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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. Lectures are open to all.

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Rima Mehta, CEO, TV Ad IndxIndia, A Blue Ocean
Rima Mehta, CEO, TV Ad Indx

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Hongwen KangHongwen Kang
Senior Director at Tencent

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Eugene Danilkis, Co-Founder & CEO, Mambu
Sofia Nunes, People Engagement & Culture Specialist/Co-Founder, Mambu
Frederik Pfisterer, Co-Founder & MD Corporate, Mambu

Eugene Danilkis Sofia Nunes Frederik Pfisterer

Friday, October 16, 2020

Mark CubanMark Cuban
Mark Cuban Companies

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Kalpesh KapadiaKalpesh Kapadia
CEO and Co-founder

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Meredith GrelliMeredith Meyer Grelli
Co-Founder and Co-Owner
Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider & Mead

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Co-founder and CEO

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Leslie RobertsonLeslie Robertson
Vice President, Software Development
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ophir Tanz

Ophir Tanz

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Raji Sankar

Raji Sankar
Co-CEO, Wholesome International
Co-Founder, Choolaah Indian BBQ
Franchisee, Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Friday, January 18, 2019

Homaira Akbari

W.L. Mellon Speaker: 
Dr. Homaira Akbari
President and CEO
AKnowledge Partners LLC



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel
Founder and CEO

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Rob Cochran

Rob Cochran
President and CEO
#1 Cochran

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Vishwas Prabhakara

Vishwas Prabhakara
General Manager
Yelp Reservations

November 1, 2016

Adam Gross

Adam Gross
Chief Executive Officer

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October 4, 2016

Deepak Ahuja

W.L. Mellon Speaker Series:
Deepak Ahuja
Chief Financial Officer, Retired
Tesla Motors

September 22, 2016

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Susan Gregg Koger
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

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September 2, 2016

Boris Sofman and Hanns Teppeiner, Co-Founders of AnkiBoris Sofman & Hanns Tappeiner


April 19, 2016

Lane Bess

Lane M. Bess
Board of Directors

April 13, 2016

David Hersh (DC 1989, TPR 1993)
Peter Pezaris (S 1992)
Michael Gersh (TPR 1990)
Founders of, and Glip, Inc.

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February 26, 2016

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Eric Vishria
General Partner

January 21, 2016

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Matthew Humphrey
Co-founder & CEO

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October 22, 2015


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Glen de Vries
Co-founder & President
Medidata Solutions

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October 7, 2015

Javier Soltero

       Javier Soltero
       Acompli, Inc. (acquired by Microsoft)


October 8, 2014

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Monte Zweben
Co-founder & CEO
Splice Machine

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January 23, 2014

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Matt Rogers
Founder & VP of Engineering
Nest Labs

September 12, 2013

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Lila Ibrahim
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

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March 21, 2013

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Bill Campbell
Chairman of the Board, Intuit
Board Member, Apple

February 26, 2016

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Bill Seibel
Founder & CEO

February 8, 2013

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Raj Kapoor
Founder & Managing Partner,
Venture Partner, Mayfield Fund

October 4, 2012

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Brian Frezza
Co-founder & Co-CEO
Emerald Therapeutics