e@nu Speakers

Robbie Bach

Chief Creator of Xbox

Robbie BachThursday, November 19, 2015
ITW Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
4 PM - 6 PM

Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. As the Chief Xbox Officer starting in 1999, Robbie led the creation and development of the Xbox video game franchise. He led the Xbox team from its startup phase all the way through to the launch of the award-winning Xbox 360 console, as well as the highly successful online gaming service, Xbox Live. In 2010, Robbie retired from Microsoft as the President of the Entertainment and Devices Division and was responsible for all of Microsoft's gaming, music, video, phone, and retail sales businesses.

In his new role as a speaker, author, and civic engineer, Robbie inspires engagement on civic issues and dedicates his efforts to providing strategies and consulting to organizations driving positive change. His speaking credits include multiple keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the E3 Expo gaming conference. He has also keynoted the Boe Forum on Public Affairs and guest lectures regularly at schools such as UCLA, Notre Dame, Boston College, Santa Clara University, Harvey Mudd, and Seattle University. He has served as the Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Honors Professor at the University of North Carolina, co-teaching a class on public policy entrepreneurship.

Robbie was an Arjay Miller Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA, and a Morehead Scholar at UNC where he graduated with highest honors in economics and was also named an Academic All-American on the Tar Heel’s tennis team. In 2015, Robbie completed his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.

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Nikhil Sethi

Co-founder of Adaptlly

Nikhil SethiThursday, November 5, 2015
ITW Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
4 PM - 5:30 PM

Nikhil Sethi is the co-founder of Adaptly, an innovator in marketing technology. Adaptly has propelled businesses forward by combining all autonomous marketing platforms into one media buying technology, allowing businesses to create ads and deploy them across multiple social ad platforms instantly.  

Nikhil earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. He became an entrepreneur before he even left here, co-founding blurtt LLC, a social networking site, and starting on Adaptly before he graduated.

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Alex Kazim

Senior Vice President of Hewlett Packard

Alex KazimThursday, November 12, 2015
The Garage
12 PM - 2 PM

Alex Kazim is a Senior Vice President at Hewlett Packard. He is responsible for running B2C eCommerce, and has been in this role since November 2012. HP is currently one of the largest global information technology companies in the world, bringing in more than $100 billion in annual revenue.

Before joining HP, Alex held many leadership positions in cutting-edge, digital companies. He served as a Senior Vice President at eBay, a Vice President at PayPal, and most recently, as the President of Skype. Additionally, Alex co-founded a story-sharing service, Tokoni, Inc. in 2010. He is married to fellow entrepeneur and 2015 e@nu speaker, Mary Lou Song.

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Kristin McDonnell

COO and CMO of SoHalo

Kristin McDonnellFriday, November 13, 2015
The Garage
4 PM - 6 PM

Kristin McDonnell is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who works at the forefront of innovations in cloud platforms, marketing, advertising, social, and mobile. She is the Chief Operating Officer of SoHalo, an engagement marketing platform for enterprises.

Over her 25 year tech career, Kristin has been a member of multiple exec teams which raised over $150 million in venture capital, resulting in two IPOs and acquisitions by AT&T, AOL, and MTV. One of her areas of focus is forging partnerships between start-ups and Fortune 100 companies including Verizon, Google, Apple, AT&T, IBM, and NBCU.

As an entrepreneur, Kristin was the Co-Founder, CEO, and Chairman of LimeLife, one of the first mobile app publishers, founded in 2004, four years before the launch of the iPhone. Distributed by the major wireless carriers, LimeLife became the #1 most-visited mobile lifestyle site. The company was acquired in 2010.

Kristin’s tech career began as a Northwestern engineering student working at IBM in Chicago. She credits her Northwestern computer science classes for sparking her enduring dedication to software-driven innovations. Kristin also has a Harvard MBA.

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