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Board of Directors Forum: Fostering Innovation and Agility from the Boardroom to the C-Suite

March 20, 2019
3:45 PM to 7:00 PM PST

The Four Seasons Palo Alto
2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Natasha Morales
(408) 352-3576
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Thank you for your interest, registration for this event is at capacity and is now closed.

We would like to invite you to attend our exclusive Board of Directors Forum. This quarterly series presented by BDO USA, LLP features an intimate group format providing a platform for Board Members to discuss hot topics currently impacting public companies.
Amy Wilkinson has talked to extraordinary entrepreneurs. She has sat down with the founders of Tesla, SpaceX, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Chipotle, eBay and PayPal to find out what it takes to scale innovation. Wilkinson has distilled six skills that have led these companies to global success. In her presentation, she will discuss how the board can nurture these six skills in the CEO and create a boardroom and company culture that embodies the spirit of innovation and agility.
We hope you will join your fellow public company directors to engage with our speakers and each other on March 20th
3:45 PM to 4:00 PM – Registration
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM – Program
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Networking Reception
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Dinner
Amy Wilkinson is Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, CEO of Ingenuity, and author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. She advises executives, investors, and startup founders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success. Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles with McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan, and as founder of cross-border export company Alegre. She also served in The White House as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative and as a White House Fellow. Wilkinson’s groundbreaking research on high growth entrepreneurs was conducted at Harvard University and supported by the Kauffman Foundation. She is an expert for the Wall Street Journal, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow.

Hitesh Shah has more than 25 years of experience spanning startup through venture financing and eventual M&A exits in multiple high technology companies. He has in-depth experience in people management, finance, venture capital, business development, product management, business planning and customer service. Hitesh has raised over $100M in venture capital for four different startups.
Prior to joining BDO, Hitesh has served in multiple executive roles as CFO, COO and CEO.  He was the Chief Operating Officer at Solum an Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Google Ventures funded company which was acquired by Monsanto.  Hitesh also served as CEO and COO at Fat Spaniel Technologies acquired by Power-One and CFO at iPolicy Networks which was acquired by Tech Mahindra in India.
Hitesh serves as the chairman of the Executive Leadership Council of Parents Helping Parents (PHP), an organization whose mission is to empower families to build bright futures for children with special needs. He also serves as a board director of Human Needs Project (HNP), an organization focused on alleviating poverty. Hitesh holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.