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Rachel Arnold

Senior Managing Director, Private Equity, Endeavor

Rachel Arnold has two decades of experience investing in and scaling growth at top software companies. Ms. Arnold is Co-Head of the Vista Endeavor Funds and serves as a member of Vista’s Private Equity Management Committee, the firm’s governing and decision-making body for the overall management of Vista’s private equity platform. [ Read More ]She currently sits on the boards of Kazoo, RadarFirst, Tripleseat and Zapproved. She was actively involved in the firm’s investments in AGDATA, Autotask, BigMachines, Bullhorn, Dispatch, Kibo, Lanyon, Lone Wolf, Naviga, PeopleAdmin, Relias Learning, SecureLink and Social Solutions. Rachel works with CEOs and senior management teams of market- leading enterprise software companies to help them accelerate growth and develop more efficient operations.

Before joining Vista Equity Partners in 2012, Ms. Arnold held executive positions at four Vista companies. Her roles included interim CEO at Social Solutions, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Product Management and Marketing at Mitratech, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at MicroEdge, and running Business Development and Channel Programs at SRC Software. Outside of her Vista tenure, Ms. Arnold served as Strategy Director at Interbrand and as an Equity Research Associate covering enterprise software at Pacific Crest.

Ms. Arnold is passionate about giving back to her community. In 2017, she co-founded the Austin chapter of Friends of the Children, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty through transformative work with high-risk youth. Ms. Arnold is the Past Chair and current board member for the Friends of the Children Austin chapter, sits on the National Board for Friends of the Children, and also serves as Treasurer and Trustee for The Contemporary Austin.


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Kristina Perkin Davison '94

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, iEurope Capital

Kristina Perkin Davison ’94 is the Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of iEurope Capital, a private equity fund that invests in technology companies in the emerging economies of Central Eastern Europe. Kristina works with portfolio companies to grow revenues, market share, and profitability to enhance their market value via frequent operating reviews and by encouraging management to achieve their full potential. [ Read More ]Kristina is a board member of Antavo, a leading loyalty software company, and a board observer of Kontakt.io, a company that provides real-time location-based solutions, particularly in the healthcare and real estate verticals. Kristina has also served on the boards of Vatera, ATech Elektronika and other iEurope portfolio companies.

Prior to co-founding iEurope, Kristina worked at Bankers Trust Company, where she worked in the Eastern European Corporate Finance Group, and was based in London, Prague and Budapest, focusing on privatizations of state-owned companies in Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She also served as an Emerging Markets Specialist, researching investments for the Eastern European sector of one of the bank’s proprietary funds, and went on to raise capital by selling investment management services to corporate pension funds and endowments and foundations in North America and in Europe.

Kristina is frequently quoted in business publications about entrepreneurship in the CEE region and is passionate about promoting women entrepreneurs and women in venture capital. She has been a frequent guest speaker at U.S. Department of State conferences on the topic.

Kristina is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is on the board of The Romanian-American Foundation and The Peter Westbrook Foundation. Kristina is also a member of Columbia University’s Lang Fund Board. She is a former Board Member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which is ranked among the leading research institutions in the world in molecular biology and genetics and is a pre-eminent cancer research institution.

Kristina graduated with an AB Honors Degree from Harvard University, and simultaneously earned an MBA and an MA in International Affairs at Columbia University afterwards. She currently serves on the Harvard Alumnae Athlete Advisory Board. At Harvard she was a two-time New England Champion on the Women’s Fencing Team, which was the first to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships (NCAA) in Harvard’s history.

 

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Kelly Ifill

Founder and CEO, Guava

Kelly Ifill is the founder and CEO of Guava, a neo-bank and community platform designed toserve Black entrepreneurs and small business owners. Kelly works to close the racial wealthgap by providing equitable financial products to these entrepreneurs. [ Read More ]This aligns with herlongstanding mission is to equip Black and Latinx founders with access to capital andnetworking opportunities.

Prior to founding Guava, Kelly co-founded Seneca Network, a nonprofit organization thatconnects Black and Latinx founders at the earliest stages of their businesses with angelinvestors, mentors, and industry experts. She previously held roles in EdTech investing,where she saw firsthand the challenges Black founders face in securing funding.

Kelly began her career in education, on the founding team of a public high school in centralBrooklyn. She has also led math departments in Brazil and Dubai. She holds a bachelor’sdegree in mathematics from Baruch College, an MA of education in mathematics from St.John’s University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

As a first-generation American, raised in an immigrant family of entrepreneurs in Brooklyn,NY, Kelly’s personal and professional journeys have informed her passion to help createwealth for our communities.

