Santa Clara University


Below is a list of our confirmed speakers.  Speakers are subject to change at any time without notice.

Lisa Navarette, VP of Managed Cloud Services Sales, Oracle

Kristal Dehnad, Managing Director Partner Relations and Programs, Stanford Management Company

Cory M. Cory Zwerling, CEO & Chair, Serenium

M. Cory Zwerling is an entrepreneur and senior health care executive with over 20 years leading   healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical businesses. He is CEO and Chair of Serenium, a health care start-up focused in identifying, diagnosing and treating sleep and respiratory issues. He teaches a finance class at Foothill Community college. Previously as President of Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, he established this company's global marketplace leadership and drove profitability. Cory was a Board Director of a public health care company. He has worked with Start-Up Founders developing business plans, negotiating business development partnerships and achieving performance milestones. Cory served as CEO of a biotech company ZosanoPharma. He has international experience running businesses in Asia & Australia

IMG_2673 Rochelle Fernandes, Director of Operations, Global Enagement Office, Santa Clara University

Rochelle serves as the Director of Operations in the Global Engagement Office at SCU.She is a career-center   mentor and guest speaker for organizations such as Dress for Success and the Ascent Employment Program.

Prior to joining SCU, Rochelle has led business operations and finance functions at high-tech companies such as has VMware, Cisco, Altera and Xilinx and begun her career in the airline industry 15 years ago.  She is passionate about helping others find their inner voice and enjoys empowering people to create ease in their lives by living in alignment with their true nature and purpose.

Hilary HendershottHilary Hendershott, Founder & Chief Executive of Hilary Hendershott Financial

Hilary is a financial coach, money mindset expert, and experienced wealth manager. She has worked for nearly 15 years with people who want to preserve their wealth, make it grow, and eliminate financial stress once and for all.

She's regularly featured in Forbes, BBC On-line, Investopedia, NPR's Marketplace and Women 2.0. She has been interviewed multiple times by the Wall Street Journal. Her articles are syndicated nationally and she's a columnist in DailyWorth's Connect platform for financial experts. She's the go-to personal finance expert in Silicon Valley for the NBC evening news where they call her "The Investor' Voice of Reason".

This year, Hilary has announced her campaign to empower one million women to become millionaires. Her passion is empowering women to take control of their money and happiness, and achieve their financial goals.

mank_140Dr. Darrel Mank, Professor of Practice at SCU, Start-up expert

Dr. Darrel A. (Del) Mank is an experienced executive in the high technology industry and has been deeply involved with starting successful new businesses and leading significant growth in large corporations. He has an extensive international business background and his career has included both public and privately held companies. His managerial expertise includes product development, design, marketing and sales, operations, and general business management.

Del is currently working with a technology start-up that solves cloud memory access performance bottleneck problems to develop their market entry strategy and business model. He works as an executive coach and as management consultant to high technology start-up companies for whom he integrates technology, R&D, financial, and general management expertise.

Dr. Mank lectures at the Leavey School of Business of Santa Clara University in both the MBA and undergraduate programs. Del is active in both the international SCU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship [CIE] with Fulbright scholars and in the SCU California Program for Entrepreneurship [CAPE]. In both programs, he has developed teaching modules targeted at skill development for start-up executives and served as a business advisor to the nascent companies. Dr. Mank has created a successful 2-Day MBA seminar to familiarize engineering organizations and managers with the business, marketing, and financial world in which they work. His areas of teaching specialty are 1) Innovation Strategy and Technology Management, 2) Managing Start-Up companies, and 3) International Business and Management.

Most recently, Dr. Mank was on the Board of Directors of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and was a member & chairman of Tundra's audit committee. Tundra had a successful IPO and grew to $90M [Canadian], rebuilt after the crash, and was acquired in 2007.. Prior to Tundra, Del was with Cadence Design Systems as the Senior Vice President of Design Services. He was COO at Acumos and led a 15X revenue growth over a two year period. The company was acquired by Cirrus Logic for a >20X return. Del continued with Cirrus as Vice President and General Manager—Portable Products and Vice President of New Product Development. Earlier, Del was with VLSI Technology as Vice President and General Manager of ASIC and Vice President of ASIC Operations. He began his high-tech career with Texas Instruments where he held a number of engineering and general management level positions—and helped start two new product divisions.

Dr. Mank holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and a BSEE from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a MBA from the University of Dallas. He has researched and published in the area of managing R&D expenditures in high tech companies for best shareholder returns.


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