Spring 2013

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Inside the Spring 2013 Issue:

The Joys of C-Suite and Board Diversity
James White (Q100), CEO of Jamba Juice, and Lisa Im (Q200), CEO of Performant Financial, both believe a diverse top team gives their companies a more creative vision and contributes to greater revenue and earnings growth. Researchers agree—diversity does help companies perform better. Yet America’s corporate boardrooms and executive suites remain predominantly white and male. A number of Alliance Members weigh in on how to increase C-suite and board diversity, and why CEOs must lead the charge.

Alliance Community Activities
Recent Alliance CEO Community Activities included a variety of CEO events such as: CEO Roundtables in which Bay Area CEOs and Top Teams discussed issues including “Hallmarks of Fast-Growing Alliance Companies” and “Defeating Your Arch Rivals” and keynote discussions with Bill Reichart, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, on the common traits of innovators and John Bates, co-founder of the TEDx Speaker Boot Camp, on why effective speaking skills are so critical for leaders.

How Much Should You Risk for Growth?
It is tempting for mid-market executives to believe that the only time their companies could face a liquidity crisis is when revenue is dropping off a cliff. On the contrary: mid-sized firms striving for growth are just as susceptible to becoming cash-dry by spending too much too fast, or spending too little too late. Pulling from real-life examples, Alliance Director Rob Sher discusses the essential elements of sound decision-making in the face of negative cash flow.

New Members
Check out our newest Alliance members, who run a wide range of companies in industries such as analytics software, energy grid communications, satellites, banking, optical cyber solutions, bio-renewable plastics, lasers, investment management software and many more.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great events coming up, including our Alliance Spring Dinner; CEO and Top Team Roundtables on “Building an A+ Top Team” and our Alliance/European CEO-CF Summit; and keynote speakers such as Michael Klayko, former CEO of Brocade, and Godfrey Sullivan, CEO of Splunk.

Also inside: Member News, photos of recent Alliance events, and more. Download it now!