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Say goodbye to the viaduct! The GeekWire Summit kick-off party brings together attendees at the historic headquarters of real estate company Flyhomes, located on Seattle’s newly-revamped waterfront with wonderful views of the Great Wheel. Enjoy retro games, beverages, giveaways and a mac-n-cheese bar. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is located on the Hyatt Regency’s 7th floor.

Steve Ballmer and the LA Clippers made headlines this summer with one of the biggest deals in NBA free agent history, but the philanthropist and former Microsoft CEO isn’t content with merely trying to build a championship basketball team. As the founder of USAFacts, the non-partisan, non-profit civic data initiative, he’s on a mission to ground the national conversation in a common understanding of the numbers and trends behind some of the most important and divisive issues facing the country and the world. And in his spare time, he’s working on an augmented reality viewing experience that aims to change the way we watch sports. We’ll kick off the 2019 GeekWire Summit by catching up with one of the biggest personalities in sports, business and technology. Moderated by Todd Bishop.


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Carmen Best, Chief of Seattle Police Department; Luke Larson, President of Axon; and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District; Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg.
Facial recognition. Body cameras. Home surveillance networks. Technology is transforming law enforcement with uneven results. Innovations that make some Americans feel safer threaten others’ privacy. Meanwhile, technology itself runs the risk of amplifying human biases that beset police. A panel of experts from the public and private sectors will discuss how technology is transforming law enforcement and what it means for the future.
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Amira Valliani, CEO, Glow; Phyllis Fletcher, Podcast Editor, American Public Media; David Payne, President, RainStream Media and Steve Henn, the former tech correspondent for Planet Money who now leads content strategy at Google. The way we consume media is rapidly changing, sparked by an audio revolution of smart speakers, podcasts, voice computing and new streaming innovations. We are at the dawn of this tectonic shift in media, one which is ushering in new storytelling formats and voices. Fifty one percent of Americans listened to a podcast in 2019, up from just nine percent in 2008, and the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down. In this panel, we’ll explore what’s next in terms of content production, distribution and unique business models, hearing from innovative entrepreneurs and storytellers who are at the forefront of this revolution. Moderated by Todd Bishop.


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The development of diverse biological technologies, participation in the human genome project, pioneering systems biology (a holistic approach to biological complexity) and the realization that healthcare should be predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory have framed Dr. Hood’s view of 21st century medicine. Dr. Hood will discuss how making billions of measurements on individuals provides insights to optimize wellness and avoid disease. The longitudinal data clouds generated for each individual have provided striking new insights into human biology and disease — some of which will be discussed. Dr. Hood will discuss how 21st century medicine will change your healthcare and potentially extend your productive lifespan.


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Luc Delany, CEO, International Social Games Association; Kristina Hudson, Executive Director, OneRedmond & Washington Interactive Network; John Cuddihy, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation; Derrick Morton, Co-Founder & CEO, FlowPlay; Paul D. Mathews, Founder & President, PLAYSTUDIOS

Washington state is a global epicenter for the video and social games industry, employing more than 23,000 people in high-tech, high-paying jobs. But our state could also put this industry at risk by making free-to-play games, like Candy Crush, Pokémon Go and Clash of Clans, subject to the same regulations as gambling. In this lunch session, panelists will discuss the threat to this innovative technology industry.


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Antitrust investigations, privacy issues, and a cloud of government scrutiny? Brad Smith has been dealing with this stuff since before Facebook and Google were born. Microsoft’s president helped the company pull itself out of its own regulatory and legal challenges more than a decade ago. In the years since, he has emerged as a “de facto ambassador” of the tech industry. He’s one of the key leaders guiding Microsoft’s approach in areas including AI privacy and the often difficult intersection of technology and public policy. He’s the author of the new book, Tools & Weapons, the Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, with Carol Anne Brown, and in this conversation we’ll explore the future of tech from Smith’s unique vantage point on the industry and the world. Moderated by Todd Bishop.


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One of the best ways to understand the technology landscape is to see where top investors are placing their bets, and how they’re looking at the future. Venture capitalists Amy Bohutinsky of Technology Crossover Ventures, Megan Quinn of Spark Capital; Hope Cochran of Madrona Venture Group and Dana Settle of Greycroft, will provide insights into areas such as AI, fintech, the cloud and the Internet of Things; financial terms for founders, valuations in the private and public markets IPOs and direct offerings; and the new era of technology ethics and social impact.


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Eugenio Pace, CEO, Auth0; Manny Medina, CEO, Outreach; Dan Lewis, CEO, Convoy. Moderated by GeekWire co-founder John Cook.

What does it take to build a startup into a billion-dollar venture, and perhaps more importantly, what do you do once you have? In this session, we’ll hear from leaders of companies that have reached that coveted unicorn status — getting their unvarnished perspectives on the state of the private capital markets, the disconnect with public markets, startup valuations, the battle for talent, and the future of technology and innovation in the Seattle region and beyond.


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Experimentation on Deadline
Our society is going through massive transformations in the ways we create and consume media, in large part due to the expanding role of technology in our lives. The New York Times reports on these trends and developments, but we also evaluate ways emerging technologies can be adopted for our own use, in the service of our journalism and storytelling. The Times’s Research & Development team, embedded in our newsroom, plays a role in that journey by scanning for problems that might be solved with new tools and technologies, and finding ways to experiment in the news cycle. In this talk, Mr. Lavallee will describe how this works (spoiler alert: it’s messy) and share lessons learned along the way that could be applied to any fast-paced environment.


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In the year and change that Rohit Chopra has served on the Federal Trade Commission, he’s quickly emerged as one of Big Tech’s biggest skeptics. He frequently breaks ranks with his colleagues on the FTC, calling for steeper penalties and broader antitrust enforcement against tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Chopra will discuss how tech giants ascended to the position of power they occupy today and what can be done to rein in the industry during this fireside chat. Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg.


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4:45 – 6:00pm, Exhibitor Hall

Moderated by Luke Timmerman, The Timmerman Report


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Dr. Jennifer Adair, Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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Panelists Nirav Shah, CEO, Sentinel Health; Shyam Gollakota, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington; Amanda Cuda, Medical Director, 98Point6. Moderated by James Thorne.


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We envision a future where people’s health care experience is easy, personalized and seamless. Health data interoperability is key to making it easier for people to gain access to their personal health care data, share it and use it – wherever they are on their health and wellbeing journey. Laurent will share three trends that are putting us at a tipping point in health care, liberating consumer data and helping remove barriers through innovation.


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Mike Nash, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Lumedic; Laura Yurdin, Principal, Laura Yurdin, LLC; Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health


Located on the Regence BlueShield Health Tech Stage, Clearwater room #702

Panelists Kristine Ashcraft, CEO, YouScript; Amanda Enstrom, Chief Product Officer, Amplion; Leslie Alexandre, President and CEO, Life Sciences Washington


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Panelists Matthew Trunnell, Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Shannon McWeeney, Division Head, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine, OHSU; Lara Mangravite, President, Sage Bionetworks. Moderated by Alan Boyle.


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Panelists Corey Schmid, General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures; Alice Chen, Vice President, Accelerator Corp.; Terry Myerson, Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group


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The recent success of smart speakers has been a great leap in human-digital interaction, but there’s still a lot of space for developers and companies to cover to create smart devices and environments with truly engaging and intuitive interfaces. While voice command technology can handle simple tasks, the interaction can fall short because it has modest understanding of human intent. In this talk, we’ll look at the successes and challenges of recent smart devices and explore how marrying voice command with technologies like gesture recognition, 3D mapping, and machine vision, can reduce frustrations and enable more natural and compelling interactions with our smart devices and environments.

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Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President & CEO, DreamBox Learning; Marilyn Strickland, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

How can the leaders of today build strong, diverse, and inspired teams an era of rapid technological, political and economic change? Three leaders with roots in education, business and public policy discuss new strategies for creating and leading organizations ready to take on big challenges with a sense of mission and purpose, and the ability to create maximum impact in the world.


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Four finalists from the GeekWire Elevator Pitch startup competition —Greg Newbloom of Membrion; Keith McCall of Pollen Systems; Maria Colacurcio of Syndio; and Jinesh Varia of Industrility — face off in the final round of this fun series, presented by PACCAR. Moderated by John Cook.


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Many companies make “disruption” their goal. They believe if they just develop the right innovation, they will disrupt their markets forever and drive the kind of growth worthy of a magazine cover story. But that’s not how disruption works. Disruption doesn’t create growth; growth creates disruption. While growth is always hard, disruptive growth is exponentially harder. It requires companies to make tough decisions in the face of daunting uncertainties: Should we bet our company’s future on the next-generation customer or today’s reliable one? Should we abandon our current business model for an entirely new one? Disruption demands bold leadership and, often, massive cultural transformation. To be on the right side of that disruption requires having a growth strategy that aligns the entire organization around the future customer experience, as well as the leadership and culture to execute that strategy.


