2017 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, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, California, 91711. A dessert reception follows each lecture.

Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Stewardship and Events at stewardship@hmc.edu or 909.607.0943.

Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Postponed

Ray Velez

Note: This talk has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Ray Velez
Chief Technology Officer, Razorfish

At Razorfish, the world leader in helping global brands drive customer obsessed business transformation, Ray Velez manages the company’s capabilities in web cross-platform technology architecture and development and oversees the technology community across the company. He is known widely for his ability to rethink and shape business organizations in a new age of customer empowerment and has built a strong track record in software technology architecture and engineering, working with and deploying a wide spectrum of intelligent platforms. Velez is the co-author of the best-seller Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and Technology, which explains how to transform an organization’s business model around the consumer by breaking down silos and applying principles of software-enabled agile approaches. Prior to joining Razorfish almost two decades ago, Velez was a systems architect and technology director at Scient, where he worked with clients ranging from Citibank to Ford Motor Company to the National Football League. He was a technology team leader at Cambridge Technology Partners and worked on projects ranging from building the life-critical call center for Lifeline Systems to decision-support data warehouses for Hasbro and Unilever. Anything outdoors is Velez’s passion, whether biking, skiing or hiking with the family. Over the years, he’s enjoyed mountain bike and ski racing and competed in the La Ruta de Los Conquistadores race in Costa Rica. Velez studied computer science and philosophy at Boston University, looking to bring the answered and unanswered together.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. “Leadership Choices”

As leaders, we are constantly making choices (expressed or implied) about how we will lead. In this opening lecture of the Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series, Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, explores the choices he has made—some consciously, some unconsciously—about how to lead from the heart to win.

Marc Allen

Marc Allen
President, Boeing International

Marc Allen is responsible for Boeing’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the U.S., overseeing 17 regional offices in key global markets. His responsibilities include developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S., forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support. Previously, Allen served as president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that arranges, structures and provides financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products. Prior to Boeing Capital, Allen served as vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing China, responsible for leading the company’s business in China from its Beijing headquarters. Allen earlier served as Boeing vice president for Global Law Affairs and general counsel to Boeing International, leading the company’s international legal practice group from its inception. He oversaw international operations’ legal issues, cross-border trade regulation matters and international legal policy matters, including the United States–European Union World Trade Organization dispute on aircraft subsidies.

Before Boeing, Allen practiced law in Washington, D.C., litigating complex commercial cases for domestic and international clients. Allen is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He sits on the boards of numerous global trade organizations, including the U.S.-India Business Council, the U.S.-UAE Business Council and the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Business Council. A native of Southern California, Allen received his law degree from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in political science with a certificate in economics.

Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. “Crossing the Valley of Death: Leadership for a Carbon-smart World”

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of carbon recycling company LanzaTech, will highlight the challenges and opportunities that exist in transitioning to a carbon-smart future. Holmgren believes that innovators, leaders and communities must put aside their differences and work together to tackle our generation’s greatest challenge: carbon emissions. “We have to be smarter than the problem,” she says.

Jennifer Holmgren

Jennifer Holmgren ’81
CEO, LanzaTech

Jennifer Holmgren has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, including a proven track record in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies. At LanzaTech, she leads the company’s global management team and sets the strategic direction, such as developing its product portfolio to include chemicals for the production of polymers, plastics and solvents as well as hydrocarbon fuels to be used as alternative “drop-in” aviation fuel. Prior to joining LanzaTech, she was vice president and general manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. In that role, she led UOP’s renewable business from its inception through to the achievement of significant revenues from the commercialization of multiple novel biofuels technologies. Holmgren holds a B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently serves on multiple external advisory boards. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 U.S. patents and 20 scientific publications. She also was awarded the Council for Chemical Research’s Malcolm E. Pruitt Award (2003), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (2010) and the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award (2015).

Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m. “Technology’s Future Will (Will Not) Make Our Lives Better”

Education, poverty, healthcare—all will be impacted by the progress of technology. Hector Ruiz will discuss how our roles as informed citizens and as technology, public policy and education leaders can influence whether or not the impact of technology will be positive.

Hector Ruiz

Hector Ruiz
Founder and Chairman, Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc.; former CEO, AMD

Hector de Jesus Ruiz has been a luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades. He is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive. His professional career began at Texas Instruments in the company’s research laboratories and manufacturing operations. He then spent two decades at Motorola, rising from running a microchip manufacturing facility in Scotland to overseeing the firm’s worldwide semiconductor operations to leading semiconductor research and development and finally serving as president of the company’s semiconductor products sector. In 2000, Ruiz joined AMD as President and COO, and in April 2002 he was named CEO. At AMD, Ruiz set the strategic direction of the company, helping guide its growth from a small, broad supplier of components to an innovative technology solutions leader in the processor space. He also received numerous accolades during his tenure at AMD, including the Semico Bellwether Award (2009), 2005 Executive of the Year (EE Times), 2005 CEO of the Year (Electronic Business) and 2006 Top 25 Business Leader (Fortune). Ruiz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and he completed his doctoral degree at Rice University. Ruiz currently serves on UT’s College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin, and in 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes’ highest honor. He also currently serves as a trustee emeriti of Rice University and is on the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation and the board of directors of Breakthrough Austin.