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This event occurred on
March 21, 2015
8:00am - 2:15pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Jose, California
United States

Our event is all about inspiring our high school audience to take what they hear from our keynote speakers and create ideas worth spreading of their own. We are featuring 5 keynote speakers, one of whom is a high school student herself, and a Mentor Luncheon where attendees discuss careers, ideas, and more with professional in varied fields during a lunch provided with the ticket.

The Harker School
500 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, California, 95129
United States
Event type:
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Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah founded Shah Capital Partners in 2004 and joined the Silver Lake team in 2007 as the Managing Partner to found and develop the firm's middle market strategy, Silver Lake Sumeru. Prior to founding Shah Capital, Mr. Shah founded and managed the Technology Solutions Business of Solectron, a $2 billion business. Mr. Shah was the CEO of Smart Modular Technologies, a company that he co-founded in 1989 and led through its public offering in 1995. He managed its growth to over $1 billion in revenues and directed its acquisition by Solectron Corp. in 1999 for over $2 billion. Mr. Shah serves on the board of directors of Flextronics, TES, CMAC, Ingenient, Magellan, Mobile Messenger, AVI-SPL, Inc., Power-One, Inc., and is chairman of the board of SMART Modular. Mr. Shah has had years of experience in entrepreneurship and business, and consequently possesses nuggets of wisdom that he shares in his TEDx Talk.

Cammie Dunaway

Cammie Dunaway joined KidZania as US President and Global CMO. KidZania is a location based entertainment concept focused on children’s role-playing activities. Cammie’s responsibilities include bringing this growing edutainment concept to the US as well as managing global merchandising, loyalty program, brand and web development. A seasoned executive with more than 25 years of marketing and general management experience, Dunaway previously served as Executive VP for Nintendo. During her tenure Nintendo grew market share and dramatically expanded the gaming category. Before joining Nintendo, Dunaway was CMO for Yahoo!, where she ran consumer, enterprise, and partnership marketing initiatives. Having served in top executive positions, Ms. Dunaway possesses a wealth of experiences to draw from in her conclusions about women in the workplace. Not just a third party observer, Ms. Dunaway has learned first hand what it really means to be a powerful woman in the business world.

David J.F. Gross

David J.F. Gross is one of Faegre & Benson’s lead trial lawyers in complex intellectual property cases. Mr. Gross was recognized as one of 50 “Rising Litigation Stars” by The American Lawyer based on his track record of high profile IP litigation victories, as well as his prominence as a national speaker on trial practice and patent litigation. Mr. Gross is a national lecturer on patent law and trial advocacy, and he is the co-author of The Power Trial Method, a trial practice book published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Having had years of experience in the courtroom and a winning track record, Mr. Gross has proven that he is an expert on the essentials of communication.

Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione has launched three successful companies and detailed her research and experiences in her New York Times best-seller Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World – the most extensive book ever published explaining why that region is the entrepreneurial mecca of the business world. In her groundbreaking new and bestselling book, The Risk Factor: Why Every Company Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters and the Occasional Spectacular Failure, Deborah takes a comprehensive look at this crucial, undervalued leadership behavior and outlines how leaders must pivot to support risk-taking across the organization, rather than mitigating it. She fully customizes her presentations to focus on the areas of risk that are most important to your audience’s needs. You will experience a hard-hitting, yet entertaining lesson in how to adapt to the demands of an increasingly fast-paced, agile and unforgiving world.

Samantha Madala

Organizing team


  • Glenn Reddy
  • Sophia Shatas
    Executive Director
  • Jeton Gutierrez-Bujari
    Director of Marketing
  • Aashika Balaji
    Director of Operations
  • Shannon Hong
    Director of Public Relations
  • Adele Li
  • Anooshree Sengupta
    Public Relations
  • Manan Shah
  • John Nicolas Jerney
    Director of Technology
  • Aditya Dhar
    Marketing Team