The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate, and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center serves the greater Bay Area community through differentiated events, meaningful entrepreneurial education, and a strong commitment to mentorship.
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Virgis W. Colbert was executive vice president for the Miller Brewing Company. He was appointed to that position in July 1997. Colbert, in this position, was responsible for plant operations; international operations; brewing, research, and quality assurance; engineering; procurement; order/production planning and logistics. Colbert began his Miller career in May 1979 as assistant to the plant manager at Miller’s Reidsville, N.C., container plant. In May 1980, he was named production manager at the Fort Worth, Texas, container plant and in May 1981, he was appointed production manager at Milwaukee Container. In October 1981, he was named Milwaukee Container plant manager. In January 1987, Colbert moved to the corporate offices as assistant director of can manufacturing. He was appointed director of can manufacturing in January 1988 and director of container and support manufacturing in April 1988. In May 1989, he was named vice president – materials manufacturing. In October 1990, he was named vice president – plant operations. In November 1993, Colbert was named senior vice president operations. In August 1995, Colbert was named senior vice president –
worldwide operations.Before joining Miller, Colbert was general superintendent of manufacturing for Chrysler Corporation in Toledo, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Central Michigan University.
Virgis is on the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation.; Lorillard, Inc.; Sara Lee Corporation; The Stanley Works; and The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
He is chairman emeritus of the board for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former chairman of the board of trustees for Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. Colbert is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Boule’. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In June 1997 he was named a national honorary member of the 100 Black Men of America, joining Colin Powell and Dallas Mayor Ronald Kirk. In 1996, he received the Trumpet Award from Turner Broadcasting Systems recognizing outstanding achievements by African Americans. His other awards include Harlem YMCA Black Achiever, Milwaukee YMCA Black Achiever, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Black Achiever.
As Event Manager, Ms. Tramutola is responsible for all internal and external events at the Center. Her innovative and interactive events are designed to complement the diverse programming and engage entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Ms. Tramutola spent 3 years as the Director of Private Events at Cloud Catering in New York City, served as Assistant Producer on multiple Food Network and Cooking Channel shows, and was Personal Assistant to Bobby Flay. She holds a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) and spends her free time planning her next meal.
As Program Designer, Ms. Aponte is building interdisciplinary learning and knowledge-sharing opportunities for entrepreneurs through programs, events, and research to support their complex journey of growth.
Ms. Aponte comes with over 10 years of international brand development experience as PR Director for some of the world’s biggest stars, and most recently as Data Strategist at Cisco for Americas Field Marketing. Teaching Creativity and Innovation at San Francisco State University keeps her constantly curious. At the dinner table, you’ll hear her talking about her love of ‘90s fashion, Italy, and design.
As Executive Director, Ms. Corzine will be responsible for strategic and operational leadership and will work closely with the Entrepreneurial Center's President and board of directors to drive and implement program planning, fundraising, and business operations.
Ms. Corzine brings over 15 years of strategic business development and entrepreneurial thought-leadership programming experience to the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. Ms. Corzine was previously a Partner at Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization, and was Executive Director at Financing Partners, where she was responsible for creating program curriculum for entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, including investor forums and workshops.
Cliff Worley is the Chief Digital Officer at Shark Branding, a branding consultancy firm created by renowned mogul Daymond John, the CEO and Founder of FUBU and TV personality on ABC’s business reality show, Shark Tank.
In his first year at Shark Branding, Mr. Worley launched the Daymond John Academy and built the entire CRM platform for the consultancy from the ground up. It took him just a few short years to transition from the role of Brand Manager into his current role, Chief Digital Officer.
Mr. Worley currently manages various Shark Tank projects, as well as Daymond’s two leading educational projects: The Shark Chat and The Daymond John Academy.
Before joining Shark Branding, Cliff worked in Silicon Valley at Hitachi Data System in desktop engineering and IT project management for over nine years.
He has an MBA from Babson College in Boston, MA and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Worley especially enjoys consulting and helping small businesses and entrepreneurs find success in their personal and professional endeavors.
