Developing leadership & entrepreneurial skills
The venerable Oxford English Dictionary defines a mentor as “a person who offers support and guidance to another.” But what is mentorship exactly? What do mentors do, and how do they shape lives and careers?Please join us for the first in a series of conversations hosted by the Silicon Valley Archives. The topic is mentorship. Three distinguished leaders in the field of medical technology with interlinked mentoring relationships will speak.
Vlad Tenev is the CEO and co-founder of Robinhood, a fast-growing brokerage platform giving millions of people access to investment opportunities and financial tools. In 2013, Tenev co-founded Robinhood with Baiju Bhatt to democratize investing. Before Robinhood, Tenev started two finance companies in New York City. He earned his BS in mathematics at Stanford University and MS in mathematics at UCLA, and has been recognized on the Forbes “30 under 30”, Inc. “30 under 30”, and Fortune “40 under 40” lists.
The fear of public speaking ranks amongst the top fears out there. But there is hope! You can learn many foundational techniques to help you feel and appear more confident. Come learn about several such practical tips to apply to your public speaking for both in person and online presentations.
Through a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, and practice, this two-session workshop provides a solid foundation for more principled, persuasive, and successful conversations in a variety
Tony Mugavero is the co-founder and CEO of Rad (formerly known as Littlstar), a consumer streaming platform delivering live and on-demand Esports, music, comedy and sports from companies like NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Whistle, Showtime, New Form, Law & Crime and more. Rad’s unique brand of edgy content for Millennial and Gen Z audiences, coupled with the ability to watch your personal collection of movies and VR videos, makes it a hub for next-generation viewers.
Katrina Lake founded Stitch Fix in 2011 to help women everywhere discover and explore their style through a truly client-focused shopping experience. While attending Harvard Business School, Lake saw an opportunity to combine data science with human stylists to reinvent the retail space and deliver an unparalleled, personalized experience. Prior to founding Stitch Fix, she developed extensive experience at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology.
Alyssa Ravasio is the founder and CEO of Hipcamp, a comprehensive resource for outdoor stays, from national parks to blueberry farms. Hipcamp partners with private landowners to unlock more ways for people to get outside.
David Rogier is the founder and CEO of MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the best. Growing up, Rogier loved learning but struggled in school. Determined to reinvent the traditional learning model, he created MasterClass in 2015. MasterClass has since transformed the lifelong learning category by providing intimate access to the world’s best practitioners, from Stephen Curry (basketball) to Margaret Atwood (writing), Martin Scorcese (filmmaking), Sarah Blakely (entrepreneurship) and Serena Williams (tennis).
Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst, and has been an early investor in market-leading companies like Digit, Grammarly, Gusto, Livongo, Mindstrong, Samsara, Snap, and Stripe. His 2018 book Unscaled articulates the need for accountability, transparency, and explainability in AI technologies as they permeate deeper into daily life, and his more recent Harvard Business Review article “The Era of Move Fast and Break Things is Over” encourages entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to adopt frameworks for responsible innovation and investing.
Your voice goes before you to announce you to the world. Let it be as strong and direct as you are. Learn about breath, relaxation, and focus; join in simple exercises to build confidence and turn stress into clear, powerful speech.
Tom Freeland, PhD, program lecturer, Oral Communication Program