Cynthia Patton, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Amgen


Cynthia M. Patton is Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Amgen, responsible for worldwide compliance and business ethics organization. Cynthia joined Amgen in 2005, and most recently was a Vice President in the Amgen law department with responsibility for commercial legal activities in the United States. Prior to that position, she served as the lead commercial lawyer for both the oncology and inflammation business units.
Before joining Amgen, she spent seven years as general counsel of SCAN Health Plan, a California Health Maintenance Organization. Prior to SCAN, Cynthia served as Assistant General Counsel of UniHealth. She began her legal career at Atlanta-based Alston & Bird in 1986 and has worked at Los Angeles law firms specializing in healthcare corporate and securities law.

Patton previously served as a board member of Watts Healthcare Corporation. She is a board member of the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center. Patton received her JD from George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.


Andrea Atwell, Vice President of US Market Supply Chain at L’Oreal USA

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Andrea Atwell is the VP of US Market Supply Chain at L’Oreal’s Luxe Division. Her responsibilities include business, demand and supply planning, and customer care, with the vision of leveraging improved supply chain results to drive strategic relationships with L’Oreal’s US customers. Andrea has helped to lead significant planning process initiatives for L’Oreal which has transformed forecast accuracy, service levels and inventory results, including managing the supply chain and human transitions of 3 major acquisitions for L’Oreal USA. Andrea’s efforts helped to shape the partnership between the supply chain and brands in L’Oreal, shifting the culture to drive operational awareness, improved results and competitive advantage.
Prior to her 10 years at L’Oreal, Andrea has worked in the medical device and food & beverage industries.

Andrea has 15 years of supply chain experience and a true passion for leading and developing teams and recognizing and growing talent. She was recently recognized as a 2015 Visionary Leader by Consumer Goods Technology for her approach in prioritizing people and leadership to drive supply chain results. Andrea’s leadership has demonstrated that by focusing on people, and creating a culture of change leaders, no business challenge is insurmountable. Andrea is also a frequent speaker on supply chain planning and talent development.

Andrea has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University.


Holly Liu, Chief Development Officer at Kabam


Holly Liu is co-founder and Chef Development Officer at the mobile gaming company, Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile games. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million in 2014, which has led to Kabam’s valuation of $1 billion in 2014. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012.
Currently, Holly is Chief Development Officer leading the development of Kabam internationally through key relationships and industry presence, focusing primarily on China. In addition, she continues to develop global cultural initiatives within Kabam.

Earlier, Holly was Chief of Staff, overseeing HR and leading the corporate culture and talent experience for more than 800 Kabam employees globally. Under Holly’s leadership, Kabam’s staff increased 500 percent in three years.

Holly is a consummate entrepreneur, executive, and startup mentor. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, and was named one of Forbes’ “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch” in 2013 and one of Fortune’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming.”. She is the only Chinese American woman who has co-founded a mobile company of this size.

Holly received her Master’s in Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA.


Jill Kouri, Chief Marketing Officer, Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle


Jill Kouri is the Chief Marketing Officer, Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and is responsible for the marketing and brand strategy and vision for JLL’s Americas region, which includes North and South America.  JLL – recently named to the Fortune 500 – is a professional services and investment management firm serving clients who own, occupy or invest in real estate.
She is focused on driving differentiation – both broadly and at the point of sale. In her first year, she has developed a mission of core values for the 250-person marketing organization, as well as a comprehensive marketing strategy that is closely aligned with the business strategy. Some of her key year-one efforts include: establishment of a content marketing team and focus;  better leverage of digital – both .com and online tools/technologies; reskilling and upskilling the organization; modernizing internal communications approach and efforts; developing efforts to drive more consideration/knowledge of the organization through more focused lead generation and nurturing programs. Jill serves on the firm’s Americas Executive Committee, reporting directly to the Americas CEO Greg O’Brien, and also serves on the Global Marketing Leadership Team.

Prior to joining JLL in July 2014, she spent 14 years with Accenture, where she served in increasingly senior roles. Most recently, Jill was a managing director leading marketing and communications for Accenture’s Product Operating Group, an $8 billion-plus business that is the company’s largest.

She earned a BS in Journalism with specialization in public relations from Bowling Green State University. Jill lives in the Ukrainian Village area of Chicago with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she loves being active –including skiing, yoga, kettlebell and spinning.

Jill has navigated her career by being direct, transparent and authentic. She asks a lot of questions, shares real-time comments/feedback and is intellectually curious. She is always a strong advocate for her team, and is known as an understanding and accessible leader.


Amy Kan, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Vubiquity

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Amy Kan serves as Vice President of Marketing Communications for Vubiquity where she oversees corporate marketing, communications, public relations and events. In her tenure at Vubiquity, during which the company has expanded from 80 to more than 500 employees globally, Amy grew the department to include creative services, content marketing and event management, launching tradeshow exhibition, corporate sponsorships, consumer research, and trade advertising.

Amy has driven aggressive corporate communications plans for the company around acquisitions, including the On Demand Group and most recently, FilmFlex, as well as product launches and company growth.

