Speakers To Date

Doug Collom

Doug-Collom_3Doug Collom, vice dean of Wharton | San Francisco, oversees all activities that affect the San Francisco campus, including outreach activities at the Bay Area location and in other regions up and down the West Coast. He has held that post since 2009. Collom, who is from the San Francisco Bay Area, was a corporate partner for more than 20 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a preeminent technology law firm based in Silicon Valley.

He represented companies ranging from early-stage startups to significant public companies. He is an adjunct professor of management and co-teaches a course on venture capital and start-ups with management professor Raffi Amit at Wharton | San Francisco and at Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia. Collom received his JD from the UCLA School of Law and his BA from Stanford University.


Charlotte Coker Gibson

Charlotte Coker GibsonCharlotte Coker Gibson, director, corporate responsibility, has served in leadership positions in the areas of diversity and inclusion, human resources and corporate responsibility during her eight years with PwC. She is currently a director on PwC’s corporate responsibility team, responsible for leading and driving initiatives in support of the firm’s youth education pillar.

In this role, Gibson identifies and implements employee engagement strategies, non-profit partnerships and volunteer opportunities aligned with PwC’s Earn Your Future commitment, an initiative to improve the financial competency of American youth.

Before joining PwC, Gibson was the vice president of corporate volunteer development at the Points of Light Foundation, the world’s leading nonprofit volunteer organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public communications with a minor in international business from American University.


Megan De Lena

meganMegan De Lena teaches business, entrepreneurship and diversified occupations at Pottsgrove High in Pottstown, Pa. De Lena began her teaching career in 2000 in the Pottstown School District, where in 2004 she was named Pottstown’s Teacher of the Year. In 2005, after she moved to the Pottsgrove School District, she started DECA in Pottsgrove and developed popular business and marketing courses.

Most recently, De Lena started an entrepreneurship course based on operating a school store with an online component. She was also instrumental in opening a credit union branch at the school offering on-site banking to students and staff. Prior to her teaching career, she worked in management in a variety of service industries, including amusement parks, restaurants, hotels, fitness centers and real estate. De Lena graduated from Princeton University in 1984 and earned a master’s degree in education from Temple University.


Anne Donovan

anneAs the U.S. and West Cluster transformation leader for human capital at PwC, Anne Donovan is responsible for strategy and innovation around culture change. She has a strong background in operational effectiveness and in engaging and supporting the firm and its people in leading positive change, including a variety of initiatives related to work environment, workforce demographics and business models.

Donovan leads the firm’s Flexibility2TM initiative — changing the firm’s business model by injecting flexibility into the culture, while meeting changing business needs. She is a recognized expert in understanding the next generation of workers, speaking on the topic at numerous events, including the Great Place to Work Institute’s annual conference.

Partnering with the University of Southern California and the London Business School, Donovan co-authored PwC’s NextGen global study – a look into how millennials view and impact the workplace. Donovan also works closely with PwC’s global network of firms to share best practices and to support PwC’s global human capital strategy.

Donovan resides in Los Angeles with her twin girls, Grace and Kathryn.


Diana Drake

Diana Drake is managing editor of Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), an initiative of the Wharton School that promotes financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and teachers around the world. Drake has been working as a business journalist for more than 22 years. She spent 10 years as a reporter, award-winning writer and ultimately managing editor for NJBIZ, New Jersey’s only weekly, statewide business publication, before leaving in 2001 to start a freelance writing and editing business.

Since then, she has written numerous business feature articles, produced monthly newsletters, managed the writing and editing for several magazine supplements, and led the content development for dynamic projects like the Goldman Sachs Knowledge@Wharton 10,000 Women e-portal. 10,000 Women promotes the power of entrepreneurship to transform emerging economies, and the portal features the stories of enterprising women and their businesses. Drake has focused much of her energy since 2008 on developing KWHS, which launched in March 2011.


Michael Fenlon

Michael Fenlon serves as the U.S. and global talent leader for PwC. He has responsibility for employer branding and social media, talent acquisition, analytics and talent management. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles in human capital since joining PwC, including in strategy and operations.

