The People Behind the Mission
National Board of Directors
EVP and Head of Corporate Development Partnerships and International Growth, Uptake
Jay Allardyce is the EVP and Head of Corporate Development Partnerships and International Growth at Uptake. As the former Chief Operating Officer for GE’s Power’s Digital Solutions business, he was responsible for scaling the P/L, Partner Ecosystem, IoT growth, M&A, operations creating and driving digital industrial software solutions through central generation, renewables, T&D and prosumer segments. A drive to democratize data for electricity.
Upon joining GE in February 2015, Jay was the Executive Head of Software Strategy and Solutions for GE’s Power & Water business focused on Power Generation Services. He led the overall software portfolio, business development, and marketing, growing IoT connectivity 7x and with the team won the first APM and OO customers.
Prior to GE, Mr. Allardyce spent 15 years with Hewlett-Packard and notably the last three as Vice President (GM and COO) of Hewlett-Packard Software; a $4 billion dollar enterprise software business. He was responsible for driving a growth turnaround across a portfolio focused on applications development, IT operations, big data, security and marketing solutions. Specifically, he drove critical efforts to rebuild SW’s GTM model, product management discipline, SaaS operations and M&A integration discipline driving value creation for recent acquisitions in security and big data (e.g. – Arcsight, Vertica). He helped form and run the spin-off of the marketing solutions BU ($250M), which grew double digits first year. (was acquired by OpenText in June ‘16)
Prior, Jay led the strategic business development efforts for Vertica Systems, a Boston based Big Data Company, to scale the ecosystem and channel programs across SI’s and technology partners.
Before Vertica, Jay was the founder and GM of HP’s Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM) business focused on Big Data for Cleantech and created the New Business Incubation Unit in
the Enterprise Group; an incubator that scaled new businesses in healthcare, cloud, retail and media/entertainment.
Previously, he was a Director in HP’s Strategy and Corporate Development (SCD) group. He successfully led a number of acquisitions and integrations across PC gaming, mobility, thin clients, networking, software and services, ~$15B+ in value to HP. Jay started his career coding B2B and EAI solutions as a technical consultant.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He attended Oregon State University focused on civil engineering and has a B.S. in Business & MIS from CSU Chico. He started, ran and advises a number of startups and is an avid cyclist and mountain biker out of work. A native of the Bay Area, he resides in Danville with his wife and three daughters.
Hale Boggs is a leading legal and business advisor to entrepreneurs and investors in emerging companies, with a particular focus on digital media. From Los Angeles to Silicon Valley and beyond, he works with innovative technology companies across the spectrum of their business cycles, from start-up through late-stage. Hale focuses on venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and joint ventures.
Hale represents numerous venture capital funds in Southern and Northern California, advising funds and their portfolio companies in a wide range of corporate transactions as they raise and deploy capital across the entertainment, media and technology industries.
Hale regularly acts as outside general counsel to his clients, drawing on more than thirty years of experience to provide strategic corporate counseling on issues including equity compensation matters, SEC reporting and disclosure, complex corporate partnering transactions, intellectual property licensing, and corporate governance.
Hale has been recognized as a top lawyer in multiple consecutive years by Best Lawyers in America, the Daily Journal, and Lawdragon 500, and he has been named several times to Variety’s Legal Impact Report—one of the most prestigious accolades in the media and entertainment industry.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Hale was chair of the media, technology, and advertising division and venture capital/emerging companies practice of a prominent national legal and professional services firm.
University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1986.
Member, UCLA Law Review.
Stanford University, B.A., with honors, 1983.
MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES
Admitted to practice in California.
Member, California State Bar Association, Century City Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Member of the Board of Directors of BizWorld Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on teaching business fundamentals and entrepreneurship to school-children throughout the United States and internationally.
HONORS & AWARDS
The Best Lawyers in America, 2000-2010.
Named as one of the “500 New Stars, New Worlds” in the Lawdragon guide.
