Ron GutmanRon Gutman, Curator

Founder and CEO of HealthTap, Ron is the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley – inspiring innovation for social change. HealthTap is pioneering the field of Interactive Health, by bringing interactive software to medicine. It uses expert knowledge from its network of hundreds of physicians, personal health data, and community insights to tailor information to users and transform the process of care. Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of Wellsphere (acquired in early 2009), a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users to date. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Ron organized and led a multidisciplinary group of leading faculty and graduate students from the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business, Law and Psychology to conduct research in personalized health, and to design ways to help people live healthier, happier lives. The group’s work resulted in the implementation of one of the most acclaimed and engaging employee health and well-being programs in the nation, BeWell@Stanford. Ron is also an angel investor in and advisor to technology and health companies (including Massive Health and Doximity), an advisor to Harvard Medical School’s SMArt Initiative (“Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies”) and the new Interactive Health incubator Rock Health. He also writes regularly for leading publications (including the Huffington Post and Forbes) and is a frequent speaker at various conferences like TED (where he spoke about the Untapped Power of the Smile), SXSW, Health 2.0.

Thomas Goetz, Co-Curator

As Executive Editor, Thomas Goetz oversees all aspects of Wired Magazine, from story conception to cover packages. In addition to guiding editorial content, Goetz writes frequently for the magazine on health and technology. Recent cover stories include:
“Your DNA, Decoded,” about the nascent personal genomics industry, “The Truth About Cancer,” about the riddles of early detection, and “The Thin Pill,” about the pharmaceutical industry’s evangelism of metabolic syndrome. His writing has been selected for The Best American Science Writing and The Best Technology Writing anthologies. Since Goetz joined Wired in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards, and has won six, including three for General Excellence. Before joining Wired, Goetz was an executive editor at the Industry Standard, the late but lauded news magazine of the Internet economy. He has been a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Details, Rolling Stone and other publications. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in American literature from the University of Virginia. He graduated from Bates College. His book The Decision Tree: A Manifesto for Personal Health will be published in February 2010 by Rodale Books.

Silvia Console Battilana, Operations

Dr. Console Battilana is a young italian entrepreneur and economist specializing in game theory and interest groups. Currently she is a co-founder at auctions software and design company Auctionomics, jointly with Professor Paul Milgrom. She holds a Ph.D. from the Stanford Economics department and has taught graduate students as a Visiting Professor at Bocconi University. She has been a speakier at major US universities such as Harvard, Caltech and Berkeley, as well as universities in Turkey, China, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Italy, Messico and Spain. Her co-authors include Harvard Professor Kenneth Shepsle and Stanford Professor Douglas Bernheim, and her entrepreneurial experience began during graduate school, when she successfully started a C-corporation in the higher education industry. Silvia is also very active in the Silicon Valley, organizing networking events that bring together experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers, and start-up rookies.

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R. Jennifer Barr, Social Media Management and Marketing

R. Jennifer Barr is a social entrepreneur who uses her Wharton MBA skills to make a difference in the world. Her management/social media marketing consulting business specializes in start-up, health and high-tech companies. She is the social media strategist for TEDx Silicon Valley and was co-curator of TEDxMarin and Director of Operations and Marketing for TEDxBerkeley. In addition, Jennifer serves as the VP of Operations for the Wharton Business School Club of Northern CA and the Career/Networking Officer of the Northern California Oxford Society. She has been a director at four Bay Area non-profits and was previously a management consultant and investment banker in New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @rjenbarr.

Gary A. Bolles, Logistics

Gary A. Bolles is the co-founder and CEO of Xigi Inc. (ZIG-ee), a San Francisco-based startup that curates strategic communities using software and events. Xigi uses its proprietary “Social Database” technology to produce social-enabled Web sites for clients such as Nokia and Skoll Foundation.

