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Decker Sue
5/7/2008
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As the president of Yahoo! Inc., Susan L. Decker is a key participant in determining Yahoo!'s business strategy and vision. She is responsible for all of the global business operations of Yahoo!, including sales, product marketing, and distribution across the three major customer groups of audience, advertisers, and publishers. Prior to that, from December 2006 - June 2007, she served as the head of one of Yahoo!'s two major business units, the Advertiser and Publisher Group (APG). In that role, she was instrumental in developing the company's recent reorganization plan and strategy to transform how advertisers connect with their target customers online. Preceding her work with APG, Decker was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for seven years, managing all aspects of the company's financial and administrative direction within key functional areas, including finance, facilities, investor relations (and human resources and legal through December 2006). Decker served on the board of directors of Pixar Animation Studios from June 2004 to May 2006 until its sale to Disney, and currently serves on the board of directors for Berkshire Hathaway, Intel Corporation, and Costco Wholesale. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, with a double major in computer science and economics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lectures
Michealene C Risley Chandrasekaran Anand
4/30/2008
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Anand Chandrasekaran brings a unique background that combines deep expertise and operating skills in mobile applications, consumer media and enterprise software. In 2001, he co- founded Aeroprise Inc. the world's most deployed mobility software for Service Management. Anand wrote the original business plan, helped architect and launch the award-winning Aeroprise product suite and ran marketing/inside sales through bootstrapped and VC-funded phases to build the company into a leader in enterprise mobility. Aeroprise customers include the Dept. of Homeland Security, theHartford, IBM, Bureau of A.T.F., Safeway, U.S. Air Force, Harvard University and DirecTV. He was on the Aeroprise Board between 2001-2006 and an advisor to the Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA), an industry-forum promoting mobility standards amongst enterprises which included over 1000 member organizations.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Diamandis Peter
4/23/2008
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Dr. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which awarded the $10,000,000 Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Diamandis is focused on building the X PRIZE Foundation into a world-class prize institute. The X PRIZE is now developing X PRIZEs in Genomics, Automotive, Education, Medicine, Energy, and Social fields. He is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the sector's leading entrepreneurial companies. Diamandis serves as the CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation, a commercial space company developing private, FAA-certified parabolic flights utilizing Boeing 727-200 aircraft. In addition, he is the chairman and co-founder of the Rocket Racing League. Diamandis is a co-founder and director of Space Adventures, the company that brokered the launches of four private citizens to the International Space Station. In 1987, Diamandis co-founded the International Space University (ISU), where he served as the University's first managing director. Today he is a trustee of the $30M ISU, based in Strasbourg, France. Prior to ISU, Diamandis was chairman of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), an organization he founded while earning his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and graduate degree in aerospace engineering at MIT in 1980. SEDS is the world's largest student pro-space organization. After MIT he attended Harvard Medical School, where he received his M.D. In 2005 he has was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from the International Space University. Diamandis is the winner of the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Innovation, the 2006 (inaugural) Heinlein Award, the 2006 Lindbergh Award, the 2006 Wired RAVE Award, the 2006 Neil Armstrong Award for Aerospace Achievement and Leadership, the Konstantine Tsiolkovsky Award, twice the winner of the Aviation & Space Technology Laurel, and the 2003 Worl

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Rothkopf David
4/16/2008
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David Rothkopf is the President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in emerging market investment and risk management services. A major focus of Garten Rothkopf's work is on new trends in Asia and Latin America, and the growth of alternative energy. Previously, Rothkopf was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Intellibridge, a firm offering open-source intelligence and advisory services on international issues, after serving for two years as Managing Director of Kissinger Associates. Rothkopf also served as a Senior Trade Official in the Clinton Administration. In this capacity, he played a central role in developing and directing the Administration's groundbreaking Big Emerging Markets Initiative. A prolific writer, David Rothkopf is the author of more than 150 articles on international themes for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and others. Among his more popular publications are Running the World: The Inside Story of the NSC and the Architects of American Power, and his most recent book, Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, which examines the power of global elites and how they are shaping globalization.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Housenbold Jeff
4/16/2008
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Jeffrey Housenbold is President & CEO of Shutterfly, Inc., an internet-based social expression and personal publishing service. Shutterfly provides a full range of products and services that enable consumers to manage their digital photographs. Housenbold has a successful track record of building online consumer franchises by combining commerce and community. In June 2006, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category for the Northern California region. Previously, Housenbold was Vice President of Business Development & Internet Marketing at eBay, where he managed customer acquisition and retention. At eBay he also held positions as Vice President & General Manager of its Business-to-Consumer Group and Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions. Formerly, he held senior management positions with AltaVista, including Vice President & General Manager, and was the Chief Operating Officer of Raging Bull, the community finance portal. He also served as Vice President of Corporate Development at WinStar Communications and as Manager and Founder of Accenture's Media & Entertainment Strategy Group. Housenbold completed his undergraduate degree with High Honors at Carnegie Mellon University in Economics and Business Administration and was also a Presidential Scholar. He went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Dean's Fellow. Housenbold is the co-author of The Shutterfly Guide to Great Digital Photos, an instructional book published by McGraw-Hill on the essentials of digital photography and managing images. He is an avid photographer with his Canon 30D.