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The modern era of smart devices may have started in the hand, but it’s increasingly moving beyond the smartphone and smart home and into the larger world, finding new opportunities and challenges along the way. We’ll explore this emerging landscape for hardware, services and AI with Dave Limp, the Amazon senior vice president who leads the company’s Alexa and Echo businesses.


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Chris Satchell, CTO, Zume; Christie Lagally, CEO, Rebellyous Foods; Tom Douglas, Seattle chef and founder of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Restaurant Group. Moderated by Sarah Masoni, Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center.

Technology, AI and cutting-edge science aren’t just changing the devices we use. They’re radically altering the future of food, from farm to kitchen to table, with the promise of a more healthy and sustainable system of food around the world. We’ll explore this changing world, including its opportunities and risks, with a panel of entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists and restaurateurs at the leading edge of the field.


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Can robotics change the way we travel and connect with the world? Kevin Kajitani, Director of ANA’s Avatar Division, will share how his airline is spearheading a global movement to redefine transportation through real-world avatars. By combining robotics, haptics, sensing and other exponential technologies, ANA is laying the groundwork for a new mobility platform that will enable the instantaneous physical transportation of presence, consciousness, and skills to every corner of the globe. ANA aims to redefine the landscape of global travel and establish a fully democratic and scalable way to provide physical access to all.


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Doug Baldwin has two rules for deciding whether to partner with a business or organization: it has to be a project he believes in, and people he truly wants to work with. The retired Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, legendary for his exploits on the football field, will join us to share insights from his NFL career, and his unique perspective on business, sports, technology, politics, philanthropy and community engagement. Moderated by Taylor Soper.


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As a communications leader and policy strategist, Jay Carney has moved from one world power to another. A familiar face on the national stage as the White House press secretary for President Obama, the former journalist is now the senior vice president of global corporate affairs for Amazon, reporting to CEO Jeff Bezos. Carney’s shift is emblematic of the increasingly larger role being played by Amazon and its counterparts in some of the most important public policy issues facing the globe and the future of technology. We’ll explore this new world, with a leader who has a unique perspective on its implications for business, technology and the political landscape. Moderated by Todd Bishop.


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A fun geek show-and-tell featuring some of the coolest gadgets and hardware devices we’ve seen. Ben Hamm, Sr. Product Manager, Technical, Amazon; Mackenzie Andrews, Design Engineer, Nanodropper; Andy Kleitsch, CEO, Atomo Coffee; Nir Pechuk, CEO, Extentek


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Will artificial intelligence create better travel plans than humans ever could? How will a new generation of travelers change the way we experience the world? What role will hotels and airlines play in shaping the way we book travel? And how will Expedia Group change as a company after making its long-awaited headquarters move to the Seattle waterfront? Those are just a few of the topics and questions we’ll address with the CEO of the travel giant. Moderated by Todd Bishop.


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Anthony Bontrager, Managing Director at WestRiver Group; Laurel Buckner, Managing Director at WestRiver Group; Marty Roberts, Co-founder and CEO of Wicket Labs; Kiran Bhageshpur, CEO Igneous Systems


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Steve Ballmer

Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group, founder of USAFacts, and chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor. Through philanthropy, impact investing, and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Steve also leads USAFacts, a not-for-profit initiative organizing government data from over 70 sources to show how the money flows and its impact, to help ground our public debates in fact and equip citizens to hold government accountable.

Steve became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in leadership roles, after starting as the company’s first business manager. During his tenure at Microsoft, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people. With Steve as CEO, Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States.

He grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft. He lives with his wife, Connie, in the Seattle, Washington area.

Doug Baldwin

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin, a self proclaimed nerd and geek, graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in (STS) Science, Technology and Society. After spending 8 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, he retired in 2019. Today, Doug is focused on family, business and his philanthropic work.

Ana Mari Cauce

President, University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce President, University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce is the 33rd president of the University of Washington where she has been a member of the faculty since 1986. A graduate of the University of Miami and Yale University, she is a noted scholar on risk and resilience among adolescents and has received numerous awards for her research as well as the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Before becoming president in 2015, she served as chair of the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Psychology, as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as provost, the University’s chief academic officer. In 2008, she played a key role in establishing the Husky Promise, a program that has helped more than 40,000 low-income students attend the UW. Since becoming president, Cauce has put a spotlight on the UW’s work in Population Health across the University, launched the University’s Race & Equity Initiative and been a champion for ensuring the UW and public higher education across the country remain accessible and affordable for all students. As president, and throughout her tenure, she has worked to advance the University’s mission of serving the public good by focusing on the UW’s impact on the lives of the people in Washington and throughout the world.

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

Brad Smith President, Microsoft

Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.

Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.

Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department on August 13, 2018.

Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 27 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Chief Best serves as the Chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is on the IACP Board of Directors. She is also co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA). Additionally, Chief Best is on the Trustee Board for Lakeside School, the Visit Seattle Advisory Board and the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She is the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle, and serves on the St. Jude Advisory Council for Seattle.

In 2015, Chief Best received the “Newsmaker of the Year” award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2019, she received the “Vision from the Mountaintop” award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community. She was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals for accomplishments in their field and dedicated contributions to society.

Manny Medina

CEO, Outreach

Manny Medina CEO, Outreach

Manny co-founded Outreach in 2014 and now serves as CEO. Prior to Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon’s AWS team, and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Manny is a model of vulnerable and transparent leadership to his employees, from his heartfelt weekly email to his employees, to the traditional Friday get- together where the whole company shares their highs and lows of the week. He is a proponent of saving the planet by consuming less and purchasing second-hand whenever possible (he might be the only CEO to take the stage at industry events in shirts purchased from Goodwill). Manny grew up in Ecuador and now lives with his wife and three children in Seattle.

Amy Bohutinsky

Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky is a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), focusing on late-stage consumer tech investments. An experienced operator and brand builder, she most recently spent nearly 14 years in leadership roles at Zillow Group, beginning as a founding team member at Zillow in 2005, and serving first as Chief Marketing Officer, then Chief Operating Officer, growing Zillow from unknown startup to a household name. In 2018 she joined Zillow Group’s Board of Directors and stepped away from her operating role.

Today, Amy serves on the boards of Zillow Group (Nasdaq: Z, ZG) and Gap, Inc (NYSE: GPS). She previously served on the boards of HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb in 2019) and Avvo, Inc (acquired by Internet Brands in 2018).  In 2017 and 2018, Amy was named “Most Powerful Woman in Real Estate” on the Swanepoel Power 200 List.

Previously, Amy ran communications for Hotwire.com (acquired by Expedia, Inc in 2003) and began her career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for ABC and NBC affiliates in Virginia and Florida.  Amy lives outside Seattle with her husband, two kids and a dog, and can be found at @amybo and medium.com/@amybohutinsky.

Dave Limp

SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

Dave Limp SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

Currently SVP, Amazon Devices and Services, Dave Limp has been at Amazon since March 2010. He has overall responsibility for development, sales and operational aspects of Amazon devices and the services behind them, including Echo and Alexa, Fire TV, Kindle, and Fire tablets.

Prior to Amazon, Limp served as Venture Partner of Azure Capital Partners for four years. Before Azure, he served as Chief Strategy Officer of Palm, where he was responsible for corporate development, business development and applications. From July 1997 to August 2002, Limp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Liberate Technologies. Limp started his career at Apple Computer, he held various positions from 1987 to 1996, the last of which was Director of the North and South American PowerBook division.

Limp has B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

President & CEO, DreamBox Learning

Jessie Woolley-Wilson President & 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. Today, DreamBox serves more than 3 million K-8 students and over 120,000 teachers. The company provided more than 350 million math lessons across the U.S. and Canada in 2018.

Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie served as president of Blackboard’s K-12 Group and 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, the Western Governors University Board of Trustees, and Ursuline Academy. She is also a board member for Boeing Employees Credit Union, Pacific Science Center, and The Bullitt Foundation. She has been a featured speaker at international events including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT and GeekWire Summit 2018.

Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s EdTech Leadership Award for her work in transformative innovation in education, and she has been honored as one of 2018’s Top 100 Influencers in EdTech. Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education and The New York Times featured Jessie in their Corner Office column. Regionally, Jessie has received multiple accolades for her leadership, including, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category, GeekWire’s 2019 Big Tech CEO of the Year award, and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” award.

Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is also a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow and moderator for the Aspen Institute.

Mark D. Okerstrom

President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom is President and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) which operates a portfolio of over 200 of the world’s leading online travel sites and related travel services across 75 countries around the globe including Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, ebookers, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wotif, Egencia, HomeAway and trivago.  Okerstrom is a member of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of trivago N.V. (NASDAQ: TRVG).