Bolles is a producer and curator of events for organizations such as TED, Google, Nokia, the Interactive Advertising Bureau/IAB, the London Business School, Lumina Foundation, and the United Nations. He is also an advocate for social entrepreneurs, as the co-founder of SoCap, the conferences. Bolles was previously the editorial director of publications such as Interactive Week, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Network Computing, as well as the on-screen host of TechTV’s “Working the Web.”

Bolles is a former executive in a variety of technology startups, including COO for Evolve Software and VP Marketing for Network Products Corp.

Chris McCann, Marketing Strategist

Chris McCann is the CEO and Co-Founder of NextDigest, the fastest growing media company in the technology industry worldwide. NextDigest publishes weekly email newsletters of the best events, jobs, and what to read for your industry with 250,000+ members in total.

Chris McCann is an entrepreneur, writer, and general activist in the international entrepreneurial community. He is a Mentor & Board of Advisor for SSE Labs (Stanford Venture Fund), led social media strategy for TEDx Silicon Valley, organized Geeks on a Plane Tokyo 2009, led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and started Innovation Quest’s incubator an Cal Poly alumni initiative.

As a sought-after speaker in US, Asia, and the Middle East, Chris is recognized worldwide for radically new ways about thinking about startup events as an entry point to a life of entrepreneurship and realizing the full potential of the human spirit.

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Bernadette ClavierBernadette Clavier, Marketing & Communications

Bernadette Clavier is the Associate Director of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where she is in charge of marketing & communications, online and social media strategy, software infrastructure, and conference programs. An early adopter, she pioneered podcasting in 2006 when iTunes had not yet integrated podcasts in its offering, launching Social Innovation Conversations with a vision to disseminate knowledge for social change outside of Stanford University’s walls.

Prior to joining the Stanford Graduate School of Business she worked in France, her home country, as the Vice President of seasonal products for E.Leclerc, the French retail chain equivalent to Wal-Mart. Sourcing over 300,000 SKUs from around the world to be sold in 600 stores of various sizes, she witnessed first hand the challenges of the global supply chain, including social, human rights, and environmental issues and contributed to growing the nascent corporate citizenship culture of her organization. She pioneered e-commerce in France making E.Leclerc the first hypermarket nationwide to offer products online for the 1998 holiday season. As the Toys Category Manager at the E.Leclerc central buying office from 1992 to 1997 she consistently maintained the sales of her stores in first place in the country, constantly innovating the stores communications with their customers.

She holds an MBA from H.E.C. Paris, speaks French, English, and German and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. In her spare time she created an organic food program for Bay Area schools, trains as a disaster first respondent, advocates for autism spectrum disorders awareness, and works as part of The Climate Project team.

 Kriss Deiglmeier Kriss Deiglmeier, Executive Director Center for Social Innovation

Kriss Deiglmeier is the executive director for the Center for Social Innovation. Upon coming to CSI Kriss embarked on a strategic planning process that set forth a new mission and strategy focused on breaking down sector boundaries.

Deiglmeier has more than 20 years of management experience spanning the business, social enterprise, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. Prior to Stanford, Deiglmeier worked as a management consultant to foundation, business, and nonprofit enterprises. She served as chief operating officer for Juma Ventures. Before joining Juma, Deiglmeier worked with the United Way of King County, Larkin Street Youth Center, and Nordstrom. Deiglmeier has presented nationally and internationally on topics including social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. Kriss has guest lectured at the University of California Berkeley, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Hitotsubashi University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, and Nagoya University. She co-authored the articles, “Leading the Social Purpose Business: An Examination of Organizational Culture” and “Managing the Social Enterprise.” Her most recent article is “Rediscovering Social Innovation.” Ms. Deiglmeier received her BA from the University of Washington, and her MBA from UC Berkeley.

