Adam Ward is the Head of Recruiting of Pinterest overseeing University, Executive, Tech and Business Recruiting. Over the last 4 years, he’s helped scale Pinterest from 250 to 1500+ employees worldwide.
Prior to Pinterest, Adam spent 3 years at Facebook where he was a Director of Recruiting overseeing global University Recruiting and Recruiting Operations. He built a team and program that ramped to over 400 technical new grads and 900 intern hires per year.
Prior to joining Facebook, Adam spent 7 years at Qualcomm as a Director of Staffing where his responsibilities responsibilities included Head of APAC recruiting, Global Campus Recruiting, Recruiting Brand, and HR Data Analytics.
Adam started his career as an intern and then eventually the Campus Recruiting Manager for Trilogy Software in Austin, TX and later in Bangalore, India. He also served as a Marketing Manager years with the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and was a founding member of CollegeHire.com.
Adam graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Communications and Psychology. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three daughters.
Mary Kate McHugh is a University Programs Specialist at Google. Her job is to connect undergraduate students with non-technical opportunities at Google. It is her dream job! Her biggest focus is to encourage students who are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the tech world to find an interest in potentially working in that world someday. She's been at Google for 7 years and has done a variety of different roles including customer service, sales, training, and managing. On a personal note, she just moved to Chicago to be closer to her new nephew, Finnegan.
As a senior executive at the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), Elizabeth is an advocate for advancing women in technical roles in industry and academia. She is responsible ABI’s global communities of women technologists and programs for organizations focused on improving their diversity and inclusion. In addition, she leads the strategy, alliances and marketing teams. Prior to ABI, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the Hartford Art School and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Ahmad is an Assistant Dean and Associate Director with BEAM, Stanford Career Education. In his role with Career Catalyst, a team focused on a two pronged approach of increasing Equity and Inclusion, and building Community and Belonging around the intersection of career and identity, Ahmad is responsible for the development and implementation of the broader diversity strategy for his team and BEAM. Ahmad’s professional experience includes a combined 12 years of work in higher education and the recruiting industry. Prior to his time at Stanford, Ahmad spent 6 years in academic advising at his alma mater UC Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. in Education and B.A. in Sociology.
Noah Diffenbaugh is the Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He teaches classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate classes include “The Global Warming Paradox”, and first-year Introductory Seminar, and “Climate and Society”, an overview course that draws students from across campus.
He is currently a member of the Climate Safe Infrastructure Working Group for the State of California, and has provided scientific expertise to the White House, the Governor of California, and U.S. Congressional offices. He has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Milken Global Summit, and the Commonwealth Club of California, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wired Magazine.
Frank Dawson is the Dean of Career Technical Education, and a former Professor and Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College (SMC). Frank leads the development of credit/non-credit Career Technical Education certificate and degree programs, and contract education and international training activities that address the needs of global businesses and emerging industries.
Frank developed the curriculum and Associates degree for SMC’s Promo Pathway, a year-long training program in the area of marketing, on-air promotions, and creative services. Promo Pathway has been recognized by the Aspen Institute’s “Future Skills for America” initiative as a model for industry/education/community partnerships. He now serves as Project Director for SMC’s role in the LA HI-TECH Regional Consortia. The Consortia membership includes 8 Community Colleges and 30 High Schools, and is committed to launching Digital Media and Computer Science Career Pathways for High School students that will align directly with Community College Career Pathways. LA HI-TECH has been recognized by the Obama Administration’s “TechHire” initiative as one of the 21 City model Industry/Education partnerships that is addressing the nation’s critical Skills Gap shortage in the Technology sector.
Frank Dawson was born in New York City, and earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the school’s professional gallery of distinguished alumni.
Liz Wessel is the Co-Founder and CEO of WayUp, the go-to platform for millions of early-career professionals to explore opportunities, receive advice, and get discovered by employers. Founded in July 2014, WayUp is a venture-backed startup based in NYC that has raised nearly $28M and was named by CNN as one of the 30 most innovative companies changing the world. WayUp has worked with businesses of all sizes -- from startups to Fortune 500's like Google, Starbucks, and Disney -- to help them reach, recruit, and engage with the next generation of talent.