Prior to his appointment to the position of President and CEO in August 2017, Okerstrom served as Expedia Group’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of finance, corporate strategy, M&A, and Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform Group.  He first joined the company in 2006, and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Strategy where he led Expedia Group’s global M&A activity around the world.  In 2011 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and added all Global Finance functions to his areas of responsibility.  In 2014 he was elevated to the position of EVP of Operations and CFO, adding oversight of Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform team to his remit.

Prior to joining Expedia Group, Okerstrom was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco, and worked for UBS Investment Bank in London.  Prior to that, Okerstrom practiced as an attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Okerstrom earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School and holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of British Columbia.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representative, Washington's 7th District

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Representative, Washington's 7th District

Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her second term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. She is the first South Asian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of only 14 naturalized citizens currently serving in the United States Congress.

Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. She is also the elected Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which represents approximately 40% of the entire Democratic caucus; the Immigration Subcommittee Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus; and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus.

In Congress, Representative Jayapal has been a leader on immigration, including fighting the Trump Administration’s inhumane policies of separating children from their parents and crafting legislation to help expand legal immigration to America. She has also championed legislation to address income inequality, such as the $15 minimum wage and expanded collective bargaining rights for workers.  She has worked extensively on healthcare issues as the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All bill in the House, and she is the author of the College for All Act, which would ensure every American has access to higher education.  She has authored other landmark pieces of progressive legislation including the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act and the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.  She has also prioritized legislation to transition our economy to 100% clean energy and address the crisis of climate justice.

Prior to serving in elected office, Congresswoman Jayapal spent twenty years working internationally and domestically in global public health and development and as an award-winning national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. She spent almost a decade working on global health and development for the international nonprofit organization, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and spent 12 years as the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State and one of the largest in the country.

Representative Jayapal was born in India, grew up in India, Indonesia and Singapore, and came to the United States by herself at the age of 16 to attend college at Georgetown University. She later received her MBA from Northwestern University, worked in a number of industries in both the public and private sector, and published her first book in 2000, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland.

She is married to Steve Williamson, a long-time labor leader and strategist, and is the proud mother of a gender non-conforming child Janak, step-son Michael, and 65-pound labradoodle, Otis.

Dr. Leroy E. Hood

SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1964 with an MD and from Caltech with a PhD in biochemistry in 1968. After three years as a Senior Investigator at NIH, his academic career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer, and the protein synthesizer and sequencer–four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping and understanding of the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding fifteen biotechnology companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Integrated Diagnostics and Arivale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of   Engineering, and the Institute of  Medicine. Of the more than 6,000 scientists world-wide who belong to one or more of these academies, Dr. Hood is one of only fifteen people nominated to all three. Dr. Hood has co-authored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, as well as a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes and he is just finishing a text on systems biology. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity (1987), the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology (2002), the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology (2006), and the coveted NAE 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize for developing automated DNA sequencing. In addition to having received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Hood has published over 850 peer-reviewed articles and currently holds 36 patents. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama. Hood has been named by The Best Schools as one of the 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today (2014). Scientific American has named Hood as one of the top 6 in their selection of 100 biotech visionaries world-wide (2015).

Eugenio Pace

Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Eugenio Pace Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 7,000 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 2.5 billion logins per month, Auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users.

Pace has spent his entire professional career easing the developer journey by creating industry-standard tools, content, and services for cloud-based computing, mobility, and identity. Prior to Auth0, he spent more than a decade at Microsoft, leading product management and engineering teams that provided architecture guidance and services that increased developer joy. He has also co-authored several books on cloud computing and identity management.

Pace holds a master’s degree in computer science and a degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires. He loves traveling and has visited more than 35 countries for business and pleasure. He currently lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife, two sons, and their labrador retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, rowing, riding bikes, spending time with his family, restoring his 1970 Karmann Ghia, writing his blog, and reading history and philosophy.

Dan Lewis

Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis is co-founder and CEO of Convoy, the leading nationwide trucking network and platform. Before Convoy, Dan served as General Manager of New Shopping Experiences at Amazon, as well as Vice President of Product and Operations at Wavii (acquired by Google), and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Dan started his career in technology and supply-chain consulting for Oliver Wyman, after studying cognitive science at Yale University.

Dr. Jennifer Adair

Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair is a scientist in Fred Hutch’s clinical research division. Her work focuses on gene therapy, which uses people’s genetic information to design treatments and therapies for various diseases, including cancer and HIV. Her ultimate goal is to make the treatments accessible and affordable worldwide. Her team has developed several technologies including portable gene therapy, which can facilitate manufacture of genetically modified blood stem cells that are as good or better than those manufactured in highly specialized clean rooms, and gold nanoparticles to passively deliver genetic edits to blood cells. Dr. Adair is also a strong advocate for understanding risk versus benefit in the ethical application of these technologies.

Dr. Adair has a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University.

Rohit Chopra

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Rohit Chopra Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Rohit Chopra was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018.

Commissioner Chopra has actively advocated to promote a fair and fully-functioning marketplace through vigorous agency enforcement that protects families and honest companies from those that break the law. During his tenure at the FTC, he has pushed for aggressive remedies against lawbreaking companies, especially repeat offenders, and has worked to reverse the FTC’s reliance on no-money, no-fault settlements.

After the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Chopra joined the Department of the Treasury to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He then served as Assistant Director of the CFPB, overseeing the agency’s student loan agenda. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him to serve as the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position established in the financial reform law.

In these roles, he led efforts to spur competition in the student loan financing market, develop new tools for students and student loan borrowers to make smarter decisions, and secure hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds for borrowers victimized by unlawful conduct by loan servicers, debt collectors, and for-profit college chains.

Chopra later served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education to advance the Department’s efforts to improve student loan servicing, reduce unnecessary defaults, and bolster enforcement. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focused on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families, and a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

Commissioner Chopra is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance. Prior to entering government, Chopra worked at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he worked in the financial services, health care, and consumer technology sectors.

He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.

Chad Robins

Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins co-founded Adaptive Biotechnologies in September 2009 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since incorporation. Prior to co-founding Adaptive, Chad held numerous executive-level positions in medical technology, investment and real estate companies. Chad holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Managerial Economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Shannon McWeeney

Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney is a Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Head of the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She serves as  Associate Director for Computational Biomedicine at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Director of Translational Bioinformatics for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.   In 2010, she was selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences. Her work is at the intersection of computer science, biostatistics, genetics and medicine to develop approaches to solve research bottlenecks, as well as novel ways to visualize and interpret information, with an emphasis on patient stratification and therapeutic prioritization.  In addition, she has a career-long commitment to data sharing and patient engagement. She served as a member of the Enhanced Data Sharing working group for the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel for White House Moonshot Initiative. Since 2013, she has led the computational and modeling effort for the Beat AML consortium, comprised of 11 academic medical centers and 11 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, focused on new approaches to support precision oncology.

Luke Larson

President, Axon

Luke Larson President, Axon

As President of Axon, Luke is responsible for leading the company’s day-to-day operations and overseeing all aspects of the company. Luke joined Axon in 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles since then, becoming President in April 2015. Prior to joining Axon, Luke served two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was awarded the Bronze star with V for valor on his first tour. Luke graduated from University of Arizona on an NROTC scholarship and has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Heather Redman

Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather Redman Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (immediate past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, Forterra and as a Regent of the Washington State University.  She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. Heather is also very active in local and national policy. Prior to her current roles, Heather was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Indix, Summit Power, Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.

Jay Carney

SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon

Jay Carney SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon

Jay Carney joined Amazon in March 2015 to run the company’s new Global Corporate Affairs organization. In this role, he oversees Amazon’s PublicAffairs and Public Policy divisions, and reports to CEO Jeff Bezos.

From January 2011 through June 2014, Carney served as White House Press Secretary to President Obama. As press secretary, he was the primary spokesperson for the president, the administration and the United States government. In the first two years of the Obama Administration, Carney served as director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden.

Before moving to the White House, Carney spent 21 years as a reporter, 20 of them at Time Magazine. From 2005 – 2008, he was Time’s Washington Bureau Chief. Earlier assignments for Time included stints covering the Clinton White House, the George W. Bush White House and Congress. He joined Time as its Miami bureau chief in 1988. From 1990-1993, he was a correspondent in Time’s Moscow bureau, covering the collapse of the Soviet Union. His first job out of college was at The Miami Herald.

Carney has been deeply involved in global policy and communications throughout his career. As a journalist, he wrote extensively on domestic and foreign policy issues, legislative battles and political campaigns. On September 11, 2001, he was one of just a few reporters on board Air Force One with President Bush. Carney later won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. In government, he was a senior adviser to both President Obama and Vice President Biden, and represented each of them before the press and the public.

Carney was raised in Virginia and earned a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. His wife, Claire Shipman, is the best-selling co-author of The Confidence Code and Womenomics. They live in Washington, DC, with their two children.

