As a venture capitalist for more than two decades and currently ranked #42 on Forbes’ Midas list, Ray has assisted entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and produced outstanding financial returns for his limited partners. Ray joined the investment company Venrock in 1988 and after 24 years and 52 investments, his passion for building companies continues.
Ray invests mostly in the fields of computer network security and energy. He currently serves on the boards of nine private companies in Venock’s portfolio and one public company: Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP). He is also the Chairman of Tri Alpha Energy.
In addition to his venture capital investing, Ray is presently the Chair of the National Venture Capital Association. He also serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department. In 2010, he testified to the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear and has testified to Congress on numerous occasions. He is a frequent speaker on venture, technology and energy industry topics.
Michealene Cristini Risley is an award winning writer, director and human rights activist. Her first film, Flaschards, won numerous awards, screened in the Shorts du Jour program at The Cannes Film Festival and was picked up by American Public Television for PBS stations. Her new documentary, Tapestries of Hope has also won numerous awards and launched in 107 theatres on Sept 28th for one night only. The film is also being used as a tool for grassroots efforts with over 45 groups to push Congress to sign and FUND I-VAWA (International Violence Against Women Act) one of those key partners is FACEBOOK who actually helped her to get out of prison in Zimbabwe.
A member of both the Writers Guild and The Directors Guild, Michealene also co-authored the best-selling book, "This is not the Life I ordered", selling over 50,000 copies. Miss Risley also blogs frequently for the Huffington Post on issues of Women and Children, Human Rights and Africa. She was recently honored as One of Silicon Valley's most influential Women.
Karimah Al-Helew is a young woman whose mother was a Catholic Cuban and whose father who was a Palestinian Muslim. Karimah was raised in the Islamic tradition but, as every person of faith experiences, she faced many internal struggles. A high-schooler during 9/11, she kept her religion a secret from most of her friends and peers out of fear of judgement. She was an incredible athlete who had a passion for soccer, and thus the idea of being completely covered or wearing a Hijab (head scarf) was not something she ever planned on doing. And yet, upon entering college and joining the Islamic Students Association, she began to grapple with her faith and made decisions that changed her life forever. An athlete, a teacher, and a youth-activist, Karimah is a Muslim woman who has embraced her faith while still maintaining her passions and feminist perspective. Listen to her speak to find out where her journey brought her and what it can teach the rest of us.
Zoey Lin is a current junior at Woodside Priory School. Her film “Butterfly Lovers” was recently premiered in China, with over four hundred guests and press at the event. It also won the third place of national micro movie (short film) contest in China. So far the film has collected over 8210000 viewing over seven video websites. The official release of the film was sold to the largest video website company Youku.com Inc. The past summer, she was interviewed by eight media companies and was on three magazine covers.
Cy Khormaee is currently an MBA Candidate at the Harvard School of Business. Formerly he was a Technology Evangelist at the Microsoft Corporation focused on Social Computing. He is a much sought-after public speaker and regularly lectures at universities across the US. Prior to his role as an Evangelist, Cy was a Program Manager responsible for the analytics engines behind MSN.com and Windows Live Messenger ad sales. Cy holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Christopher DiGiorgio is an Executive Research Fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Before joining the Institute he had responsibility for Accenture’s overall practice in the Bay Area as the Managing Director with over 2300 professionals. Chris also previously led our High Tech practice in the Silicon Valley and lead Accenture’s office of Emerging Technology. During his 32 year tenure with Accenture, Chris worked with nearly 100 clients across a wide range of industries in more than 15 countries around the world. Chris is Co-Chair of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network and is Board Chair of The Tech Museum of Innovation. He is also the Vice Chair of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.