FIRG Seminar with Eli Hurvitz: "A Startup Nation Prepared: The Role of Catalytic Philanthropy in Israel's Quest for Excellence"

Israel experienced a sharp decline in the number of its high achievers in mathematics in high schools between 2006 and 2012. The steep falloff placed the "start-up nation" at risk and was cause for public alarm. This talk tells the story of how Israel awoke to this trouble and articulates the strategy that enabled it to reverse and restore its performance. The talk will emphasize the role played within this strategy by catalytic philanthropy.

MEM Seminar: Malaika Paquiot, Chief Product Officer, Avalanche Insights

Malaika Paquiot is the Chief Product Officer with Avalanche Insights. She is building a world class engineering, data science, design and product management team at the leader in qualitative insights at scale. Malaika is a global manager with strong leadership and business skills with experience presenting to C-level executives as well as leading LEAN teams in the delivery of innovative software products. She also looks at the future of media consumption and distribution via the internet.

Technology and the Hybrid Work Environment: Manager Information Session

Is your department struggling to balance staff working on-site and remotely and finding it difficult to keep people connected? Tune in for this manager information session to learn tips, tricks and best practices for some of Duke's collaboration tools. You will also hear about using video tools effectively for connecting those working on-site vs. remotely.

Digital Health and Data Science Innovation: Enabling New Models of Care Globally

Digital health and data science holds promise for significant advances in health care access, quality and affordability. Together with our knowledge partner McKinsey & Company, we will be gathering with global leaders in health innovation to discuss how emerging digital technologies could fundamentally shift models of care and bring powerful new tools to both patients and care givers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

MEM Seminar: Kristen Taylor, Socialive

Kristen Taylor is the Director of Engineering with Socialive, a startup video creation and live streaming platform for business. Previously, she was VP of Engineering and Product Manager with PrecisionHawk, an RTP-based drone technology startup. She was a senior product owner with Lumeris and a product manager with PeopleFluent. She has a bachelor of science in computer engineering from NC State.

MEM Seminar: Alan Sheridan, Google

Alan Sheridan is a Tech Lead/Manager for Google, where he's worked for more than eight years. He has a master's in computer science and a bachelor of science in computer science and math for more than eight years. He was president of NC State's inaugural Dance Marathon, which benefited Duke Children's Hospital, and he was named NC State's 2011 Male Leader of the Pack in recognition of his community service and leadership skills.

MEM Seminar: Suzy Steele, Cree

Suzy Steele is Director of Data & Analytics, IT & Strategy Services, with Cree, the Durham, NC-based semiconductor manufacturing firm. She was previously at Red Hat for 11 years where she was Director of Data & Analytics, Director of Data Management, and Senior Manager of Operations Data Management. Prior to Red Hat, she was a change manager and business systems consultant with Martin Marietta Materials.

MEM Seminar: Curtis Mitchell, Newsela

Curtis Mitchell is the VP of Software Engineering with Newsela, a NYC-based educational technology startup. Previously, he was with People Fluent for more than seven years, most recently as Senior VP of Product Engineering. His career includes software roles in companies such as LexisNexis. He has a BA in Business Administration, Management Information, from Seton Hall University.

MEM Seminar: Kelly Pfrommer, Co-Founder & CEO, Cloud Giants

Kelly Pfrommer loves all things Salesforce. She also knows that companies have bigger fish to fry than learning all the ins and outs of what Salesforce can do. For this reason, Kelly founded Cloud Giants in 2014 and has assembled a team of problem solvers that are dedicated to guiding organizations through their most complex business challenges. Kelly fully embodies Cloud Giant's core values and is the cornerstone of the team's drive to exceed client expectations.