which produced a number of celebrated films including three Best Picture Academy Award® winners – American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. In 2004, DreamWorks Animation became a publicly-traded company with Katzenberg at the helm.
Under Katzenberg’s leadership, DreamWorks Animation has become the largest animation studio in the world and has released 25 animated feature films, which have enjoyed both critical and commercial successes, earning nine Academy Award® nominations and two wins for Best Animated Feature. In addition to critical success, DreamWorks Animation has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list.
Prior to co-founding DreamWorks, Katzenberg served as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. During his tenure, the studio produced such landmark animated films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast – the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar® – as well as live action hits including Good Morning, Vietnam; Three Men and a Baby; Dead Poets Society; Pretty Woman; Father of the Bride and Sister Act. Katzenberg previously served as President of Paramount Studios, where he was involved in now-classic films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Best Picture Academy Award® winners Ordinary People and Terms of Endearment.
In 2013, Katzenberg was awarded the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes.
Together with his wife Marilyn, Katzenberg provides support and leads fundraising efforts on behalf of dozens of local, national and international organizations focused on healthcare, education, the arts, Jewish causes, children, civic improvement and the environment. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, Katzenberg sits on the Boards or serves as a Trustee of the following organizations: AIDS Project Los Angeles, American Museum of the Moving Image, California Institute of the Arts, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Geffen Playhouse, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. He also supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Boston University. Together with DreamWorks Animation, Katzenberg founded the DreamWorks Animation Academy of Inner-City Arts in 2008.
Co-Founder and CEO, Polyvore
Jess Lee is CEO and Co-Founder of Polyvore. Prior to co-founding Polyvore, Jess was a product manager at Google, where she worked on Google Maps and launched features like My Maps and draggable driving directions. Jess has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Founder, The Honest Company
Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress whose career includes roles in films such as “Fantastic Four” and “Little Fockers,” as well as television series like “Dark Angel,” “The Office” and “Entourage.”
The California native comes from modest beginnings, and never lost her zeal to share her good fortune with others. She is actively involved with charities such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, ONE, Habitat for Humanity, Project HOME and more.
But, there is one role she enjoys above all others: Mom. “Being a mom is the most profound experience I’ve ever had,” she says.
As a mother of young daughters (4-year-old Honor and newborn Haven), Jessica admits she feels an intense responsibility to give her children the best possible start.
“When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been,” she says. “It’s the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”
John Chen was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors on November 4, 2013.
John is a distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc., where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability. John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens AG, Pyramid Technology Corp., and Burroughs Corp. He started his career as a design engineer with Unisys Corp.
John is actively involved in international relations. He has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations. In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Export Council. In 2006, he was appointed co-chair of the Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. Additionally, John chaired the U.S.-China Policy Advisory Roundtable for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In recognition of his leadership in building U.S.-Asia relations, John has received awards from the US-Asia Institute, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, and the California-Asia Business Council. For his corporate board work, he has been honored by the U.S.-Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.
John graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and holds a master’s in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. John has an honorary professorship from Shanghai University, and honorary doctorates from San Jose State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. John serves on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is also active in the not-for-profit community, and is also a trustee of Caltech, board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.
Chairman, Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong a physician, surgeon and scientist, has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad fields.
Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transpant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. He invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer. Abraxane was approved by the FDA for metastatic breast cancer in 2005, lung cancer in 2012, and pancreatic cancer in 2013. In 2014 Phase 3 trials revealed a 48 percent
pathological complete remission in triple negative breast cancer with Abraxane treatment prior to surgery.
From 1997 to 2010 Dr. Soon-Shiong has served as founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmacuetical Partners and Abraxis BioScience. Both were aqcuired for multi-billion dollars in 2008 and 2010. In 2011 he founded NantWorks, an ecosystem of companies to create a transformative global health information and next generation pharmaceutical development network, for the secure sharing of genetic and medical information – empowering doctors to treat patients with proven precision at the first point of care and, ultimately, improving the lives of individuals, everywhere.
Dr. Soon-Shiong serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non- profit medical reasearch organization. He currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA, a visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London, the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, a board member of the California Telehealth Network, and global director for Cancer Services and Bioinformatics at Providence Health. The Friends of the National Library of Medicine has honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.
Founder, SB Projects
Scooter Braun is the definition of the new age entrepreneur, one of TIME magazine’s 2013 “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Billboard’s 2013 “40 Under 40” headliner, and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He is the founder of SB Projects, a company at the intersection of music, film, television, technology, brands, culture and social good. The diversified company combines creativity, the ability to engage global audiences and an understanding of “what’s next” to deliver innovative ideas as a leading architect of popular culture.
Braun began his career as a 19 year-old party promoter and quickly leveraged his success into a VP of marketing role at So So Def Records while still just a 20 year-old sophomore at Emory University in Atlanta. At 24, he left his position to start SB Projects and rapidly gained recognition for his innovative marketing ideas, hard-charging work ethic, and eye for talent.
Today, SB Projects also continues to impact and intersect new verticals under its tech incubator, Silent Labs that holds investments in Uber, Spotify, Songza, Fahlo, and Pinterest amongst others. Braun has a roster of chart toppers under his management, record label and publishing companies that include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cody Simpson, Tori Kelly, PSY, Dan + Shay, and more. Braun has broken more new music acts than any other music executive in the last decade.
SB Projects also houses a film and television production division. Braun made waves in the industry with his first documentary film, Never Say Never, which remains the highest grossing music documentary in domestic box office history. He continues to expand his roster of television and film titles, serving as Executive Producer on the films, The Giver and Jem and the Holograms (2016) and the CBS drama series, Scorpion.
As Braun continues to expand SB Projects, he remains committed to the company’s founding philosophy of giving back and incorporates a philanthropic tie-in to every initiative. Braun also serves as Chair to the Advisory Board of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools in the developing countries. The organization has helped to build more than 200 schools in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Co-Founder and Former CEO, America Online