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Leader's Legacy Awards Presented Nov. 1
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 7 -- Five Silicon Valley leaders were honored with the Leader's Legacy Award from Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business on Nov. 1.
ShareData founder Cheryl Breetwor-Evans, Alliance Semiconductor founder Damodar 'Dan' Reddy, telecom investor George Sollman, and Hewlett Packard veterans William Terry and Janice Arnold Terry received the awards during the second annual Leader's Legacy Celebration, sponsored by the school's advisory board. The celebration dinner was held on campus in the new business school building, Donald L. Lucas Hall.
"These individuals have made a difference for the Silicon Valley and for the Leavey School of Business," said Barry Z. Posner, dean and professor of leadership, when announcing the recipients. "The legacy they have created for Santa Clara University and our business community continues to influence our students, faculty, and the industries that flourish here."
Cheryl Breetwor-Evans earned her MBA from SCU in 1978, and went on develop ShareData, a stock equity management system that was purchased by e*Trade in 1998. She helped launch SCU's Certified Equity Professionals Institute, now one of the leading certification programs in the nation for equity compensation professionals, in 1989. Her expertise is often tapped by congressional staff and industry leaders when addressing employee stock options.
N. Damodar "Dan" Reddy received his MBA in 1975 from SCU, where, as part of his studies, he wrote the business plan that became Modular Semiconductor. He has since launched two additional successful companies, Alliance Semiconductor and Sutisoft, and is incubating four startups. His son, Sri Reddy, received his MBA from Santa Clara University in 1991.
George Sollman was part of the growth of technology in Silicon Valley from its start in the 1970s, where he began as part of Shugart Corporation's executive team. He has served as CEO, president, and chairman of the board of several public and privately held companies, including Centigram Communications Corporation, and @Motion (now OpenWave), which he also founded. He is founder and chairman of Arabesque Investments LLC, and is one of the most active members of the Leavey School of Business Advisory Board, which he led as chair from 2001 through 2004.
William and Janice Arnold Terry have their roots in the early days of Hewlett Packard, where Bill was executive vice president for the firm's instrument and design systems group, and where Jan led the company's technical, administrative, and sales resources team for its largest reseller. Bill is a trustee of Santa Clara University. Both are SCU graduates, with Bill receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1955, and Jan earning her MBA in 1979. Over the last 10 years, the couple has endowed professorships in the engineering and business schools.
The Leader's Legacy Award was established in 2007 to recognize exemplary Silicon Valley leaders whose work reflects the five leadership practices identified by best-selling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart). The first honorees of the award were major donors to the Business School's building campaign, including Donald L. Lucas, Silicon Valley venture capitalist and lead donor to the campaign.
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