Brian Wong is the founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced “keep”), which redefines how brands connect with consumers through a rewards platform that targets “achievement moments” in mobile games and apps. This innovative approach to mobile marketing creates meaningful engagements between users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Hummer Winblad, Relay Ventures, True Ventures,Digital Garage and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.
Kiip has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List,” named on the Dow Jones“FasTech50,” and listed on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies.”
Once the youngest person to ever receive venture capital funding, Mr. Wong received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, after skipping four K-12 grades.
He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including:
One of Canada’s “Top 20 Under 20”
Business Insider’s “Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley,” “30 Under 30 in Advertising” and “18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising”
Forbes’ “30 under 30” for three years
Mashable’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch”
AdAge “Creativity Top 50”
Before starting Kiip, Mr. Wong led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.
Ms. Straus’s career has spanned public policy, tech, entrepreneurship, and social impact with a focus on enabling next-generation of innovators across the U.S. Together with the NVCA Board of Directors, she manages the Diversity Task Force to advance inclusion in the venture capital industry and broader innovation economy. The Task Force was recognized at the first-ever White House Demo Day in 2015 as a force for change.
Her passion for expanding inclusion in venture capital and entrepreneurship stems from her experience leading communications for SocialFlow, a venture-backed social media platform; for the Millennial Trains Project, a mobile incubator for young change-makers to launch projects that support diverse communities; and in the U.S. Congress, where she served as the Speechwriter and Deputy Press Secretary to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Alongside Leader Cantor, the White House, and private sector allies, Ms. Straus helped shape communications that paved the way for the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012, landmark legislation that has expanded access to capital for emerging growth companies in the U.S.
Ms. Straus has a BA in English from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she was selected for the Davidson in Cambridge University program for exceptional students in English and History.
Pedro Sorrentino is a Venture Associate at FundersClub, focused on early-stage and series-A investments. Previously, he held multiple roles at SendGrid, a cloud-based email platform, that delivers billions of customer engagement emails each month for companies like Uber, Spotify, Tumblr, and Airbnb. While there, Pedro was their first hire responsible for all partnership-reseller channels with companies like Heroku, Microsoft, Softlayer, and Rackspace. Additionally, he led the company expansion to Latin America.
Prior to SendGrid, Pedro co-founded two companies, including Recomind.net, which was acquired by Buscapé Company, the largest e-commerce conglomerate in Latin America.
In a past life, Pedro had a classic rock band and was a music journalist. Today, he enjoys Formula 1 and meditation, and believes that everyone can improve by one percent every day.
Aleda Schaffer is currently a Strategic Partnerships Manager at American Airlines working with start-ups, entrepreneurs, organizations, and corporations that support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through the Innovators Initiative, Ms. Schaffer supports the growth of start-ups and small businesses throughout the country by providing select start-ups with travel grants, marketing support in American’s channels, and connections to departments at American for partnership opportunities.
In this role, Ms. Schaffer has provided support to nearly 700 early-stage companies, engaged extensively with partners around the country, and spoken at many conferences regarding the benefits of start-ups and corporations working together.
Prior to this role, Ms. Schaffer was the Program Manager and Financial Analyst for the Airport of the Future project created to improve customer experience at the airport. During her time in this role, she managed the project from ideation to early implementation at Terminal A in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The next-generation airport experience is now rolling out to hub airports across the country as American invests $2B in customer experience.
Ms. Schaffer’s love for entrepreneurship started early and she competed in business plan competitions often during her teenage years. At sixteen, she created a business plan for a second-hand store that won second in state at a DECA competition, and her parents owned and operated that store for over fifteen years. She holds a B.S. in American Sign Language/English Interpretation from Northeastern University. As an interpreter for four years, Ms. Schaffer was able to experience many different settings and knew she wanted to get into business. To make that a reality, she received an MBA from Johnson at Cornell University with a focus on marketing and entrepreneurship.
She is currently an advisor for several early-stage startups and resides in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
Chris Ream has spent his career as the connection point between emerging technologies and enterprise companies. Positioned as an entrepreneur within large organizations, Mr. Ream has spearheaded both innovative and custom solutions for some of the world’s leading brands. He thrives on the insights and working relationships he has developed in over 1,000+ corporate enterprises.
