Speaker Biographies

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Welcome Address: Judy Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management

Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management, began her appointment on January 1, 2006 after serving five and a half years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University. As dean, she leads a school that annually provides management education to more than 1,700 students in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and more than 35,000 alumni worldwide. Since arriving at UCLA Anderson, the School celebrated the launch of the Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance and Investments, the newest of the School's six research centers. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson is executing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand the school's global presence and partnerships.

Olian has been widely published in journals on human resource management and business alignment of management systems, wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. Olian's honors include the American Council on Education Fellowship and the Maryland Association for Higher Education Award for Innovation.

Olian served as chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and has chaired two industry-wide AACSB commissions. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Council at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Born and raised in Australia, she holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Friday, April 3, 2009
Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: Amit Tripathi, President and CEO, Pyxix Corporation

Amit Tripathi is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pyxix Corporation, a diversified global media and entertainment company.

Tripathi is an entrepreneur and a seasoned Fortune 500 executive. He was chief quality officer for $3 billion storage division of Sun Microsystems. He managed business, technical and customer operations in over 100 countries. Tripathi joined Sun as a senior director and grew partner products revenue from $970 million to $1.28 billion in two years and was promoted to chief quality officer.

Previously, Tripathi was an executive at Xerox Corporation for 16 years, and led business development, sales channels, and marketing operations. He developed new technology applications and generated over $300 million in revenue from inception. Tripathi also collaborated with competitors, like IBM, to build strategic partnerships, and penetrated new markets by building businesses in Brazil, India and Eastern Europe. Prior to Xerox, he was a consultant at Parsons Corporation, and managed global engineering and information technology projects.

Tripathi received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, a Master of Engineering degree from Howard University, a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University, and an Engineering Management program from Caltech. He has published papers in Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics and holds a U. S. Patent in automated computer software system.

As an entrepreneur, he is passionate about two key challenges in the world - Communication and Energy. Tripathi resides in Los Angeles area and is active in Mensa, Caltech-MIT Forum, The Indus Entreprenuer and other community and business organizations.

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Awards Reception Keynote Speaker: Jeff Berg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ICM

Jeffrey Berg is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Creative Management, Inc., a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of publishing, motion pictures, television, music and theater. ICM, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Mr. Berg graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Southern California. He joined Creative Management Associates, Inc., one of ICM's predecessor agencies, in 1969 as a literary and film agent. He was named President of ICM in 1980, and became Chairman in 1985. Mr. Berg's leading experience in representing artists and production companies applies to both the American and international marketplace, and he has worked extensively with global media, entertainment and telecommunication companies.

Mr. Berg has served on the Board of Directors of Oracle Corporation since 1997. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tribune Company in 2007. He also sits on the Board of Visitors at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was Co-Chair of the California Information Technology Council and a member of the California Entertainment Commission. He was awarded the Cavaliere Ufficiale of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy in 1991. Mr. Berg has lectured on management and finance in the arts at the London School of Economics where he serves on its Court of Governors.

Mr. Berg and his wife, Dr. Denise Luria, live in Pacific Palisades, California and have two daughters.

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