Alliance Keynote Speakers

The Alliance of Chief Executives brings CEOs together. In order to allow our members to interact with other successful CEOs, we are proud to have had the following Keynote Speakers share their experiences with us. For media and public relations questions, contact us.

Loretta Hillberry, VP Human Resources,Triple Ring Technologies
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Location: ZOOM

Loretta Hillberry, VP of Human Resources for Triple Ring Technologies provided her strategies for enabling employees to work in their scientific laboratory environments in San Francisco and Boston.

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Mario Ochoa, VP Corporate Real Estate, Facilities & Employee Services, Flex
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Location: ZOOM

Mario Ochoa, VP, Corporate Real Estate, Facilities & Employee Services for Flex, described how they are addressing the unique challenges within their global manufacturing facilities.

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Greg Chauhan, SVP Safety & Field Supervision, Webcor Builders
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Location: ZOOM

Greg Chauhan, SVP of Safety & Field Operations for Webcor Builders, told us about how they are enabling their workers to work safely in the construction industry.

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Terese Kemble, Corporate VP Human Resources, Lattice Semiconductor
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Location: ZOOM

Terese Kemble, Corporate VP of Human Resources for Lattice Semiconductor, discussed her strategies for dealing with the wide range of employee issues related to returning employees to their workplaces.

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Scott Seidewitz, Principal, The Seidewitz Group
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: Foster City

A graduate of MIT, an ex-P&G branding expert and a former political activist, Scott Seidewitz has never shied away from challenging the conventional wisdom.  With a sharp business perspective and deep understanding of market research best practices, Scott specializes in showing how conventional research often stifles innovation and growth.  He offers business leaders provocative new approaches to using customer insights to drive business results.  One of the key areas where Scott has innovated is in applying the science of memory and motivation to marketing.  

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Alliance Voices, East Bay Alliance Leaders Share Business and Life Stories
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: San Ramon

At our February 21st East Bay Regional Meeting, in the spirit of sharing the awesome collective wisdom of our Alliance community, we were treated to outstanding examples of the extraordinary wisdom and experience of our community of Alliance members as four members presented their “Alliance Voices." We heard from Alliance members Anu Shultes, CEO of LendUp Global; Dave Dutton, CEO of MDC Vacuum Products; Dennis Heath, Founding Principal of MBH Architects; and Hugh Coppen of Winning Leadership.

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Eamonn Kelly, Chief Futurist, Deloitte
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Location: San Francisco

Eamonn Kelly, author of "Powerful Times" and Chief Futurist of Deloitte, advises senior leadership at leading corporations across multiple sectors, key global and national public agencies, as well as major philanthropic foundations. He also develops and delivers programs to help current and future leaders acquire the knowledge, judgment and skills required to succeed in a complex and unpredictable future. Prior to joining Deloitte, Eamonn served as CEO of Global Business Network (GBN), the pioneering scenario planning consultancy and futures think-tank where he led GBN's thought leadership about the future and the development of insights, tools and methodologies for mastering change and uncertainty.

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Sam Gilliland, CEO, Cherwell Software
Date: Friday, February 07, 2020
Location: Santa Clara

Sam Gilliland is CEO of Cherwell Software. For nearly a decade, Sam led more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries as chairman and CEO of travel industry technology giant Sabre Corporation and Travelocity.com. Under U.S. President Barack Obama, Sam served on the President’s Management Advisory Board and on the Energy Security Leadership Council. He also served as chair of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

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Alden Mills, Founder, Perfect Fitness & Author of "Unstoppable Teams"
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Location: Foster City

Alden Mills is the author of "Unstoppable Teams."  As an OlympicFestival rower, Alden went on to become a standout at the US Naval Academy, then a Navy SEAL platoon commander, then an entrepreneur. He founded and grew Perfect Fitness from zero to $63M in sales, becoming the fastest growing consumer company in America.

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John Bates, Founder, Executive Speaking Success
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Location: San Ramon

John Bates is one of the most prolific TED-format trainers in the world, John has been privileged to get to know and work with many accomplished executives. In his work John noticed that when people first take the stage, pitch new clients or take on a new role, they first try to "establish their credibility."  However, John asserts that in most of these situations, credibility is already assumed; you have the business card, you were given the stage or the opportunity… and trying to establish credibility on top of that merely serves to tarnish it. In a profound experience, John realized that what truly matters in these instances is not establishing your credibility, but rather, establishing your “Emotional Credibility™" John will join us to discuss this number one leadership and influence tool and how to wield it effectively.