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Unitus Leadership Summit 2007 With Global X of Social Edge
Vasudevan P N
3/11/2008
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Equitas is led by P.N. Vasudevan, a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with a background in commercial finance. He has almost 20 years experience in the Indian finance sector, specifically launching businesses lines at Chola Finance Ltd, one of India's most successful finance companies. Recently, he has successfully helmed the Equitas team.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture
Wilcox Ken
3/5/2008
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Ken Wilcox is president and CEO of SVB Financial Group. Since January 2000, when he took on the role, Wilcox has successfully pursued a strategy of expansion and diversification, while remaining focused on the company's core niches of technology, life sciences, private equity and premium wineries. Wilcox joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1990 when he co-founded the company's East Coast Technology Division. In this role, Wilcox managed the first regional office of Silicon Valley Bank and was responsible for all lending activity east of the Mississippi River. Upon promotion to chief banking officer in 1997, Wilcox moved from Massachusetts to California and became president and CEO within four years. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Wilcox spent two years as a member of the Technology Lending Group with the Bank of New England and five years at Shawmut Bank in Boston. Prior to his banking career, Wilcox was a professor of German at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wilcox received a bachelor's degree in German studies from Oakland University and a Ph.D. in German Studies from The Ohio State University. He also earned a master's of business administration from Harvard Business School. Wilcox is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

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Unitus Leadership Summit 2007 With Global X of Social Edge
Mankar Urmee Mehta
3/4/2008
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Urmee Mehta Mankar is the Deputy COO of Swadhaar. She received her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, with a specialization in International Development Planning and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad, India. She has completed several academic research initiatives dealing with the challenges of urban development.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture
Gilbert Jay Coen Kassoy Andrew Houlahan Bart
2/27/2008
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Prior to joining B Lab, Kassoy spent 16 years in the private equity business, most recently as a partner at MSD Real Estate Capital, an affiliate of MSD Capital, the $12 billion investment vehicle for Michael Dell. Kassoy is dedicated to growing innovative for-profit and non-profit models for social change. He is a board member of Working Today and the Freelancers Union, which provide affordable health insurance and other financial services to independent workers in thirty-two states. He also sits on the boards of Echoing Green, Wall St. Without Walls, and acts as an advisor to Civic Builders. Andrew was raised in Boulder, Colorado and graduated with distinction from Stanford University, where he was a Truman Scholar and President's Award winner. In 2001, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. Kassoy has also been active in Colorado politics, and he has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Kamy Wicoff, a writer, and he has two young sons.

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Unitus Leadership Summit 2007 With Global X of Social Edge
Hosagrahar Dhattatreya
2/26/2008
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A native of Karnataka, "Dhatta" became passionate about the Northeast region of India while undertaking a government development project. During this time, Dhatta experienced first hand the difficulties faced by the local poor in accessing essential financial services to improve their lives. Typically, small and marginal farmers, unable to access financial loans to grow their businesses, have been forced to purchase loans from local agents at outrageously high interest rates. Though formal lending institutions are available, they are not traditionally geared towards small-scale entrepreneurs. This predicament inspired Dhattateya Hosagrahar to establish the Institute of Integrated Resource Management (IIRM) in 2000 to provide the hard-to-reach communities of Northeast India with life-changing access to microfinance. His is the current CEO of Institute of Integrated Resources Management

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