Liz has been featured as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and has been named one of the 18 Coolest Women in Silicon Valley. Before founding WayUp, Liz worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager in California and then in India.
Garrett Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for students. Handshake's mission is to democratize opportunity and make it easy for any student to build a great career, no matter where they go to school or who they know. Handshake has 8 million students and young alumni and 200,000 employers (including 100% of the Fortune 500) recruiting students across 450 schools including Stanford, Princeton, UC-Berkeley, Michigan, UVA, Spelman and Harvey Mudd. Garrett grew up in the Detroit area and worked at Palantir before dropping out of Michigan Tech University in 2014 to build Handshake.
Alexandria Noel Butler, affectionately known as Lexi B, is a project manager at Airbnb. She works on cross functional initiatives in finance, compliance and legal. Lexi B wears many hats including entrepreneur, speaker, editor, and writer.
As the founder of Grown Up Truth, a platform to discuss the professional and personal experiences of millennials, she has created a destination for candid conversations and opinions about navigating adulthood. The site has grown to 10,000+ subscribers and 12,000+ monthly hits. Lexi’s diverse writing audience includes Levo League, For Women to Women, and Rebel Magazine. In April 2017, Lexi B founded the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech group to connect Black women with their tech peers around the world. With over 1,200 members, the group has become a strategic partner with many underrepresented business and online campaigns to bring awareness to diversity and women's empowerment.
Raised in St. Louis, MO, Lexi B graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with majors in Communication and Spanish. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her puppy, Duke.
Trained as a graphic designer, Bernard co-founded Wall-to-Wall Studios in Pittsburgh, PA in 1992 and returned home to launch the second office in Honolulu in 2005.
The agency (walltowall.com) specializes in growing brands through an integrated approach to design, advertising, online and environmental experiences, collaborating with local and national clients in the arts, education, hospitality, real estate, development, retail and technology. Wall-to-Wall Studios has long been known for its approach to using humor, wit and emotion to forge connections between a brand and their audience.
Bernard has been actively involved with the AIGA, the professional association for design as past President of both Pittsburgh and Honolulu chapters. He has taught communication/graphic design as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon, Chaminade University of Honolulu and as a visiting professor at the St. Gallen School of Design in Switzerland.
In 2009, he was named “Advertising Man of Year” by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Hawaii. He spends most mornings thinking about lunch.
Jennifer Kim was most recently Head of Employee Experience & Development at Lever, a recruiting software startup. Lever was able to reach a rare milestone in Silicon Valley, a 50:50 gender balance across the company by prioritizing diversity efforts from early on, and focusing on recruiting & culture efforts that were rooted in authenticity and originality. Jen co-founded Lever's D&I Taskforce when the company was just 10 employees, and guided the strategy for 3.5 years until the company reached 130. In 3.5 years at Lever, she held various roles in Product, Customer Success, Recruiting, and HR. Prior to that, she recruited for a education reform startup and provided career advice to MBAs at Stanford Business School.
Tarsha McCormick is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for ThoughtWorks North America. Tarsha joined ThoughtWorks in January of 1999 as a Recruiting Specialist when the company was a small startup with a group of less than 100. Today ThoughtWorks has grown to over 3500 employees globally in 34 offices spread across 13 countries on 6 continents.
She was instrumental in helping to build, grow, and lead various aspects of their People organization including recruiting, benefits, HR operations, and talent management. Since moving into the Head of Diversity and Inclusion role in January 2015, Tarsha is responsible for driving the strategic thinking and work related to making ThoughtWorks more diverse and inclusive, and advocating for change in the I.T. industry.
After earning a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University, Tarsha worked in the social services industry for 4 years before making a transition into human resources, which married her love of people, law, and education. In addition to her 18 years of human resources experience, she holds an MBA with a focus on Human Resources Management. Born and raised in Chicago, she has called Atlanta home since 2010.