Kathleen Donahue, Interactive and Graphic Designer

Kathleen Donahue is a user interface/user experience designer and artist who’s inspired by the use of creativity and technology for positive change. Her professional background includes dance, theater, independent and commercial filmmaking, computer technology and design. In 2000, Kathleen began designing interfaces, initially as a consultant for Apple, Inc., then as a User Interface Designer/Analyst for Aaron Marcus and Associates. For AM+A, she worked with name brand clients such as Visa, USA and BMW to design web applications, web portals, handheld device applications, and critical reporting system interfaces, as well as conduct heuristic evaluations and human factors research and analysis. In 2004, through Ova Works, her ongoing consulting business, she lead the design of projects that include user interface and visual design of a Flex/Flash web-based, back-end reporting system for eBay, Inc., printer hardware/software user interface and experience research for Epson Corporation, and the design of a cutting-edge, web-based academic reporting system for the University of California (that was applied statewide and adopted by numerous other states). In 2007, she joined the startup Wellsphere, a health and healthy living consumer website. As Director of Design and User Experience, she helped create experiences not previously found in the area of health. Continuing on the health path, in 2010 Kathleen joined the innovative startup HealthTap as Director of UI/UX Design. She works with a highly collaborative team of doers who are pushing to change the face of health.

Robert StrongRobert Strong

Robert Strong, the Comedy Magician, has been crisscrossing the world since 1985 entertaining audiences large and small, young and old, formal and casual, and everything in between! Twice voted San Francisco’s ‘Best Comedian’, Robert has appeared on every major television network, in more than 40 different countries, and twice at the White House. Inspired by TEDxSV 2009, Robert launched a speaker series, Comedy Talks, in 2010 that celebrates the lives and careers of comedy legends.

Rebecca KadenRebecca Kaden, Marketing & Communications

Rebecca Kaden is in her first year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Harvard University in 2008, where she concentrated in English, launched a student life magazine, and worked on the editorial board of The Harvard Crimson, before becoming Special Projects Editor of Narrative Magazine, an online publisher working to transition standout literature into the digital age. She continues to serve on the Governing Board of Narrative while she studies technology and entrepreneurship at Stanford.

Jason MaydenJason Mayden, Logistics and Graphic Design

Jason Mayden is the Senior Footwear/Innovation Designer for Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., and the creative and technical mastermind behind many of Jordan Brand’s sneakers. He oversees the design of current and future innovation footwear platforms-cushioning, traction, upper design, footwear construction, detail execution, material finish and material selection-for Michael Jordan’s, Chris Paul’s and Derek Jeter’s footwear lines. Mayden also assists the Creative Director with mentorship and career development of Jordan Brand design interns and new design hires.

A native to the south side of Chicago, Mayden grew up during the Michael Jordan era and loved watching MJ play in his hometown. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis on Industrial Design from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Mayden is extremely involved in community outreach through self-sponsored design workshops, constant mentoring of young minority males and his participation on the Jordan Fundamentals grant selection panel. He is Jordan Brand’s lead designer for the Doernbecher Freestyle, a community project with Nike and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital that gives children with serious illnesses the opportunity to design a Nike sneaker of their own. Mayden is also an active “friend and mentor” of students involved with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).

In the August of 2010, Jason was accepted into Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow. He will receive a Master’s Degree in Science with a concentration in General Management in addition to a certificate in Social Innovation in June of 2011.


Anne Gregor, Webmaster

Anne Gregor is a director of the National Strategy Council of the Cleantech Open, working closely with the Executive Director on strategy development, governance structure, branding and operational excellence. In five years the non-profit Cleantech Open has grown from a northern California start-up into a national organization with a global presence in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

As president of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Gregor initiated the group’s first multi-million dollar capital campaign and brought the City of Palo Alto on-board as a campaign partner. She hired the non-profit’s first COO and wrote its first business plan. The capital campaign met its $7 million target and work began last month on a year-long renovation.

During Gregor’s term as Associate Director, Web Publishing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the school standardized its website look and feel, adopted new publishing tools and expanded its use of multimedia. Prior to Stanford, Gregor served as Director, Editorial Products at AOL/Netscape and Editorial Director and Executive Producer at Gregor moved into the world of the web after a career as writer/editor/producer/broadcaster for an A-list of print, broadcast and online publications in the United States, Canada and England. She holds a B.A. (Hon) in economics and geography from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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