Ana Rowena McCullough
Co-Founder and CEO of QuestBridge, a revenue-generating non-profit organization which connects America’s brightest low-income students to the nation’s best universities and opportunities. While an undergraduate at Stanford, Ana co-founded QuestBridge with Michael McCullough in 1994. QuestBridge now partners with 36 of the nation’s best colleges and universities. QuestBridge is working to revolutionize the way leading colleges and universities recruit talented low-income students, and the way that these students approach their educations and futures. For her work with QuestBridge, Ana received the prestigious Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding contributions to education at Stanford.
Ana speaks nationally to academic, corporate, and student audiences on topics such as access to higher education, the abundance of untapped talent in America, and making the most of your teens and 20’s, including and especially the college years. Ana is Co-Founder and former VP of Content at Shmoop.com, and is a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In addition, she worked for five years as a consulting scientist to the Environmental Defense Fund and served as a research associate for Stanford President emeritus Donald Kennedy. Ana holds a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School where she focused on youth and environmental law. Together with her husband Michael McCullough, Ana serves as Co-Founder of the Quest Scholars Program and QuestBridge.
Jim is an expert on national security issues, especially strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force, and the Middle East. He was the commander of the US Central Command from 2010 to 2013, responsible for military operations involving more than 200,000 US soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines in Afghanistan, Iraq, and eighteen other countries in the Middle East and south-central Asia. He commanded at multiple levels, from second lieutenant through four-star general, including Task Force 58 for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and the First Marine Division in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He also served as a recruiter, commanded the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and was the executive secretary to Secretary of Defense William Perry. Currently serving at the Secretary of Defense under the Trump Administration
Les has served on over twenty public and private company boards, including Vice Chairman and lead director of USAA. He is the former president and CEO of Network General Corporation. He was also a partner at McKinsey and Company. Les served as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Carter Administration. He served as the deputy director of the Cabinet Council on Economic Affairs in the Reagan administration. He was also an advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Les earned a PhD in Economics, Public Policy and Business and an M. B. A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was selected as a White House Fellow in the Ford Administration. Mr. Denend is a retired U. S. Air Force colonel who flew 194 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He is also the past Chair of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter
Charles A. O’Reilly III
Charles A. O’Reilly III is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. He began his education in 1965 at the University of El Paso Texas where he received his BS in Chemistry. In 1971 he received his MBA in Information Systems, from the University of California, Berkeley where he also received his PhD in Organizational Behavior in 1975. He began his teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1976-80. He later became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley from 1980-92. In 1993 he joined Stanford University where he has been since, and has received many awards, including the MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002. He was also the Henry Ford Carroll Professor at the Harvard Business School in 1999-2000. Professor O’Reilly’s research interests are studies of leadership, organizational culture and demography, the management of human resources, and the impact of change and innovation on firms.
His previous books include:
Winning through Innovation: a Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Change and Renewal with Mike Tushman (Harvard Business School Press, 2002) and Hidden Value: Getting Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People with Jeff Pfeffer (Harvard Business School Press, 2000). This book shows how successful firms are able to win the war for talent – and why their competitors find it so difficult to replicate their success. He has authored more than 100 papers and is writing his next book, with Mike Tushman, Ambidextrous Organizations: Resolving the Innovator’s Dilemma which explores how managers can design organizations that can generate streams of innovation and deal with disruptive technological change. Professor O’Reilly has consulted for a variety of public and private firms in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. He also has developed, directed, and taught in executive programs for senior managers in innovation, technology, leadership, change, and human resources.
Congressman Seth Moulton was born and raised in the Sixth District of Massachusetts. He attended public schools followed by Phillips Academy Andover and Harvard University with help from scholarships and student loans, which he continues to pay back today. After graduating from Harvard in 2001, Seth was inspired to join the United States Marine Corps by the 18 and 19-year olds who put their lives on the line for our country. He served four tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer, including two as an infantry platoon commander and two as a Special Assistant to General David Petraeus. He left the Marines in 2008 with the rank of Captain, attended Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, and worked in the private sector. Eager to continue serving our country, Seth ran for Congress in 2014 with a promise to bring new, bipartisan leadership to Washington. In his first term, Seth made it a priority to find areas for common ground; nearly 60 percent of all bills he has co-sponsored have bipartisan support. Seth has focused on spurring economic growth for Massachusetts families, ensuring that we make informed decisions about our national security, and improving veterans’ health care through the VA, where he continues to receive his own care. Seth serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Budget Committee.
Dawn Smith joined VMware in September 2009 and leads VMware’s worldwide legal and compliance organization, bringing more than 20 years of legal experience. Prior to joining VMware, Smith became a partner at Morrison Foerster LP in 2006, where her practice focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, private financings, public offerings, securities compliance, public company reporting and corporate governance. Smith began her legal career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she practiced corporate and securities law. Smith received a JD from Stanford Law School in 1996, an MBA from Providence College in 1993 and a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy, after which she served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program from 1986 to 1993. Smith sits on the board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, speaker, philanthropist, and one of America’s most recognized nerds. In 2012 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work with the department to enhance services to veterans and military families. In 1995 Craig founded craigslist, the online classified advertising site that has seen more than 5 billion ads posted. While Craig has not been part of craigslist management since 2000, he stays connected to the site’s users through his involvement with Customer Service. In 2016 he created the Craig Newmark Foundation, a private foundation to promote philanthropy and civic engagement through a number of initiatives. The foundation supports charitable and education causes with a focus on consumer protection and education, veterans and military families, government transparency, public diplomacy, voter protection and education, micro-lending to alleviate poverty, and women in technology.