understanding a variety of career paths
Alexi Robichaux is the co-founder and CEO of BetterUp, a mobile-based platform that brings personalized professional coaching to employees at all levels. BetterUp uses evidence-based assessments and machine learning to match employees to coaches who can encourage lasting behavior change.
Ethan Brown is the founder, president and CEO of Beyond Meat. By shifting consumption from animal to plant-based meat products, Beyond Meat aims to positively impact human health, the climate, natural resources, and animal welfare. The company raised more than $145 million in capital, as well as placements at prominent grocery and restaurant chains like Whole Foods and TGI Fridays, before debuting on the Nasdaq stock exchange in May 2019.
Amy Francetic is a managing partner at Buoyant Ventures, a new Chicago-based venture fund that invests in digital climate solutions in North America.
Annie Kadavy is a managing director at Redpoint Ventures, a firm that emphasizes early-stage investing and has backed companies like Netflix, Stripe and HashiCorp.
Prior to joining Redpoint, she served as head of strategic operations at Uber Freight, and also spent four years as a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where she focused on early-stage investments in consumer-driven companies like ClassPass, DoorDash and Patreon.
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Kathy Davies, lecturer and managing director, d.life Lab
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Theresa works on new Payments technology platforms to accelerate belonging at Airbnb. Her other roles include angel investor, Sequoia Scout, where she has invested in over 10 early-stage startups. Theresa earned a BS, MS and PhD in engineering from Stanford University. During her PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, she focused on satellite and space plasma computational physics.
Marissa West is currently the Chief Engineer of the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Truck programs. As Vehicle Chief Engineer, West is leading the launch of GM’s all new heavy duty pick-up trucks which entails leading a large team of engineers across multiple functions to design, engineer and bring to market an incredibly important product with volumes of almost 300,000 units annually.
Jeanne Yu is the Director of Technology Integration and the ecoDemonstrator Program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA).
Dr. Janna Glaze is a mechanical engineer researcher working for the Intel Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area where she develops sensors that allow for a variety of worldwide technologies to work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from UC Merced (2012) and her master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (2016 and 2018). In 2012, while working for UNICEF Africa, Janna developed a pneumonia sensor that has become part of pneumonia-prevention kits now used.