Michael Dell is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Michael’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500.
Today, Dell Inc. is composed of more than 100,000 team members who serve the IT needs of global corporations, small and medium businesses, governments, healthcare providers, educational institutions and home computing users. From PCs to the infrastructure and services that power the world’s most complex data centers and cloud computing environments, Dell’s broad range of IT services and solutions has helped millions of customers around the world achieve the outcomes that are most important to them.
In 1998, Michael formed MSD Capital, and in 1999, he and his wife established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide philanthropic support to a variety of global causes.
Michael is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He serves as chairman of the Technology CEO Council and is a member of the U.S. Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He also serves on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India, and is a board member of Catalyst.
President Bill Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice – first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) which is helping more than 4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. Other initiatives – including the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative – are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.
In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008 – to help raise money for recovery efforts and served as the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.
Building on his longstanding commitment to Haiti as President and through his Foundation, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti in 2009 to assist the government and the people of Haiti as they “build back better” after a series of hurricanes battered the country in 2008. Following the 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti, President Clinton dedicated Clinton Foundation resources to help with immediate and long-term relief and assistance, and at the request of President Obama, joined with President George W. Bush to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which supports highly effective organizations on the ground in long-term rebuilding efforts. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.
President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.
Steven D. Levitt
- Bestselling Author, FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS
- Co-star, FREAKONOMICS Documentary
- FREAKONOMICS Spent 4 Years on The New York Times Bestseller List, With More Than 4 Million Copies Sold Worldwide
- The Popular FREAKONOMICS Blog is Hosted Exclusively on The New York Times Website
Co-Author of the Phenomenal Bestselling Business Books FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS, and winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist in America under the age of 40, Steven D. Levitt works with businesses to apply his FREAKONOMICS approach (combining data, economic theory, and unorthodox thinking) to the corporate world.
Stephen J. Dubner
- Bestselling Author, FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS
- Freakonomics still on The New York Times Bestseller List after 7 years
- Host of Freakonomics RADIO
- Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary
- Editor-in-Chief, Freakonomics Blog
An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author of the International Bestselling Business Books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend 4 years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 4 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. Dubner and his co-author, the University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular FREAKONOMICS blog. Mr. Dubner is also host of Freakonomics Radio, which includes radio, podcast, web, and live event programming imbued with the bestselling book’s iconoclastic approach to everyday economics.
Gary J. Beach
Gary Beach brings more than 30 years of information technology publishing experience to his role as publisher emeritus of IDG’s CIO magazine. Beach is a highly regarded spokesperson throughout the United States and the global technology industry and he has testified on key issues facing the IT industry before the U.S. House and Senate. From the Oval Office of the White House in 1995, Beach launched an IT non-profit organization called Tech Corps that continues to challenge IT professionals to assist the education tech issues of K-12 schools in America. As an expert on the role of the CIO, IT best practices and future IT predictions, he is frequently quoted by major media organizations such as CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and Business Week. Beach has been a regular contributor on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Squawk on the Street and Closing Bell for more than 10 years. From 1998 – 2002 he contributed commentaries on key tech issues to NPR’s “All Things Considered” program. Beach is a frequent guest speaker at many industry conferences as well as user events for firms such as Microsoft, IBM, Dell, EMC and CA. In 2008, Beach developed and moderated CIO magazine’s “How to Sell the CIO” sales development program.
Prior to joining CIO magazine in 1997, Beach was publisher and president of two IDG publications, Computerworld and Network World. He joined IDG in 1987 after a 10 year career in managerial posts at McGraw-Hill, Inc.
He is currently writing a book entitled “The Educational Disarmament of America: Why Middle School Math and Science Teachers Hold the Key to America’s Future.”
Stephen J. Felice
Steve Felice serves as president and chief commercial officer for Dell. In this role, he leads the Dell sales and marketing teams that deliver innovative and practical technology solutions to consumers, small and medium businesses, public institutions and large enterprises worldwide.Prior to his current role, Steve was senior vice president and president of the Consumer, Small and Medium Business group, and also led operations for Dell in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. He has also been responsible for global corporate customers based in the United States and has held various executive roles in sales and consulting services organizations.Steve joined Dell in 1999 from DecisionOne Corp., where he served as chief executive officer and president. Under his guidance, the company became the largest independent provider of multivendor computer maintenance and technology support services in North America. Steve also worked for Bell Atlantic and served as vice president, Planning and Development, with Bell Atlantic Customer Services. He also spent five years with Shell Oil in Houston.Steve earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He currently serves as vice-chair of St. Michael's Catholic Academy board of trustees, on the board of directors for the US-China Business Council, and is a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board.
Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Used for repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic aims to enable design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production.Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 30 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics.Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) board at the White House, is a member of NCWIT (National Council on Women in Technology) and on the board of directors at the Long Now Foundation. Ping was recognized in 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Outstanding American By Choice.She is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and women in mathematics and sciences: Ping is on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina and on the Board of the Long Now Foundation. She is also a mentor for The Clinton Foundation’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, she participated in the kick-off for the White House’s 2011 Startup America initiative, is the author of two books in Chinese and inventor of five US and international patents.Ping has received numerous awards for her leadership as an entrepreneur, including Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, Woman’s Compass award and Life Time Achievements award by Business Leader magazine. She was invited as a guest of the First Lady Michelle Obama at her box for the President’s first State of Union Address in Jan. 2010. You can listen to Ping in her 2011 interview at WUNC, and 2006 interviews for National Public Radio.Coming straight to the US from a Chinese prison, Ping’s journey to entrepreneurship is a remarkable American dream by itself. Her childhood dream was to be an astronaut. Today her company’s software is used to ensure safe return of every NASA space shuttle. “There is a deep current of humanity in the way we approach innovation and business” she says. Ping’s incredible story of personal and business resilience “Bend Not Break” will be published by Penguin in December 2012.
The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.”Hamel’s landmark books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, include Competing for the Future, Leading the Revolution and The Future of Management (selected by Amazon.com as the best business book of the year). His latest book, What Matters Now, was published in 2012.Over the past twenty years, Hamel has authored 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Financial Times and many other leading publications around the world. He writes an occasional blog for the Wall Street Journal.Since 1983, Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School, where he is currently Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management.As a consultant and management educator, Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, Time Warner, Nestle, Shell, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM, and Microsoft. His pioneering concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation” have changed the practice of management in companies around the world.Hamel speaks frequently at the world’s most prestigious management conferences, and is a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, and other major media outlets. He has also advised government leaders on matters of innovation policy, entrepreneurship and industrial competitiveness.Currently, Hamel is leading a pioneering effort to reinvent management by harnessing the power of open innovation. The Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) is an online community where the world’s most progressive business leaders share their ideas on how to build organizations that are fit for the future and fit for human beings. The MIX is supported by a network of strategic partners, which includes McKinsey & Company, the Harvard Business Review and others.Hamel is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and the Strategic Management Society. He lives in Northern California.
Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Janah is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and technology, and her work has been profiled by CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, and The New Scientist. She serves on the board of the non-profit TechSoup Global and as an advisor to mobile shopping app Spreetales. She received the World Technology Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010, and in 2009 was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Women in Tech.Prior to Samasource, Janah was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Go in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.
Steve Mollenkopf serves as president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, leading the Company’s divisions, business operations, market expansion and development areas. Mollenkopf provides executive oversight to current and future technology development activities, further strengthening the Company’s ability to successfully navigate an increasingly complex and competitive market. He also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee, helping to drive Qualcomm’s overall global strategy.Since 2008, Mollenkopf led QCT and served as executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm, driving growth and providing critical technical and operational leadership. QCT is the world’s largest wireless chip supplier and fabless semiconductor company, in terms of revenue.Under Mollenkopf’s leadership, QCT also completed the $3B acquisition of Atheros, the Company’s largest acquisition to date, to accelerate the expansion of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms to new businesses beyond cellular and provide access to significant new growth opportunities.Mollenkopf joined Qualcomm in 1994 as an engineer and was a leading contributor to the Globalstar project before joining the QCT team in 1999. He played a central role in developing QCT’s roadmap and led the development and commercialization of the 3GPP family of air interface technologies. His technical and business leadership have also been critical to the development and implementation of multiple industry-leading innovations.A published IEEE author, Mollenkopf holds patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitter system and wireless communication transceiver technology. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association and also serves as Co-Chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors to include their Executive Committee and CEO Council.Mollenkopf holds two electrical engineering degrees, a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
A highly successful business founder on a mission to revive creativity in America.
Frank Moss is a successful, 25 year veteran of the software and computer businesses. His achievements include founding and directing numerous high-tech companies that have created breakthroughs in systems management, graphic supercomputers, and Web services.
When Frank Moss was just a boy, America had its eyes trained on the stars. The whole country was devoted to one goal: making it to the Moon. We made it, of course. And we made it there on the strength of our innovations.
Frank was inspired by those days. He never lost his passion for science and space: he earned a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and from 2006 to 2011 he was Director of the MIT Media Lab, where many of today’s most ground-breaking technologies took shape. But he also never forgot the key lesson of the “Moon Shot”: innovation means invention.