Christie Lagally

Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally is the founder and CEO of Rebellyous Foods. Christie is a mechanical engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience and the holder of five patents in manufacturing technology. She spent much of her career in the aerospace industry working on commercial airplanes and spacecraft in testing, design, and manufacturing, and she served as the project manager for a $10M R&D effort for the 777X wing manufacturing unit at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  Christie served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean (i.e. cultured) meat. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Psychology and Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Kristine Ashcraft

CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft, B.S., MBA is a molecular biologist by training and is CEO and founder of YouScript. She has worked in the precision medicine space since 2000 and was recently named one of the 25 leading voices in precision medicine. Kristine has authored multiple publications on the clinical and economic benefits of pharmacogenomic testing including one lauded as one of the most influential publications at an AMIA meeting. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC Nightly News and has spoken at SXSW, ASHG, and numerous precision medicine conferences. She is committed to being a catalyst in the adoption of precision medicine.

Matthew Trunnell

Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Matthew Trunnell Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

As Fred Hutch’s first chief data officer, Matthew Trunnell works to enhance the impact of the organization’s research-data assets through engineering, stewardship, and data-centered collaborations. Trunnell leads the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a team of software and data engineers who develop data-intensive research capabilities and infrastructure to support data science at the Hutch, the Cascadia Data Alliance and other regional partnerships. The HDC also focuses on training, community development, and strategic partnering.

Prior to becoming the CDO, Trunnell served as Fred Hutch’s vice president and chief information officer, overseeing enterprise and scientific computing services. Trunnell earned a B.A. in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton University and a M.S. in physical oceanography from the University of Washington.

Shyam Gollakota

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota is an Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington as well as the co-founder of multiple startups including Jeeva Wireless, Sound Life Sciences and Edus Health. He leads the UW Computing for Health group that designs various sensing and computing technologies for in-home medical diagnostics including sleep apnea, cardiac arrest, ear infections, opioid overdoses as well as infant monitoring using smart speakers and phones. He is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the SIGMOBILE Rockstar award. I was named as Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, Popular Science ‘brilliant 10’, CNN visionaries 2020 and twice to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. His research has earned awards at top computer science venues including SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, NSDI, SenSys, UbiComp and CHI, and appeared in inter-disciplinary journals like Science Translational Medicine and Nature Digital Medicine and named a MIT Technology Review Breakthrough technology of 2016 and Popular Science top innovations in 2015.

Amira Valliani

Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira Valliani Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira is the co-founder and CEO of Glow, which is building the Shopify for podcasts, starting with providing the easiest way for listeners to pay podcasters directly. She founded Glow after creating a local news podcast about the city council election in her town, and grew frustrated by the options for monetizing. Previously, Amira served as a communicators adviser in the Obama White House and as a speechwriter for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Seattle, is a Bay Area native., and enjoys scuba diving.

Luke Timmerman

Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering biotechnology since 2001. Before founding Timmerman Report in 2015, Luke wrote about the industry for a regional newspaper (The Seattle Times), a global financial publication (Bloomberg News), and an online startup (Xconomy). Luke’s first book, “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” was called a “must-read” by Forbes, and named one of the “100 Best Indie Books of 2017” by Kirkus Reviews.

Luke was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview in 2015. He has won a number of reporting prizes, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Association of Health Care Journalists Award, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) award, and has twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Luke earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, and during the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys running, family camping trips, and mountaineering. He reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet/8,848 meters, on May 22, 2018. Luke’s Climb to Fight Cancer campaigns have raised $1.9 million for cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

T.A. McCann

Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs, is an entrepreneur, investor, athlete and coach who has had a hand in building companies that have sold to Google and Blackberry. 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.

Kyle Quinn

Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

Kyle Quinn Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

KYLE QUINN joined PACCAR in 2005 and is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to this role, Mr. Quinn was PACCAR Senior Vice President and General Manager, Peterbilt Motors, responsible for the Division, as well as PACCAR Engine Company.

Prior to his General Manager role, Mr. Quinn served as Senior Vice President and CIO, responsible for the Information Technology Division, PACCAR Technical Center, Dynacraft and Winch Divisions. Mr. Quinn also held positions as Vice President and CIO and several roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining PACCAR, Mr. Quinn was with Boeing for 19 years in Engineering and Information Technology positions. Mr. Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Seattle University. He is married and has two daughters. He enjoys boating, golf and time with his family.

Amanda Cuda

Medical Director, 98point6

Amanda Cuda Medical Director, 98point6

Amanda Cuda joined 98point6 in 2017 as one of the first practicing clinicians. She joined the team after 16 years on active duty in the U.S. Army during which time she completed her medical education, as well as clinical and leadership roles in Hawaii, Georgia, Washington, Alaska, and Afghanistan (in support of OEF). Her passion is developing and sustaining the “life in medicine” by cultivating physicians from all specialties and all stages of their career. This passion led to her current role as Medical Director at 98point6 in 2018 with a vision to build a 98point6 clinic and culture that draws from concepts in occupational health, employee engagement, and people management theory to form the optimal clinician experience. She also lives out this passion by serving in the US Army Reserves as a USUHS faculty member, educator, and recruitment director. Amanda is a family physician who earned a BS in biology from Wheaton College (IL), her MD from the Uniformed Services University, her MPH at UW, and a faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center. A wanna-be homesteader, she lives in Gig Harbor with her husband, Scott, who is a pediatric urologist in the Army, their four amazing kids, and a sweet black lab.

Hope Cochran

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope Cochran Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope was the CFO of King Digital, the creators of Candy Crush.  At King she not only led the company through an IPO and acquisition to Activision, but became a rockstar Candy Crush player. Prior to that she was the CFO of Clearwire through it’s sale to Sprint in 2013 and the founder of her own company, SkillsVillage which she went on to sell to PeopleSoft.

In 2013 Fortune named her to the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming and in 2018 Women’s Inc named her Most Influential Corporate Directors.  She is a lifelong supporter of YoungLife, and has passion for the arts. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Music/Opera from Stanford University.

Hope is currently a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, as well as on the Board of Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB, Inc and New Relic, Inc.

Charlene Li

Author, The Disruption Mindset

Charlene Li Author, The Disruption Mindset

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail, and Open Leadership as well as co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Groundswell.

Charlene is an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group.

With over 20 years of experience in tech and business, she has been a respected advisor to Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and leadership. Charlene also serves on the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs.

Charlene is a sought after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SxSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

Charlene was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company. Charlene graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco.

Sarah Masoni

Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center

Sarah Masoni Director, Product & Process Development, OSU Food Innovation Center

Sarah Masoni is the Director of Product and Process Development at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center (FIC). Located in Portland, Oregon, the FIC is one of 13 experiment stations across the state affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

Sarah has dedicated her career to food entrepreneurship and development. She works as a liaison between the university and the food manufacturing industry transferring valuable information to start ups that require guidance to get their new concept going.  Over the course of her career, she’s helped literally 1,000’s of entrepreneurs realize their vision by helping them develop foods that are market-ready, including household names such as Salt & Straw, Bob’s Red Mill, and Keto Pint.

Sarah and her team work on projects ranging from local and natural ice creams, candy, snacks, dairy products, beverages, ocean and seafood products, acidified foods, natural and vegetarian items,  pet food and treats, sauces, dry mixes and organic fruit and nut bars.   Sarah is also a recognized flavor specialist with strong relationships with ingredient vendors and flavor companies, and regularly serves as an official judge for local and national product evaluations.

A former artisan Cheese Maker, Sarah is a current member of the Specialty Food Association, Oregon Dairy Industries, and the American Cheese Society.   Sarah has been invited as an Official Judge for the ACS Annual Cheese Competition, for the American Dairy Goat Association, as well as the Specialty Food Association Annual SOFI Awards and the Good Food Awards.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Food Science from Oregon State University.

Sarah was recently featured in the New York Times article “Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods”  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/dining/sarah-masoni-food-designer-oregon-state.html

Sarah was also featured on CBS Sunday Mornings with Jane Pauley “Tastemaker: Food designer Sarah Masoni’s million-dollar palate” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tastemaker-food-designer-sarah-masoni-million-dollar-palate/

Sarah has a live broadcast radio show on Friday mornings with her co-host Sarah Marshall of Marshall’s Haute Sauce, called “Masoni and Marshall, A Meaningful Marketplace” which airs Fridays at 9:00 am on www.startupradionetwork.com

Chris Satchell

CTO, Zume

Chris Satchell CTO, Zume

Chris Satchell is the CTO of Zume Inc., leading Technology, Product and Design for the food technology company. Prior to his work at Zume, Chris was the CPO at Comcast and CTO at Nike where he spearheaded all consumer-facing products and services focusing on strategy, design, building and operations. Chris is also the former CTO and Executive Vice President of R&D at IGT, the world leader in legalized gambling content, platforms and systems. Chris has a long history in the video games industry, culminating as CTO for the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) at Microsoft. Now at Zume, Chris is developing fast-paced teams focused on driving innovation in AI/ML, Logistics, Robotics, Automation, and Production to help Zume on its quest to be the most powerful source of health and well-being on the planet.