Fenlon is a psychologist with expertise in strategic and organizational change, talent management and leadership development. He directed executive programs, including: Highlights of the MBA, the Leadership Development Program, and the Columbia Senior Executive Program, as well as custom programs for global clients. He was a faculty member of the Columbia Business School executive education team, which was ranked No. 1 in the world by The Financial Times.

Fenlon is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Management. He has been featured in The Financial Times, The New York Times and Fox Television Business News. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Columbia University, where he received three master’s degrees and a Ph.D.


Jim French

Jim French has worked at PwC for nearly 26 years. He currently serves as a partner in PwC’s National Professional Services Group as well as the San Jose Office Corporate Responsibility Partner Champion. Previously, he was the PwC Austin Office Managing Partner for 5 years and has served audit clients in the technology sector in our Austin, San Francisco, San Jose, and Hartford offices. His past clients span the continuum from a Fortune 50 multinational corporation to VC-backed startups in the software, internet, semiconductor, life science and computer and peripherals industries. In his current role as Corporate Responsibility Partner Champion, Jim leads all San Jose office efforts related to achieving PwC’s three principal corporate responsibility missions: Developing Future Leaders, Maintaining a Sustainable Environment, and Promoting Diversity and Inclusion.

French graduated magna cum laude in 1988 from the University of Connecticut with a B.S./B.A. in Accounting. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California and Connecticut and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.


Lisa Gassmann

Lisa Gassmann leads corporate responsibility initiatives in the PwC San Jose, Calif. office. Gassmann brings to PwC a 14-year educational background developed at The Harker School in San Jose. At Harker, she wore many hats, ranging from playground recreation staff planning and afterschool activity execution, to athletic coach for all seasonal sports. She also served as a summer camp group counselor and ultimately, a summer camp administrator.

At PwC, Gassmann works closely with superintendents, principals and teachers, as well as the executive directors of education-oriented not-for-profits, to plan, coordinate, organize and manage the dozens of volunteering events around PwC’s Earn Your Future mission.


Jim Henry

Jim Henry joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1981 and was admitted to the partnership in 1991. He is currently the San Francisco managing partner for PwC and works with several major healthcare and technology clients in Northern California. Jim has held numerous leadership positions with PwC, including serving on the U.S. Leadership Team as the firm’s industries and sectors leader, the U.S. and global health industries leader and co-chair of the Technology Industry Group. Jim helped launch the PwC Health Research Institute, which develops thought leadership on emerging issues in the health industries, and serves on the editorial board of PwC’s Thought Leadership Institute.

Henry serves on the boards of INROADS, Larkin Street Youth Services, Bay Area Council, San Francisco Symphony, SDSU School of Accountancy, UCSF Global Health Group and Bay Area Economic Institute. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in accounting from San Diego State University.


Mauro F. Guillén

Mauro F. GuillénMauro F. Guillén is director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a research-and-teaching program on management and international relations. His current research deals with the internationalization of the firm and the impact of globalization on patterns of organization. His most recent books include Global turning Points (2012) and Emerging Markets Rule (2012).

He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Economist, Business Mexico, Bloomberg TV, BBC, Forbes, Hispanic Business and Foreign Policy, among others.

In addition to being a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Guillén was a member of the University of Oviedo team that won the Spain National Basketball University championship in 1987. He holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a PhD in political economy from the University of Oviedo.


Mahir Jethanandani

Mahir JethanandaniMahir Jethanandani, a rising senior at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif., is president and co-founder of the Youth Board of Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), an organization that champions financial education and inclusion for youth around the world. He won the International Youth Finance Champion Award for his research and work with CYFI this past May. In his role as president, he represents the United States and the Americas at G20 meetings, CYFI conferences, United Nations conferences, and the like.

The CYFI Youth Board traveled to the UN in May to propose to the General Assembly the formation of a Youth Assembly to give youth a stronger voice in issues like financial education and literacy. The General Assembly is expected to vote on this in a month or so. If it goes through, Jethanandani will be the secretariat of the UN Youth Assembly. He is passionate about financial literacy and economics, and his investment team, Toga Investments, was a finalist this May in the KWHS-Aberdeen Investment Competition.