He currently leads Advertising & Technology Integrations at The New York Times, representing the west coast for over 300 clients across practically every industry. He has a successful track record of partnerships with tailored executions: Mobile applications for Microsoft, tech integrations with Google, broadcasting platforms for Salesforce, and virtual reality experiences. Mr. Ream is also currently the Founder of ConX Ventures – an accelerator for technology start-ups focusing on growth portfolio services.
Previously, Mr. Ream was Director of Advertising & Business Development at Bloomberg, where he built the west coast team while leading the launch of Bloomberg West – Bloomberg’s venture into a technology content platform. He started at Bloomberg in NYC as Director of Brand Marketing, overseeing the entire media business before co-leading Mobile Sales and four mobile product launches.
Mr. Ream’s early career also includes Senior Marketing and Business Development roles with Forbes, Comcast Corporation, and Arnold Worldwide representing Reebok and the NBA. He has a B.S. in Marketing and Politics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Having traveled to over 25 countries, he continues to strive for continued learning on a global scale.
Ms. Pawar is GM of New Initiatives at Viator, a TripAdvsior company. Prior to joining Viator, Dhana spent over four years at Coupons.com (now Quotient), where she led the company’s mobile strategy and partnerships. She is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience leading product teams for startups and Fortune 500 companies.
Ms. Pawar is a regular speaker at tech events and has been quoted in a wide variety of leading media outlets, including CNN, ABC News, and All Things Digital. Ms. Pawar has been the Managing Director for the Silicon Valley Girls in Tech and sits on the advisory boards of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and PersonalShopping.com.
Joe Musselman graduated from DePaul University with a dual major in Political Science and International Studies, with minor studies in American foreign policy and economics. His thesis work was completed while traveling throughout the Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan & Kuwait) in ‘05 and ‘06 as a civilian. After his graduation, he continued his leadership development through executive education certificates from Kellogg, Chicago Booth, and DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, where he assisted in the development of two successful Chicago-based startups.
Mr. Musselman then worked as a consultant for a non-profit in Chicago, which partnered with the Department of Defense and the Office on Violence Against Women, assisting in the development of national programs to reduce gang and domestic violence. Soon after this, he became the 16th man within his family to join the U.S. Military; his intention was to become a Navy SEAL. However, serious injury during the selection phases of training precluded him from achieving that goal. He went on to serve at the Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWCEN) throughout his recovery until his honorable discharge in 2012.
While serving out his time at NSWCEN, Mr. Musselman recognized a need for a transition management program specifically for members of the Special Operations Forces community (SOF). Upon recognizing this need Joe began his market research. He attended close to 40 separate transition programs for veterans and researched hundreds more. He personally interviewed over 200 members of the SOF community across the country on the issues surrounding their transition. He also developed relationships with over 200 Fortune 500 and small- to medium-sized companies, as well as several startups and non-profits.
In 2013, Joe launched The Honor Foundation. This is the first transition institute specifically designed for the Special Operations Forces community. In 2014, The Honor Foundation partnered with the UCSD Rady School of Management. Together, they have designed a curriculum and program tailored to the transition needs of the SOF community.
Ms. Martinez-Botaitis has over 16 years of experience in financial services, including with Fintech, growing businesses in Latin America, leading change in inclusive finance, and implementing sound operations and financial infrastructures across global markets. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her ability to create and see opportunities where most people only see challenges. She possesses an immeasurable commitment and passion for social and economic equality.
Her professional journey is a product of perseverance and the determination to make a childhood dream a reality. Since a young age, she envisioned herself as a successful executive, helping narrow social and economic gaps. Born to modest origins in Mexico and having little access to opportunities, as a teenager, she went from serving as bank teller to becoming one of the youngest Citigroup Executives, where she served as the lead for the Community Development and Microfinance global operations and finance team.
Leading up to that role, for nearly 10 years, Ms. Martinez-Botaitis served in different roles at Citigroup, including district manager for Citibank in Mexico, associate banker for Citi Private Bank in the U.S., and Vice President and Global Director for Citi Community Development and Microfinance. In her last role at Citigroup, she helped build programs that focus on the democratization of access to opportunities, financial inclusion, job creation, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.