Megan Quinn

General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Prior to joining Spark in 2015, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early-stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products, she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Before her tenure at Square, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan received her degree in Political Science and History from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Leslie Alexandre

CEO, Life Science Washington

Leslie Alexandre CEO, Life Science Washington

Dr. Alexandre is President and CEO of Life Science Washington, an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association whose mission is to stimulate life science innovation, job creation and ecosystem vibrancy across Washington state through engagement, collaboration, promotion, and advocacy. She is a 30-year veteran of the life science and health care industries. Her background includes leadership roles in companies ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500, the National Institutes of Health and prominent research institutions.

As President and CEO of the internationally renowned North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 2002-2007, Dr. Alexandre led the development and execution of an extremely successful strategic plan for growing the economy statewide through biotechnology.

Dr. Alexandre previously served as Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for the National Cancer Institute, led corporate affairs for Oncormed, served in senior health policy positions for two U.S. senators, and was the primary liaison between EDS and the Washington, DC health policy community.

Dr. Alexandre is the recipient of numerous business awards and other honors, and has extensive experience serving on corporate, academic and non-profit boards

Corey Schmid

General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Corey Schmid General Partner, Seven Peaks Ventures

Corey is a General Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, leading the digital health portfolio for investments including, Cricket Health, Bright.md, Amplion Inc, and Enlitic.  She is also a trusted executive innovation advisor and board member to regional healthcare systems, industry consortiums, and startups as a venture capital partner and mentor backing brilliant entrepreneurs looking to create their next big thing; across the Western region.  Prior to joining the ranks of venture, Corey most recently spent 8.5 years as a 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.

Kevin Kajitani

Co-Director, Avatar Division, ANA Holdings

Kevin Kajitani Co-Director, Avatar Division, ANA Holdings

Kevin is passionate about improving the world through technology and innovative business models. He has played a central role in the launch of multiple initiatives within ANA including their cause-related “Blue Wing” program and the airline’s crowdfunding platform. Kevin is also a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit and officially launched at SXSW in 2018. Currently, he is the Co-Director of the newly-establish Avatar Division at ANA Holdings. A native of Seattle, Kevin graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Washington with a degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics and began his career as an aerodynamics engineer on the 787 program before relocating to Japan.

Lara Mangravite

President, Sage Bionetworks

Lara Mangravite President, Sage Bionetworks

Lara Mangravite, PhD, is President of Sage Bionetworks. This organization is focused on the development and implementation of practices for large-scale collaborative biomedical research. Our work is centered on new approaches to scientific process that use open systems to enable community-based research regarding complex biomedical problems. Previously, Dr. Mangravite served as Director of the Systems Biology research group at Sage Bionetworks where she focused on the application of collaborative approaches to advance understanding of disease biology and treatment outcomes at a systems level with the overriding goal of improving clinical care. Dr. Mangravite obtained a BS in Physics from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacogenomics at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Amanda Enstrom

Chief Product Officer, Amplion

Amanda Enstrom Chief Product Officer, Amplion

As Chief Product Officer at Amplion, Amanda brings 20 years of experience in biomedical R&D, including supporting drug discovery across all phases of development. Amanda believes that new approaches to standardized data handling, data mining, and data visualization techniques can accelerate precision medicine. Her passion for the field of Immuno-Oncology dates back to her doctoral work in combinatorial peptide library approaches to synthetic antibodies, but her specific interest is in bringing biomarkers from early development into validated clinical use using integrated data analysis and cross-platform biomarker discovery.
Prior to joining Amplion, Amanda served as the Senior Director, R&D at Tempest Therapeutics, as a Director at Aduro Biotech, as a Senior Scientist at Bavarian Nordic, and as a Project Scientist at UC Davis Medical Center. Amanda taught biology for 7 years as a faculty member at CSU Sacramento. And she earned a PhD in Immunology from UC Davis.

Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft

Dana Settle Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft

Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft, and she heads the firm’s west coast office outof Los Angeles.

Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, where she focused on early stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets.

Dana currently manages Greycroft’s investments in Anine Bing, AppAnnie, Bird, Clique,Comparably, Goop, Happiest Baby, Seed, Thrive Market, Versed and WideOrbit. She alsomanaged the firm’s investments in Awesomeness TV (acquired by Dreamworks), Maker Studios(acquired by Disney), Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), TheRealReal (IPO), Trunk Club (acquired by Nordstrom), Sometrics (acquired by American Express), Viddy (acquired by Fullscreen), and Voicea (acquired by Cisco).

Dana also serves as a Board of Director to IMAX Corporation. Her additional experience includes business development at Truveo (AOL), investment banking at Lehman Brothers and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications (AT&T).

Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Luc Delany

CEO, International Social Games Association

Luc Delany CEO, International Social Games Association

Luc Delany is the CEO of the International Social Games Association, the global trade body of the social games industry. Luc also runs Delany & Co, advising technology companies on a plethora of public policy issues. Luc is a former Policy Executive of Google and Facebook. He is a Fellow of the British American Project and sits on the University of Maastricht External Advisory Board of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Kristina Hudson

Executive Director, OneRedmond; Washington Interactive Network

Kristina Hudson Executive Director, OneRedmond; Washington Interactive Network

For over 15 years, Kristina Hudson has been a champion for interactive entertainment and technology companies in our region. Her expertise is making sure our businesses have what they need to grow and to expand. As Executive Director of Washington Interactive Network (WIN), Hudson established programs that received two international awards and that are used as a model for establishing technology hubs and industry clusters around the world. Currently she serves as Executive Director of OneRedmond and WIN. Both organizations are committed to growing our local economy by working with businesses, education, government, and communities to ensure that our region continues to remain a leader in innovation and technology.

Alice Chen

Vice President, Accelerator Life Science Partners

Alice Chen Vice President, Accelerator Life Science Partners

Dr. Alice Chen has been a vice president at Accelerator Life Science Partners since 2017. She initially joined Accelerator in 2013 as a principal to support portfolio company operations and to provide executive oversight of preclinical development activities across the portfolio.  She is actively involved in sourcing and scientifically evaluating emerging biotechnology investment opportunities, and has played an instrumental role in the formation and oversight of several Accelerator portfolio companies, including Acylin Therapeutics, Magnolia Neurosciences, Nemean Pharma, and Rodeo Therapeutics.

Dr. Chen has more than 15 years of research and drug development experience, principally in small molecule therapeutics.  Before joining Accelerator, she served as a scientific consultant and drug development project leader for several venture-backed biotechnology companies.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Technologies at Qwell Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed biotechnology company developing novel, small-molecule drugs focused on cancer and inflammation.  She also contributed to partnership and M&A initiatives.

Dr. Chen completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chaitan Khosla at Stanford University where she focused on protein engineering and protein characterization. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.  She served as an Engineering Fellow at Merck & Company and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program (Class 19).  Dr. Chen currently serves on the boards of the Evergreen Fund Advisory Committee for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and Life Science Washington, the state’s life science trade association.

Marilyn Strickland

President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Strickland President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Marilyn Strickland is the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by leaders throughout the Seattle metro area for her strategic, collaborative, and forward-thinking style, Strickland champions a regional approach to address our most pressing issues, including economic opportunity, housing affordability, and transportation. She is the first person of color and second woman to hold this role in the 137-year history of the organization.

During her tenure, the Chamber has launched a podcast, is incubating the Housing Connector which links landlords and private property owners to those in need of housing, leads regional business expansion and retention efforts in King County, is taking a proactive approach to business advocacy and media relations, and was named one of Seattle Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work for 2019.

Strickland previously served two terms as Mayor of Tacoma, where she forged new ground in transportation, education, workforce training, international investment, and economic development. Prior to elected office, she held marketing communications positions in both the private and public sectors.

She now serves on the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and Annie Wright Schools. She serves on the boards of Seattle City Club, the National Development Council and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Strickland holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University.

Nirav Shah

Co-Founder & CEO, Sentinel Healthcare

Nirav Shah Co-Founder & CEO, Sentinel Healthcare

Nirav Shah is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sentinel Healthcare, a digital health company providing the first comprehensive remote monitoring solution for hypertension. A practicing neurologist, he formerly served as the stroke director of Swedish Neuroscience in Seattle, the largest stroke program in the Pacific Northwest.

Nirav was inspired to create Sentinel based on his experience treating patients who suffered heart attacks and strokes caused by uncontrolled blood pressure. He received a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University, and an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Miami and his fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Anthony Bontrager

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Anthony Bontrager Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Anthony Bontrager co-leads the WestRiver Group Pacific Northwest Fund and serves on the boards of WRG portfolio companies Viewpath, Wicket Labs, Tectonic Audio Labs, Igneous Systems and PTO Exchange.  He is a board observer for The Riveter and a strategic advisor to Madrona Venture Labs.