Cassie Mogilner

Cassie MogilnerCassie Mogilner is a professor in the Marketing Department at Wharton. She earned her PhD in Marketing from Stanford and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia. She is an award winning teacher, and currently teaches Strategic Brand Management to Wharton MBAs and undergrads.

Mogilner’s research focuses on happiness, highlighting the role of time. She has examined such questions as how focusing on time (rather than money) increases happiness, how the meaning of happiness changes over the course of one’s lifetime, and how much happiness people enjoy from extraordinary versus ordinary experiences. Mogilner’s research has been published in such top-tier academic journals as Psychological Science and the Journal of Consumer Research, and her work has been featured on NPR and in such publications as The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post.


Justin O’Connor

Justin O'ConnorJustin O’Connor is a director in PWC’s financial services technology consulting practice. He has more than 15 years of industry and consulting experience with banking and capital market clients in the financial services industry. He specializes in helping clients to solve complex strategy, operations and technology issues. O’Connor this year developed a partnership with the Beacon Initiative (community schools) to pilot a program where PWC team members teach a full financial literacy curriculum, over a semester, to middle and high school students.

O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s degree in information technology from the University of Denver. He resides in Oakland, Calif., with his fiancée, Korri.


Louisa Quittman

Louisa M. Quittman is director of the office of financial education in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Consumer Policy where she is responsible for policy development and coordination related to promoting the financial decision making of Americans. She also coordinates the interagency Financial Literacy and Education Commission and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Her role includes overseeing research related to financial education, financial access, consumer lending and related topics.

Previously, Quittman served as director of community programs for the Department of the Treasury, focusing on financial access in traditionally underserved communities. In addition, she was program manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and spent nine years in various positions at the CDFI Fund.


Sachin Rekhi

A self-proclaimed Silicon Valley entrepreneur, product guy and software engineer, Sachin Rekhi is founder & CEO of Connected, a professional contact manager that brings your contacts and conversations together in one place. Connected was acquired by LinkedIn in October 2011 and relaunched as LinkedIn Contacts in April 2013.

Prior to Connected, Rekhi co-founded Anywhere.FM, a web music player that allowed users to upload, play, and discover music online. Anywhere.FM was acquired by imeem in January 2008. In addition, Rekhi held marketing, product management and engineering roles at Microsoft, Paetec Communications and Goldman Sachs.

Rekhi earned a BS in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in finance from The Wharton School.


Shannon Schuyler

Shannon L. Schuyler has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 16 years and is currently the corporate responsibility (CR) leader and an officer of the board for the PwC Charitable Foundation. She oversees programs that unite the firm’s internal strategy around social and environmental responsibility, aligning each initiative to PwC’s overall business strategy.

In this role, Schuyler has ownership of PwC’s US corporate responsibility goals, including a $160 million commitment to youth education — with a focus on financial literacy — called PwC’s Earn Your Future; a $10 million annual commitment to probono services; a 30% firm-wide carbon reduction goal by FY’16; and 100% staff and partner engagement in the firm’s culture of giving.

She is a sought after expert on CR in the areas of social innovation, youth education and financial literacy, probono and implications on the environmental impact of service organizations.


G. Richard Shell

G. Richard ShellRichard Shell, a professor of legal studies, business ethics and management at Wharton, is the creator of Wharton’s popular “Success Course.” His latest book is Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success (Penguin/Portfolio 2013).

A well-known expert on negotiation and interpersonal influence, he directs two executive education programs for working professionals – one on negotiation and the other on strategic persuasion. His other books include: The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas (Penguin/Portfolio 2007) (with Mario Moussa), Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People (2nd Edition, Penguin 2006) and Make the Rules or Your Rivals Will (Crown Business 2004). He has presented to top business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the World Negotiation Forum in New York City. His students have ranged from Navy SEALs and Fortune 500 CEOs to front-line teachers and nurses.