 

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Sheena S. Iyengar

S. T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Sheena S. Iyengar is a world expert on choice and decision-making. Her book The Art of Choosing received the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. [ Read More ]Her research is regularly cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist as well as in popular books, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television, including the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN. Her TED Talks have collectively received almost four million views and her research continues to inform markets, businesses, and individuals around the world.

Dr. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. Growing up in New York City as a blind Indian American and the daughter of immigrants, she began to look at the choices she and others had, and how to get the most from choice. She first started researching choice as an undergrad at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a B.S. in Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University where her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” received the Best Dissertation Award. Dr. Iyengar received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002, and in 2011, 2019 and 2021, she was named a member of the Thinkers50, a global ranking of the top 50 management thinkers. She won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Core Teaching from Columbia Business School in 2012 and was named one of the World’s Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. She has also given keynotes, and consulted for companies as wide ranging as Deloitte, Google, Bloomberg, Blizzard Entertainment, J.P. Morgan & Chase, and The North Face.

In a groundbreaking, new course called "Think Bigger," Dr. Iyengar created a six step method for teaching people how to take advantage of lessons learned from neurological and cognitive science to put our minds to work when generating our best ideas. Her new book Think Bigger will be released in 2021.


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Rani Johnson

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, TIBCO Software

Rani Johnson is the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at TIBCO Software, a global leader in real-time enterprise data analytics, integration, and management. [ Read More ]

Rani has 25 years of experience in diverse technology roles, industries, and organizations. Prior to joining TIBCO, Rani was the CIO of SolarWinds, an IT software management company, and the CIO of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a Texas public utility.

In earlier roles, she was responsible for IT project management at Austin Energy and technology operations at Ventyx-ABB (industrial software) and E2open (supply chain software). Rani also has a background in technical sales and product management from her years at Intel Corporation. She began her career as a software developer at NASA - Johnson Space Center and has code deployed on the International Space Station.

Rani holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College.


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Claire Kao '20

COO and Managing Partner, GoFullPage

Claire Kao ’20 is the COO and managing partner of GoFullPage, one of the most popular browser extensions on Google Chrome, with 5 million+ users. [ Read More ]

Prior to working in technology, Claire started her career in NYC high-rise construction management at the World Trade Center complex. After four years in construction, Claire pivoted industries and is applying skills learned on the construction site to the operations of a successful indie tech business.

She holds both a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an MBA from Columbia University. Upon graduating from Columbia Business School, she was awarded the Campbell Award for the Class of 2020.


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Laura Kornhauser

CEO and Co-Founder, Stratyfy

Laura Kornhauser is the Co-founder and CEO of Stratyfy, an ethical AI company based in New York, NY. Stratyfy’s mission is to accelerate financial inclusion by providing greater transparency and less bias to critical financial decisions that impact millions of people. [ Read More ]Stratyfy's patented machine learning tools optimize risk and mitigate bias, allowing traditional banking services to safely open doors for underbanked consumers and drive impact at scale.

Prior to Stratyfy, Laura was an Executive Director at JPMorgan, focused on building risk strategies and products for the bank and its largest institutional and corporate customers. Her 12 years at JPMorgan and passion for addressing inequities in our financial system led her to found Stratyfy in 2017. Laura received her MBA from Columbia Business School, earning Dean's Honors with Distinction, and her BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University where was awarded for her thesis that correctly identified, quantified and predicted the inflating housing market bubble years before it burst. In 2020, Laura received the NYU Stern Liz Elting Deep Tech award for her leadership and work with Stratyfy in tackling the lack of transparency and bias inherent in many AI/ML driven processes.


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Costis Maglaras

Dean and David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Costis Maglaras is dean of Columbia Business School, where he also holds the title of David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business.

He is an expert in operations management, data science, and quantitative finance. [ Read More ]His research on stochastic networks and quantitative finance encompasses the theoretical as well as the practical, applying to the use of congestion pricing on communication and transportation networks; dynamic incentives in ride-hailing networks; questions of algorithmic pricing and the diffusion of information over social networks; and questions of modern market microstructure in financial markets and quantitative trading. He has received several research awards for his work.

Dean Maglaras teaches in both the MBA and PhD programs. He received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the core course Managerial Statistics, and the Dean's Award for Teaching Innovation for his work on the Technology and Analytics curriculum in Columbia's MBA and EMBA programs. He has advised 18 doctoral students who have gone into leadership positions in academia and industry.

Prior to assuming his current position, Maglaras served in several leadership roles at Columbia Business School, including that of Decision, Risk & Operations Division chair; doctoral program director; and executive committee member for the University's Data Science Institute. He is a Fellow of INFORMS; an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association; and a member of the Economic Club of New York.