Before WRG, Anthony founded Soda Media, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for a number of family offices in the Pacific Northwest managing select venture investments, such as Make.TV, Pendrell, Mindbloom and ContentGuard. He was President of Onecast, a mobile video news aggregation platform launched via Craig O. McCaw’s Eagle River Investments and was co-founder and CEO of IPTV transport provider BroadstreamCommunications, where he negotiated $36 million in capital and infrastructure funding from various investors, including the world’s largest satellite operator, Intelsat.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Seattle University.

He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Interactive Media Peer Group, and was a co-author of Washington State’s Wireless Siting Policy.

Laurel Buckner

Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Laurel Buckner Managing Director, WestRiver Group

Laurel Buckner co-leads the West River Group Pacific Northwest Fund and serves on the Board of TeraGo (TSX:TGO) in Toronto, Canada.

Before WRG, Laurel was Senior Vice President, Managing Director of ATN Ventures, where she focused on value creation through investments in new technologies and business models that benefited ATN’s operating subsidiaries in the US and abroad.  Before founding ATN Ventures, Laurel created and ran  GCI’s corporate venture fund and was on the Board of the  Blue Box Group (sold to IBM); Telesphere, (sold to Vonage); and ZipWhip.

Laurel has extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions; she was previously a lead M&A attorney at Dell and the General Counsel of SonicWALL, a network security company based in San Jose, California (sold to Dell.)  She began her career at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, Washington.  Laurel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Colorado College with Distinction, a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Washington.

She is an active member of the  National Association of Corporate Directors.

Kiran Bhageshpur

Co-Founder & CEO, Igneous Systems

Kiran Bhageshpur Co-Founder & CEO, Igneous Systems

Kiran Bhageshpur is CEO and cofounder of Igneous Systems, where he aims to take his 20 years of systems development experience at both startup companies and large enterprise vendors to redefine how elastic, cloud-like services can be delivered at a scale appropriate for the customer premises. Prior to Igneous Systems, Kiran served as VP, Engineering for the Isilon Storage Division of EMC through its growth to over $1B per year in revenue. Prior to the acquisition by EMC, Kiran held several company leadership positions through Isilon’s rapid growth from $100M per year in 2008. Prior to Isilon, Kiran led engineering teams at Questra (now part of Parametric Technology), Lucent Technologies, and Latitude Communications (acquired by Cisco). Early in his career, Kiran was an engineer at ABB-Systems Controls. Kiran received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas, Arlington.

Kiran has also spent close to two decades whitewater kayaking at all levels and has navigated multiple Class V rapids throughout the world.

Tom Douglas

Founder, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Restaurant Group

Tom Douglas Founder, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Restaurant Group

Tom Douglas, Seattle-based chef, has been cooking up Pacific Northwest cuisine since 1984, opening his own restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, in 1989. For the last 30 years, he’s made a name for himself alongside business partner and wife Jackie Cross and business partner (since 2006) Eric Tanaka by opening 13 full-service restaurants; an event space, Palace Ballroom; a cooking school, Hot Stove Society; and a product line including rubs, spices and knives. Beyond the restaurants, the James Beard Outstanding Restauranteur award winner has a weekly radio show, Seattle Kitchen, where he talks food, wine, and anything else that’s on his mind. Tom can be found at any of his restaurants on a given day putting in the work to create a successful restaurant group. As he reminds himself and his staff, “no one can out effort us.”

Marty Roberts

CEO, Wicket Labs

Marty Roberts CEO, Wicket Labs

Marty Roberts is the CEO of Wicket Labs. Prior to founding Wicket Labs, he served as co-CEO of thePlatform, a subsidiary of Comcast, and a leading video management company for major media and entertainment companies. Marty spent nine years at thePlatform, in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He also previously held marketing and product leadership roles at Giftcertificates.com and RealNetworks. A Seattle native, Marty spends most of his free time outdoors. When he’s not in the office, you’ll find him either on his mountain bike, snowboard or fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

Andy Kleitsch

Co-Founder & CEO, Atomo Coffee

Andy Kleitsch Co-Founder & CEO, Atomo Coffee

A PNW native, Andy Kleitsch was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Beginning his entrepreneurship journey in the early 90’s on a 14.4k modem, Andy and his wife launched the WeddingChannel.com (now TheKnot.com) and have been hooked on startups ever since. Over the past fifteen years, Andy has founded several tech companies in a variety of fields as well as spending a few years in innovation at Amazon Payments developing a mobile wallet program.

His expertise and excitement come from first mover businesses. His first mobile payments company came before the iPhone and he is now working to bring to market the world’s first molecular coffee.

Andy enjoys boating around the Puget Sound with his family as well as backcountry hiking. He and his wife continue to pay forward their startup experience by hosting the “BYOB: Build Your Own Business” club for entrepreneurial students at the University of Washington as well as Andy being on the board of mentors for the Master in Entrepreneurship program.

Ann Torres

SVP of Engineering & Managing Director, Synapse

Ann Torres SVP of Engineering & Managing Director, Synapse

Ann Torres is the Senior VP of Engineering and Managing Director of Synapse Product Development’s San Francisco office. Ann’s extensive electromechanical product development expertise has been honed by her collaboration with world-leading brands and ambitious startups, including Apple, iRobot, and IDEO. As engineering leadshe is the pivot between Synapse’s engineering teams and clients, ensuring the rapid development of multidisciplinary products and systems in the consumer, industrial, and medical sectors. She has a BSME from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MSME from Stanford University.

Greg Newbloom

CEO, Membrion

Greg Newbloom CEO, Membrion

Greg Newbloom is a Pacific Northwest native and current CEO of Seattle-based Membrion – a University of Washington spin-out company. Greg holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the UW and has a track record for innovation with 24 awarded and pending patents. Membrion has raised more than $3.8M in grants and investment to-date and is the 3rd start-up company Greg has founded. His work has been recognized recently by us at Geekwire (Geek of the Week) and the Puget Sound Business Journal (40 under 40 in 2019). Outside of his time with Membrion, he loves playing with his dogs, cooking food for his friends and gardening San Marzano tomatoes.

Paul D. Mathews

Founder & President, PLAYSTUDIOS

Paul D. Mathews Founder & President, PLAYSTUDIOS

Paul D. Mathews is a Founder and the President of PLAYSTUDIOS, Inc., a social games company that develops and operates engaging games played by millions of players each month on Facebook and mobile devices.

Paul has nearly 30 years of gaming experience in both the land-based and online segments of the industry. In January of 2011, then Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Paul to the Gaming Policy Committee, a strategic group that advises the Governor on gaming policy. Paul served on the committee until 2018.

In April of 2013, Paul co-founded and was elected Chairman of the International Social Games Association, a group formed by industry leading companies that functions to educate the public, policy makers and government regulators about social games.

Terry Myerson

Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group

Terry Myerson Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group

I am a Venture Partner with Madrona Venture Group and an Operating Executive with The Carlyle Group. Previously, I enjoyed a 21-year career at Microsoft leading the development of Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the early days of Office 365. Prior to Microsoft, I cofounded Intersé, one of the first web software companies, which Microsoft acquired in 1997.

I graduated Duke University and am now a member of the Duke Engineering Board of Visitors. I also serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Foundation.

I live in the Seattle area with my wife and children. I enjoy competing in triathlons and am an avid fan of all Seattle sports teams, especially the Seattle Sounders.

Derrick Morton

Co-Founder & CEO, FlowPlay

Derrick Morton Co-Founder & CEO, FlowPlay

Derrick Morton, co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based FlowPlay, has been anentrepreneur, leader and innovator in the digital entertainment industry for more than 20 years. At the helm of FlowPlay for the last decade, he has established the company as the creator of the industry’s most powerful immersive gaming platform, and driven product innovation to build an engaging multiplayer social casino that captures the attention of 75 million users worldwide. He has identified new opportunities and untapped markets including free-to-play sports betting and fantasy sports gaming, and spearheaded the development of more than 200 digital entertainment projects.

Phyllis Fletcher

Podcast Editor, American Public Media Group

Phyllis Fletcher Podcast Editor, American Public Media Group

Phyllis Fletcher followed her heart when she shifted from software engineering to journalism, and this year she followed her ears when she pivoted from broadcast news to podcasts. Phyllis is a decorated journalist whose career has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Sigma Delta Chi medal, two Gracies and two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists. She’s the editor for APM Podcasts from American Public Media, where she’s preparing the second season of their hit business show Spectacular Failures. Phyllis was the inaugural Public Media Journalists Association Editor of the Year.

