The Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series is an integral part of Harvey Mudd College’s commitment to encouraging students to lead with integrity. Endowed through a generous gift from The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Fund for Leadership Development, 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, CA 91711. A dessert reception follows each lecture.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. “Leadership: A Journey of Experience and Opportunity”
R. Miller Adams will explore the notion of leadership from the viewpoint of his experiences and opportunities. The underlying theme: Are leadership skills instilled at birth or do they evolve?
R. Miller Adams has over 30 years of senior executive experience in private equity, venture capital, aerospace and defense, technology development, industrial participation programs, wireless communications and the regulated utility industry. At Triad Capital Partners, he provides support and guidance to the management teams of its portfolio companies and leads the evaluation of new investment opportunities. Adams previously was the president and CEO of GR Nano Materials, and before that was the VP for technology planning, acquisition, and evaluation and global R&D strategies at Boeing Phantom Works, the enterprise-wide R&D business of The Boeing Company (think Lockheed’s Skunk Works). Most recently, he was GC and EVP for corporate affairs at Integral Systems Inc., the world leader in satellite command and control systems. Miller holds a B.A. from Seattle University and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law).
Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. “Follow the Leader: Thoughts on Choice and Responsibility While Leading and Being Led”
A leader can inspire, organize and give direction to a group of people such that every member is reminded that they, too, are leaders. Jason Fennell will explore what it means to lead and to follow, and the blurring of the line between.
Jason Fennell ’08
Director of Engineering, Yelp
Jason Fennell joined Yelp as a search and data mining engineer upon graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics. He rose through the ranks in Yelp’s search and data mining team, becoming a technical lead, manager and now director of engineering. At Harvey Mudd, Fennell conducted research on artificial intelligence, did financial economics research for Citadel Investment Group and interned with the Cryptography, Security and Algorithms team of Microsoft Research India.
Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Karen Colonias is president and chief executive officer of Simpson Manufacturing Co. She joined one of the company’s subsidiaries, Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc., in 1984 as an engineer in the research and development department, where she was responsible for the design and testing of new products and code development. In her long history with the company, Colonias has held several positions, including engineering manager; vice president, engineering; and vice president and branch manager of one of the company’s largest profit centers. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Colonias was Simpson Manufacturing Co.’s chief financial officer, and she played a significant role in the development and execution of the company’s strategic business plans and its acquisition efforts. She has also worked as a civil engineer for the Bechtel Corporation. Colonias, a licensed professional engineer, has a B.S. in civil engineering from California State University, Hayward, and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.