Track 1: Changing Behaviors
Founder and CEO, Ejenta
Rachna Dhamija is the founder and CEO of Ejenta, a San Francisco startup building an intelligent personal assistant platform. Ejenta's personal agent technology uses artificial intelligence to understand users’ daily activities, to monitor adherence to mission plans, and to offer personalized advice, coaching, and support. Before founding Ejenta, Rachna was the founder and CEO of Usable Security Systems, which was acquired by Webroot Software in 2010. Rachna is a pioneer in the movement to apply usability, psychology, and HCI expertise to computer security. She received her Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University.
User experience manager, Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly Garrett serves as the manager of Workforce Experience Digital Workforce in the Internet Services Group at Kaiser Permanente. Kim received her B.A. in political science and her master’s in Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley.
Co-founder and chief of staff, Kabam
Holly Liu is co-founder and chief of staff of Kabam, the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games. Holly also oversees Kabam’s corporate culture as head of People Operations (“People Ops”), which is responsible for driving Kabam’s vision, mission, and values for its 600 employees across six offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Canada. Holly has helped build a world-class human resources team that is responsible for recruiting and retaining top talent and has grown Kabam’s personnel base by 500% in three years. Prior to her role as chief of staff, Holly led the product design for Kabam’s award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot, which has grown into a $200 million franchise in three years. Holly was also an initial designer for the mobile extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. Before co-founding Kabam, Holly was senior user interface designer for AOL, where she led design of community web products. She has also worked as a consultant for Arthur Andersen and Accenture. Holly received her master’s in information management & systems from UC Berkeley and her B.A. in mass communications from UCLA. She was named to Forbes’ “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch” in 2013.
Track 2: Enhancing Information Systems
User experience researcher, Facebook
Ph.D. 2010, MIMS 2006
Judd Antin is a user experience researcher at Facebook, where he uses the methods and practices of data science to study mediated interactions and the connections between attitudes and behaviors. Prior to joining Facebook, Antin was a research scientist in the Internet Experiences group at Yahoo! Research. Antin uses mixed-methods approaches to lend context and richness to large-scale data analysis, making them more grounded, holistic, and useful. He is an expert on motivations and incentives for online participation, and he draws from social psychology, communication, behavioral economics, anthropology, and sociology. He has a B.A. in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland, a MIMS and a Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Information, and a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
Senior interaction designer, Pandora
Carrie Burgener is a senior interaction designer at Pandora, where she specializes in cross-platform mobile design; she is particularly interested in how a product can build a relationship with customers across their many devices. Prior to Pandora, Carrie was a senior interaction designer at Intuit and at Yahoo! She enjoys rapid prototyping, usability testing, low fidelity brainstorming activities, and creating products that people canÆt imagine living without
Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley
André is the executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haas School of Business. Previously he was the CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage drug development company that creates improved small molecule drugs. Prior to Amplyx, André was the COO of Chorus, a group inside Eli Lilly that has dramatically increased the efficiency of pre-clinical through phase II drug development. André has a track record of starting successful technology-based companies. He was the CTO and vice president of marketing at Internet Pictures Corp, where he directed the company's product development and business strategy. iPIX was the world's largest manager of Internet visual content with partners including Microsoft and Yahoo!. Mr. Marquis was a founder and vice president of marketing at Emptor, an e-commerce company that was acquired by Amazon.com. Prior to Emptor, he was at CyberGold, where he directed marketing strategy and marketing programs for one of the 20 fastest-growing sites on the Internet.
Track 3: Information Organization and Tools
Senior software engineer, Twitter
Ryan Greenberg is a senior software engineer at Twitter in San Francisco, where he has worked on the redesign of twitter.com and Twitter's APIs. He earned his Master of Information Management & Systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2010 and his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior analyst, Public policy and government relations, Google
A former research editor and manager at Palo Alto's Institute for the Future, Jess is currently senior analyst on the public policy and government relations team at Google. As a freelance writer and cultural critic, Jess's writing has appeared in MAKE, The Onion, 7x7, and on Boing Boing, AlterNet, and several Bay Area music blogs. In 2009, Jess was nominated for a Webby award in the "Website: Weird" category for a blog she co-created, Sad Guys on Trading Floors. In 2002 she served as an intern in President Clinton's post-presidential office in Harlem. Jess received her B.A. in politics from NYU and her master's in information management and systems from UC Berkeley's School of Information. In 2011, she earned the I School's James R. Chen award for outstanding final project in information research for her master's thesis, "Making Metadata: The Case of MusicBrainz."
Kate is a strategist/designer with a talent for bringing early-stage companies and customers together through lean strategies, inventive design, and participatory practices. As a co-founder and head of product at LUXr.co, Kate leads product UX, strategy, and development. She believes that every person has a product idea that can be made great and drive a sustaining livelihood. Prior to LUXr, Kate was at Adaptive Path, where she specialized in bringing customer empathy and collaborative UX practices to companies big and small. Kate has a B.A. from Wellesley College, is a rampant sketcher, and wouldn’t be caught dead without a deck of sticky notes.