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Speakers 2012

Joan Blades is co-founder of and Living Room Conversations. She recently co-authored The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line,  winner of a Nautilus Book Award.  She also co-wrote The Motherhood Manifesto which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. She is a software entrepreneur, nature lover, former attorney/mediator, artist, mother and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.

Porter Gale is an internationally known public speaker, networker and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience working in marketing, advertising and independent filmmaking. Porter is a blogger for AdAge and The Huffington Post and currently working on a book titled Your Network Is Your Net Worth for Atria Books. From 2007 to 2011, she was vice president of marketing at Virgin America. Porter’s been quoted or interviewed in over 200 online, print and broadcast press outlets, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and more. Her film work has been honored by the Directors Guild of America, The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences and Filmmaker magazine.

George Gallate  is the global chairman of Euro RSCG 4D, ranked by Adweek as the largest global digital network five years in a row. George was an early pioneer of digital marketing. By 1995, he started one of Euro RSCG’s first digital agencies in Australia and then built Euro RSCG’s digital network in Asia from a Singapore base. He has served on many juries and was president of the jury for the Cannes Cyber Lions in 2002. He also gave the digital keynote at Cannes in 2001. George is a recognized industry speaker who has spoken in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Israel, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and India.

Lindsay Gottlieb, a former associate head coach of the California women’s basketball team, returned to Berkeley as its ninth head coach in program history for the 2011-12 season. In her first year at the helm, Lindsay led the Bears back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, where they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She is the first coach in Cal program history to win 20 games in her first season. The Scarsdale, N.Y., native graduated from Brown in 1999 with a BA in political science and was a member of the women’s basketball team.

Louis Gray is a program manager at Google, longtime blogger and tech startup advisor. This UC Berkeley graduate is father of three, including twins, author of more than 3,000 blog posts and is well recognized for anticipating and adopting social-networking trends. He snagged the “GOOG +1” license plate before joining the Google+ team last August and sports an obsessive collection of Android figurines.

Claire Holmes  is the associate vice chancellor of the Office of Communication and Public Affairs for UC Berkeley. She oversees media relations, internal communications, issues and crisis management, visitor and parent relations and supports the Chancellor and his Cabinet with strategic communications programs. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in May 2008, she was vice president, national media, public relations and stakeholder management for Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she led and directed national public relations and media relations for Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit integrated health plan with more than 8.4 million members, 150,000 employees and 14,000 physicians nationwide. Before assuming this position, she served as vice president of corporate communications, where she led the national internal communications activities and programs for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, she owned a consulting agency for 10 years that served national and regional clients such as Charles Schwab, IBM, Pacific Telesis, Pacific Gas and Electric, Bellcore, Chevron and Bank of America. In 2010, she was named PR Person of the Year by the national organization, PR News, and has won a number of international awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America.

Judy Hopelain is on the marketing faculty for the Haas School of Business. She teaches brand strategy and management, sponsors the Social Media Decal course, and is undergraduate faculty advisor for marketing at Haas. Her thought leadership and insight have helped to drive top- and bottom-line impact for leading companies including Visa, McKesson, Chevron, J. Crew, Mattel and Campbell’s Soup Company. Judy recently co-authored The Brand Strategy Toolkit, a how-to book, with her business partner at consulting boutique, Brand Amplitude. She has held leadership positions at multichannel retailers Patagonia and Illuminations, and at consultancies The Boston Consulting Group, Accenture and Prophet Brand Strategy.

Ram Kapoor is executive director of marketing and digital communications for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at UC Berkeley. In his marketing role, Ram is revisiting the messaging and identity standards of the university, while also providing support for campuswide initiatives such as Cal Day. In his digital role, he manages the university’s main websites—from the UC Berkeley gateway site to the NewsCenter and The Berkeley Blog. He also runs social media for the university—Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more. In his past life, Ram was an advertising copywriter/creative director, with awards at Cannes Lions, New York Fests, London International Awards and Asia Pacific Awards. In a future life, he would do it all over again.

Mary Keegan, executive director of marketing and communications in University Relations, oversees a full-service communications and donor relations team in support of campuswide institutional advancement programs and activities. The Campaign for Berkeley recently won the CASE Grand Gold for Fundraising Marketing Programs and the Gold for Institutional-wide Branding.

Richard Kurovsky is chief marketing officer of the Haas School of Business, a position he has held since 1998. Previously, he held senior-level marketing and communications positions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford University Office of Public Affairs, as well as the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

Kim Jarboe LaPean specializes in marketing communications and customer relations in higher education. She received her BA in corporate and organizational communications from Western Kentucky University. LaPean began her career at UC Berkeley in 2003, after four years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She served as marketing coordinator for Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP), supporting Cal Dining, the campus card office and other residential student programs until 2007, when she transitioned to a communications role for University Health Services, expanding her skills to include health care marketing and crisis communications.

Kathleen Lu is the principal designer in IST’s Software Engineering group. Previously, she was the communications and project manager in central Human Resources at UC Berkeley. Kathleen joined Berkeley five years ago after a cross-country move from New York. She has a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in interactive telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Steve McConnell, web managing editor in the Office of Public Affairs, has spent more than three decades trying to keep up with the communications business. A recovering journalist, he was national/foreign editor for newspapers in Chicago, Minneapolis and Connecticut, covering wars, elections and other natural disasters. Reading the writing on the wall, he stepped out of dead-trees publishing in time to help launch AOL’s Canadian service, escape the bomb nearly unscathed, and arrive at UC Berkeley a decade ago as the builder and founding editor of the NewsCenter. He has presented at national higher education communications conferences, filled the tubes of the Interwebs with photos and websites, and written no books for software engineers (that’s some other Steve McConnell, you Googlers!)

Jon Schainker is an award-winning documentary film producer with over 20-years experience creating a wide variety of broadcast and new media productions for outfits like National Geographic, Discovery Communications and NBC News.  Having  taught university courses in audio and video production, sound design and the creative process, Jon enjoys engaging with others to translate diverse visions into reality. For the past five years, Jon has worked with Educational Technology Services at UC Berkeley, producing films for a wide range of schools and departments on subjects ranging from distinguished teaching to the future of synthetic biology. He also serves as a member of the Educational Technology Leadership Group and as a media consultant for the UC Online Education initiative.

Sybil Kelly Wartenberg is the communications lead for Berkeley’s Campus Shared Services (CSS) implementation team. She specializes in internal and external communications, with a focus on creating programs that inspire action. Prior to Berkeley, Sybil was a director in Kaiser Permanente’s national brand strategy and public relations department, where she worked on multiple initiatives, including the roll out of the “Thrive” campaign and efforts to elevate the Kaiser Permanente brand through media and public relations. Sybil has also worked at both Access Communications and Golin Harris, creating and implementing communications strategies for nonprofit, high-tech and consumer clients. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and comes from a family of proud Berkeley alumni. Her child’s first word was “Oski.”

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