Co-Author, “Deal With It,” Daily Journal, July 18, 2008.
Managing Director, Corporate Venture Investments & Commercial Development, GE Ventures
Lisa Coca leads GE Ventures’ Corporate Practice Group which selectively invests in start-ups focused on improving corporate productivity and operational efficiencies. She is also the architect and lead of GE Ventures' EDGE program which leverages the global scale, expertise and resources of GE to provide partners with programs, tools, information, and education to help them build, grow and scale their enterprise.
Prior to joining GE Ventures, Lisa was the Managing Director, Head of GE Real Estate Global Sustainability, an energy efficiency program with a goal of reducing the environmental footprint across GE’s global portfolio of commercial real estate. Lisa’s career has also spanned a number of other disciplines including finance, sales & marketing, strategy, and business development at major financial institutions such as GE Capital, Bankers Trust, and Deutsche Bank.
Lisa is a member of the Executive Committee for the Bay Area Women’s Philanthropy Network and also serves as a mentor for SHE-CAN which builds female leadership by supporting disadvantaged young women from post-conflict countries in their pursuit of higher education. She graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and lives in Los Altos with her husband and three children.
Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mr. Draper serves on the boards of Skype, SocialText, Glam, MailFrontier and Chroma Graphics. His original suggestion to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and YahooMail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses. He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), Overture.com (OVER), Digidesign (AVID), Preview Travel (TVLY), Four11 (YHOO), Combinet (CSCO), and Redgate (AOL). Mr. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded Wasatch Ventures (Salt Lake City), Zone Ventures (LA), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC) and DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara). As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Mr. Draper is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV radio, and headline appearances. Mr. Draper is also the course creator and founder of BizWorld, a 501c3 organization built around simulated teaching of entrepreneurship and business to children. He served on the California State Board of Education. In November of 2000, Mr. Draper launched a statewide cyber-initiative on school choice for the California General Election. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Harry Gould has over 20 years of leadership experience building global sales and alliance strategy. Mr. Gould is the Vice President of Worldwide Alliances, and Channels at HP Software a Hewlett-Packard Company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Alliances at Informatica Corporation. Prior to joining Informatica, Harry Gould most recently ran WW Alliances for Mercury Interactive (now part of HP Software) for 4 years. He joined Mercury in January of 2003 and grew the alliance revenue from 80M to over 300M. He signed global relationships with the likes of SAP, Wipro, Accenture, EDS, and CSC. In addition, he built a WW Alliance Program that now numbers over 300 active resellers, regional integrators, and consulting firms. Gould was Vice President of Global Alliances for SeeBeyond Technology Corporation. When he joined the company in 1999, it ranked twelfth in market share among Enterprise Application Integration companies. Gould drove partner revenue growth to 60% of overall company license revenue as the company increased revenues eight fold. When SeeBeyond (now part of Sun Microsystems) went public in 2000, it was recognized as a market leader. As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Chordiant Software, he developed the sales, alliance and consulting strategy enabling the company to achieve $10 million in revenue its first year (1997) which paved the way for a successful IPO in 2000. Gould was at Oracle Corporation for nearly ten years (1987-1996) where he held several regional sales and marketing management positions including senior director, US marketing, which reported directly to the president of Oracle USA (Raymond Lane). A key designer of Oracle's distribution strategy, he began the global alliances programs, ultimately managing all of Oracle's strategic system integrator relationships on a global basis. His other corporate experience includes major account selling assignments for Xerox Corporation and UCCEL (now a Computer Associates company). Gould has a BA from UCLA and graduated Cum Laude.
