April 2, 2014
Founder and CEO
Michael Chasen is an entrepreneur who is focused in the technology, education and SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) space. After co-founding ed-tech focused Blackboard Inc., Chasen led the company as CEO for 15 years - taking it public in 2004 and successfully selling it to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion in 2011. His most recent venture is SocialRadar (www.socialradar.com
) where he serves as founder and CEO. He is an investor and advisor to several companies that are focused on using technology to improve education as well as several start-up ventures and mature companies across the technology spectrum.
Founder, Carly Fiorina Enterprises
former Chairman and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Carly Fiorina worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school and began her business career as a secretary for a small business. She became the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, serving as the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) from 1999 to 2005. She was named Fortune's Most powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.
During her tenure at HP, Fiorina led the reinvention of this legendary company by tripling its rate of innovation, achieving market leadership, transforming its cost structure and accelerating growth. Despite controversy and opposition, she successfully acquired and integrated Compaq Computer, in what is now seen as the most successful high-tech merger in history. Under her leadership, HP doubled in revenues to $88 billion and generated 11 patents a day, with significantly improved profitability and cash flow. HP became a leader in every product category and market segment in which it competed.
Fiorina currently serves as chairman of Good360, the world's largest product philanthropy organization. She is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, education, entrepreneurship and job creation. She provides regular commentary on these topics and more for both broadcast and print media. She also is an outspoken advocate for leveraging women as a resource to solve our most pressing problems. She is the founder of the One Woman Initiative and now serves as a global ambassador for Opportunity International.
Fiorina is politically active and encourages others to be the same. She ran for the Senate in 2010 and has served as victory chair for John McCain and a co-chair for Mitt Romney. She is also engaged in national policy formulation, serving as a senior advisor for the Center of Strategic and International Studies where she is also a co-chair for U.S. Leadership in Development. She serves on the board of directors for the Initiative for Global Development. She is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy.
She has also served on the Defense Business Board, as the chairman of the CIA's External Advisory Board and on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State. She has been a member of the Boards of Kellogg Company, Cisco Systems, Merck and Taiwan Semiconductor.
Fiorina earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a cancer survivor who openly tells her story. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.
President and CEO
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Dr. Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., is the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County, Va. (FCEDA), the second-largest suburban office markets in the United States. He has been with the FCEDA since late 1983. In that time, office space in the county grew from 32 million square feet to 114 million square feet, and jobs in the county grew from 243,000 to more than 600,000. As a result, the real estate tax rate has decreased from $1.47 to $1.085. In 2005, the FCEDA was named by Site Selection magazine as one of the Top Ten Economic Development organizations in North America. In 2007, Time magazine called Fairfax County "one of the great economic success stories of our time." In 2011, the Washington Post said "Fairfax County remains the economic wunderkind of Virginia and in many ways of the Washington area."
Gordon has taught at the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has consulted with numerous city and state governments throughout the United States and around the world, as well as the governments of the Republic of Poland, the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has also served as a consultant to various government agencies, the United States Navy, businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, colleges and universities, and the United Nations. Gordon has also worked for Arlington County, Va., and the United States Department of Labor. He holds a bachelor's degree from The Citadel, a master's degree from George Washington University, and a doctorate in international economics from the Catholic University of America.
Gordon is the author of 13 books and numerous articles on strategic planning, economic development, leadership styles and other management topics. His most recent book is The Economic Viability of Micropolitan Areas (CRC Press, 2013). He also is the author of Reinventing Local and Regional Economies (CRC Press, 2011) and The Formula for Economic Growth on Main Street America (CRC Press, 2009). Gordon is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Israel Freedom Award of the Israel Bonds organization. In 2006, Gordon became the first American to address the All-Parliamentary Exports Group in the British House of Commons. In 2007, Gordon was accepted for inclusion on the roster of Fulbright Senior Scholars. In 2007, Gordon was named a fellow of the International Economic Development Council. In 2010, Virginia Business magazine named Gordon its 2010 Virginia Business Person of the Year, and he received the James Rees Award from the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce the same year. In 2011, Leadership Fairfax Inc., named Gordon the recipient of the 2011 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. In 2012, the Transwestern commercial real estate firm honored Gordon as its "2012 Public Sector TrendSetter of the Year" for the Washington metropolitan area. In 2013, Virginia Business magazine put him on its first-ever 50 Most Influential Virginians list.