She also held roles as Risk Manager Associate at BlackRock and as a Director of Finance and Operations for a multinational private real-estate development firm based in Mexico. Currently, Ms. Martinez-Botaitis serves as Director of Finance Strategy for Lending Club, the world's largest peer-to-peer online platform that facilitates personal, small business, and medical procedure loans.
Ms. Martinez-Botaitis holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and an MS in Finance from the U.S., and a Financial Accounting degree from Mexico. She has also helped build infrastructures that help women succeed in business. She founded the women’s west coast network at Citigroup and was a catalyst for the creation of other women’s networks across the globe. Currently, she serves on the board of Juma Ventures, is a fellow of the British America Project, and is a member of HiPower (women leaders in technology) and the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.
Maegan is a social sector professional and passionate believer in the power of collective impact. Maegan brings her direct service background to a systems-level approach for supporting social entrepreneurs with the vision and solutions to change our world.
At Full Circle Fund, Maegan oversees strategy and execution of the annual grant-making cycle and curates educational content across the organization's four issue areas: Economic Opportunity, Education, Environment/Energy, and Health. She focuses on program development, management, and evaluation to leverage the network's powerful assets.
Maegan has experience in pioneering hybrid models, including strategic philanthropy, foundation fundraising, and social enterprise incubation. Maegan lends a global perspective to her local dedication. With an expat upbringing in Tokyo, Japan, she grew experience abroad by studying social entrepreneurship for international development in Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as helping launch a grassroots community development organization in La Democracia, Belize.
Maegan graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with two interdisciplinary degrees in Peace & Justice Studies and Community Health. She is part of the growing Under30Changemakers network and a group of women non-profit professionals that share stories and provide career support. Maegan also serves as an Ambassador for Kitchen Table Advisors, a local organization that provides business advising to small farms to ensure sustainable food is sustainable business.
Jesse Dundon is a serial entrepreneur who is currently running Hathway, a mobile innovation agency. He was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for 2015 and is always interested in providing advice and being a part of what's next. In 2009 he co-founded Hathway, an agency with 2014 revenue of $6 million that helps brands develop mobile applications and campaigns. The agency has nearly 50 employees and offices in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Tokyo. Clients include Behr Paint, Applied Materials, and Transamerica. Hathway ranked No. 601 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 in recognition of 791% revenue growth over a three-year period. Mr. Dundon is also a member of the Cal Poly Industrial Technology Advisory Board.
Mr. Dundon has been an entrepreneur his entire life, from walking dogs to mowing lawns in elementary school where he got an early start. In college, he ran his own screen-printing business between summer jobs in construction, electrical contracting, and pizza delivery. His first "real" business was a carpet cleaning company, but he quickly moved to the Internet following his undergraduate degree.
Mr. Dundon started two websites while getting his master’s. The first was a social network for rugby players and the second was a recruiting website for college grads. In the process, he learned how to develop websites and took that expertise to Hathway, the digital agency he still runs today.
Jonathan M. Coffey is currently a first year MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to attending Booth, Mr. Coffey served as the Lead Strategic Planner for Mergers & Acquisitions and New Product Development within the Corporate Strategy Group at Nasdaq from 2011 through 2015.
In this role, Mr. Coffey provided recommendations to the CEO, CFO, and board of directors in the evaluation of potential mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, de novo organic growth opportunities, and other corporate initiatives. He also built the business case for and evaluated the financial returns of potential deals, after which he coordinates the due diligence process for deal execution. Mr. Coffey was also responsible for supporting the management of a $50M portfolio of organic business ventures throughout the product development lifecycle, including Nasdaq Private Market. In particular, he worked on two major acquisitions for Nasdaq, including BWise, a Netherlands-based provider of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (“GRC”) software, and eSpeed, an electronic trading platform for U.S. Treasuries.
Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Coffey worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as an Analyst in Financial Institutions Investment Banking. There, he constructed valuation models in the context of merger analyses, equity contribution analyses, and secondary debt and equity financings.
