Kate Purmal is a pathological optimist and accomplished visionary who brings out the brilliance in leaders and their teams. She has over 15 years of experience working as a CEO, COO and CFO to start-ups and privately held technology and life sciences companies. Kate previously served as a Senior Vice President at SanDisk and was on Palm Inc.’s founding management team. Kate regularly works with executives, leaders and their teams to initiate game-changing initiatives by launching Moonshots. She is co-author of The Moonshot Effect, Disrupting Business as Usual.
As a serial entrepreneur and expert in launching successful new companies, Kate co-founded and served as CEO of the software joint venture U3 (merged with SanDisk in 2007), co-founded Liquid Machines (acquired by Check Point Software Technologies in 2010), and was a member of the founding management team at Palm, Inc (acquired by US Robotics in 1995). She advises CEOs of startups backed by Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Sierra Ventures, the Omidyar Network and other top-tier investors.
Mr. Rand L. Rosenberg served as Chief Financial Officer of Blucora, Inc. until January 2001. Mr. Rosenberg served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development at PG&E Corporation from November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2011. Mr. Rosenberg was responsible for developing Pg & E Corp.’s long-term strategic plan and evaluating growth opportunities, including asset acquisitions and mergers within the energy sector. Mr. Rosenberg spent more than a decade in the field of investment banking. He served as the Managing Director and Head of Global Telecommunications Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers. He also held senior positions at Goldman Sachs & Co., Lehman Brothers and Montgomery Securities after serving as Head of Corporate Development at the Pacific Telesis Group. Mr. Rosenberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Infospace in Bellevue, Wash., where he was responsible for overseeing the financial organization and heading up Pg & E Corp.’s corporate development efforts. Mr. Rosenberg left InfoSpace in January 2001. He serves as a Director of WildAid, Inc. Mr. Rosenberg earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College.
Diana Saca is the Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and a General Partner at EnterVentures. She is based in the San Francisco office of the firm. Diana has over ten years experience in representing both privately held and publicly traded high technology, retail, entertainment, and real estate companies. Diana was a named Partner with Hagan, Saca and Hagan Law Corporation for seven years. She served as outside General Counsel to many of her high technology start up clients and has advised them through all aspects of formation, funding, intellectual property protection, securities regulation, licensing, employment issues, general business structure, and strategy. Ms. Saca was a Member and Associate Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. She holds degrees in Political Science and Administration of Justice. Ms. Saca completed certification with the Hong Kong International & Comparative Law Institute in 1989 and obtained her Law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Mohamed Amersi is actively engaged in the full spectrum of activities ranging from for-profit, responsible-profit and no-profit. He is the Founder & CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures, an entrepreneurial Emerging Markets Consulting, Advisory and Asset Management firm specialising in Telecoms, Media & Technology. The non-profit activities are directed through the The Amersi Foundation, which actively supports causes and charities in Education, Poverty, Conflict and Religion in Africa, Middle East and Asia. More recently, while at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School where he earned a distinction and was cited on the Dean’s list, Mohamed launched the Inclusive Ventures Group, a social impact investing platform that has invested in education, livelihood, health and waste management in Africa and Asia.
Founder of the Human Thread Foundation, Lisa Kristine is an acclaimed humanitarian photographer. She creates more than images, she inspires change. A master storyteller, Lisa documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries on six continents, instinctively identifying the universal human dignity in all of us. Awakening compassion and igniting action in a worldwide audience with powerful, broad-sweeping images of courage and tender, intimate portrayals, Lisa elevates significant social causes—such as the elimination of human slavery and the unification of humanity—to missions. Her work resonates in the heart and moves us to act.