President and Co-Founder
Matthew Koll, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and information scientist with more than thirty years of experience in search, social media and related fields.
He is president and co-founder of 410 Labs. 410 Labs makes tools and applications that cut through clutter to let people focus on the information and relationships that matter. Koll was a founder and CEO of Wondir Inc. (founded 2001, acquired by Revolution Health 2005). Wondir helped define the field of Live Q&A, combining search, instant messaging and profiling to connect people quickly and easily with other people who could answer their questions or provide assistance. From 2005 to 2008, Koll served in several executive positions at Revolution Health, providing leadership in Search and Community, Acquisition Marketing and Product and Technology.
Koll was a founder and CEO of Personal Library Software (founded 1983, acquired by America Online 1998). PLS took advanced search concepts from the research community and brought them to the publishing and enterprise search engine marketplaces. The PLS software was highly regarded for its natural language searching, concept searching, scalability and robustness. Customers included Dow Jones, The New York Times
, the Financial Time
s, The Washington Post
, USA Today
, QVC, Grolier, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, the Associated Press, PBS, Bertelsmann, Informix, Apple, Congressional Quarterly, WebCrawler, Time Warner, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the acquisition, Koll was an AOL Fellow, providing guidance on search, navigation and other strategic issues, including emerging technologies, market analysis, and investments.
Prior to founding PLS, Koll was a professor at George Mason University and computer scientist at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). He holds a Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University and a BA in history from Rutgers University. Koll is active in several Washington, D.C.-area angel investment groups and in programs to help entrepreneurs.
Founder and CEO
Binary Group Inc.
Rose Wang, founder and CEO of Binary Group, guides the overall corporate vision and strategy for the company. Binary Group is a leading and award-winning, woman-owned small business (WOSB) offering technologies, data analytics, training and workshops, and consulting within our domain areas of expertise - financial management, enterprise architecture, population health, program management and information assurance/cybersecurity.
Wang has been instrumental in charting Binary's transformation strategies and leads the development of its innovative technologies and unique methodology, the Outcome Driven Enterprise Approach™ (ODEA). Binary continues to lead the federal government in transformational and agile methodologies, applying ODEA™ to produce results quickly. Binary has experienced tremendous growth and success under her leadership, while delivering billions of dollars of savings and value for customers.
Wang is a highly regarded IT strategist and entrepreneur. She was a pivotal engineering team member for Lighthouse Design, a Silicon Valley startup company. After a successful early acquisition of Lighthouse by Sun Microsystems, Wang launched an IT consulting company, Binary Consulting, securing contracts from Fortune 500 companies, including MCI, Fannie Mae and Sprint. Wang joined the venture-backed start-up InLine Software as their chief architect, leading product development of enterprise software systems. At the same time, Wang founded an online women's business community, iBizWomen.com.
After 9/11, Wang steered Binary in a new direction, bringing her commercial experience and success to the federal government, closing its first contract with the Army and quickly expanding within the Army and DoD CIO office as well as other defense and civilian agencies. The company has expanded their client base across DoD, intel, and civilian agencies, with a 17-year track record of success.
Wang is a thought leader on technology, small business issues and growth strategies, entrepreneurship, as well as government procurement policies and contracting, frequently speaking on Capitol Hill and at federal government and industry events. She also mentors and provides coaching for entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders.
Wang earned her Master's degree in computer science from University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Beijing Polytechnic University.