In addition, Mr. Coffey was a Business Mentor at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Generation Tech, a technology entrepreneurship camp and business plan competition for inner-city students sponsored by the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Vincent Chang manages communications and cross-cultural storytelling for SmartNews, the award-winning news discovery app. He nurtures SmartNews’s rapidly growing community of millions of users and has led promotional campaigns for many of its 130+ publisher partners—including TIME, AOL, and Buzzfeed, among others. He’s also the founder of The New News, a monthly meetup for journalists and publishers to discuss how new technologies and platforms are changing the future of news—from VR to AI to drone journalism.
Mr. Chang has helped founders launch and win awards for many startups—including Netvibes (acquired), LendingClub (IPO), AdECN (acquired)—and create stories and marketing campaigns for MySpace and Fortune 500 brands. As a Director of Marketing, Strategy & UX at Dassault Systemes, he received the 3DS Innovation Award for his work with Coca-Cola’s innovation platform.
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Chang founded the first online real-time food delivery service at UC Berkeley in the late-90s. A reformed Hollywood celebrity assistant and EMT, Mr. Chang now pursues random acts of cooking, extreme multi-cultural UX testing, and photography.
Roburta Burroughs is a Senior Services Account Manager in the Western Region for NASDAQ Global Corporate Solutions. She is responsible for overseeing and retaining all Investor Relations services for publicly traded corporate clients engaging with the highest levels of the businesses. As a senior manager on the team, she handles some of the largest, most complex, and well-known named accounts in the region, as well as in Canada and Asia.
She has been a member of NIRI (National Investor Relations Institute) for seven years. She is also a part of the CDC (California Diversity Council) and is currently working with the board for Diversity and Inclusion under the NDC (National Diversity Council).
Ms. Burroughs received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and masters’ degree from NYU.
Aisha Bowe is the co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company founded in 2013 that is committed to closing the achievement gap by empowering historically underrepresented youth to build transformational technologies.
At only 29 years old, Ms. Bowe, an aerospace engineer, manages STEMBoard’s multi-million defense-contracts and private sector clients. STEMBoard is composed of aerospace and defense engineers who are leading innovative and disruptive change within the defense and intelligence community. Actively demonstrating a commitment to educating the underserved, STEMBoard collaborates with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and hosts STEM camps for K-12 students to encourage more students of color to pursue STEM careers. In the last year alone, over 200 students, both from the US and internationally, were able to benefit from curriculum conceived and executed by STEMBoard staff members.
Prior to founding STEMBoard, Ms. Bowe was a researcher at the NASA Ames Research Center, where she focused on developing methods to improve air traffic management to make air travel safer, cheaper, and more efficient. For the last four years, she has served as an advisor to the board of the Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Black Male Teaching Program at Fayetteville State University.
Ms. Bowe has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity including: 2015 U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Emerging Star” Award, NASA’s Engineering Honor Award, Silicon Valley’s National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Women in Technology of the Year Award, and The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 21st Century Trailblazers in Aviation and Aerodynamics Award.
She is also is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Ms. Bowe holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.
With a decade of Wall Street investment banking experience, Ms. Anderson served as a vice president in the capital markets sector. She was responsible for business development and overall client management, including structuring, performing due diligence, marketing, and executing deals of over $13 billion in primary market securities offerings.
After identifying a need for her financial experience in the technology sector, she began investing in tech startups as an angel investor. Currently, Ms. Anderson is the Director of Venture Design at Meyerhoffer Inc., an award0winning industrial design firm. Her role is concentrated in developing the investment portfolio of IoT startup companies by discovering and executing partnerships with entrepreneurs who are innovating with game changing products and experiences. Since the inception of her position, the portfolio’s med-tech company went public earlier this year.
Ms. Anderson is also the co-founder and general partner of BUILDUP. She leads this non-profit organization to help founders of underrepresented groups receive the technical and non-technical resources they need to scale their startups. Recently featured in TechCrunch, BUILDUP educates, mentors, and advises pre-seed stage startups with a minimal viable product, and has raised less than $250,000 (with a pre-money valuation of $1,000,000). Currently, the organization has mentored 23 startups on scaling their product and engaging with stakeholders in Silicon Valley, including as angel investors, VCs, accelerators, and incubators to encourage further development of their company and product.
