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Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Peter Spiro, a recipient of the Microsoft Career Achievement Award, was instrumental in establishing Microsoft’s competitive position in the commercial database industry and continues to define the company’s future storage platform. He’s also co-founder of the nonprofit group Social Endeavors with former Microsoft executives Paul Flessner and Rob Short.
More on Peter: http://www.microsoft.com/…/peter-spiro.aspx
Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Brighton Jones, LLC
Charles Brighton co-founded Brighton Jones, LLC in 1999 and serves as its co-chief executive officer. Charles has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals on a broad range of wealth management issues, including portfolio design, implementation of investment best practices, philanthropy, family dynamics, estate, tax, and insurance planning.
More on Charles: http://www.brightonjones.com/
Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft
As chief marketing officer, Chris Capossela leads Microsoft’s global product marketing, advertising, brand, research and communications functions for businesses and consumers. In his more than 20 years at Microsoft, Chris has held a variety of marketing leadership roles. Previously, he served in the Microsoft Office Division and was responsible for marketing the company’s productivity solutions including Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Project, and Visio. Most recently, Chris served as the worldwide leader of the Consumer Channels Group, responsible for sales and marketing activities with OEM, operator and retail partners.
Co-Founder & Senior Director, Worldreader
Colin McElwee is the co-founder and senior director of Worldreader. Previously, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, he served as an economist for several Brussels-based lobbies to the European Commission and later worked in global marketing in the consumer goods sector for Scottish & Newcastle PLC.
More on Colin: http://www.worldreader.org/about-us/team/
Co-Founder & President, Worldreader
David Risher is the co-founder and president of Worldreader. He served as an executive at Microsoft Corporation and then as Amazon.com’s first senior vice president for US Retail where he helped grow the company from a small bookstore into the world’s largest internet retailer. Following his departure from Amazon, he taught at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He founded Worldreader in 2010 after spending a year traveling the world with his family. He is a Wilson College Honorary Doctorate recipient and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur awardee.
More on David: http://www.worldreader.org/david-risher/
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Goodreads
Elizabeth Khuri Chandler never intended to work in tech, but in 2007, while she was an editor at the LA Times Sunday Magazine, she and her husband Otis launched Goodreads. Goodreads was borne out of Otis’ desire to build a social network around reading and Elizabeth’s love of language, literature, and connecting with others through ideas. Elizabeth focused in on the language of the site, branding, PR, newsletters, and editorial offerings; many millions of emails later, she is still running editorial, though currently on maternity leave with three little daughters at home.
Former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson
Kate James joined Pearson as chief corporate affairs and global marketing officer in 2014. As a member of the Pearson executive team, she lead communications, marketing, and the Pearson brand, government and regulatory relations, investor relations, and the company’s social impact work. Prior to joining Pearson, Kate was chief communications officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leveraging the foundation’s voice in support of the organization’s global and domestic initiatives. In addition to Worldreader, Kate serves on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership and the National Audubon Society.
Managing Director, Two Sigma
Kartik Raghavan is currently a managing director at Two Sigma. Previously, he was senior advisor to the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also worked in venture capital at Shasta Ventures and Trilogy Equity Partners and in operational roles at Microsoft. He was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project where he worked on a wide variety of technology and policy issues.
Principal, Lisa Nitze Consulting
Lisa Nitze has 30 years of experience leading organizations and initiatives, working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. She has started four nonprofits. Most recently, Lisa led a team responsible for engaging and educating over 500 philanthropists making pooled investments in social enterprises as the CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle. She is an adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program, School of International Studies, American University and a lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She currently advises social enterprises.
Retired Partner, Moss Adams LLC
Mary Case has practiced public accounting since 1988, serving public and private higher education institutions and their related organizations. A partner at Moss Adams LLC, she continues to serve a broad spectrum of non-profit entities and state and local governments as the audit partner. She has significant experience conducting audits in accordance with government standards and the Single Audit Act. She led Moss Adams’ Not-for-Profit & Government Group for 12 years and has volunteered at and served on the boards of several United Way agencies, a university advisory committee, and an elementary school foundation.
Retired Broadcasting Industry Executive
Sue Sanderson and her husband have supported numerous education programs at home and abroad through their philanthropy. She spent the majority of her career in the broadcasting industry, where she worked for NBC in financial and strategic planning and management as well as international new business development. She helped to launch CNBC in Europe and Asia and also served on the board of directors of the A&E Network.