Brad Gray

President & CEO, NanoString

Brad Gray President & CEO, NanoString

R. Bradley Gray has served as a member of the board of directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2010. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Gray held various positions at Genzyme, a biotechnology company acquired by Sanofi in 2011. He served as Vice President of Product & Business Development for Genzyme Genetics, the diagnostic services division of Genzyme, from June 2008 to May 2010, leading the development of molecular diagnostics and partnering activities. From September 2006 to June 2008, he served as Vice President of Business & Strategic Development for Genzyme Genetics, leading growth efforts through partnerships and licensing. Mr. Gray joined Genzyme in October 2004 as Director of Corporate Development, supporting business development and leading Genzyme Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of Genzyme. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Gray was a management consultant in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, from September 2000 to October 2004, where he worked with senior healthcare executives in the United States and Europe on a broad range of issues including pharmaceutical and diagnostic product strategy, post-merger integration, organization design, and operational turnarounds. Mr. Gray received a B.A. in Economics and Management from Oxford University, where he studied as a British Marshall Scholar, and an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Payne

President, RainStream Media

David Payne President, RainStream Media

David A. Payne is the co-creator, author and Executive Producer of the “Somebody Somewhere” podcast from RainStream Media. David’s career in media has spanned all mediums — TV, digital, print — and prior to founding RainStream, he served as the Chief Digital Officer for Gannett/USA Today, as well as the SVP/General Manager of CNN Digital.  A lawyer by background, David was a federal prosecutor and the Team Counsel for three professional sports franchises before his media career.

Mike Nash

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Lumedic

Mike Nash Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Lumedic

Mike Nash is co-founder and chief product officer of Lumedic Inc., a Providence St. Joseph Health company founded in Seattle to transform healthcare operations with advanced technologies and processes. Mike co-founded Lumedic in 2017 after a successful seven-year stint helping enterprises build and execute corporate innovation strategy, serving in leadership roles at Switzerland-based Luxoft, Radius Inc., and Applied by Design, which he co-founded. He began his career at Boeing, after earning a degree in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

John Cuddihy

SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation

John Cuddihy SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Scientific Games Corporation

John Cuddihy is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Scientific Games Corporation.  Before joining Scientific Games, Cuddihy was a partner with several leading U.S. law firms, where he resolved complex commercial disputes for multinational companies.  Cuddihy holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Laura Yurdin

Principal, Laura Yurdin, LLC

Laura Yurdin Principal, Laura Yurdin, LLC

Laura Yurdin has been a strategic advisor and executive for Seattle-area leaders in healthcare, biotech, medical technology and management consulting for almost 25 years. She has developed brand strategies, go-to-market strategies and marketing initiatives for corporate wellness, telemedicine, digital health and personalized medicine organizations. Her portfolio of healthcare clients, past and present, include Juno Therapeutics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Sana, Alder BioTherapeutics, Premera, Providence St. Joseph Health, Northwest Hospital and PATH. Prior to establishing her consulting firm in 2011, she was Point B’s first chief marketing officer.

Sara Vaezy

Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Sara Vaezy Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Sara Vaezy is the Chief Digital Strategy Officer for PSJH. Sara leads the development of the digital strategy and roadmap, digital partnerships and business development, and technology evaluation and pilots at PSJH. Prior to PSJH, she worked for The Chartis Group, a healthcare management consulting firm, where she focused on enterprise strategic planning, payer-provider partnerships, and the development of population health companies. Sara holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Physics and Philosophy and an MHA and MPH in Healthcare Policy from The University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Benjamin Hamm

Senior Technical Product Manager, Amazon

Benjamin Hamm Senior Technical Product Manager, Amazon

Benjamin Hamm is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Amazon, a neurotic pet owner, and a machine learning tinkerer.  By day, he works to bring Alexa to Android smartphones. By night, he uses computer vision and Arduino to perfect his relationship with his adorable cat Metric. Prior to joining Amazon, Ben was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, a teacher in Pakistan, and a self-described “non-cat person”. Ben and Metric live in the best rodent hunting grounds in Seattle, and urge all other cats to stay out of their territory.

Nir Pechuk

Co-Founder & CEO, Extentek

Nir Pechuk Co-Founder & CEO, Extentek

Nir Pechuk is co-founder and CEO of Extentek, a company that aims to improve the personal independence and quality of life of people who are blind or visually impaired. Nir is a middle school student in a gifted program at Lake Washington School District. At school, he is a founder and a president of a Culinary Club. Nir was nominated with “Washingtonian of the Day” award by WA State Governor Jay Inslee. He is a co-author of “What’s the Dog for You?” book and a utility patent. Nir is a 2nd-degree black beltand a helper instructor in Taekwondo. He loves to read, program, cook, play piano, and hang out with his friends.

Steve Henn

Content Strategy Lead, News on Assistant, Google

Steve Henn Content Strategy Lead, News on Assistant, Google

Steve Henn is a former journalist who became a tech entrepreneur. Today Steve focuses on developing voice first technologies at Google, with a focus on building a healthy ecosystem for broadcaster and publishing partners. Steve spent most of his journalism career in public radio in the US working as a correspondent at Marketplace, Planet Money and NPR. 

In 2016, Steve left NPR and joined forces with two early Netflix executives. Together, they founded a digital media startup that was bought by Google in 2017. That team now runs podcast engineering at Google and Steve leads content strategy for audio news.

Laurent Rotival

SVP Strategic Health Solutions & Chief Information Officer, Regence

Laurent Rotival SVP Strategic Health Solutions & Chief Information Officer, Regence

Laurent leads Cambia’s development of next-generation technology products and solutions to create a more person-focused approach to health care.

Laurent is a tireless advocate for the health consumer. Whether delivering business transformation or building great products, investing in people and great teams is core to his focus. He is passionate about engineering and technology, and is laser focused on execution with uncompromising integrity.

Prior to Cambia, Laurent has been on a multi-industry global journey focused on innovation and delivering results. He developed breakthrough advanced materials for high performance European automotive applications; held transformational global software and technology leadership roles across oil and gas, broadcasting and energy industries; and has more than a decade of P&L leadership roles in health IT products, diagnostic imaging, solution and market development in the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. At Cambia, this expertise in innovation and transformational technology are helping create person-focused health care business models, products and solutions.

Laurent is a Franco-American national, born in the Congo, French educated in West Africa, France and Switzerland, and earned two engineering degrees in materials science from Brown University. He speaks four languages, has lived on four continents, traveled six, and currently resides in Seattle. Laurent is married to Amy and is the proud father of four children and two dogs. He is an avid traveler, runner, cyclist, Nordic and alpine skier.

Kirsten Morbeck

Managing Director, SpringRock Ventures

Kirsten Morbeck Managing Director, SpringRock Ventures

Kirsten is Managing Director of SpringRock Ventures, a venture fund focused on the convergence of healthcare and technology.  She has spent the past twenty years building and investing in early stage technology and healthcare companies. Her venture portfolio includes 15+ companies that have gone public or been acquired. She has made notable investments across four sectors: (i) healthcare (CSATS (acq. by J&J), InDemand Interpreting (acq. by Stratus), Vascular Solutions (VASC)); (ii) mobile (Tegic Communications (acq by AOL), PushSpring (acq. by Tmobile)), (iii) software (Sabrix, acq by (Thomson)), and (iv) internet services (InterNAP (INAP), aQuantive (acq by MSFT), BlueBox (acq by IBM)).  Kirsten currently serves as a Board Director/Observer for five venture-backed companies including Virtudent, Saykara, HumanAPI, OpyaCare, and Bright.md.

Her venture experience includes senior investment professional positions with Mohr Davidow Ventures, and two successful regional venture funds.  Kirsten was a Board Director and Chair of the Strategic Committee for Wireless Matrix Corporation, a publicly-traded, leading fleet management SAAS company that was acquired by CalAmp Corporation (WRX/CAMP) in 2012.

Operationally, Kirsten co-founded a mobile security company in 2007 that was backed by Shasta Ventures, MDV & Bezos Expeditions, and was acquired by Visa in 2016. In addition, she has worked for Microsoft, Archon Capital, and Lehman Brothers.

Kirsten is married with a son.  She was an All-American lacrosse player while earning her degree at Middlebury College.

Mackenzie Andrews

Co-Founder, Nanodropper

Mackenzie Andrews Co-Founder, Nanodropper

Mackenzie is Co-Founder & Chief Commercialization Officer at Nanodropper, a company committed to combating waste and rising prices in our healthcare system. Mackenzie is responsible for commercializing the Nanodropper adaptor, an award winning, universal adaptor for medicated eyedrop bottles that reduces the volume of currently oversized drops to reduce the cost, waste, and side effects of vision-saving medications. Seattle grown, Mackenzie received her BS degrees in Bioengineering and Neuroscience at the University of Washington and went on to complete her MS in UW’S Bioengineering Program on Technology Commercialization this June. While her academic pursuits were focused on Computational Neuroscience, Neuroengineering, and Neuropharmacological research, she has been able to use her scientific rigor to approach business solutions with a “curious yet critical” mindset and contributes her current success to this philosophy. Out of the office, Mackenzie is a competitive Powerlifter, coaches gymnastics, and enjoys spending time with her husky pup.

