As a conference focusing on entrepreneurship, TEDxHarkerSchool speakers are a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, focusing on different fields, such as environmental efficiency, philanthropy, and sports.
Deborah Piscione is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur in digital and traditional media who fell into entrepreneurship after a cross-country move from Washington, DC to Silicon Valley. Deborah built out three companies in six years, BettyConfidential, a leader in the content and ecommerce space, Alley to the Valley® , an organization that networks the world’s most influential women for dealmaking, and Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley in 2006, Deborah spent 18 years in Washington, DC as a policy staffer in the U.S. Congress and The White House, and on-air commentator for CNN, MSNBC and FOXNEWS.
David J.F. Gross has spoken to over 10,000 professionals around the country on effective communication, persuasive advocacy, and intellectual property. He is an IP trial lawyer in the Silicon Valley office of Faegre Baker Daniels, a law firm with over 750 professionals in the United States, United Kingdom, and China. David received his law degree from Harvard Law school, magna cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude. David is the author of The Power Trial Method, a book on trial practice published by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Cammie Dunaway most recently served as US President and Global CMO of KidZania, a location based entertainment concept focused on children’s role-playing activities. The company has attractions in 18 cities throughout the world including Mexico, Japan, Dubai and Lisbon. Cammie’s responsibilities included bringing this rapidly growing edutainment concept to the US as well as managing global merchandising, loyalty program, brand and web development. A seasoned executive with more than 25 years of marketing and general management experience, Dunaway previously served as Executive Vice President for Nintendo. Before joining Nintendo, Dunaway was Chief Marketing Officer for Yahoo!, where she ran consumer, enterprise, and partnership marketing initiatives, from brand and marketing communications to product planning and positioning to execution of customer acquisition and retention strategies. Prior to Yahoo! Dunaway spent 13 years at Frito-Lay, in various leadership roles in sales and marketing including serving in roles as the company’s Chief Customer Officer and as VP of Kids and Teens brands.
Ajay Shah joined the Silver Lake team in 2007 and is the co-founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s middle market fund, Silver Lake Sumeru. Previously, he founded Shah Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm. Mr. Shah founded and managed the Technology Solutions Business of Solectron, a $2 billion business. Mr. Shah was the CEO of Smart Modular Technologies, a company that he co-founded in 1989 and led through its public offering in 1995. He managed its growth to over $1 billion in revenues and directed its acquisition by Solectron Corp. in 1999 for over $2 billion. Mr. Shah serves on the Board of Directors of Outspoken, Velocity, Opera Solutions, Calient, Alpha Petroleum, The National Audubon Society, and is Chairman of the board of SMART Modular. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, serves on the board of The Indian School of Business, India and is a Trustee of the American India Foundation. He has a B.S. in Engineering from University of Baroda and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Samantha Madala is a senior at the Harker School. As a sophomore, Samantha started the Healthy Scholars Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate health barriers to learning. Passionate about raising awareness of hypothyroidism, Samantha has published research on global awareness of endocrine disorders and outcomes of hypothyroidism screenings in rural India. She cares about mitigating health inequity and improving community health. In the future, she hopes to expand Healthy Scholars to serve more communities around the world.