Ana Bertran Ortiz received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007. Upon graduation, Dr. Bertran Ortiz joined NASA’s Radar Science & Engineering group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She earned her MS in Electrical Engineering, her MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and her BS in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Her research focuses on developing algorithms for radar processing. Ana co-founded AfterCollege, co-wrote the company’s initial business plan and is co-author of AfterCollege’s 7,213,019 patent, which covers the company’s unique process for matching job seekers with relevant opportunities around group-based talent networks.
Ana is a native of Barcelona, Spain, and has lived in Belgium and Mexico.
Director, Center for Digital Business at MIT
Dr. Brynjolffson is a tenured professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is the Director of the Center for Digital Business at MIT. His research analyzes how businesses can effectively use the Internet and other information technologies. He serves as a member of Time Magazine’s Board of Economists and as Associate Member of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. Before joining the MIT faculty, he co-founded Foundation Technologies, a provider of knowledge-based systems and he currently serves as a strategic advisor to numerous Internet commerce ventures. Brynjolffson holds A.B. and S.M. degrees from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT.
CEO, NGI Group
John Fees is a proven entrepreneur and a thought leader in affinity and collegiate marketing. For more than 19 years, he has specialized in building successful affinity / partnership marketing businesses for media and financial service industries which makes him a savvy and dedicated leader for Next Generation Insurance Group, established in 2008. In 2000, Fees co-founded Youth Media and Marketing Networks, which owned and operated College Publisher, the nation’s largest online network of college newspapers with commercial rights to print, online and email editions. In 2006, Fees completed the acquisition of Y2M by Viacom’s MTV Networks’ mtvU.
Additionally, in 1999, Fees co-founded Members Connect, which became the largest affinity partnership marketing company in the North American education finance market. The company was sold in 2004 to Collegiate Funding Services (NADAQ: CFSI), where Fees served as an executive officer. He was instrumental in the growth and success of that company which was subsequently sold to JPMorgan Chase. Fees is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in History and holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, the Spitzer Center for Ethics and a board member for the Foundation for Blind Children. Fees currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and their five children.
Susan Hailey was formerly Vice President of HR at Harrah’s Entertainment, where she was responsible for university recruiting and senior-level staffing. Previous, she was CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a national organization based in Silicon Valley. Susan was also Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Resumix, the first major applicant tracking system (ATS) company. Susan graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and received her MBA from Harvard University. Susan is also the General Manager of Silicon Valley Film Fund I, which raised capital to produce the feature film “Her Majesty”. Susan is on the Board of Advisors for The Global Fund for Women, a Palo Alto-based grant making organization funding women’s human rights globally. She has been a member of the Advisory Council for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and the Women’s Technology Cluster and is an officer of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.
CEO, Virtual Greats
Dan is currently CEO and Co-founder of Virtual Greats, a company that distributes and sells branded virtual goods in partnership with the leading social networks and virtual worlds. Previously, Dan was a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group. His areas of expertise include media and entertainment, consumer marketing and post-merger integration. Dan joined BCG in 1991 and became a partner in the Los Angeles office. He also worked in BCG’s Boston and Sydney offices. He lead the firm’s Media and Entertainment practice and worked extensively in film, TV, and music. He speaks and writes regularly on issues affecting the entertainment industries and has been quoted in leading national and international publications.
Dan received his B.A. in economics with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles and his M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the Wharton School.
President, CKR Interactive
Curtis Rogers was formerly the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers & Associates Advertising, one of the largest recruitment advertising agencies in North America. His experience at Rogers included the development of one of the nation’s first on-line career web sites, CareerTaxi.com. After Rogers & Associates was acquired by TMP Worldwide, he remained as Division President and was active with Monster.com. After TMP, Curtis moved to EmployChina.com where he was Executive Vice President/General Manager overseeing US operations. He was responsible for growing the site from a small regional operation to one of the largest full-service employment companies and job boards in China. Today Curtis is President/Founder of CKR Interactive, a recruitment advertising agency that specializes in employment communications with a strong focus on consulting and marketing driven strategy.
Former Senior Director, Sales, Salesforce.com
In 2007, Aaron Ross founded BlackBox Revenue (“We create sustainable revenue for b2b companies”) and PebbleStorm (“Make money through enjoyment”). Previously, he was an EIR (Entrepreneur-in-Residence) at Alloy Ventures. Prior to that he was at salesforce.com, where he built a ‘Cold Calling 2.0’ sales team that has sourced $100 million in recurring revenue, and spent a year in the acquisitions and investments team, helping acquire and launch the AppExchange Mobile and Salesforce for Google AdWords products. Aaron was CEO of LeaseExchange (now eLease.com), an online equipment leasing marketplace. As an entrepreneur, he has been in Time, Businessweek and The Red Herring. Prior to LeaseExchange, Aaron worked at Pandesic, an Intel/SAP joint venture, did M&A at the investment bank Robertson Stephens, and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Civil Engineering. Aaron is on the advisory boards of Clickability, 4INFO, ConnectAndSell, Personiva and Flywheel Ventures. He is an Ironman triathlete, graduate of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School and volunteer mentor at SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business”.
A pioneer in the recruiting industry, Mr. Skillings was the Founder and President of CareerMosaic (now merged with HeadHunter.net), one of the first employment sites on the Internet. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., he oversaw CareerMosaic’s affiliate sites, including its international sites, and developed new online business ventures and strategic alliances. As President of Bernard Hodes Advertising, Bruce Skillings is responsible for the overall operations of the company. Prior to joining Bernard Hodes Advertising in 1975, Mr. Skillings spent three years in a general advertising agency, developing campaigns for business-to-business and consumer product accounts including National Semiconductor and its consumer products division, Novus; Rolm Corporation; Tread II; and Amdahl.
Colin is an executive search consultant in the European high technology sector. He spent seventeen years with Hewlett Packard and five years with Silicon Graphics. Highlights included three years as General Manager for HP in Saudi Arabia, two years as HP’s HR Director for Asia in Hong Kong and opening the HP subsidiary in Turkey. With SGI in the role of European HR Director Colin helped take SGI from 200 employees in Europe to 1,500.Colin has also done considerable work in ‘early stage’ companies.