2019 Annenberg Lecture Series
The Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series is an integral part of Harvey Mudd College’s commitment to encouraging students to lead with integrity. Funded by the Annenberg Program Endowment for Leadership, this series brings to campus accomplished individuals who are recognized, world-class leaders in their fields of endeavor. The lectures provide an engaging forum for senior executives to address pertinent leadership issues and to share their insights with the Harvey Mudd community.
Admission to this public lecture series is complimentary. Lectures are held on campus in the Wayne ’73 and Julie Drinkward Recital Hall of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, California, 91711. A dessert reception follows each lecture.
Marie Ekeland, January 29, 7 p.m.
Marie Ekeland is co-founder of daphni, a European venture capital fund. She is also co-founder and vice-president of France Digitale, an association joining forces between founders and investors to develop the French digital ecosystem. Ekeland serves as a board member for Parrot, Showroomprive and Institut Louis Bachelier, and is a member of the French Digital Council. She began her career in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York as a computer scientist. In 2000, Ekeland joined CPR Private Equity as a venture capitalist. She moved to Elaia Partners in 2005 leading investments in Criteo, Edoki Academy, mobirider, Pandacraft, Scoop.it, Teads, Wyplay and Ykone. Ekeland holds a math and computer science degree from the University of Paris IX Dauphine and an economics degree from the Paris School of Economics.
“Achieving the Unexpected by Being True to Yourself”
Marie Ekeland will share her thoughts on how integrity, purpose and mathematics led to seeding the first French unicorn (Criteo) and bringing it to the Nasdaq, creating the first French startup lobby (France Digitale), changing French taxation law, resigning in protest from the French Digital Council’s presidency and founding a new, $200 million venture capital fund.
Virgil Roberts, February 19, 7 p.m.
Founder and Managing Partner, Bobbitt & Roberts
Virgil Roberts is managing partner and founder of the law firm Bobbitt & Roberts, which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients in television, film and music. Prior to this, Roberts was president of Solar Records, one of the most successful African-American owned record companies in the 1980s. His early work as a civil rights attorney with Manning & Roberts included representing the NAACP in the Los Angeles school desegregation case Crawford v. Board of Education. He serves on the boards of Community Build, Claremont Graduate School, Families in Schools, the Alliance of Artists and Record Companies, Southern California Public Radio, Broadway Federal Bank, The Bridgespan Group and the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. He has served as chairman of the Los Angeles Education Partnership, chairman of the board of the California Community Foundation, treasurer of the Los Angeles Private Industry Council and vice chairman of the Public Education Fund Network. While he was board chair of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, the organization raised and spent more than $120 million to reform public education in the Los Angeles basin. Roberts was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles and has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the University of Southern California’s School of Education and the UCLA Black Alumni Association. Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a Felix Frankfurter Scholar.
Ana Corrales, April 9, 7 p.m.
Chief Operating Officer – Google Consumer Hardware, Google
Ana Corrales joined Google in 2016 as its vice president of Google Store, global operations and supply chain and is now chief operating officer of Google Consumer Hardware. In these positions, Corrales oversees the development of Google hardware and Nest products and oversees Google’s first-party retail channel, Google Store. She previously served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Nest and as senior vice president of product operations at Cisco Systems for all Cisco-branded products. She serves on the board of directors for Watermark, a women’s leadership organization, and is an advisor to Roli, a music technology company. She also is a member of the Women@Google board and an executive sponsor for HOLA, Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group. Corrales is an avid supporter of STEM education for girls and at Cisco, she provided mentorship through programs such as Programa Escuela, which is a volunteer program for employees to teach elementary-level students about technology. She has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business, as one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and as a Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. Corrales has a bachelor’s degree (economics) from the University of Washington and a master’s degree (engineering economic systems) from Stanford University.