Speakers

Speaker Biographies


Gregory La Blanc

Gregory La Blanc teaches primarily in the areas of finance and strategy in the MBA and MFE programs and in Executive Education at the Haas School of Business, and is the recipient of teaching awards including the Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2009; and the Haas EWMBA Graduate Instructor of the year, 2004-2005. Read More

Ross Levine

Ross Levine received his PhD from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in 1987 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University. He is currently the Willis H. Booth Professor of Banking and Finance at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Read More

Kimberly MacPherson, MBA/MPH 94

Kimberly MacPherson is the Associate Director of Health Management at the Haas School of Business and faculty in Health Policy and Management at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. She directs the MBA/MPH program, the two-year MPH in HPM program, a one-year MPH for clinicians and the MPP/MPH offered with the Goldman School of Public Policy. Read More

Maura O'Neill, BCEMBA 04/05

Maura O'Neill, BCEMBA 04/05, is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business and was appointed by President Obama to be the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Serving until summer 2013 she had responsibility for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. Maura is most well known for adapting venture capital and drug discovery methods to development by co-creating the Development Innovation Venture Fund. Read More

Andrew K. Rose

Andrew K. Rose is the B.T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Business in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business. His teaching is in the areas of international macroeconomics for which he has won two teaching award Read More

Nicole Sanchez, EWMBA 12

Nicole Sanchez, EWMBA 12, is the VP of Social Impact at GitHub, responsible to diversifying the company's workforce and user base; building strong community partnerships; and promoting GitHub as a platform for impactful social change. She in an industry expert in diversity, inclusion and social impact with 20+ years working on access for underrepresented communities in government, higher education and technology. Read More

Juliana Schroeder

Juliana Schroeder conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition. Her research has been featured by outlets such as the New York Times, Newsweek, NBC, and the Today Show, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Read More

Cort Worthington, BCEMBA 07/08

Cort Worthington teaches leadership courses in Haas graduate and undergraduate programs, and delivers the core Leadership Communication class for all full-time MBA students. His areas of focus include leadership skill development, organizational and team dynamics, executive coaching, and negotiation Read More

More bios to be posted soon.

Panelists & HaasX Biographies


Victor d'Allant, FTMBA 87

A Visual Anthropologist at heart, Victor launched Dallant Networks in 2011 by combining his dual cultural anthropology and photojournalism framework with his strong digital media outlook. Victor and his global team have been bringing to their clients and partners (the Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the World Bank) their strong expertise in cutting edge technology, content creation and community engagement.

Victor's photographs were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and have been published in Newsweek, several World Health Organization publications, and many magazines in Europe and Asia. The video blog he produced for the Skoll Foundation's online community received an Honoree Mention at the Webby Awards (Webbies).

Victor holds an MA/ABD in Social Anthropology from the Sorbonne in Paris and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

His motto: "Right brain. Left brain. Why choose?"

Shuonan Chen, BS 13

Shuonan Chen is the Founding Partner of Agile VC and Board Member of North America Blockchain Association. She focuses on helping startups globalize and expand into new markets. She is also the Advisor and Interim China GM for Rescale, a cloud simulation platform with high performance computing serving Boeing, Tesla and SpaceX, and she has led negotiations in deals with Alibaba to enter China.

Prior to venture, Shuo worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking, where she represented the firm on the Board of Women in Finance and started a social enterprise for financial literacy. Shuo graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley with a triple major (and 2 minors) in 3 years, where she also taught about money management, and completed a JD with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where her work on financial regulation is expected to be published by Cambridge University Press.

John Coelho, FTMBA 2007

John Coelho is a Partner at StepStone Group in San Diego where he has led the firm’s venture capital and growth equity practice since inception. His investment focus includes fund investments, secondaries and direct investments in the IT, healthcare and tech-enabled services sectors.

Prior to StepStone, he was at ATEL Capital Group, a venture debt and asset-based lender in San Francisco. Prior to this, Mr. Coelho was in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Piper Jaffray & Co. in Menlo Park and began his career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.

