Speaker Biographies

David Aacker

David Aaker, the Vice-Chairman of Prophet Brand Strategy and Professor Emeritus of Marketing Strategy at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, is the winner of four career awards for contributions to the practice and science of marketing, the most recent being named to the NYAMA Marketing Hall of Fame. Read more.

Homa Bahrami, Ph.D.

Dr. Homa Bahrami is an international educator, advisor, board member and author, specializing in organizational flexibility and dynamic leadership in global, knowledge-based industries. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Director at the Haas Center for Executive Education. Read more.

Steve Blank

Steve Blank is a serial-entrepreneur and academician. He has founded eight start-ups including his most recent -- customer relationship management provider, E.piphany. His book Four Steps to the Epiphany, which details his approach to the Customer Development Methodology, has been called the book that launched the Lean Startup movement. Read more.

Jennifer Chatman, Ph.D.

Jennifer Chatman , PhD 88, is the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management with the Haas Management of Organizations Group. She teaches, researches, and consults on leveraging organizational culture, leading change, and managing complex teams. Professor Chatman runs the flagship executive education program at Haas: The UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Program. Professor Chatman earned her PhD at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Read more.

Greg La Blanc

Greg 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. La Blanc has also worked in competitive intelligence and litigation consulting and has advised consulting teams in finance, marketing, and strategy. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, finance, and psychology, in the area of business strategy and risk management. Read more.

Laura Kray

Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. Kray has published over 50 articles examining how gender and cognition affect life experiences, including conflict resolution, morality, meaning making, and problem solving. 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; he also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Faculty. Rose has published numerous articles and papers addressing his research on issues in international trade, finance, and macroeconomics. Read more.