Marc Lavallee

Executive director of the R&D team at The New York Times

Marc Lavallee Executive director of the R&D team at The New York Times

Marc Lavallee is the executive director of the R&D team at The New York Times Company, which is dedicated to finding real world solutions to help empower the future of news. The group explores how new and emerging technologies can better shape how information is gathered, told and consumed. Looking forward 12 to 24 months, his team works across global industries to get ahead of consumer trends, bridge the gap between tech and storytelling, and ultimately foster an environment of open experimentation at The Times.  Prior to the role, Marc was the editor of interactive news, where he oversaw a team of programmers and journalists at the forefront of news-based storytelling innovation. Marc began his career in 1999 at Boston.com, the website of The Boston Globe. He subsequently held a variety of positions at the intersection of journalism and technology at The Washington Post, NPR, and National Journal.
Marc is from Massachusetts and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Jean Gabarra

General Manager of Health AI, Microsoft Healthcare

Jean Gabarra General Manager of Health AI, Microsoft Healthcare

Jean Gabarra is General Manager of Health AI in Microsoft Healthcare where she and her team strive to improve healthcare outcomes and experiences by developing advanced technologies alongside industry partners in healthcare and life sciences.  In her 20 years at Microsoft she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to incubate new technologies, develop first version products, and transition Microsoft’s business applications to the cloud.  Most recently she ran Trust Assurance (privacy, security, and compliance) for Microsoft’s business applications division and worked closely with customers in the public sector, financial services, and healthcare industries.  Her passions also include working to empower people with disabilities, and volunteering with Love Without Boundaries Foundation, where she is currently lead coordinator for its Chinese pediatric healing homes.

Neil Rao

McKinsey & Company

Neil Rao McKinsey & Company

Neil Rao is a Partner in McKinsey’s Seattle office and leads the Firm’s Revenue Excellence service line for health systems, addressing Growth, Pricing, and Revenue Cycle Management, as well as the Firm’s knowledge efforts focused on healthcare providers. He also serves post-acute players on strategic issues, as well as private equity clients.

Neil earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.P.H and B.A. (English) from the University of Michigan. Previously, he worked at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, with The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, as an Associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy (Singapore), and as a Research Assistant with former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.

Keith McCall

Founder & CTO, Pollen Systems

Keith McCall Founder & CTO, Pollen Systems

Keith McCall is the founder and CTO of Pollen Systems: helping farmers grow better crops through advanced technologies and data analytics.  Previously he was founder and CEO of Enroute Systems, a Parcel Shipping Optimization company acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2016 and founder and CTO of Azaleos, a Managed Service Provider acquired by Avanade in 2012.  Keith also spent 15 years in a variety of software development and executive management roles at Microsoft, IBM and Lotus, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.


Dates and Location

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 7-9, with a Welcome Party at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 at Flyhomes (1201 Western Ave, Seattle) and the main conference at the Hyatt Regency (808 Howell St., Seattle) on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 8-9.

Welcome Party at Flyhomes

Meet Summit attendees, speakers, and other VIPs at this warm-up party hosted and sponsored by Flyhomes. The Welcome Party, at 5:30 p.m., is open to all GeekWire Summit attendees, and it will feature retro games, prizes, raffles, beverages and an awesome mac-n-cheese bar.

Conference start time on Oct. 8th

Registration, located on the seventh floor of the Hyatt Regency, opens at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, followed by a welcome at 8:55 a.m. Be sure to grab your coffee before our first session, featuring the always inspiring and entertaining Steve Ballmer.

Do I need to bring my printed tickets?

No. If you’ve purchased tickets, just pick up your Summit pass at the 7th floor registration booth at the Hyatt Regency on Oct. 8 or Oct. 9. Registration will open at 7:45 a.m. NOTE: Badges will not be available at the welcome party on Oct. 7.

Are tickets available to purchase?

Yes, a limited number of tickets are still available, so make sure to invite a friend, colleague or co-worker to join the fun. Tickets available on the registration page here.


We’ve lined up two days of great content, featuring technology leaders from across the industry, including fireside chats, panel discussions and in-depth power talks. You can see the full agenda on the event site here, or via the GeekWire Summit events app here.

Health Tech Stage

Back by popular demand, the Health Tech stage will explore how data science, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered. The Health Tech stage, presented by Regence Blue Shield, will take place on Oct. 8 , and feature speakers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Adaptive Biotechnologies and many others. Check out the full agenda on the Health Tech tab in the schedule on the event page here. These sessions will take place in the Clearwater room, room #702.

Finals of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch:

Over the past two months, 12 entrepreneurs competed in this unique challenge, presented by PACCAR, pitching their concepts in the elevator at Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower. Now, four finalists will present live onstage in front of the GeekWire Summit audience on Oct. 9 where they will have just 32 seconds for their pitch before our judges announce this season’s winner. Binge-watch all episodes of this fun, fast-paced and GeekWire exclusive startup pitch competition here.


All of the essential info you need for the GeekWire Summit from speaker bios to session schedules and maps, is now available in the GeekWire Summit 2019 App, sponsored by Alaska Airlines. The app also includes live polls, an “Ask a Question” feature during key sessions, ways to engage with fellow Summit attendees and more. It’s accessible available for download in the Google Play store and iOS App store under the moniker GeekWire Events. Go here to install the app.

Pre-Summit Survey

Tell us what you’re hoping to get out of the Summit, and submit questions for our speakers, in this pre-event survey.

Food & Drink

No need to search for your own meal — we’ve got you covered. Light breakfast will be served on both mornings, and boxed lunches will be available to all attendees. We’ve also sprinkled coffee and beverage breaks throughout the day to keep the energy flowing, and you’ll stay hydrated thanks to water station sponsor University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Wi-Fi & Power

Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout the Summit. Power also will be available at select tables during the Summit.

Executive Coaching Sessions

Sponsor ICF (International Coach Federation) is the global body for professional coaching and will be offering complimentary coaching sessions at the event. If you would like to experience a 30-minute personal coaching session with a ICF accredited professional coach, you can schedule here. The coaching sessions will take place in Newaukum room, room #704.

Visual Strategist

Back by popular demand, visual strategist Guillaume Wiatr of MetaHelm will be recreating the Summit activities with his custom graphic facilitations. Follow along as Guillaume recreates the Summit in real time creating dynamic visuals from the exciting content on stage.

Fun surprises

GeekWire socks from our partners at Evo3; Robotic photographer from OCCO; and musical guest Whitney Monge at the Oct. 8 happy hour, provided by Hughes Law Group supporting the Seattle Music Commission.

GeekWire Studios

A new addition to the GeekWire Summit, this second stage — an offshoot of GeekWire’s sponsored content arm — will featured live recordings of unique content in front of a small studio audience. On Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Ann Torres, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Synapse Product Development will deliver a talk titled Stop Yelling at Alexa, She Doesn’t Get You… Yet and on Oct. 9 at 10:20 a.m, WestRiver Group will host a panel discussion titled How to scale: Entrepreneurs Share Secrets to Success. The GeekWire sessions will take place in the Clallum Room, room #701.

Social Media

We’ll be using the hashtag #gwsummit for the event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

GeekWire Special Coverage

GeekWire reporters will be on site chronicling the action throughout the GeekWire Summit. Follow along with our special coverage section. Have a tip or want to meet one of our reporters at the conference? Email us at tips@geekwire.com.

Videos & Slides

Did we mention we’ve got two great days of content across two stages in store for the 2019 GeekWire Summit? That’s a lot to take in! After the event, all attendees will receive access to session videos and select slide decks so you can relive a favorite moment or watch a session from the other stage.

Prizes and giveaways

Plenty of fun prizes and giveaways will be happening throughout the Summit.


Paid parking is available at garages in the vicinity. We encourage you to bus, bike or use other alternative transportation.

GeekWire’s Impact Partners

Inspired by many of the organizations profiled in GeekWire’s weekly Impact Series, we wanted to engage some of these overlooked groups at our events. We’re doing this with help from the community and would like to thank our partners for helping us to make even more complimentary tickets available.


For availability at the Hyatt Regency, please contact the hotel directly.


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General Admission

  • Top tech thought leaders
  • Connect with other leaders & innovators
  • New venue with fun parties
  • The finals of the Elevator Pitch competition
  • Amazing giveaways


Group Admission

  • Discounted rate for groups
  • Connect with other leaders & innovators
  • New venue with fun parties
  • The finals of the Elevator Pitch competition
  • Perfect for 3-10 attendees