As a strategic marketer and communicator, Amy combined customer and stakeholder insights, creativity and management skills, to lead the company’s rebranding from Avail-TVN to Vubiquity in March 2013. The new branding received numerous awards from the Business Marketing Association, including the prestigious Global Ace, for Brand Identity/Brand Name.

Previous to Vubiquity, Amy developed extensive experience in entertainment and media in both the UK and US, including 3 years at British Airways PLC where she managed the inflight entertainment program of 18 video channels and 4 magazines, and in media consulting positions with Hydra Associates, Cap Gemini, Hit Entertainment and BBC Digital Radio.  She also spent three years at the Central Park Conservancy, driving new fundraising and events programs.

Amy received her MBA from the London Business School and holds a BA in Communications from the University of Michigan.


Janice Zdankus, Vice President of Quality at Hewlett-Packard


Janice Zdankus is Vice President of Quality for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group. In this role, Janice and her team define, create, and share information experiences to ensure successful customer interactions with HP’s products and support.
Janice was previously Vice President, Enterprise Solutions Enablement, where she and her team led the planning, design, integration and release of HP Converged Infrastructure solutions focused on remote support. She also served as Vice President of Worldwide Software Support in Technology Services, where she was responsible for the software services portfolio and profitable revenue growth. Janice’s career experience in HP’s commercial and enterprise businesses spans multiple functional areas and includes senior director of systems software engineering, strategic planning, product marketing, and engineering for software management products, and customer support, quality and warranty for HP Servers.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for Connect, an HP user group community.

Representative of her passion to increase the interest and representation of youth and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, she is active in sponsoring diversity and inclusion projects in the industry and community. She serves on the NCWIT Board of Directors, is the HP liaison to the Board of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, ABET’s Industry Advisory Board, and sponsors HP CodeWars Silicon Valley and HP’s employee resource group for women’s leadership in the Bay Area.

Janice earned B.S. degrees in computer science and in industrial management from Purdue University, and an MBA degree from Santa Clara University.


Anna Griffin, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, CA Technologies

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Anna Griffin is an award-winning marketer who, for more than 20 years, has helped build and promote visionary campaigns for global brands such as Apple, Sony, Nortel, Juniper Networks, Saturn, Land’s End, Bank of America, the San Francisco Opera, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Anna is Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at CA Technologies. She joined the company in May 2014 to holistically re-brand and define CA on every level. Anna has held positions on both sides of the marketing fence, leading teams on the corporate brand side as well as holding executive-level brand management positions at advertising agencies located in San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to CA Technologies, Anna was Vice President of Marketing at Juniper Networks, leading positioning and transformation initiatives including development of software branding strategy, new corporate identity, industrial and GUI design standards, global advertising, events and launches, and culture transformation. She developed thought leadership platform and work with the CEO as communication strategist to execute internally and externally. Designed and manage new agency model to optimize creative effectiveness and investments. Responsible for global marketing campaign development for sectors and verticals.

Anna joined Juniper from Nortel where, since 2006, she served as Director of Global Branding, Advertising and Events. Her responsibilities included developing and managing all global marketing programs, events, sponsorships and advertising campaigns with clear goals for increasing brand awareness and achieving revenue targets.

In 2008, she was awarded her second Gold Effie, the industry’s highest recognition given for marketing effectiveness, for her work with Nortel. In 2010 her work with Juniper was awarded best BtoB Marketing Campaign of the year and in 2012 was named Internationalist of the year for global ad planning.

Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing from East Carolina University.


Hope Gurion, Chief Product Officer, CareerBuilder


Hope Gurion is the Chief Product Officer at CareerBuilder where she leads efforts to identify and pursue growth opportunities for CareerBuilder, specifically relating to innovation and the development of new solutions to help companies of all sizes connect with top talent.
As a transparent transformer, change agent, and creator, Hope identifies key business and customer needs and mobilizes teams to solve meaningful problems to grow revenue and customer satisfaction. She ensures stakeholders are involved and aware of the why and what of the product roadmap and facilitates the making of quick, impactful decisions. Hope finds paths to positive change in pains of the status quo and enables teams to reinvent themselves towards the desired future.   She relishes building meaningful solutions that delight users and for which the value can be quantified.

Hope manages CareerBuilder’s Product, Analytics and User Experience and Design organizations. She personally led the development of CareerBuilder’s first SaaS solution, Talent Network, which was adopted by more than 2,500 employers and used by 45 million candidates.  She oversaw the evolution of CareerBuilder’s product development strategy to embrace dual-track agile and qualitative and quantitative customer discovery techniques to enable faster, user-value driven product development.  Under her leadership, the portfolio and revenue mix expanded from a concentration in 2 products to a suite of solutions that provide meaningful and measurable value to companies in a variety of industries and sizes.

Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Hope led the Shopping vertical at AOL, and held a variety of marketing and business development roles for AOL and Discovery Communications. Hope holds an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Hope is based in the San Francisco Bay area, frequently traveling to Chicago and Atlanta for work.  On a personal note, Hope enjoys spending time with her family, raising two sons, exploring Marin county and is discovering the counter-intuitiveness required to be a successful tennis player.


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