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Maddy Dychtwald, Co-Founder, Age Wave
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Location: San Francisco

Maddy Dychtwald is an internationally recognized author, entrepreneur, business advisor, and thought leader on how longevity and the ascent of women are transforming the marketplace, the workplace, the retirement scape, and how we do business. Since co-founding Age Wave more than 30 years ago, Maddy and her team have worked with more than half of the Fortune 500 in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical technology to financial services and marketing.

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Philippe Bouissou, Managing Partner, Blue Dots Partners
Date: Friday, October 04, 2019
Location: Santa Clara

Philippe Bouissou joined us to discuss his unique methodology to helping companies build sustainable revenue growth engines. During his 29 years in Silicon Valley, he has led over 120 management consulting projects and served on the board of 20 companies. As a venture capitalist, he successfully invested $43M and generated double-digit IRR. Philippe also founded the Worldwide Internet Commerce group at Apple, where he started and managed the store and grew it from zero to $350M. Prior to Apple, Philippe was the founder and CEO of G2i, Inc. a Unix software company that was acquired by Matra.

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Dan Warmenhoven, Former CEO of NetApp
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Location: Foster City

Dan Warmenhoven is the former CEO of NetApp and, under Dan‘s leadership, NetApp grew to become a multibillion-dollar company and a recognized market leader in networked storage, a concept the company pioneered. He led the company’s IPO in November 1995 and was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World in 2006.  Dan also received the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce and won the prestigious “National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2004. He is a Director of Bechtel Group, Cohesity and Palo Alto Networks and also on the Board of the Tech Museum of Innovation.

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Alliance Voices, East Bay Alliance Members Share Business and Life Stories
Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Location: San Ramon

At our June 21st East Bay Regional Meeting, in the spirit of sharing the awesome collective wisdom of our Alliance community, we were treated to outstanding examples of the extraordinary wisdom and experience of our community of Alliance members as four members presented their “Alliance Voices": Evan Bailyn, CEO of First Page SageAugusto Cavalcanti, CEO of Daitan Group; Ed Fahey of RINA Accountancy; and Gabriel Fairman, CEO of Bureau Works.

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Ann Winblad, Founding Partner, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Date: Friday, June 14, 2019
Location: San Francisco

Ann Winblad is a Founding Partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a venture capital firm she co-founded in 1989. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national and international business publications. 

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John Chambers, Former CEO & Chairman Emeritus of Cisco
Date: Friday, June 07, 2019
Location: Santa Clara

We were excited to welcome John Chambers, retired CEO of Cisco, back to the Alliance of Chief Executives.  In 2016, John spoke with us shortly after retiring from his brilliant career growing Cisco from $70 million, when he joined in 1991, to $47 billion, when he retired in 2015!   John was voted one of the best performing CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review in 2014.  We look forward to discussing John’s new book Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World along with his vision for the future.

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Craig Goehring, Executive Chairman, Brown and Caldwell
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Location: San Ramon

We were pleased to have Alliance member Craig Goehring, Executive Chairman of Brown and Caldwell, join us for this Regional Alliance meeting to discuss his lessons learned from a very successful career in environmental engineering, consulting, design and construction.  Craig started with Brown and Caldwell in 1977 and progressed through various technical and management roles. He was appointed CEO in 1995 and named Executive Chairman in 2018.

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Alfred Chuang, Co-Founder, BEA Systems & Magnet Systems
Date: Friday, February 08, 2019
Location: San Francisco

Alfred Chuang, who founded BEA Systems in early 1995 with Bill Coleman and Ed Scott, had managed just about every aspect of BEA by the time he became CEO in October 2001. Alfred served in that capacity until BEA was purchased by Oracle in April 2008.  Chuang is currently the CEO of Magnet Systems, a company he founded in 2008 to power the next generation of mobile applications with an open architecture to enable businesses and developers to create more engaging and productive enterprise-class mobile applications.

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Geoffrey Moore, Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting
Date: Friday, February 01, 2019
Location: Santa Clara

Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow and Wildcat Venture Partners portfolios and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Autodesk, F5Networks, Gainsight, Google, and Splunk.  Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore’s most recent work, Zone to Win, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when embracing disruptive innovations, even when it is in their best interests to do so. It’s time to stop explaining why they don’t and start explaining how they can. This has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.

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Scott McNealy, Chairman, Wayin
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2018
Location: Foster City

We were honored to welcome Scott McNealy to the Alliance of Chief Executives.  Scott, who did not have a technical background when he co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982, served as the CEO of Sun through the 1980s and 1990s.  Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems in 2010 for $7.4 billion, and since then, McNealy has invested in and advised a number of technology companies from his home-base in Silicon Valley.  He is currently the CEO of Wayin, a social intelligence company that integrates social content into new experiences for consumers and delivers greater value and control for brands, that he co-founded in 2010.  

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