John received his BS and MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mitch Fong, FTMBA 91

Mitch Fong, FTMBA 91, is both an Animal Care Specialist, and the Individual and Planned Giving Officer at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Mitch spent 23 years in the financial services industry, working with retirement related products and services. He was series 6, 7, 63, and California Life Insurance licensed, and his work included product development, marketing and distribution of various financial tools for both retail and institutional investors.

Prior to joining The Marine Mammal Center, Mitch worked for Hartford Life, Prudential, and most recently, Wilshire Associates.

Mitch holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business (1991), and a BA in Economics from UCLA (1988). Mitch resides in Mill Valley and chooses to ride his bicycle to work in the Marin Headlands every chance he gets.

Tracy Gray, BCEMBA 07/08

Tracy Gray, has over 20 years experience assisting organizations in a variety of industries reach their international, investment, strategy and marketing/communications goals.

Ms. Gray is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of The 22 Capital Group (The 22), a social impact, growth venture capital and advisory firm with a job creation mission by increasing the export capacity of Southern California manufacturing companies, targeting women- and minority-owned businesses. Ms. Gray is also an Executive in Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) where she advises portfolio companies on all aspects of their business and leads LACI's Diversity in Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and its initiatives.

In addition, Ms. Gray is the founder of the non-profit We Are Enough (WAE). WAE's only mission is to increase the flow of capital to women entrepreneurs by educating ALL women on how and why to invest in women-owned, for profit businesses or with a "gender lens." Ms. Gray was recently named one of the 50 "Women of Influence" in business in Los Angeles.

Prior to starting The 22, Ms. Gray was Senior Advisor of International Business and Marketing to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Senior Advisor to the Mayor's Small Business Office. Ms. Gray was also a managing director at a venture catalyst consulting firm where she raised over $30 million in equity capital; an investment professional at Zone Ventures where her first investment decision, DivX, had a market capitalization of $435M at IPO; a director at an economic development non-profit and a systems engineer/mission monitor on the NASA Space Shuttle program.

She is currently on the advisory board of Exergy Systems Inc. and Isidore Electronics Recycling (sold to Homeboy Industries). Ms. Gray also serves on several non-profit boards of directors and advisory board and is a frequent speaker at various conferences and events. Ms. Gray holds a B.S. in Mathematical Science with an aeronautics emphasis from the University of California, Santa Barbara and dual MBAs from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley.

Ryan Murphy, BS 17

Ryan Murphy, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, world record holder in the 100-meter backstroke and 10-time NCAA champion as a member of the Cal men's swimming team. A two-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year with one national championship meet still left to swim, Murphy ranks among the most accomplished and impactful swimmers in Cal history after winning both the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 400 medley relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

A native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Murphy is also regarded as one of Cal's most accomplished student-athletes in the classroom. Throughout a career in which he has trained for his first Olympic appearance while also competing collegiately, Murphy has on multiple occasions earned academic distinction while working towards a degree in Business Administration. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, Murphy was recognized nationally in 2016 when he was named a first team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Wes Selke FTMBA 07

Wes Selke is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Better Ventures, an Oakland, CA-based venture firm that backs early-stage technology companies solving big social and environmental challenges with models that scale. He's the resident "numbers guy" and enjoys rolling up his sleeves to help startups build viable and scalable mission-driven businesses. Wes has 15 years of venture capital and financial advisory experience with Good Capital's Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, William Blair, and Ernst & Young's Mergers & Acquisitions group. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Wes has volunteered with organizations around the globe, which has fueled his passion for applying his business skills to build a better world. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two young kids and enjoys road cycling in the Oakland hills and Sunday trips to the farmers market.

