2017 Speakers

    • Davis Smith

      Davis Smith 

      Davis Smith holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in International Studies from Brigham Young University. Davis is currently the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear and active lifestyle brand - with a social mission at its core. Cotopaxi is the first company to incorporate from inception as a Benefit Corporation and raise venture capital. Prior to starting Cotopaxi, Davis was the Founder and Co-CEO of Baby.com.br and Dinda.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, which raised over $40M in venture ca...

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    • Bob Moesta

      Bob Moesta 

      Bob Moesta is the President and CEO of The Re-Wired Group and serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. Along with HBS Professor and Christensen Institute cofounder Clayton Christensen, Moesta was among the principal architects in the mid-1990s of the Jobs to Be Done theory, one of the basic and vital building blocks for helping to make innovation more predictable and successful. Since then, Moesta has taken those insights and continued to develop them in his career as an entrepreneur and innovator in roles as the managing partner at Woodward Equity Partners, vice pr...

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    • Elder Joaquin E. Costa

      Elder Joaquin E. Costa 

      Elder Joaquin E. Costa was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy in the South America Northwest Area. Elder Costa received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987 from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a MBA in 1994 from Brigham Young University. In his professional career he worked in the banking industry in Argentina, the Czech Republic and the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East. At the time of his call, he was working in Lima, ...

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    • Alison Davis Blake

      Alison Davis Blake 

      As former dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Davis-Blake sought to establish Ross as the most innovative provider of lifelong business education.  During her tenure as dean, she: Positioned the school globally for its new mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Increased global study opportunities for MBA and BBA students and formed new partnerships with universities around the world. Expanded Ross activities in India and Southeast Asia. Increased involvement of Ross students in addressing pressing ...

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    • Jonathan

      Jonathan “JJ” Johnson 

      Jonathan Johnson is president of Medici Ventures, Overstock's subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology and fintech businesses, which include t0, and investments in Bitt.com, PeerNova, ripio, factom, Settlemint and IdentityMind. In this role, Johnson is responsible for continuing Medici Ventures' efforts to pioneer growth and innovation in applying the blockchain to financial systems and beyond. Under Johnson’s leadership, Medici Ventures has invested in several cutting-edge blockchain technology firms, successfully completed the world’s first blockchain-based stock offe...

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