Ms. Anderson has also volunteered and served on boards of many community and global outreach programs. Appointed by the City Administrator in 2011, she currently serves as an advisory board member to the City and County of San Francisco CCG, which has distributive funds of $2.5million annually to invest in social endeavors. In addition, she is a board member of Collective Impact, has served as an interview panelist for Springboard Enterprise’s Innovation Hub Accelerator Program, and was a selected participant for the 2015 Google Women TechMakers Summit.
Technology and Venture Capital practices in addition to being the national co-leader of the Venture Capital Practice. In his leadership role, Mr. Moore is responsible for the firm’s relationships with many of the premier venture capital firms in the Bay Area. He has more than 24 years of experience providing auditing and accounting services, including extensive experience with venture-backed technology companies.
Brian Gibson has been the Chief Financial Officer of Twelvefold Media Inc. (formerly BuzzLogic, Inc.) since August 30, 2011 and has more than 20 years of financial experience, most recently as Vice President of Finance and Principal Accounting Officer at LookSmart, Ltd., where he helped drive LookSmart to four straight quarters of profitability after seasons of loss.
Mr. Gibson has also served as Vice President of Finance at Sensage, Inc., where he oversaw multiple large groups including finance, accounting, human resources, legal, and facilities. At Sensage, he helped raise more than $10 million in Series C Funding. Prior to Sensage, Mr. Gibson held other executive positions for various technology companies, as well as co-founding Information Systems Architects Inc., a company specializing in selection and support of accounting packages.
Mr. Gibson holds a B.A. from University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada.
Joan Conley is Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Nasdaq, and its global subsidiary organizations, and in that role is responsible for the Global Nasdaq Corporate Governance Program. Ms. Conley is also responsible for the Nasdaq Global Ethics and Compliance Program. Lastly, Ms. Conley is Managing Director of the Nasdaq Educational Foundation and a member of the Nasdaq NLX Ltd. Board of Directors.
Ms. Conley is a contributor to NACD publications including the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission 2013 Report on “Talent Development: A Boardroom Imperative” and the 2011 Report on “Effective Lead Director”. Ms. Conley received the award "The Best Corporate Secretary in an M&A Transaction" by Corporate Secretary Magazine in 2008.
Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2001, Ms. Conley was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the NASD (now FINRA) from 1994 – 2001 and Director of Human Resources from 1986 – 1994. Prior to her tenure at NASD ( FINRA) Ms. Conley was a Research Associate/ Writer at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C. and Business Analyst at an advertising agency in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Conley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts/Science with a double major in Economics and Communications from Dominican University and a Master’s of Science, with honors, in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Conley studied Economics at the London School of Economics and the University of London.
Ms. Conley serves on the Board and Audit Committee of two non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. and mentors several young women. In 2014 she was elected to the SIFMA Foundation Board of Directors.
In his more than 30 years of experience practicing corporate and securities law, Steve Bochner has served as lead counsel for many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies, assisting them in venture capital, public offering, and merger transactions valued in the billions of dollars. He also has represented numerous start-up companies, as well as major venture capital and investment banking firms. He has previously served as the chief executive officer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, in addition to other management positions at WSGR, including as a member of the firm's board of directors and as chair of its Compensation Committee.
Mr. Bochner is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's board of directors and is chairman of the Nasdaq Private Market advisory board. He is also the chairman of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy; and the chair of the executive committee of the Northwestern Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego.
He also recently served on the IPO Task Force, which presented a report to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on improving access to the capital markets for emerging growth companies. He was extensively involved in designing the IPO-related provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012, which drew upon the IPO Task Force's recommendations and was adopted by Congress with broad bipartisan support.
Previously, Mr. Bochner served on the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, most recently as chair and co-chair. The council is responsible for making recommendations to the Nasdaq board on policy and rule changes related to issuer listing standards. In particular, he was extensively engaged in the development of Nasdaq's rules with respect to corporate governance reform and other listing standards.
In 2005, Mr. Bochner was appointed as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies and served as chairman of the Governance and Disclosure Subcommittee.