Gould resides in Palo Alto, California and has three children. He also serves on the board of three non-profit agencies including BizWorld. Gould has also completed continuing education programs at Stanford and Wharton.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments
Michael Lacorazza is Executive Vice President, Head of Integrated Marketing at Wells Fargo. In this enterprise role, Michael leads the development of scaled, integrated marketing campaigns across all lines of business and the management of key customer touch points: retail, media, digital and direct.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Michael was the Managing Director, Retail Marketing at TD Ameritrade. His responsibilities included creation of an enterprise-wide marketing plan and segmentation strategy, leading CRM initiatives, and all digital marketing efforts for the firm. Before TD Ameritrade, Michael was Vice President, Group Director at Digitas - where he led relationships across a variety of clients, including automotive, hospitality and media. Michael also held senior marketing positions at Marriott International and the Lexus Division of Toyota.
Diana Moy is SVP, Head of Wealth Management Digital at U.S. Bank, where for more than five years she has led the strategy, development, and management of online and mobile services provided to wealth management clients spanning retail to ultra-high net worth segments for the fifth largest bank in the U.S. Her scope of responsibilities includes digital capabilities for trust, brokerage, private banking, and advice & guidance, with tools such as automated investing and financial planning, as well as the public wealth management website.
She has extensive experience in digital, primarily in financial services, as a management consultant and in various management positions. Prior to her current role, she consulted on online, mobile, and marketing strategy to clients that included Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Expedia, and T-Mobile. Earlier in her career, Diana was a Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Internet Services Group where she pioneered online and mobile banking services for the first Internet bank, launched the first nationwide mobile banking service, and spearheaded key strategic alliances to grow the online customer base.
Diana earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in computer science and psychology from Duke University.
As a recognized thought leader with more than a decade of pure-play software and channel marketing experience, Parouty brings extensive knowledge of building, innovating and selling products across various channels, both geographically and vertically. Prior to Asure, Parouty served as Executive Vice President, Channel Management Solutions at Brandmuslce and prior the head of revenue and business development for Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Application Delivery Management business. In this role she was the key strategist across sales, product, marketing, support, Finance and IT. In addition, she chaired the leadership organization for HP Austin called Leaders in Motion. Previous leadership roles included strategy and operations roles in the security software space and global client services focused on Fortune 100 clients.
Rhonda’s deep expertise with channel management and incentive programs make her an excellent resource for Brandmuscle’s clients. In her role, she leads all efforts related to channel marketing optimization and helps to ensure that Brandmuscle’s products and services continue to support clients’ evolving needs while pushing innovation in local and channel marketing.
Rhonda is a certified facilitator and has traveled globally delivering leadership and management training to software leaders. She is an active part of the Austin Children’s Shelter, Dress for Success and the Girl Scouts of South Texas, and was previously on the board for the Women in Tech Summit in Austin.
Jennifer Johnson is an executive vice president and chief operating officer for FranklinResources, Inc. In this role, she oversees Global Transfer Agency operations, InvestmentManagement Services, Global HR and Compensation and the company's bankingsubsidiaries. She has global responsibilities for software development andinfrastructure/systems support. Ms. Johnson is an officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. andserves as a director of Fiduciary Trust Company International and several othersubsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. She joined the company in 1988.
Ms. Johnson received the 2012 Robert L. Gould Award presented by global investmentmanagement association NICSA, recognizing outstanding achievement in helping themutual fund industry better serve investors through customer service, thought leadershipand technology. In 2010 and 2011, she was recognized by the San Francisco BusinessTimes as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. In 2002, she was named "E-commerce Executive of the Year" by mutual fund industry publication, Fund Action (now Fund Industry Intelligence).
Ms. Johnson earned B.A. degrees in economics from the University of California atDavis. She is a board member of Riva Financial Systems and BizWorld.org. She is also a trustee at Crystal
Springs Uplands School.
Thais Rezende is the CEO of BizWorld.org and has close to 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world, with a special focus on micro-enterprise development. For 8 years she led the growth
of innovative programming and organizational expansion at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. Rezende initiated and led the agency’s successful expansion into Contra Costa and
Marin Counties, as well as the Silicon Valley. As the lead developer of the successful business propulsion program “SuccessLink”, she set a new national standard for
entrepreneurship support services that are now a national model. During her tenure as Program Director, Rezende focused on scalability and efficiency and as a result, the agency tripled the
number of women it served. In 2009 Rezende was promoted to become the Women's Initiative Executive Director in San Francisco and Marin County and she subsequently took the same position in
the East Bay.