In 2007, Maglaras helped found Mismi Inc., a financial technology firm that introduced innovative quantitative electronic trading algorithms and transaction analytics tools to the marketplace. He served as Mismi’s head of research through 2014. He is a frequent consultant to industry, primarily in areas of quantitative finance and electronic trading.

He received his BS in electrical engineering from Imperial College, London, and holds MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

 

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Sham Mustafa '14

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Correlation One

Sham Mustafa ’14 is the Co-founder & Co-CEO of Correlation One, an education technology company that helps countries and enterprises upskill and develop their talent for the jobs of the future. [ Read More ]Correlation One has pioneered a new education model which is 100% employer-funded and free for learners, working with customers like Amazon, Softbank, Citadel, Morgan Stanley, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Root Insurance, Ally, Match Group, and more. Correlation One also provides free, year-round training and mentorship to thousands of students and professionals from underrepresented groups and connects them with jobs. Prior to launching Correlation One, Sham directed operations at two specialty finance firms. He has also developed several national entrepreneurship development programs on behalf of the US Department of Commerce and advised more than 600 startups. He began his career as a criminal defense lawyer in India and is also a published author in technology & data science talent markets. Sham holds an MBA and MPA from Columbia University and a BA and LLB from the University of Madras, India.


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Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Valerie Purdie-Greenaway is the director of the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind (LIRSM). She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, core faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program (RWJ Columbia-site), and research fellow at the Institute for Research on African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia. [ Read More ]She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Russell Sage Foundation, Spencer Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Purdie-Greenaway was awarded the Columbia University RISE (Research Initiative in Science and Engineering) award for most innovative and cutting-edge research proposal titled, “Cells to Society” approach to reducing racial achievement gaps: Neuro-physiologic pathways involved in stereotype threat and social psychological interventions. Previously, Dr. Purdie-Greenaway served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She completed her doctoral work in psychology at Stanford University and her undergraduate work at Columbia University, where she lettered in varsity basketball.


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Robert F. Smith ’94

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners

Robert F. Smith ’94 is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Robert directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance and investor relations. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $86 billion and oversees a portfolio of more than 75 enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled companies that employ over 75,000 people worldwide. [ Read More ]Since Vista’s inception, Mr. Smith has supervised over 580 completed transactions representing more than $217 billion in aggregate transaction value.

Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents.

In 2020, Smith was named as one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.That same year, Smith signed on to the Giving Pledge, the only African American to do so.

As a tireless and outspoken advocate for social and economic justice, Smith has devoted a great deal of his time, energy, and resources to creating on-ramps of opportunity for underserved communities.

He is the founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, dedicated to preserving the African American experience; the founder of the Student Freedom Initiative, created following Smith’s 2019 gift to Morehouse College students to relieve the crushing burden of student debt for STEM students at all HBCUs; a member of the Business Roundtable’s Racial Equity & Justice Subcommittee on Education; a founding member of the World Economic Forum EDISON Alliance to accelerate digital inclusion; and is a major supporter of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. where the Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center supports archival efforts to catalog the Black experience across America. He also leads the Southern Communities Initiative alongside Dan Schulman (CEO of PayPal) and Rich Lesser (CEO of Boston Consulting Group), a catalytic program for racial equity across six southern communities that represent approximately 50% of the Black population in the U.S.


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Lisa Utzschneider

Chief Executive Officer, Integral Ad Science

Lisa Utzschneider is the Chief Executive Officer of Integral Ad Science and a member of the company’s board of directors. IAS is a global technology company that offers data and solutions to establish a safer, more effective advertising ecosystem. Lisa joined IAS as CEO in January 2019, bringing more than 20 years of digital advertising expertise and tech-industry leadership experience to the role. [ Read More ]

Prior to joining IAS, Lisa held the position of Chief Revenue Officer at Yahoo where she oversaw Yahoo's global sales organization and provided solutions for the needs of advertisers worldwide. Lisa served as CRO up through the acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon in June 2017.

Previously, Lisa was Amazon’s Vice President of Global Advertising Sales, where she developed the company’s global advertising business through product, marketing, sales, and operations strategies, driving consistent revenue growth. Prior to Amazon, Lisa spent 10 years at Microsoft culminating in her role as General Manager of the national sales and service teams where she focused on driving revenue for the company's top online advertising accounts. She also developed the U.S. advertising go-to-market strategy.

Lisa serves as a board member for the Ad Council, IAB Video Center, Bates College and Greenwich Academy. Notable honors include: She Runs It “Woman of the Year 2020,” the Adweek 50, Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising,” New York Business Journal’s “Women of Influence,” and Working Mother’s “50 Most Powerful Moms.” Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.