Doron Ben-Meir was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation at the University of Melbourne and CEO of UoM Commercial Ltd, with overall responsibility for all research funding, external commercial engagements and the commercialization of University-generated intellectual property.
Prior to that, in 2010, Mr. Ben-Meir was appointed by the Australian Federal Government as the inaugural CEO of Commercialisation Australia and, in 2014, was further appointed as the Director of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.
Since then, he has led the establishment of a national portfolio of over 550 companies, including four successful exits and several substantial capital raisings of more than $5million.
Mr. Ben-Meir’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (1st Class Honours) from Monash University, Melbourne. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As Vice Chairman of Nasdaq, Bruce Aust works closely with Nasdaq’s Global Listing Services unit to assist clients and prospects worldwide. Mr. Aust also serves as President of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located in San Francisco, and has played an integral role in the creation and launch of the Center.
Previously, Mr. Aust served as Executive Vice President, Global Listing Services, a role in which he oversaw Nasdaq’s new listings and capital market business, as well as global business development and relationship management with the companies listed on Nasdaq’s 16 listing markets worldwide.
During Mr. Aust’s tenure, Nasdaq attracted some of the country’s highest-profile IPOs, including Google, GoPro, Dunkin Donuts, Carlyle, JD.com, Markit, Splunk, Tesla, and Facebook, as well as NYSE company switches including American Airlines, Marriott, Mattel, Vodafone, DreamWorks, Texas Instruments, Viacom, Office Depot, and Kraft Foods Group.
In addition, Mr. Aust served as Executive Director and Vice President of the Listing Services, a role in which he maintained oversight of all listed companies in the western region, representing 60 percent of the market cap on Nasdaq. He assisted more than 200 companies in going public and worked closely with CEOs and executives of some of the most well-known companies listed on Nasdaq.
Throughout his career with the firm, he has been instrumental in managing Nasdaq’s international investor programs, providing listed companies with exposure to institutional investors in Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining Nasdaq in 1998, Mr. Aust spent 12 years at Fidelity Investments in a variety of sales, trading, and management positions in Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is the recipient of the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and The Digital Leadership award from Computers for Youth. In addition, Mr. Aust is a TechNet Executive Committee member.
As the Center’s Art Advisor, Ms. Colman will be connecting artists with entrepreneurs working to grow ideas. Her love of curation is also being put to work at the Center’s interactive museum space.
Currently, Courtney has her own art advisory practice helping to demystify contemporary art and engage young buyers. She was recently recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle as part of “SF’s new art guard: 5 women curating the city.” Previously, she was Exhibitions Coordinator at Mixed Greens, a gallery for emerging artists in Chelsea, New York. There’s a 50/50 chance you’ll find Courtney sipping a latte in the Mission or Chelsea – she currently lives in San Francisco and New York City.
As Media Advisor, Mr. Newman brings his experience as a media sales and marketing executive to the Center, with expertise in branding, messaging, lead generation, content marketing, social media, and key media partnerships.
Mr. Newman is the former Editor and Publisher of UBM’s “Computer Retail Week” and President of IDG’s Channel Services Group. He has held executive level positions at Re/code, PodTech, OneChannel, and Aptimus. Former marketing clients include Gartner, Microsoft, Cisco, Pinger, Seagate, McAfee, NComputing, AVG, and PowerCloud. He is also an active advisor to early-stage businesses, helping them develop successful strategies and go-to-market plans for ever-changing markets.
Mr. Papaiacovou is heading up the Center’s longitudinal research, peeling back the layers of an entrepreneur’s journey to reveal the critical component parts and to better understand the art and science of entrepreneurship. His ability to identify business problems, navigate complex data across digital and social media, and architect processes and analyses leads to insights that offer new perspectives.
Mr. Papaiacovou serves as Chief Data Scientist for marketing and sales strategy at major Fortune 100 companies. He has over 20 years of experience across advanced analytics, marketing and sales program management, and information technology. He holds master’s degrees in Operations Research from UC Berkeley and Econometrics from City University of New York, and is a doctoral candidate in Business Administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.