Fall CIE Speaker Series with Cheryl Breetwor Evans
Leavey School of Business Dean Drew Starbird (left) and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs Dan Aguiar (right) welcome Cheryl Breetwor Evans (MBA '78), as the guest speaker for the first CIE Speaker Series of the 2010-2011 academic year. The signature event of our Global Entrepreneurship Week activities was held on Wednesday, November 17, in the Recital Hall.
Co-Founder of ShareData, Inc (acquired by E*Trade)
About our Speaker:
Cheryl Breetwor-Evans began her professional career as an elementary school teacher. After earning her MBA from Santa Clara University in 1978, she went to work for Rolm Corporation as their Manager of Investor Relations and Insurance. In 1981 she left Rolm and began consulting in the area of employee stock plans.
In a joint venture with Ross Systems, Apple Computer, and Intel, she developed the first employee stock option accounting system. In 1984 she teamed up with Pat Ontko to form ShareData, a stock equity management system, and together they brought a pc-based stock option accounting system to the market.
Fourteen years later, when the company had 150 employees, more than 1500 customers, and annual revenues of $20,000,000, it was acquired by E*Trade.
In 1998 Cheryl was recognized by the Career Action Center as Woman of the Year and by Santa Clara as MBA alumna of the year. She was also a 2008 recipient of the SCU Leavey School of Business Leader's Legacy Award. Cheryl helped launch Santa Clara University's Certified Equity Professionals Institute, now one of the leading certification programs in the nation for equity compensation professionals. Her expertise is often tapped by congressional staff and industry leaders when addressing employee stock options.
After the E*Trade acquisition, Cheryl happily retired to spend time with her two children Alyssa and Aaron and begin a new career volunteering. She currently spends her free time taking watercolor classes, gardening, and working with her husband, Eric, on real estate ventures.