Now, “innovation” has become such a buzz-word these days that it’s easy to forget what it really means. Too often, we associate it with simple business strategy. We imagine that we can stay ahead in a market of ideas just by calling in a consultant and applying a cookie-cutter model of success.
But innovation means coming up with something new. It means creativity and a willingness to take risks. Only genuinely fresh ideas will let you stay ahead in today’s market — and contribute something meaningful to today’s world.That’s Frank Moss’ message. He calls himself an “innovation activist”, because he’s on a mission to revive the kind of innovation that made this country great. And if anyone understands what that means, it’s Frank. He’s a business founder with ten-odd companies under his belt and two exciting start-ups in his pocket right now. What’s more, his five years as the Director of the MIT Media Lab taught him the attitudes and approaches that allow for true innovation. And he’d love to share them with you.
The MIT Media Lab, in case you don’t know, brought us the technologies behind Amazon’s Kindle and Activision’s Guitar Hero games. It’s a fantastic hotbed of no-holds barred creativity, where scientists and students invent and experiment without any fear of failure. It’s an atmosphere that allows such ground-breaking innovations as prosthetic ankle joints and an inexpensive smartphone accessory that lets you give yourself an eye exam.
His time at the Lab inspires Frank to say the true impact of technology is still to come. Now Frank is calling for a Moon Shot for health: a rallying of American creativity to come up with genuinely life-changing innovations. He’s got his eye on affective computing, the technology that would allow an autistic child to read a friend’s expressions with the help of an iPad app. One of his own start-ups aims to compile the nation’s menus to help consumers plan a healthy diet.That’s the kind of invention Frank believes in —technology that makes our lives better, not just easier.
It’s an inspiring message, with real consequences for your business culture and your bottom line. After you’ve heard Frank deliver it, with his easy charisma and deep personal engagement, you’ll be in a position to do more than work a couple tips and tricks into your business plan. You’ll be part of the new wave of innovation coming to this country — the same ambitious, risk-taking, creative spirit that sent us to the Moon.
What kind of innovator will you be? Will you just take a small step? Or are you ready for that giant leap?
Karen Quintos is senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) for Dell, where she leads marketing for Dell’s commercial business in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Japan, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She also has responsibility for brand strategy, global communications, social media, corporate responsibility, customer insights, marketing talent development and agency management. Karen is also the executive sponsor of the largest networking group at Dell, Women in Search of Excellence.Before becoming CMO for Dell in September 2010, Karen served as vice president of Dell’s global public business, responsible for driving global marketing strategies, product and pricing programs, communications and channel plans to reach millions of higher education, government and healthcare institutional customers. Previously, she was vice president of marketing for Dell’s North American commercial business and has also held various executive roles in Dell’s services, contact center and supply chain management teams.Karen joined Dell in 2000 from Citigroup, where she served as vice president of global operations and technology. She also spent 12 years with Merck & Co., where she held a variety of roles in marketing, planning, operations and supply chain.She holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University and a bachelor of science in supply chain management from The Pennsylvania State University State College. She currently serves as an advisory board member for Catalyst and a board member for the Association of National Advertisers, the Ad Council, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Smeal Business School at Penn State. Karen is a 2012 winner of Working Mother magazine's Mother of the Year award, and Forbes magazine named her one of the world's most influential CMOs. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and three children.
Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is Dell’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, the CEO of Green Girl Energy, creator of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), CEO of Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, Managing Director of VH2 Energy Investments LLC and is a seasoned business television personality and a passionate advocate for WOMEN + GREEN sustainability initiatives. Ingrid has designed and executed corporate, entrepreneurial and philanthropic programs to advance the economic success of women-owned and green-focused businesses and has worked with companies including Microsoft, Dell, Humana and SAIC. Ingrid created CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made” reaching over 1 M viewers around the globe and has hosted the Web shows ‘On the Road with iV’ and the ‘Road to SXSW 2010’. In 2010, Ingrid was Founder/CEO of a green tech company that sold within 7 months of its founding. That success inspired a new mission of “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020” to help foster a more sustainable future for our planet. GLASS is the first major initiative established to provide thought leadership and global impact towards reaching that goal.Ingrid serves on the Advisory Boards of SXSW Eco, World Blu, Current Motor and Visionary Holdings. She advises and supports Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, XPRIZE, is a co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club and is an invited member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, the Today Show and The Big Idea. Ingrid consults with Fortune 500 companies on their WOMEN + GREEN initiatives.
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