Thais comes to BizWorld with extensive business experience, working as Public Relations Manager in her native Mexico. During this time she fostered her commitment to public services when she helped open three virtual libraries and consistently provided shelter, schooling, and coverage of basic needs to more than 300 homeless children. Rezende moved to the Bay Area, 15 years ago, and worked for the Mexican Consulate as part of The Mexican Communities Abroad Team where she helped implement and develop health, educational and business trade programs. Her background includes journalism work both in TV and print covering technology topics. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from her native Mexico and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.
Steve Silver has over 30 years experience in the jewelry industry. In 1980 he founded S.H. Silver Company Estate and Fine Jewelry. The company has established itself as a highly successful
wholesale and retail business. Through his illustrious network of worldwide contacts, Steve has acquired some of the most rare and finest stones in the world. Among the most prestigious
examples include an exquisite, one-of-a kind vivid orange diamond, a six-carat vivid blue diamond that is one the rarest and largest blue diamonds ever cut and the second largest red diamond
ever cut, nicknamed the "cranberry."
Additionally, one of the highlights of his career was attaining the famous Cullinan Blue Diamond Necklace, which he acquired directly from the Cullinan family. Steve has become known as an estate jewelry expert within the industry. Two notable collections include jewelry belonging to the late Eva Gabor and Irving Scott, the founder of Union Iron Works of San Francisco, which built the famous battleship USS Oregon. By leveraging his well-developed global network of contacts in the jewelry trade, Steve is able to acquire almost any item, for any client around the world.
As a large donor and supporter of the trade, Steve was inducted into the Gemological Institute of America’s (G.I.A.), Circle of Honor for his continued contributions to the G.I.A. Historical Museum Collection of gems and jewelry. To ensure new and young talent continues to be cultivated within the trade, Steve has made a ten-year commitment to G.I.A. to fund an annual scholarship for low-income students to study jewelry design. In 1999, Steve founded and served as chairman of Miadora, an online jewelry eCommerce site and recently, Steve co-founded Delamina, a new jewelry and fashion web site designed specifically for women to shop and play in an environment with direct access to top designers and information about the latest trends.
As an avid golfer and community philanthropist, Steve co-founded the annual Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament, which has raised millions of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Children’s Hospital over its 24-year history. He attended San Diego State University where he studied Geology and holds a graduate Gemology degree from G.I.A.
Steven Singer has more than 26 years experience in venture and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, high net worth individual, corporate and partnership taxation and strategic planning. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was V.P. of Finance for Callixa, an enterprise-based data integration software provider where he was responsible for all corporate finance and accounting issues. He has acted as interim CFO for numerous high technology firms and advisor for a variety of manufacturing, wholesale and distribution companies for whom he raised over $25MM in seed and venture capital. As Partner at Stadtler, Rosenblum & Saris, Steve concentrated on debt and equity planning, successfully negotiating improved rates and increased amounts on bank and institutional financings. Steve holds a B.S. degree in Business from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.
Tracy Tuens is a Managing Director at Boston Private and former director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management where she advised family office clients and private investors of the firm’s Family Office and Charitable Solutions group. Tracy joined the firm in 2012.
Previously, she spent seven years with Wells Fargo Family Wealth, as senior vice president and director of client management. In that capacity, Tracy was responsible for client acquisition and relationship management for families located throughout the United States. Her prior experience consists of new business development and client relationship management at US Trust Company, Bank of America Private Bank, and Robertson, Stephens & Company. She’s also worked internationally in Geneva, Switzerland.
Tracy is a member of the San Domenico School Investment Committee, where she has served for 5 years. Through The Bank of New York Mellon, Tracy is an advisor member of the Family Office Exchange (FOX) and the Institute for Private Investors (IPI). Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.