Tootie Tatum EMBA 15

After participating in the Human Genome Project, Tootie Tatum began her entrepreneurial journey as a faculty member in the Texas Tech School of Medicine. She founded the school's Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and subsequently left to help form a private venture, Pathogenius. She moved to California in 2011 and joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Joint Genome Institute where she helped scale management of high-throughput DNA sequencing projects by 5X in under 4 years.

While a student in the Haas MBA program, she founded Blackhawk Genomics to assist startups and established companies enter the genetic testing market. She also directs 5 commercial clinical genetics laboratories across the United States and is on the board of directors for Pharmazam, a data analytics company focused on medication management and personalized medicine.

Lo Toney, FTMBA 97

Lo Toney, joined GV from Comcast Ventures, where he focused on the Catalyst Fund, a group of investments in early stage technology startups led by entrepreneurs of color. He specializes in consumer technology investments, with an emphasis on mobile messaging, marketplaces, and e-commerce.

Lo has held executive roles at both startups and global consumer brands. He was the general manager of Zynga Poker, the gaming company's largest franchise, and held operating positions at Nike.com and eBay.

Lo received his MBA from the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), where he completed the Management of Technology program, a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from Hampton University in Virginia.

Tai Tran, BS 16

Tai Tran is an experienced marketing leader, storyteller, entrepreneur, and writer. He was named the youngest Forbes 30 Under 30 and LinkedIn Top Voice in Marketing & Advertising. Through his thought leadership, Tai has empowered young entrepreneurs, startups, and leading tech brands to share their breakthrough narrative at scale. Tai's work has been widely recognized by Forbes, LinkedIn, Twitter, MarketWatch, and Tech Insider.

Tai is the author of the upcoming book, Zero to Infinity. The book breaks down zero to infinity, the process of harvesting isolated experiences and nurturing them into a product of design, disruption, and infinite opportunities. As a keynote speaker, Tai has spoken at the Forbes CMO Summit, TEDxBerkeley, and LinkedIn Marcom Conference. He also taught one of UC Berkeley's most popular undergraduate courses in digital marketing and personal branding. At Apple, Tai is the lead producer for social and content.

Panpan Wang, MBA/MPH 12

Panpan Wang is cofounder at The Flex Company (flexfits.com), whose mission is to help create a world where every woman loves her body. Our first product, FLEX, replaces tampons. FLEX is disposable, is wearable for 12 hours, and also allows for mess-free period sex. The most common customer feedback is, "I'm never wearing tampons again. You've literally changed my life." Panpan leads business, product, and supply chain operations at The Flex Company.

Prior to The Flex Company, Panpan was a venture capitalist with Fosun Kinzon Capital, a $300mm cross-border early stage fund where he led the digital health practice. He joined Kinzon Capital after building the business development and sales teams at Jiff, which was recently acquired by Castlight Health (NYSE: CSLT). The first company that Panpan founded after his time at Haas was CareAnywhere, a medical tourism marketplace, which crashed and burned from a very low altitude. But it was quite a ride.

Panpan is dedicated to empowerment of at-risk youth through arts education and is currently a film, photography, and storytelling mentor at Venice Arts (venicearts.org).

John Woolard, FTMBA 97

John Woolard served as the Vice President of Energy at Google from 2014-2016, where he focused on Google's global energy strategy through investment in new technology and energy projects. Previously, John served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy, Inc. from 2006 to 2013, where he led the development, construction, and commissioning of the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal power plant, the largest in the world. Woolard Co-Founded Silicon Energy in 1997, and served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman as he led its growth in enterprise energy management software through its acquisition by Itron in 2003. He then served as Vice President and General Manager of End User Solutions Business Unit and Energy Management Solutions Group at Itron through 2005.

John began his career in energy at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in 1996, in the Energy and Environment Division, and then joined PG&E Energy Services to lead their efforts in Facility Information and Control Systems. He served on the Board of the California Clean Energy Fund, the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, and the Strategic Advisory Board for Xcel Energy. He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. John is an avid whitewater kayaker, kiteboarder, and loves to spend time with his family, ideally playing outdoors.