James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series
The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series provides a forum for the Carnegie Mellon University community and its entrepreneurial network partners in Pittsburgh to discuss issues central to entrepreneurial leadership. The series brings to campus entrepreneurial thought leaders from centers around the country to exchange views on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s competitive, global economy. Speakers include successful entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who are focused on emerging and growing market sectors that are important for competitiveness in the global economy. All lectures are open to Carnegie Mellon faculty, students, staff and select guests.
Chief Financial Officer, Retired
October 4, 2016
12:30 - 1:20pm
Deepak Ahuja (MSIA ‘93) served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesla Motors from 2008 to 2015. One of Tesla’s longest-serving executives, Deepak played an important role in the company’s rise from startup to highly-valued electric car maker and was its first finance chief.
Deepak holds an M.S.I.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, an M.S. in materials engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India.
Susan Gregg Koger
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer
September 22, 2016
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Posner Hall, Cooper Auditorium
ModCloth started as an outlet for Susan’s love of thrift shopping. Back in high school, she often found herself unable to pass up a great vintage find (no matter its size). In 2002, her then-boyfriend (and now husband), Eric, created a website to help her turn her thrifting hobby into a business. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, they made ModCloth their full-time careers.
ModCloth is a digital-first lifestyle brand committed to inspiring personal style and helping its community of customers feel like the best version of themselves. ModCloth offers distinctly feminine and vintage-inspired clothing in modern fabrications and silhouettes. The company designs and sells its own exclusive line of apparel in a full range of sizes, and carries a unique assortment of fashion and home decor from over a hundred independent designers.
April 13, 2016
February 26, 2016
January 21, 2016
Co-founder & CEO
October 22, 2015
Glen de Vries
Co-founder & President
January 23, 2014
Founder & VP of Engineering
September 12, 2013
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers