Dennis A. Muilenburg
CEO, The Boeing Company
Dennis Muilenburg is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.
Muilenburg, 54, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $93.4 billion aerospace company. With roughly 140,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and space and security systems, and a provider of global services; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.
Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses.
A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University as well as a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue Desmond-Hellmann is a physician, scientist and philanthropist, who has devoted her career to improving the human condition. As a pioneer in healthcare for more than 30 years, she’s driven major developments toward the eradication of disease, poverty and inequity. She credits a move to Uganda in 1989 – to work on HIV/AIDS and cancer alongside her husband, Nick – as a turning point.
Today, as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann leads the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.
Trained as an oncologist, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech developing a number of breakthrough medicines, including two of the first gene-targeted therapies for cancer, Avastin and Herceptin. In November 2009, Forbes magazine named her one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators,” calling her “a hero to legions of cancer patients.” Her time at Genentech put her at the forefront of the precision medicine revolution and in her current role she champions a similar approach to global development: precision public health – getting the right interventions, to the right populations, in the right places, to save lives.
Immediately prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was the first female chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) overseeing all aspects of the university and medical center’s strategy and operations. It was her second stint at UCSF having completed her clinical training there in the 1980s. She was listed among Fortune magazine’s “top 50 most powerful women in business” for seven years and, in 2010, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and elected to the Institute of Medicine. She serves on the board of directors at Facebook.
CEO and Chief Inventor, Ring
A lifelong inventor and entrepreneur, Jamie Siminoff created the world’s first Wi-Fi video doorbell while working in his garage in 2011. The doorbell, at the time called Doorbot, became Ring, a security powerhouse that offers several DIY home security products and services, including the popular Ring Video Doorbell that’s capable preventing and solving neighborhood crime. Although much has changed since the company’s inception, it is the mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods that continues to drive Jamie.
Intensely dedicated not only to the Ring mission, but also to Ring neighbors (what Ring calls customers), Jamie is a loyal and trusted leader. He believes autonomy and allowing leaders to make their own priorities so that they can stay focused on what’s most important: the company’s mission of making neighborhoods everywhere safer.
Under Jamie’s direction, Ring has seen incredible success and growth. In 2018, Amazon completed its second largest acquisition when it purchased Ring. With the support of Amazon, Ring and Jamie continue to innovate and remain at the bleeding edge of home security.
Prior to Ring, Jamie founded several successful ventures including PhoneTag, the world’s first voicemail-to-text company, and Unsubscribe.com, a service that helped email users clean commercial email from their inboxes. He successfully sold both companies 2009 and 2011 respectively. Jamie holds his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. When he’s not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Founder and Managing Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Aileen Lee has many years of experience helping startups build products customers love, and helping companies scale, both as an investor and an operator.
She is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a fund that backs seed-stage techonology startups. Cowboy Ventures seeks to back exceptional founders who are building technology products that “re-imagine” work and personal life in large and growing markets, what they call “Life 2.0”. Cowboy-backed companies include August, Branch, Brandless, DocSend, Dollar Shave Club, Guild Education, Lending Home and Lightstep.
Prior to Cowboy, Aileen was a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers for over a decade, and also founding CEO of RMG Networks, a leading venture-backed digital out-of-home media network. Aileen has experience working hands-on with a range of consumer, enterprise, media and greentech companies, and previously held operating roles at Gap Inc. and as an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Aileen has degrees from MIT, Harvard and Millburn High School, and is mom to 3 kids and wife to the co-founder/CTO of startup Renovo Motors.
CEO, DreamBox Learning
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students.
Jessie joined DreamBox Learning in 2010 as Chair, President and CEO. The startup software company had pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning in 2006 and began partnering with schools soon after Jessie joined. DreamBox currently serves nearly 2.2 million K-8 students, approximately 80,000 teachers and provided over 255 million math lessons in the 2015-2016 school year across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and president of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, the K-12 division of LeapFrog Enterprises. Jessie also served in leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S.
Jessie supports the broader K12 industry by serving on the boards of several educational organizations including Rosetta Stone, Newsela, International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Western Governors University Board of Trustees and Islandwood. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT.
Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education and honored her as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.
President and CEO, eBay
Devin Wenig is eBay’s President & CEO. He is the 3rd CEO in the Company’s history. A purpose-driven global technology leader, Devin became CEO in July 2015, after overseeing eBay’s Marketplaces business as its President for nearly four years.
Under his leadership, eBay has grown annual Gross Merchandise Volume from $60.3 billion in 2011 to $88.4 billion in 2017. During this period, eBay added 71 million active customers, to a total of 170 million.
During his tenure at eBay, Devin has led a transformation of the business, including a technology and data-led replatforming using structured data to catalog eBay’s vast inventory; investing in artificial intelligence capabilities; activating a sharpened and more clearly differentiated brand; redesigning eBay’s mobile experiences; and expanding global reach both geographically and by category.
Devin joined eBay in September 2011 after more than 18 years at global technology/media company Thomson Reuters, where he was CEO of Thomson Reuters Markets. In that role, he led the global media and financial services businesses—which provide technology, news, and data to corporations, media, and consumers.
He is a sports fan, runner, amateur coder, and art enthusiast. He is passionate about using technology to make a positive impact on communities around the world.
Devin received a B.A. from Union College, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School. In addition to the eBay Board, he also serves on the Board of Directors of General Motors, is a Co-Chair of the Governors of the Consumer Industries for the World Economic Forum, a member of the Business Council, and a trustee of the Paley Media Center.
Dr. Nadia Shouraboura
Founder and CEO, Hointer
Dr. Nadia Shouraboura was born in Soviet Russia. Her work in machine learning attracted the attention of Princeton University where she was offered a scholarship and received a PhD in Mathematics. Her research resulted in several important papers, referenced by over 200 publications.
Nadia joined Amazon.com in March of 2004 and served on Jeff Bezos’ executive team responsible for overall direction and operations of Amazon. Under her guidance as the Head of Worldwide Supply Chain and Fulfillment, Amazon achieved the largest product selection on earth and implemented a novel retail supply chain controlling the move of every item, every associate and every package with precision in real time, worldwide.
During her work on Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos, Nadia started to think about the ultimate experience of shopping for tactile items. She left Amazon to open a high-end Seattle men’s denim store, Hointer, with the vision to change the physical retail experience from the inside out.
Hointer has been featured in 1000+ publications, and the company now licenses its technology to top retailers globally.
Nadia also serves on the boards Ferguson, a publicly traded multinational building materials distribution company, founded in 1887, and Cimpress, a publicly traded corporation and the parent of VistaPrint.
Nadia lives in Seattle with her husband Charlie. Their daughter Caroline studies mathematics and machine learning at Carnegie Mellon University.
President and COO, Nintendo of America
Reggie Fils-Aime (pronounced FEES-oe-MEY) joined Nintendo of America Inc. in December 2003 as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. In May 2006, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Fils-Aime runs the day-to-day operations of Nintendo of America, and is responsible for all activities for Nintendo in the United States, Canada and Latin America. In 2016, he was appointed a member of the global Executive Officer committee.
Prior to joining Nintendo, Fils-Aime was Senior Vice President of Marketing at VH1, part of the MTV networks. A graduate of Cornell University, Fils-Aime began his career at Procter & Gamble, and later became Senior Vice President for Panda Management Co., the world’s leading Chinese food-service company. He also served as Senior Director for National Marketing at Pizza Hut, where he launched the Bigfoot Pizza.
As U.S. Marketing Chief for Guinness Import Co., Fils-Aime oversaw all brands, including Guinness stout, Bass ale, Harp Lager and Pilsner Urquell, as well as managing brand relationships with third-party owners in the United Kingdom, Jamaica and the Czech Republic. As Chief Marketing officer for Derby Cycle Corp., he not only directed worldwide sales and marketing for eight separate brands, including Raleigh, Diamondback, and Univega, but also was acting Managing Director of the company’s United Kingdom operations.
During his tenure at VH1, Fils-Aime engineered the channel’s redirection to young viewers that resulted in an overall 30 percent rating growth, and he created and executed the marketing plans for The Concert for New York City, which raised more than $35 million for disaster relief in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Founder and President, TerraClear
Brent Frei has co-founded 4 companies. He took both Onyx Software and Smartsheet from inception through IPO in the software technology space. His HarvestWest company is a farmland investment fund that has enabled investors to own farmland in the Pacific Northwest as an alternative asset class. And, his current venture, TerraClear, is a combination of his passion in agriculture and his experience in technology. TerraClear is building autonomous rock picking robots to clear agricultural fields of the rocks that routinely foul equipment. Brent has also held roles at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft and Motorola.
Founder, Tola Capital
Sheila Gulati is the founder of Tola Capital, an enterprise software focused venture capital firm. As a seasoned software expert, Sheila blends her financial and strategic acumen with her deep knowledge and passion for software businesses. Prior to founding Tola Capital, Ms. Gulati was the business and marketing leader for the Enterprise Application Platform for Microsoft. This responsibility included the company’s Database and Developer Platform and Tools businesses. She also co-owned the Enterprise IT strategy for Microsoft to drive a successful major business shift to capture more revenue share and seize new computing trends, including the shift to cloud computing. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade at Microsoft in other roles, including Developer and Platform Evangelism, Business Management, Corporate M&A, and Strategy. Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Gulati was an investment banker for Robertson Stephens, where she closely partnered with her clients to drive financing, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures. Early in her career, she spent time as a web developer for public and private sector organizations. Ms. Gulati is a second-generation software entrepreneur, and she grew up alongside her family’s software company in New York.
Chief Legal Officer, Uber
Tony West is Chief Legal Officer at Uber. Previously, Tony was Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands like Gatorade, Tropicana and Frito-Lay.
West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, West was twice confirmed by the Senate to serve as a senior official in the Obama Administration. From 2012 to 2014, West was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice’s third-‐ranking official, where he supervised many of the Department’s divisions, including the Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office. As Associate Attorney General, West pursued several financial institutions for their roles in precipitating the 2009 financial crisis, securing nearly $37 billion in fines and restitution for Americans who were harmed.
From 2009 to 2012, West was the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, the largest litigating division of the Justice Department. As Assistant Attorney General, West led the Justice Department’s review of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advocating strongly and successfully that the Department abandon its long-‐standing defense of the statute because the law was unconstitutional.
When West left the Obama Administration in 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder presented him with the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department of Justice’s highest honor.
Earlier in his career, West was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, where he prosecuted a variety of federal crimes. He also served as Special Assistant Attorney General at the California Department of Justice and was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.
West graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he served as publisher of the Harvard Political Review, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review.
Assistant Professor and Co-Director, UW Reality Lab and Scientist, Facebook
Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is a Scientist and Entrepreneur. Ira’s interests are in the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics and learning. A major part of her work is to invent virtual and augmented reality experiences to empower people in their day to day activities, and develop algorithms for modeling people from unconstrained photos, videos, audio and language.
Dr. Kemelmacher-Shlizerman is an Assistant Professor in the Allen School at the University of Washington, Founder and Co-Director of the UW Reality Lab, and Research Scientist at Facebook. She founded a startup Dreambit that was acquired by Facebook Inc. in 2016, and Tech Transfered product Face Movies to Google Inc. in 2011.
Ira received her Ph.D in computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her works were awarded the Google faculty award, Madrona prize, the Innovation of the Year Award, 2016, selected to the covers of CACM and SIGGRAPH, and frequently covered by most national and international media. She has been serving as area chair and technical committee of both CVPR and SIGGRAPH, and part of Expert Network, LDV capital.
Founder, mismatch.design and Director of User Experience, Google
Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. She served as the Principal Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft from 2014-2017, and led that company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Her award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2018, Holmes joined Google and continues to advance inclusive development for some of the most influential technologies in the world. She is the author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design.
Founder and CEO, Impinj
Chris Diorio is CEO, Vice Chair, and Co-Founder at Impinj, an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and a Director of the RAIN RFID Alliance. Passionate about technology, Chris is a leading pioneer of RAIN RFID and the expansion of the Internet of Things to include tens of billions of everyday items. He has more than 150 issued patents, 69 scholarly publications, and has received numerous awards including EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest, EE Times/EDN Innovator of the Year, AIM Global Ted Williams Award, RFID Journal Special Achievement Award, and the IEEE Paul Rappaport Award. He has also received Packard, Sloan, Presidential, and ONR fellowships. Chris earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and has over 30 years’ experience in computer and radio engineering. A fan of all things fast, Chris has the biggest smile on his face when racing his car around a track.
Partner, Foundation Capital
Joanne Chen works with passionate entrepreneurs who use data assets to disrupt business functions and verticals. She is particularly interested in applications that leverage AI to automate existing workflows or create new services. Joanne works closely with the teams at Mya Systems, TubiTV, Custora, Localytics, Findera, and Quilt Data. Joanne’s passion for technology developed early, when her mathematician dad and computer scientist mom taught her how to program. By the time she was nine years old, she had turned her skills into a business and made her first webpage for a client. Joanne began her career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and later co-founded a mobile gaming company. She also spent many years working on Wall Street at Jefferies & Company, helping tech companies go through the IPO and M&A processes, and at Probitas Partners, advising venture firms on their own fundraising process. She was an angel investor for two years at Hyde Park Angels prior to joining Foundation in 2014. Joanne has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Rajeev is currently the CEO of Accolade, the market leading personalized advocacy company for employers, health plans, and health systems. Rajeev joined the company as a board member, investor, and CEO in November, 2015. Today, Accolade has 800 employees focused on driving better outcomes and increased satisfaction for healthcare consumers while delivering incredible savings for payers.
Prior to that, Rajeev co-founded Concur, the global leader in travel and expense management, in 1993 two years after graduating from college. His initial role in the company was in product management and his early years were focused on the product management and development organizations. In the 20 years that followed, he worked in nearly every role in the business – culminating in his final role as president, chief operating officer, and board director for the last nine years of his tenure.
In that role, he was responsible for all operational functions of the business ranging from sales and marketing to customer services to R&D and human resources. During that timeframe, the company grew from $60mm in revenues to over $800mm in revenues before eventually being acquired by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) for $8.3bn in 2014.
Rajeev is married with two children. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1991 (BSE). Today, he serves on the board of Avalara, a top provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation for businesses; Apptio, a SaaS technology business management solutions provider; Amperity, the world’s only Intelligent Customer Data Platform; and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that raises funds to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
Senior Vice President of Products & Services, Control4
Charlie Kindel joined Control4 in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Products & Services. Charlie has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home group. For over 20 years he has led the industry discussion on the connected home and innovative product development, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, SXSW, Connected World Summit, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Geekwire readers awarded Charlie “Hire of the Year” at the 2013 Geekwire Awards.
Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft’s most loved products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7 as the general manager as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990. He’s a huge Seattle Sounders FC fan, loves wrenching on 1980s BMWs and Porsches, and lives in Bellevue, WA with his lovely wife Julie and mutt Coco.
Emerging Technology & Innovation Director, Sellen
Salla Palos is a passionate and inspiring emerging technology leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. She is recognized as an industry game changer, and one of the most innovative and forward-thinking people in the construction sector. She is a rapid development driver with expertise in international R&D, technology innovation, and strategic planning advancing change management of global $10 trillion construction industry with the means of open innovation.
Salla is a frequent public speaker in national and international industry forums evangelizing innovation strategies in digital construction, and their impact on people, business, and technology. She has authored and co-authored multiple award-winning publications on innovation, BIM, and construction management impacting the $217 trillion real-estate business. Awarded thesis work adopted in the national BIM standard in the USA and European countries. Salla earned her Master of Science in Architecture degree from Tampere University of Technology in Finland.
Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. Glenn was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, Invio
Cassie Wallender is the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Invio, an enterprise SaaS company making clinical trials safer, faster, and more efficient via automation of common clinical operation workflows. In the past, she has been a senior contributor and manager for several successful Seattle software startups (iLike, acquired by MySpace in 2009, and Appature, acquired by IMS Health in 2013). Cassie is a strong believer in utilizing data, empathy, and user research to solve software design problems.
Chief Technology Correspondent, Axios
Ina Fried is chief technology correspondent for Axios and editor of its daily tech newsletter, Login. Before joining Axios in February, she was a senior editor at Recode, covering mobile, and produced the Code/Mobile series of conferences. Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Before helping launch Recode, Ina covered mobile at All Things Digital. Prior to that she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
President & CEO, Vera Whole Health
Ryan is Co-founder, President and CEO of Vera Whole Health, the leading direct-to-employer primary care provider in the Western United States. The Vera approach to care replaces today’s sick-care model with provider-patient relationships that guide patients toward optimum social, psychological and physical health on a foundation of empathetic listening. The approach enabled Vera to become the first on-site clinic provider in the United States to earn a Certificate of Validation by the Care Innovations™ Validation Institute for sound population health cost outcomes. Ryan is also the co-founder of Hope Central Pediatric and Behavior Health and Rainier Health and Fitness, non-profits dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in low-income areas.
Senior Vice President of Marketing Programs and Digital Innovation, Starbucks
Aimee is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Programs and Digital Innovation at Starbucks and has been a loyal Starbucks customer and employee for over 13 years. In her current role, she oversees Starbucks Media and Social, Customer Marketing Insights and Analytics, Digital Customer Experiences and Digital Program Innovation. In prior Starbucks roles, she ran Starbucks Digital Businesses – Starbucks Rewards, Mobile Order and Pay, Starbucks Card, launched VIA globally, ran the Beverage category, launched Clover and oversaw CSR marketing. For 10 years prior to her work at Starbucks, she ran several businesses at Campbell Soup Company. While the majority of her roles have been marketing and business oriented, her first five years out of undergrad were as a SAS / SQL Programmer and Change Reengineer working for SallieMae.
Outside of work, Aimee is kept very active by her husband, Wil, and two children, 4 and 6. They take advantage of everything Seattle has to offer – biking, skiing, boating, bike riding, dancing, singing and having a grand time romping through their neighborhood looking for adventures.
Additionally, Aimee is active in her community. She has a particular passion for helping to advance Girls’ STEAM projects – volunteering at the Seattle Girls’ School, in Google’s Made with Code project, at Forte Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership forum and as an active contributor to Starbucks Women in the Workplace and other speaker series. In addition, Aimee was on the board of the Jewish Federation and MePlease, a UK Mobile startup.
Aimee holds a BS in Marketing and English from Virginia Tech and an MBA from George Washington University.
CTO, Growers Holdings, Inc.
Ron Zink is CTO at Growers Holdings where he leads product development and related initiatives for the company. Growers is an enabler for the modern, digital farm – with a platform and partner model that provides seamless data migration and agronomic decision support to customers. Previously, Ron attained more than 20 years of senior executive experience at Deere & Co., the leading global agriculture group, and Microsoft Corporation. Ron led the digital transformation group at the heart of Deere’s revolutionary precision agriculture strategy, which successfully developed and commercialized a series of new digital farming products and applications that are now fully embedded in Deere’s strategy.
At Microsoft, Ron served in a variety of senior legal and business roles, including at the center of the company’s pivotal engagement with the European Union (EU) and the recently enacted EU data protection directive. Earlier in his career, Ron was in private law practice at a prominent intellectual property law firm where he advised companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, on the protection, licensing and litigation of intellectual property rights relative to their businesses. Ron is an Angel investor, speaker, board member/advisor to several start-ups, and co-founder of Ideas Matter, an intellectual property advocacy group.
CEO & Co-Founder, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Mr. Robins is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies, the leader in translating the scale and precision of the adaptive immune system to diagnose and treat disease through next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. He has held executive-level positions in real estate, investing and medical technology, including: Pulte Homes, Connaught Real Estate Finance, and HealthAxis.com.
Mr. Robins started his career in banking for companies such as Wasserstein Perella and Bank of America. In 2012, Mr. Robins was a “40 Under 40” Seattle Leaders honoree. In 2015, he and his brother, Harlan Robins, were honored as one of Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of the Year. Mr. Robins was a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2016 Entrepreneur of The Year® Award in the Pacific Northwest, and won the award in 2017 along with his brother.
While in college and looking for a way to combine his adventuresome spirit with a vast learning opportunity, he spent 100 days in the wilderness with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLs) where he gained his open and interactive leadership style along with his strong teamwork mentality. A Cornell University honors graduate with a major in entrepreneurship and business, Mr. Robins obtained his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a major in finance and concentrations in marketing and operations.
In addition to the Adaptive Biotechnologies board, Mr. Robins holds board positions for Life Sciences Washington and Pavia Systems and is the co-founder and Chairman of Aortica Corporation, a company that is simplifying endovascular repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
Maria Angeles Capellades Sola
Director of Geospatial Engineering, The Climate Corporation
Maria Angeles Capellades Sola is the Director of Geospatial Engineering at The Climate Corporation where she is responsible for the back-end geospatial data and imagery platform and processing services that feed important data to many Climate’s applications. She is an Electrical Engineer and Computer Scientist, holding a PhD from Penn State University in Computer Vision. She has 20 years of experience in the Earth Observation Satellite industry having worked as ground systems and software engineer in weather and land monitoring systems at Eumetsat and RapidEye (now Planet) in Germany and at MDA (now Maxar) and UrtheCast in Canada. Maria Angeles’ roots are in Catalonia in northern Spain, where her family ancestors, on both sides, have been farmers since at least the 17th century.
Chief Privacy Officer, Washington State
Alex Alben is Washington State’s first Chief Privacy Officer, an office created by the state legislature in March of 2015. He coordinates privacy and data policy for the state and consults with the Governor and Legislature on technology issues impacting citizen privacy.
As a technology executive, Alex helped launch ESPN.com and ABCNews.com, and served for six years in senior management at RealNetworks. At the outset of his career, Alben served as a researcher for CBS News covering the 1980 Presidential campaign and went on to work for Mike Wallace at CBS Reports. In the 1990’s, Alben worked as an entertainment lawyer for Orion Pictures and Warner Bros. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from Washington State’s 8th Congressional District in 2004.
A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Alben writes for The Seattle Times and other publications on the intersection of media, technology and politics. He is the author of Analog Days—How Technology Rewrote Our Future.
As one of only five Chief Privacy Officers in the country, Alex has initiated statewide programs for enhanced privacy training, consumer education and “Privacy Modeling.” In March of 2017, Gov Tech Magazine named him one of the country’s top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” in state government.
Principal, Madrona Venture Group
Maria joined Madrona in 2017. As part of the investment team, Maria is focused on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, working with portfolio companies to explore and evaluate business strategies and developing investment themes for the firm. She is particularly interested in founders doing new things in the enterprise software, cloud security and infrastructure arena.
Maria has nearly a decade of deep technology experience, garnered through roles at some of the world’s leading technology companies, including Cloudflare, Intel and Boeing. Maria comes to Madrona from five years as head of business development and an executive team member at Cloudflare, a San Francisco – based web performance and security company, where she helped build the company from 25 employees to unicorn status. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA in Finance with high honors from Saint Louis University. She is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and an occasional angel investor. Maria lives in Seattle with her husband and son.
Washington State University, Department of Biological Systems Engineering
A pioneering researcher in agricultural automation engineering, Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran engages in phenomics data-driven discoveries that transform how we study the interaction between crops, genetics and environment to produce sustainable food, fiber and fuels.
Based at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, Sankaran’s work focuses on advanced sensor technologies that detect and measure phenotypes—the physical expression of genes—in crops, supporting plant breeding, crop plant research, and precision agriculture. She develops opto-electronic, biological, and chemical sensors for non-invasive, rapid and continuous monitoring of plant responses to environmental stress, helping create a faster and better understanding of how our food crops react to a changing environment. Over the past five years, she has developed new tools to evaluate traits including crop vigor, stress tolerance, and seed size and quality across multiple crop breeding programs.
Sankaran holds a doctorate in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from North Dakota State University, master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University and Environmental Science from Anna University in Chennai, India, and a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Madras.
She is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the National Association of Plant Breeders, the North American Plant Phenotyping Network, the International Society of Precision Agriculture, and the Society of Applied Spectroscopy. She is also member of Alpha Epsilon, the honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers, and Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture. Her published work is among the most cited and downloaded articles in the European Journal of Agronomy (2015), Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (2013, 2010), and Crop Protection (2012).
CEO & Co-Founder, 98point6
Robbie passionately believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable primary care. With that in mind, he co-founded 98point6 in 2015 to harness the power of technology to improve both access and the quality of care. Robbie’s 25-year career has centered around building consumer technology businesses and products, including founding Cozi Inc., where he served as CEO from its inception until it was acquired by Time Inc. in 2014. Under Robbie’s leadership, Cozi became the number one brand in the family technology category, with more than 14 million family members in 150 countries.
He spent the first 12 years of his career at Microsoft,
where he led projects that included Microsoft Money, a program he ushered to profitability. Robbie holds a BS in engineering from Princeton University. He lives on Mercer Island with his wife, three children and their standard poodle Gingi.
Dr. Leen Kawas
CEO & President, M3 Biotechnology
Leen Kawas has led the company in business and financial growth through two oversubscribed financing rounds. The funds raised will support and accelerate growth of the company and take the lead candidate through the early stages of human testing.
For her leadership and accomplishments at M3 Biotechnology, Leen has won many awards and recognitions including: 40 under 40 in Life Science Leader (2017), PharmaVOICE 100 honoree (2017), Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Association of Washington Business (2016), was selected as one of EY’s Winning Women Entrepreneur (2016), 40 under 40 award from the Puget Sound Business Journal (2016), Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for EY (2016) and a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for GeekWire (2016). She was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine (2015) and one of the Women to Watch in Life Sciences by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (2015). As a company, M3 Biotechnology was also just named as one of Seattle’s 10 hottest startups by GeekWire in 2016.
She also serves on multiple boards, including the Washington Governor’s Life Science Advisory Board, the Scientific Review Board for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association-Washington Chapter Board, She also co-chairs the International Alzheimer’s Association Business Consortium.
She earned a doctorate in molecular pharmacology from Washington State University in 2011, and received the Harriett B. Rigas and Karen DePauw awards for academic achievement and leadership skills. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) from the University of Jordan (2008). Dr. Kawas also completed the Executive Training Program at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington (2014).
Ryan Mullenix is a partner at NBBJ, named the world’s most innovative architecture firm by Fast Company. As a co-leader of the firm’s workplace design practice, Ryan is a strong advocate for data-driven design, a process that uses custom algorithms to link geometry with data to augment human and building performance. Ryan has led the design of numerous award-winning projects both nationally and internationally. His work and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Newsweek, Quartz, Bloomberg News, Recode, BBC, CNBC and National Public Radio.
CEO and Co-Founder, Arivale
A competitive triathlete with a passion for health and wellness, Clayton Lewis loves to win and push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2007, Lewis joined the consumer-only venture firm, Maveron as General Partner. In 2014, he partnered with biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood to co-found Arivale. Lewis’ track record in the consumer world, coupled with Hood’s expertise in systems biology, creates a powerful leadership team to define a new industry, scientific wellness. Lewis has earned a reputation as a focused, inspirational leader who is passionate about building fast-growth businesses. He served on the executive teams that took Onvia and HouseValues public. Early in his career, Lewis served as one of the youngest chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY), Congress’ only microbiologist, who is credited for championing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Lewis is the immediate past president of the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees, where he’s served for 14 years. Outside of work, Clayton competes in endurance sports including Ironman triathlons.
Partner, Flying Fish Partners
Heather Redman has lived her life in leadership roles at startups, including as Senior Vice President at each of AtomShockwave, Inc., Getty Images, Inc., and PhotoDisc, Inc., VP Business Operations and General Counsel at Indix Corporation and Senior Vice President at Summit Power Group. Heather is a consummate networker and believes in service to the community. Heather serves on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association (Vice Chair), the Greater Seattle Chamber (Chair Elect), the Hawthorn Club, Global EIR Coalition and Beneficial State Bank (Audit and Technology Committees). She has served on the boards of several privately held companies and many industry associations and non-profit companies as well as on numerous advisory boards. Heather is also active in local and national policy and politics. She speaks and writes frequently on a variety of topics. Heather holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and a BA from Reed.
Founder and CEO, SimplyAugmented
Boaz Ashkenazy is the founder and CEO of Simply Augmented, a mobile first augmented reality platform that improves the effectiveness of enterprise sales reps, by using AR to enable prospects to visualize products in their environment in real time. Prior to Simply Augmented, Boaz practiced architecture in Seattle and was an early pioneer in exploring virtual and augmented reality for real estate. For the last ten years Boaz has been dedicated to examining and envisioning the future of immersive technologies. He graduated with a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MARCH from the University of Washington where he has lectured in the College of Built Environments.
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene
Washington's First Congressional District
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District, which spans from northeast King County to the Canadian border, and includes parts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. She has represented the district since being sworn into office on November 13, 2012. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, Suzan helped to start drugstore.com as its vice president of marketing and store development, and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. Growing up, Suzan spent time in Newport Hills and Mercer Island before her father, an airline pilot, lost his job. After fourth grade, her family moved all over the country in search of work. With hard work and financial aid, such as student loans and work-study programs, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College. She later earned an MBA from the University of Washington.
Dr. Sarah Cooper
GM of IoT Analytics and Applications, AWS
Dr. Sarah Cooper is AWS’s GM of IoT Analytics and Applications. With 15yrs experience building IoT devices and platforms, Sarah serves as vice chairwoman of the Internet of Things Community, a 20,000 member organization dedicated to education and information sharing amongst the IoT practitioner community. Formerly, M2Mi’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarah was named an IS 50 Most Empowering Women in Business, recognized Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert by Wireless World, a top 20 IoT Influencer by Inc. magazine and a National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Awardee. Sarah founded and sold TE-Bio, an IoT device company, NaturalNano, an advanced nanomaterials company and conducted fundamental research at NASA and DoE. She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney and patents in advanced materials and devices.
Chief BoomBoom, Starbucks
Richard Tait is senior vice president and entrepreneur in residence for Starbucks. Richard has held the new role since April 2016, helping the company foster a culture of innovation. He applies an entrepreneurial lens to Starbucks operational planning and prioritization efforts across the organization, helping improve the speed and agility of decision-making. He is also helping guide future product development as part of the steering committee for Starbucks Innovation Lab.
Described by GeekWire as “one of the Seattle area’s most accomplished entrepreneurs,” Richard started his career at Microsoft in 1998 where he had 12 startups within the company and pioneered four waves of innovation, spanning everything from operating systems, to corporate solutions, CD ROMs and breakthrough internet applications.
After Microsoft, Richard started Cranium Inc. which became the third largest game company in the world, selling more than 40 million games in 22 countries and winning the Toy Industry Association’s “Game of the Year” five years in a row. Cranium was acquired and became part of the Hasbro games family in 2008.
After Cranium, Tait started an innovation lab in Seattle that created a number of startups ranging from organic beverages to high-end consumer products featured in the Apple store. He worked with Starbucks during the company’s transformation, helping guide the evolution of Starbucks food platform in 2008 with the Real Food, Simply Delicious campaign and shaping the health and wellness strategy in 2009 and 2010.
Richard has an MBA from Dartmouth College and an honors degree in computer science from Heriot Watt University in his homeland of Scotland, where he was also recently inducted into the Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.
Richard believes in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit, a clear vision, and the passion to succeed. His personal mantra is “Orville Wright did not have a pilot’s license.” His favorite espresso beverage is a quad shot with a splash of water in the morning and a double short Caramel Macchiato in the afternoon.
Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy
Laura Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to that, she served in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and as later, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues. Laura also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.–China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Laura first joined the State Department as a presidential management fellow.
Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs
T.A. McCann is a serial entrepreneur. He was founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry) and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics. Previously, he was an EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital where he built Vulcan Labs and Providence Health Services, focused on quantified health ideas and investments. He also held senior roles at Microsoft leading Exchange and the Mobile Services divisions. In addition to his own startup experience, he is an active angel investor in companies including SkillJar, CreativeLive, Assist, Migo and Vendor Hawk and on the board of Guidant Financial, Volt Athletics, and Splash.org. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and active TechStars mentor. Prior to his startup career, he was a professional sailor having competed in 2 America’s Cups (won one, lost one) and the Whitbread Round the World race. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he attended on a full swimming scholarship.
Principal Researcher & Partner, Microsoft
Ranveer Chandra is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research where he is leading a team on the Incubation on IoT Applications. His research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including VirtualWiFi & low power Wi-Fi in Windows since 2009, Energy Profiler in Visual Studio, the Wireless Controller Protocol for XBOX One, and Software Defined Batteries in Windows 10. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space projects at Microsoft Research. He has published over 80 papers, and filed over 100 patents, with over 85 granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including best paper awards at ACM CoNext 2008, ACM SIGCOMM 2009, IEEE RTSS 2014, USENIX ATC 2015, and Runtime Verification 2016 (RV’16), the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship, the Microsoft Gold Star Award, the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35, TR35 (2010) and Fellow in Communications, World Technology Network (2012). Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.
Assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW
Franziska (Franzi) Roesner is an assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she co-directs the Security and Privacy Research Lab. Her research focuses on computer security and privacy for end users of existing and emerging technologies. She is the recipient of an MIT Technology Review “Innovators Under 35” Award, an Emerging Leader Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Austin, an NSF CAREER Award, a best paper award at the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, and a William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award. She is the program co-chair of USENIX Enigma 2019. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2014 and her BS from UT Austin in 2008.
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Kwame was always an entrepreneur at heart. From selling chocolate bars to purchase his first computer to working 3 jobs asan engineering undergrad student, or moonlighting his businesses while working full-time asan electrical engineer, Kwame is incredibly driven, diligent, and disciplined. It was these qualities, along with their combined career versatility, strong communication and leadership skills that allowed Kwame to lead the Neu team as Chief Executive Officer.
Kwame journey with Neu began when he and his co-founder (Rilwan Lawal) had a joint realization that Vacation rentals lacked an industry-specific solution capable of prepping rooms, in-between guests stay. As Airbnb host themselves, for years they dealt with inconsistency, poor communication, high prices, and tedious scheduling options. Frustrated with the status quo, they joined forces to form their own Airbnb cleaning company in hopes of solving the problem and removing their second largest operating expense. However, they soon realized that cleaning Airbnb’s wasn’t as easy asit seemed.Experienced cleaning contractors were expensive and demanding while unexperienced cleaners made mistakes and required thorough training from experts. Performing jobs within the check-in/checkout window were extremely difficult and forced cleaners to constantly operate in a high-pressure, time-sensitive environment. To make matters worse, washing and drying sheets and towels onsite was both painful and inefficient; it took longer to run a load, than it did to clean the entire apartment!
Through this exposure, Kwame and Rilwan developed a strong understanding of the pain points of both cleaners and Airbnb hosts. They left their desk jobs and together formed Neu, a marketplace that connected vacation rental hosts with vetted cleaning companies. Neu left the cleaning to the experts but offered supplementary services, such as providing paper products and linens to streamline the cleaning process. They welcomed their third co-founder, Claudius, to the team and through use of technology, the three were able to increase efficiency by updating hosts with SMS alerts and integrating their calendars toautomatically schedule cleans all while offering fair pricing. These services keep both cleaning companies and hosts dependent on the platform and with a proven business model, traction, and growth, Kwame, Rilwan, and Claudius aim to scale up Neu to become a nationally recognized company.
CEO and Founder, SEEVA Technologies
Diane Lansinger is the CEO and Founder of SEEVA Technologies, an automotive engineering startup that creates safety and perception enablement systems to help vehicles see better. SEEVA is driven to solve how self-driving cars will function reliably when they encounter real-world conditions like mud, snow, freezing rain and bugs. Diane lives in Bellevue but grew up in Detroit, where she learned to drive a stick shift at age 14.
Erin Rothman is CEO of StormSensor. She has been an environmental consultant in Seattle for more than a decade, during which time she was vice president of SoundEarth Strategies, a company she helped grow from $2 million to $15 million in annual revenue, and managing principal of SLR, a $134 million international consultancy. She is certified in stormwater management, and she has overseen stormwater projects for the last 7 years. She founded StormSensor to address a critical need for data and innovation in the water infrastructure industry, and it’s been an incredible experience, from idea to execution to scale.
Co-manager, Isidore Farms
Mark Frei is a co-manager with his father and sister of Isidore Farms, the second largest farm operation on Central Idaho’s Camas Prairie. With his background in operations at the Catholic diocese in Helena MT, managing the Mission in Guatemala with a medical clinic, school, and nutrition programs, he witnessed first hand the devastation of the lack of an adequate food supply. As County Commissioner, Mark has pursued economic development for his region in the area of ag and other industries. Mark has brought satellite imagery for plant bio-mass indexing and nitrogen uptake, soil sampling by production zones, variable rate seeding and fertilizing according to production zones, no-till practices to conserve soil, and auto-steering tractors for less overrun to the farm to improve process efficiency and production in a world where making it in farming is about a world competition for market share.
Executive Director, Mary’s Place
Marty Hartman is a strong and convincing advocate for homeless families. She is a creative problem solver who, along with community partners and donors, has secured funding and loaned-properties to open and operate nine emergency family shelters in King County that house over 500 family members each night, and offer housing and employment resources to hundreds more each day. With the support of the women, children, and families of Mary’s Place, Marty works tirelessly to keep the need for family shelter before stakeholders in the community and local government. She never stops thinking about the hundreds of families who will sleep outside tonight and how to build partnerships in the community to bring them inside, safe and together.
President, Good Harbor
Emilian Papadopoulos is president of Good Harbor, a premiere cyber security risk management advisory firm. Emilian has over a decade of experience advising Boards, CEOs, investment professionals, and government leaders on cyber security and risk management. He has helped clients across North America, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia in sectors including energy, insurance, law, technology, defense, manufacturing, and government. He is an adjunct assistant professor teaching cyber security at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has presented and published extensively on cyber security, including as co-author of the Governor’s Guide to Cybersecurity. Before joining Good Harbor, Emilian worked for Foreign Affairs Canada and for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he is the elected chair of the Kennedy School’s global Alumni Board.
Building Manager, Plymouth Housing
Brandon Getz is the Building Manager for Plymouth Housing’s Plymouth Place Apartments, which provides permanent homes and comprehensive support to 70 people who have experienced homelessness. During Brandon’s 10-year tenure at Plymouth, he has created cross-departmental initiatives to foster community and help residents achieve stability in housing. He is an advocate of permanent supportive housing and housing first practices, and has delivered informative, inspirational speeches about his work at gatherings such as the 2016 Conference on Ending Homelessness and the 2017 Housing Development Consortium’s Annual Luncheon. In addition, Brandon is an avid traveler, fisherman, and musician.
Senior Director of Engineering, Niantic
Niniane Wang is Senior Director of Engineering at Niantic, the Google spinoff company that makes Pokemon GO. She is responsible for engineering on Niantic’s upcoming Harry Potter AR game, Ingress, and parts of the developer platform including sponsorships, events, CRM, social, and analytics. She was Founder and CEO of Evertoon, until it was acquired by Niantic in 2017. Previously she was Chief Technology Officer of Minted, a crowdsourcing design platform making hundreds of millions in revenue. Niniane cofounded Google Desktop Search (which reached 85M weekly active users), led Gmail Ads engineering in 2004, founded Google Lively, and was an engineering leader on Microsoft Flight Simulator. Niniane is an inventor on 30 patents. She serves on the board of Serena & Lily. She is a technical advisor to Basis Set Ventures, a $140M venture capital fund focused on AI. She has a MS in Computer Science from University of Washington, and a BS in Computer Science from Caltech which she received at age 18.
Founder & President, Kirio
Franck Rougier is a passionate entrepreneur and tech evangelist who founded Kirio to serve the construction industry. Kirio, Inc. is a Seattle based IoT hardware and software manufacturer designing, developing, and deploying the Kirio Smart Home and Energy Management System. Franck earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and his Master Degree in Sensor Based Robotics and Controls from New York University. Previously, Franck was president at Blue Helios Inc., a software development consulting company serving the alternative investment industry. He also worked in the supply-chain management (PKOH) and financial (BAC) industries.
VP of Software Product Management, Sonos
Lidiane Jones is the VP of SW Product Management at Sonos, a leading multi-room smart sound system company. Lidiane leads a growing team responsible for helping the world listen better by bringing together the best listening experience through a variety of partners and services.
Lidiane has 15+ years of experience leading teams and bringing a variety of products related to machine learning, enterprise scalability and consumer productivity to market. Prior to joining Sonos, Lidiane spent 13 years at Microsoft, in roles in Microsoft Office, Enterprise and Azure Machine Learning.
Lidiane holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an avid reader and a lifelong learner of everything tech, economics, leadership, and policy making.
Partner, Echo Health Ventures
Anisha Sood identifies and leads investments that accelerate the mission of Echo Health Ventures. She advises portfolio companies’ management on driving efficiencies, engaging individuals and increasing transparency within the healthcare ecosystem.
Anisha joined the Cambia Health Solutions strategic investing team in 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in the health care industry across strategic finance and consulting positions. Prior to joining Cambia, she served as an independent consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she was responsible for structuring financial instruments and investment strategies.
Anisha holds her Master of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She serves on the Board of Directors for CarenaMD and TytoCare and as a Board observer for Maxwell Health, Retrofit and Wildflower Health.
Anisha is based out of Echo’s Seattle, Washington office and is enjoying her new role as a mom while balancing any and all previous interests with a full night’s sleep.
Research Scientist, University of Washington's Department of Astronomy
James Davenport is a research scientist with the DIRAC Institute at the University of Washington’s Department of Astronomy. His research program focuses on studying time domain, large survey astronomy, with an emphasis on variable stars in survey databases like NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions, or the new Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF). He is an expert in measuring how stars rotate and emit powerful “flares”, and works to use these properties to understand how stars change over their lives. Dr. Davenport is also an expert in data exploration and visualization. His blog “If We Assume” has received international attention for his data-driven explorations of topics ranging from coffee shops and airports to laptop batteries and book covers.
Server engineer, Niantic
Christina Quan graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in computer science. She joined Niantic in 2017 and has been working on features like raids and friendship to bring existing and new players together.
Dan has a successful track record of executive leadership, entrepreneurship, and angel investing in the financial services industry. He is currently serving as CEO of JetClosing, a new Title and Escrow company transforming the real estate closing process by delivering a fully digital and mobile experience for all involved. Headquartered in Seattle, the Company is in its rapid growth phase and currently does business in three states.
Prior to joining JetClosing, Dan Served as Senior Vice President of Capital One, President of Capital One ShareBuilder Corporation and President and Chairman of ShareBuilder Advisors LLC. Dan was instrumental in building ShareBuilder into a national brokerage firm with over 1.6 million customers across all fifty states with $25.0 billion in customer assets.
At GE Capital Services, Dan served as VP of Business Development, specializing in corporate finance, portfolio risk management, strategic investing and mergers & acquisitions. He has over three decades of experience in the investment and financial services industry and has served on the Board of Directors of numerous early stage financial services and technology companies.
Dan is active in the community and has served on the Board of Directors of non-profits, the Downtown Seattle Association and the Downtown Transportation Alliance. He holds Series 4, 7, 24 and 63 FINRA licenses and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Seattle Society of Financial Analysts (SSFA).
Dan lives in Seattle and has three children, ages 26, 20 and 18. He enjoys snow skiing, golf, fishing and riding his Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle during his free time.
Co-founder and CEO, KenSci
Samir Manjure is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at KenSci. In his role, Samir oversees everyday business functions such as operations, sales, and product strategy. Prior to KenSci, Samir has held various positions at Microsoft, over a span of 17 years, from program management of all “Advertiser” facing offerings from AdCentre: Web Offering, API offering and Desktop to launching innovative products in Small Business CRM category. Samir co-founded KenSci with a vision to help healthcare payers and providers transform the way they provide care and operate their business, by using machine learning. He holds a Master’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Samir currently resides in Seattle, where KenSci is headquartered.
Chair, Blockchain Council at the WTIA
Arry has over 20 years of experience working with companies in the areas of Strategy and Operations including Google, Microsoft, KPMG, and Expedia. For the past decade, she has applied her sharply focused approach to scaling businesses and startups. By applying her disciplined skillset across the domains of people, process and technology, she is able to lead complex initiatives to solve challenging problems. Throughout her career, she’s demonstrated a masterful capacity to grow businesses and scale companies. With Storm, she was the driving force that launched the company from a pre-seed stage startup to a globally recognized organization with users across 187 countries. Arry is recognized as an innovator in Blockchain and the strategic leader behind the successful Storm token crowd sale valued at $32 million in December 2017. She now serves as chair of the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Blockchain Council. In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, advising and investing in early stage companies, and reading nonfiction books.
Founder, Timmerman Report
Luke Timmerman is a biotech journalist, author, and entrepreneur. He is the
founder of Timmerman Report, a biotech newsletter, and the author of "Hood:
Trailblazer of the Genomics Age," a biography of automated DNA sequencing
pioneer Leroy Hood. It was named one of the “100 Best Indie Books of 2017” by
Kirkus Reviews. Timmerman has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of
Wisconsin, and in the 2005-2006 academic year, he was awarded a Knight Science
Journalism Fellowship at MIT.
Technology Policy Advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan, City of Seattle
Kate Garman is the Technology Policy Advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan in the City of Seattle. In this role she advises the Mayor on issues related to telecommunication networks, the “gig” economy, and privacy. Prior to joining Mayor Durkan’s Policy Team, Kate was the Smart City Coordinator in the Department of Information Technology beginning July 2017. She continues to work across city departments on smart city efforts, focusing on data-informed policy making, improving city performance, and furthering innovation. Previously, she was with the Office of Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, MO as the Innovation Policy Advisor, drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster a culture of innovation in Kansas City. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where she was the Student Editor in Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the national ABA publication on state and local government. Before attending law school, Kate was the Government Affairs Specialist at Black & Veatch, an engineering firm in Overland Park, KS. She has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. She loves hiking, exploring other cities, and appreciates almost any and all puns.
CEO and Co-Founder, Evrnu
Stacy Flynn is the CEO and a founding partner of Evrnu. She is an accomplished global textile product specialist and sustainable systems expert. She drives Evrnu’s mission, market positioning and branding. Her prior experience includes holding textile innovation positions across the supply chain at DuPont, Eddie Bauer and Target. She holds an MBA degree in Sustainable Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Stacy is a systematic problem solver, driven to realize the greatest return on resources. Her personal mission is to ensure that the textile industry is healthy and able to grow in the future by elegantly managing resources.
Slava is a software engineer with dozen years of designing and scaling enterprise distributed systems, artificial intelligence services including seven years with Microsoft AI Core, Bing Ads and Search teams. Slava has two master degrees in Technical Management MBA from Foster School of Business – University of Washington and masters in computer systems networks masters from Kharkov Aerospace University.
Group Program Manager, Microsoft Azure
Tara is a Partner Group Program Manager in Microsoft’s Azure IoT division focused on connected vehicles and Azure Maps. She rejoins Microsoft after a fun ride as CPO of a startup in enterprise AI, Maana, from seed to just before the close of series C. Prior to that she worked at Microsoft cumulatively for 15 years in Windows, and Bing. She also had roles at Merck and Scantron. In these roles she has tackled machine learning, enterprise AI, big data analytics, content management, handwriting recognition, ink / touch and new hardware, educational LMS systems, and online advertising. She’s an AI pragmatist and believes the most important part of any solution is identifying and decomposing the right question.
Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Jay Shendure is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, Director of the Allen Discovery Center for Cell Lineage Tracing, and Scientific Director of the Brotman-Baty Institute for Precision Medicine. His 2005 PhD included one of the first successful reductions to practice of massively parallel or next generation DNA sequencing. Dr. Shendure’s research group in Seattle pioneered exome sequencing and its earliest applications to gene discovery for Mendelian disorders (e.g. Miller and Kabuki syndrome) and autism; cell-free DNA diagnostics for cancer and reproductive medicine; massively parallel reporter assays and saturation genome editing; whole organism lineage tracing; and massively parallel molecular profiling of single cells. He is the recipient of the 2012 Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, the 2013 FEDERAprijs, a 2013 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2014 HudsonAlpha Life Sciences Prize and the 2018 Richard and Carol Hertzberg Prize for Technology Innovation. He serves or has served on advisory boards/councils for the NIH Director, the US Precision Medicine Initiative, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
Jonathan Kumar is a user experience designer by trade, founding several projects to solve social issues. Jonathan received a BS in Informatics and Economics from the University of Michigan and also has produced multiple short films. His first social enterprise, FoodCircles, enabled anyone to provide nutrition to a local child or family in need simply by dining out. Jonathan then created Samaritan, enabling Seattle citygoers to invest directly and compassionately into individuals around them struggling through homelessness.
Dr. Elizabeth Krakow
Assistant Member of Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Dr. Krakow is a clinical expert in blood and bone marrow transplantation for patients with cancers like acute myeloid leukemia and lymphoma. One of her main areas of research involves utilizing statistical methods to analyze complex longitudinal data to help select highly personalized, adaptive treatment strategies for cancers and for complications of bone marrow transplantation. Her recent work examining the potential for a machine learning-based method for mining historical medical data was recognized by American Journal of Epidemiology as one of the best papers in 2017.
She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and earned her MD and MSc from McGill University. Her medical training includes stints at Duke University (Internal Medicine), McMaster University (Hematology) and the Universite de Montreal (Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation).
Dr. Michael Calhoun
CEO, Mindshare Medical
Michael is CEO of Mindshare Medical, a precision-medicine radiomics company. Mindshare’s Reveal-AI product helps reduce false-positives and improve diagnosis in cancer screening. Michael previously led research on Alzheimer’s disease and the neural basis of learning and memory. With both academia and startups, he has built systems that increase the impact and quality of imaging analytics.
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Vineti
Heidi is a Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Vineti Inc., a company that is scaling and digitizing cell and gene therapies through an advanced software platform and data analytics. Heidi is also a consultant and advisor for a variety of cell therapy companies and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Vericel Corporation, a cell therapy company that markets and produces Carticel and Epicel for orthopedic and wound healing indications.
She is the former Global COO for SOTIO a.s. in Prague, CZ Republic. Before joining SOTIO she worked at Dendreon for ten years as Senior Vice President of Operations, where she was responsible for digital operations systems and all technical operations, among other duties. She built the commercial US Provenge facilities and operations (the first and only active cellular immunotherapy approved in both the US and EU) for Dendreon and led all the Operations for the US and the EU.
CTO, One Medical
Kimber is the chief technology officer, working to scale the technology innovations that underpin the re-invented doctor’s office and create a fully connected health engagement platform. Prior to joining, Kimber gained valuable experience at Box where she was most recently senior director of web application engineering, leading a number of engineering teams behind the growing commercial success of the company. Before that, Kimber co-founded and ran her own software company, Increo, which was acquired by Box. She is Chairman of the Board for the San Francisco Circus Center and is also an amateur circus artist.
Harjinder Sandhu received a Phd in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and went on to become Asst Professor of Computer Science at York University from 1995-1999, as well as a visiting scientist at IBM. In 2000, Sandhu co-founded MedRemote, a company that applied speech recognition and machine learning to medical dictations. This company was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2005, and Sandhu went on to become VP / Chief Technologist of Nuance Healthcare until 2010. Subsequently co-founded a company called Twistle, which automates patient engagement. In 2015, Sandhu founded Saykara, a AI-based virtual assistant for physicians, where he is currently CEO.
Founder and CEO, Resin.io
Alexandros Marinos is the founder and CEO of Resin.io which he founded in 2011 to improve the way code is deployed, updated, and maintained on remote Linux connected devices. Resin.io is a venture-backed company with customers covering a wide-ranging set of use cases including digital signage, manufacturing, smart buildings and transportation. An experienced programmer and recognized expert on REST, SBVR, relational databases, and enterprise software, Alexandros completed his PhD in Generative Information Systems at the University of Surrey in 2010 in which his research thesis formed the basis for Resin.io’s DevOps for IoT platform.
Science and technology journalist
Mark Harris is an investigative science and technology reporter based in Seattle, writing for Wired, The Guardian, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, and Scientific American. He has broken stories about self-driving vehicles, giant airships, AI body scanners, faulty defibrillators, and monkey-powered robots. In 2014, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and in 2015 he won the AAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award.
General Manager, Microsoft Healthcare
Desney Tan is General Manager of Microsoft Healthcare and is responsible for driving strategy, research, technical development and business creation for Microsoft’s clinical productivity tools, medical devices, and life sciences. He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.
Desney received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, spent time with the Singapore Armed Forces, and later returned to Carnegie Mellon University to earn his Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Desney was honored as one of MIT Technology Review’s 2007 Young Innovators Under 35 for his work on brain-computer interfaces and a 2012 Kavli Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, he was named one of SciFi Channel’s Young Visionaries at TED 2009, as well as Forbes’ Revolutionaries: Radical Thinkers and their World-Changing Ideas for his work on Whole Body Computing.
Lawrence Lerner is a blockchain pioneer who has worked in the cryptocurrency and digital payments spaces since the late 90’s. He has a history of success in innovation, both within large corporate and startup structures. Lerner is the CEO of Pithia, a venture capital company for businesses developing in the blockchain 3.0 ecosystem and driving enterprise adoption through strategic investments in identity, storage, supply chain, payment, and governance solutions. In addition, Pithia is part of the Washington-based RChain Cooperative ecosystem.
CEO and Founder, Resonant Growth
As CEO of Resonant Growth, Elizabeth Nelson helps talented technical teams scale up from smart ideas to revenue traction. She provides customer discovery, marketing and business development consulting to groups using machine learning to improve outcomes in food safety, healthcare and other domains.
Previously, she led sales, marketing and future product planning at LabKey Software and a second successful startup. LabKey’s open-source analytics tools enable collaborative science across a multitude of global research organizations, such as Genomics England, the Fred Hutch and Merck.
Elizabeth began her career as a program manager at Microsoft. She completed her PhD and BS at Stanford University thanks to the support of an NSF PhD fellowship.
Dr. Bob Crockett
Co-founder + Lead Engineer, HaptX
Bob co-founded HaptX with Jake Rubin with a mission to build a fully-immersive virtual reality system. He brings over 25 years’ experience in systems engineering and technology development to guide HaptX’s hardware development. Bob also serves as Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cal Poly.
Co-founder and CEO, Finite State
Matt Wyckhouse is the co-founder and CEO of Finite State, a venture-backed startup that is reinventing enterprise security in the IoT era. Previously, Matt spent much of his career at Battelle, the world’s largest private R&D company, where he was the technical founder and CTO of their Cyber Security Division. In that role, Matt supported numerous intelligence and national security programs focused on countering sophisticated adversaries in and through cyberspace.
Finite State was founded to help organizations manage the exponentially increasing risks imposed by unmanaged, unknown devices on their networks.
Matt holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University.
David is currently the CEO for GreaterGood, a socially-focused eCommerce and Internet Publishing company that has given more than $50M to charities around the world since 1999. David has more than 25 years of U.S. and global executive experience. His career in educational publishing and software development began at Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC), the company behind The Oregon Trail, as VP and Executive Producer. That led to 15 years at Pearson, the largest global education company, with executive roles including VP of Product Strategy, CMO of the U.S. Schools division, and President of Global Schools. He also served as EdTech firm Achieve3000’s first CMO as well as EVP and General Manager for Capstone, a global publisher of children’s books and software. Most recently, David was head of Global Schools for ABCMouse.com. David’s career began in theatre and television, including a stint for KING-TV in Seattle as an Emmy award-winning producer of children’s programming.
VP of Marketing & Communications, Smartsheet
Chris Blessington is VP of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR) and was part of the leadership team that took the company public in April, 2018. Prior to Smartsheet, Chris was at ExtraHop Networks where he was responsible for the company’s corporate and solutions marketing efforts. Previous to that, he spent seven years leading the marketing and communications teams at Isilon Systems through the company’s successful 2006 IPO (NASDAQ: ISLN) and 2010 acquisition by EMC. He began his career in Washington, DC as a congressional lobbyist and presidential speechwriter. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from Syracuse University.
Publisher, The Spoon
Michael Wolf is the creator of the Smart Kitchen Summit and publisher of The Spoon. Wolf has written for such publications as Forbes, Gigaom and the New York Times, has published a book on the connected home, and was host of the leading smart home podcast, the Smart Home Show. He also has too many kitchen gadgets.
J. Dax Hansen
Partner, Perkins Coie
J. Dax Hansen is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and Chair of the firm’s Fintech and Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency Industry groups and a member of the firm’s Technology, Transactions and Privacy practice group. He has an extensive background in providing legal guidance on emerging payment systems, including online and mobile payments, digital currencies and distributed ledgers, like blockchain. His practice emphasis includes IT, payments and international business transactions, including mobile financial services and m-commerce, online business, software and technology licensing, and Japanese business transactions.
General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures
Corey is a General Partner with Seven Peaks Ventures. She leads the digital healthcare and health IT investment portfolio for Seven Peaks, and is an active innovation advisor and consultant to regional healthcare systems, and works as a tireless connector and diverse voice of growth and evolution within our industry. Corey is also the spark behind the Seven Peaks Ventures Bonfire Series. Prior to joining Seven Peaks as a partner 5 years ago, Corey served 8+ years as Business Director for several products and medical device divisions at Philips Healthcare, spanning locations from Bend, Oregon to Vienna, Austria. She scaled up small acquisitions for the corporation, helped with turnaround, product-line divestiture, business growth strategy, new market penetration, and overall general management for stand-alone facilities. Prior to that, she lead Product Management teams at two start-ups, one in medical software serving the Pharmaceutical industry, and the other partnering with AT&T in the telecom market. Corey graduated from Boston College with her BA in Human Development and Psychology, and received her MBA from Portland State University.
E-commerce reporter, Bloomberg
Spencer Soper covers e-commerce for Bloomberg from its Seattle news bureau. He previously worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania, California and New York and he is a graduate of Columbia University’s Knight-Bagehot fellowship program.
CJ Bangah is a Partner based out of the PwC Seattle office with an MBA from the University of Washington. She has 14+ years’ experience leading global projects, delivering high impact solutions, and managing teams. Bangah primarily works with Fortune 500 organizations on projects that leverage technology to help solve business problems, primarily in the cloud and online / online advertising industry.
Her current role at PwC focuses on helping clients understand, adapt, and thrive in situations where external and internal factors drive the need for rapid, transformative change.
Group Program Manager, Microsoft Azure IoT Platform
Kevin Miller is Group Program Manager of Microsoft’s Azure IoT Platform group in Redmond, where he leads development of products and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), including IoT Hub and IoT Edge. Kevin joined Microsoft in 1995 and has held a series of R&D positions since then as program manager, product unit manager, and software architect, most often building products for developers or enterprises.
Leader of Experience Design Solution, PwC
Rik Reppe leads PwC’s West Coast Experience Center, where he focuses on the intersection of experience and technology. Over the course of his career he has worked across multiple industries and solution areas, always gravitating back to how to create experiences that unlock value for clients and their customers. In his past, Rik has been a mathematical modeler, lobbyist, record producer, storyteller, and performer.
Director Innovation, Sacramento Kings
Ian Wheat is the Director of eSports and Innovation for the Sacramento Kings, where he develops the mobile app, oversees the esports strategy and 2K team, and implements new technology such as blockchain. Ian has been with the Sacramento Kings organization since 2013 and served on the team that designed, developed and implemented the new arena’s advanced app and software. A nomad of Idaho, Oregon and California, Ian received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Vice President of Technology, Sacramento Kings
Eric King is the Vice President of Technology for the Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center, where he is responsible for overseeing all technology for the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable arena. The 17,608-seat arena features a one of a kind 2,500 square foot, Tier-4 datacenter, connected to the arena with over 1,000 Wi-Fi Access Points, over 900 miles of fiber and CAT6a copper cabling and redundant 100 Gigabit internet connections. Together, these innovations have redefined the guest experience with industry-leading solutions. Golden 1 Center features cutting-edge technology that anticipates and responds to fans’ needs on a hyper-individualized basis.
King has been with the Sacramento Kings organization since 2011 and served on the team that designed, developed and implemented the new arena’s advance infrastructure. King has over 20 years of professional experience in project management. He previously held roles with Rosecrance Health Network and The Valspar Corporation. A native to Illinois, King also served in the US Marine Corps prior to launching his career in Technology.