Sun Tzu’s Rules for Winning the Talent War – 10.15.14

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Sun Tzu’s Rules for Winning the Talent War

– 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM




EMC Corporation

2831 Mission College Blvd. 3rd Floor, Santa Clara, CA. 95054


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In Silicon Valley, as everywhere, financial growth is fueled by the brilliance of people brought together to innovate and execute. This holds true whether founding a startup, building a small to medium business, or expanding a Fortune 500 enterprise. There is a scarcity of the human brilliance that builds fortunes in Silicon Valley. So how do you win the competition and recruit the talent needed to win? What are the new rules that attract Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials, and other generations? How do you stand out when targeting Stanford, Berkeley, or other top tier university students? And how do Sun Tzu’s timeless principles apply to these epic circumstances with the likes of Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and others as your competition?





General Partner

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Mike Abbott is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment.



Vice President, Human Resources


Eva Andres is Vice President of Human Resources for the Software IIG Division of EMC. She leads all aspects of IIG’s global Human Resources practice to ensure that the division attracts and maintains world-class talent to help drive EMC’s success. In this capacity, Eva oversees talent acquisition, compensation, learning and development, change management, employee relations, and all of the people aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Since her time in the role, Eva has worked closely with the division President to transform IIG and extend its leadership in ECM from being a platform-based vendor to a next-generation, cloud and SaaS based solutions provider. She has also been a key contributor in building EMC’s brand in the West Coast to be recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work”.




Mirantis, Inc.

Adrian is an entrepreneur with a passion for growing startups into successful businesses. After spending his early years developing and marketing new products at Siemens in Europe, Japan and the US, he traded the comfort of the large enterprise for the creative energy of young companies.


As CEO of eOnline, Inc. Adrian pioneered the delivery of enterprise applications as a service. Acquired in 2004 by ACS (now Xerox) the company grew to $50M in revenues and developed a terrific base of Fortune 1000 customers.



Senior Vice President Human Resources

Jive Software


Vicki Ryan is a senior human resources executive with over 20 years of domestic and international experience in successful high-growth technology, services and manufacturing organizations. The companies she has worked for range in scope from start-ups to $4B Fortune150 corporations. At Jive, Vicki is responsible for overseeing all aspects of worldwide human resources, including talent management, compensation and benefits, training and development, change management, employee relations, and merger and acquisition efforts.



Senior Global Recruiting Leader


Ian is a staffing leader with a track record spanning 16 years of building and developing successful staffing teams, particularly within the technology sector. Ian joined Google in 2005 where he led the hiring for a new engineering center before relocating to Mountain View in 2010 where he currently leads hiring across Google’s global business in the Americas. Ian earned his bachelors degree in information systems from Leeds University.



Vice President Human Resources

TelenavPeg Wynn is responsible for Telenav’s human resources (HR) operations worldwide. She has 30 years of HR experience in the Silicon Valley area, most recently as vice president of HR for Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm in spring of 2011). Prior to Atheros, she served as vice president of HR at Granite Construction, senior vice president of HR at Adobe and vice president of worldwide HR at Xilinx. Peg has also served in senior management roles at Intel Corp. and has managed her own consulting firm focused on strategic planning, productivity improvement and large-scale change management programs for international clients.





Author, Journalist, World-renowned Technology Writer

Michael S. Malone is one of the world’s best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation’s first daily high-tech reporter, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world’s largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty award-winning books, notably the best-selling “The Virtual Corporation”, “Bill and Dave”, and “The Future Arrived Yesterday”. Malone has also hosted three nationally syndicated public television interview series and co-produced the Emmy-nominated primetime PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, “The New Heroes.” As an entrepreneur,Malone was a founding shareholder of eBay, Siebel Systems (sold to Oracle) and Qik (sold to Skype). Malone has three books being published in 2012: a history based around his Oklahoma Land Rush homestead, a centennial history of Eagle Scouts, and “The Guardian of All Things”, a major history of human and artificial memory. He has also embarked on a new history of Intel Corp. Malone holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He is also an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford.




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