ELSIG Monthly Meetup

  • April 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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TITLE: Start-ups:  Building Communities of Social Change

SPEAKER:  Sheryl Chamberlain, Senior Director, EMC Corporate Office of the CTO, Founder & President, EMC West Coast Women's Leadership Forum

In 2009 an enterprising student at Hult International Business School named Ahmad Ashkar had a compelling idea: crowd-sourcing brilliant solutions for how to change the world from college and university students around the world.  He convinced Hult’s president to host an intercollegiate tournament to solve the global education crisis in partnership with One Laptop per Child. He then invited teams in business schools to take up the challenge. The first annual Hult Prize (originally called the Hult Global Case Challenge) took place in the spring of 2010.

Each year Hult challenges thousands of university students worldwide to create start-ups aimed at solving a specified issue faced by billions in need. Up for grabs, the Hult Prize - $1M in start-up funding.  While there is only one winner, each of the six regional champions receives a summer at the Hult Prize Accelerator at IXL (an innovation incubator), one year membership into Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the opportunity to present their idea to President Bill Clinton.

Learn more about how diverse groups of people from the ranks of corporate CXOs, non profit leaders and social entrepreneurs and students can make a difference.  Be inspired, unite to build communities of social change.

About the Speaker - 

Sheryl has worked in multiple roles at EMC, currently serving as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Global Office of the CTO.  In one of her previous assignments, she acted as de facto COO for the multibillion dollar VMware technology alliance, leading 8 business unit presidents, sales and services leadership through EMC/VMware and VCE strategic planning. 

Prior to working at EMC, Sheryl was CEO and President of LSE, Ltd., a business/technology consulting organization generating $5 million in revenue by providing IBM Midrange Solutions to customers.  She began her career in finance, rising through the ranks from Auditor with Deloitte, Internal Auditor with Norton Simon, and Controller & CFO with Johnson Carlier.

Sheryl has served as an international innovation judge for Hult Prize and MassChallenge.  Her leadership has been recognized as winner of the  Tribute to Women Award and California Most Powerful & Influential Women Award.  Sheryl sits on Boards for the Association for Corporate Growth Silicon Valley, Global Innovation Management Institute and the California Diversity Council.  She also writes blogs for EMC Executives on the Road, Innovation Excellence and her personal blog, Innovationstationblog.  Sheryl holds a BS in Accounting from Hunter College.

Book Swap: Don't forget to bring a book on technology, leadership, or project management to donate to the book swap. We are running low on inventory and need more donations to keep it going.

Share your insights! Participate in the peer-to-peer roundtable from 6:31 to 6:59! Make friends!

Snack and Beverage Sponsor: Steve Hogan, Tech-Rx 

ONGOING MANAGEMENT SPONSOR: Project Connections is our EL SIG Management Sponsor. 

ProjectConnections.com is dedicated to practically and affordably supporting individuals as they do their jobs day-to-day and helping them grow their management abilities and careers. We also provide management development and support resources to organizations, through group subscriptions, methodology content licenses, on-demand virtual training programs, virtual coaching, and more - all to help managers improve how critical project work gets done, and to help grow the capabilities of everyone on their staffs and teams.

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6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A
8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements
8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

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