Technology and Leadership
Executive-in-Residence, Technology and Leadership
Steve Heckler is president and founder of Steve Heckler Associates (SHA), a Los Angeles-based firm that specializes in executive coaching, team building, leadership development and high-level IT consulting. Working with business executives and their organizations, SHA advises clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies on key management issues, including strategic planning, organization design, team building and communications, management and leadership training, change management and disaster recovery/business continuity.
Steve brings 35+ years of high technology experience to his consulting practice including key management roles with IBM, Activision, Bank of America, Lorimar Telepictures, PacTel Cellular (Air Touch), Health Net, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TVN Entertainment, including 16 years as a CIO. Steve received an award from IBM for Outstanding People Management.
Steve is a strong leader who understands the relationship between technology and the business and is extremely effective in working with senior management in improving this relationship. He is skilled in leading, mentoring and improving effectiveness in large to small-sized companies across multiple industries on a global scale as required. Included in his client list are DIRECTV, Boeing Corporation, Black & Veatch, Disney, St. Jude Medical, The J. Paul Getty Trust, AARP, First American Title Corp., SAGE Publications, CBS Television and many others.
Steve is a BCC (board certified coach). He is also a graduate of the Cal State Long Beach Coaching and Mentoring Program. Steve is the past president (2007-2008) of PCMA Los Angeles (Professional Coaches and Mentors Association). Steve is also a past board member of the Southern California Society for Information Management (SCSIM), where he has served on 12 boards over 23 years, including as chairman. Steve has also been associated with the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL), where he served as a board member and chairman for three years on their Computer Training Project and was recognized by WCIL as the Businessman of the Year.
Steve is certified in the Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360 instrument and DISC Behavioral Profile Assessment tools.
Steve holds a BSEE from City College of New York and an MSOR (Operations Research) and an MBA in Marketing from New York University.
Partner, Bain and Company
Todd Senturia, consulting Executive-in-Residence, is a partner at Bain & Company, based in the Los Angeles office. Prior to moving to California, Todd spent the first part of his Bain career in the Boston office, and spent three years working in the Asian and Australian practices as well. Todd has led projects ranging from corporate and business-unit strategy to the detailed design and implementation of large-scale transformational restructuring and turnaround programs; he has also supported buyer or seller in several merger and acquisition negotiations. He has held senior leadership roles in Bain's results delivery/change management capability area, performance improvement, organization, IT, tech/telecom and industrial practices. Most recently he has taken on the role of senior director of professional development, focused on enhancing the learning/training/professional development environment for all of Bain's global staff.
Over his career he has worked for Bain clients in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Todd has significant depth of experience across technology and telecom categories, including semiconductors and computers, wireline and wireless telecommunications, and cable television. Todd has also served multiple aerospace and defense, industrial and automotive clients on issues ranging from growth to cost reduction. Todd's consumer products/retail clients have included branded packaged goods, consumer electronics, consumer imaging and a wide variety of food categories. Prior to joining Bain, Todd spent almost nine years on the senior management team of a small high-technology sensor and instrumentation company, where he served most recently as vice president of marketing and sales and treasurer. He is also a founding board member of Polychromix, a VC-backed startup serving the optical telecommunications components and instrumentation sectors that was sold to Thermo in 2010.
Todd earned his M.S. in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management; his Sloan thesis, "Globalizing the Emerging High Technology Company," was published in Industrial Marketing Management. He also holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in East Asian studies from Harvard College and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, reflecting ongoing interest in international issues.
Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
John Loh is a managing director with Guggenheim Partners in their risk management group based in Santa Monica. Previously, John was with Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), holding several positions across the organization, mostly recently as senior vice president of risk and controls. Prior to rejoining PIMCO in 2002, he was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their management consulting services group and was with BlackRock in New York in their trading operations group.
Marketing and Branding
Managing Director and Chief Strategist, Innovation Protocol
Clients, agencies, media and academic institutions call upon Sasha Strauss' award-winning forums worldwide, from Romania to China, Switzerland to Mexico. Media channels like National Public Radio (NPR), Forbes and the Wall Street Journal seek his expertise on branding everything from presidential candidates to innovative startups and Fortune 500s. He has keynoted with notable speakers such as Magic Johnson, Tony Hsieh, Frank Gehry, Biz Stone and Simon Sinek.
With nearly two decades in strategic brand development, Strauss has built brands at the world’s leading advertising, PR, marketing and branding agencies.
In 2006, Strauss founded Innovation Protocol, a brand strategy consulting firm that exclusively serves innovators. As the managing director, Strauss leads a team of strategy consultants that serve clients such as Warner Bros., Johnson & Johnson, Korn Ferry International, ADP, Evite and PayPal. Innovation Protocol also allocates 10 percent of the company's brand development services to nonprofits, with millions of dollars in philanthropic work being delivered since the firm’s founding.
When not supporting Innovation Protocol’s international clientele, Strauss teaches graduate brand strategy at USC’s Marshall School of Business. His courses have a year-long waiting list and remain the most impacted courses in the program. On the other side of town at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Strauss is an Executive-in-Residence, coaching the part-time and Executive MBA students in corporate and professional brand development. Via these professorial roles, Strauss also teaches at preeminent graduate programs such as MIT Sloan and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.
Strauss holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine, a master of strategic corporate communication management from USC and an executive business management certificate from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Strauss is a certified Toastmaster, an Entrepreneur’s Organization leader, a Big Brother (mentor) and an Eagle Scout.