Advisory Board Member for the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
MBA in Labor and Industrial Relations, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Alan Kaye has over 30 years of experience in key executive roles for companies such as Mattel, Inc., IBM, and KB Home. Over the years Alan has served in multiple Chief Human Resource Officer roles and focuses on providing direction at the top of organizations in areas such as Culture, Organization Design and Change, Leadership, Executive Recruitment, and Onboarding. He has experience in designing and delivering leading-edge executive compensation programs, successful succession planning, and executive development programs. He pioneered the “One Mattel” global organization culture, which has been publicly recognized for its values and effectiveness by publications such as Fortune.
Executive Vice President, ON ITS AXIS
Member, Forbes Human Resources Council
MBA in Strategic Business Leadership
Kelly’s work focuses on helping individuals to identify professional strengths & realize their career aspirations, as well as helping companies accomplish their business objectives while connecting them to elite talent. Kelly actively serves as an adviser/ board member to startups in the Disruptive HR, Blockchain, and Social Good spaces. Her expertise in business launch & growth strategy include organization design, talent acquisition, change management, market validation, business modeling, user acquisition, growing & defining revenue channels, sales operations & increasing productivity through innovation & team motivation.
Chief Executive Officer, Pipeline Strategies Consulting
PhD in Computer Information Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
MBA, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Tom Oser helps clients to bridge the gaps between business & technology which impact business strategy development, business planning and operational execution, marketing and the sales operations pipeline. He facilitates strategy planning and leads operational post-merger integration of finance, manufacturing, operations, IT, marketing and sales. He helps clients close the skills gap between business & technology, by advising business-side executives on the management of technology and innovation; and he develops the business acumen and sales skills for engineers and technical members of the organization.
Managing Director, Speaker, Innovation Protocol
Executive Education Lecturer of Brand Strategy, UC Irvine
Master’s in Strategic Corporate Communication Management, USC
Daily presentations to students and executives helped Sasha hone his speech craft, advancing him into the top ranks of global speakers. He speaks at companies like Nestlé and LEGO, and conferences like TEDx and Google Think, delivering award-winning presentations worldwide, from Canada to Chile, Greece to Japan. In 2006, Sasha started his own firm, Innovation Protocol, based in Los Angeles. As Managing Director of a team of 25, Sasha’s team advises organizations such as PayPal, Disney, LEGO, Nestlé, Medtronic, and ADP on how to tell their story to customers, investors and employees alike.
Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Innovation, UCI
Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels
PhD in Management, Claremont Graduate University
Richard Sudek’s research focuses on the angel investment decision process, examining how and why angel investors choose their investments. He founded his first company, Nadek Computer Systems, with only $250. It is a data networking design implementation firm that has served clients such as Microsoft, Boeing, ARCO, and Universal Studios. Sudek served as its CEO for 17 years and at the age of 41 sold the business to SAIC, a multi-billiondollar international firm. Sudek has been an active angel investor since 2000 and has contributed to more than 30 startup investments including various venture capital funds. He is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel organization in the United States. Sudek also currently serves as the Research Committee Chair for Angel Capital Education Foundation, a national organization of angel groups throughout the US.
Operating Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
JD, Albany Law School of Union University
Valedictorian, MBA, UC Irvine
After beginning his professional life as an attorney in private practice, Mark joined the legal department of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated in 1991 and became General Counsel of its ophthalmic surgical subsidiary in 1998. Mark later transitioned into a global strategy and business development role. In 2003, Mark joined The TriZetto Group and became its Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Alliances with responsibility for developing and executing its external growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions. and strategic partnerships. In 2010, Mark Tomaino joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York City-based private equity firm, as an Operating Partner focused on sourcing, executing and monitoring investments in the health care information technology sector.
Design Thinking Strategy Consultant, Think Mobius
MBA in Marketing, Management & Organizations, Northwestern University
Emilie Wagner is a healthcare design strategist focused on improving the patient experience, including redesigning the pregnancy and childbirth experience for patients. Her healthcare work also includes creating an urgent care strategy for Stanford Health Care and redefining the brand positioning for a healthcare reimbursement company. She uses design thinking to address the emotional and informational needs of patients and caregivers. Over the course of her career, Emilie has worked across many industries including technology, finance, energy, and consumer products. Her projects range from running innovation workshops for Nestle and Capital One to formulating customer-centric experiences for Google and Sunrun.