From Struggle to Success


July 31, 2017

UCLA Extension Gayley Center

Featured Presenters

Megan Fillinich

Chief Technology Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Prior to her current post at the Naval Surface War Center, Megan served as Deputy Program Manager at PEO Integrated Warfare Systems and Science & Technology Director at PEO Littoral Combat Ships. She holds and MBA from MIT and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Kimberly Jo

Associate Chief Information Officer, County of Los Angeles

Kimberly Jo, Senior Deputy for Budget Advocacy and Information Technology, is responsible for the advancement of budget and technology policy and initiatives that support economic development, environmental, health and human services, justice and public safety, transportation, and communication priorities.

Previously, Ms. Jo served as the Associate Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the area of Information Technology (IT) Strategic Planning and Governance for the County of Los Angeles’ CIO. The CIO serves as the in-house IT consultant providing strategy, coordination, and oversight of the County’s more than $1 billion dollar IT investment.

John Carnahan

CDO and EVP of Data Science & Engineering, Live Nation

Key algorithmic contributions in the areas of sponsored search (targeting ads to search queries) and sponsored content (targeting ads to page content) at Goto, Overture and Yahoo. Head of product and engineering at FAN. FAN is the creator of Hypertargeting, targetable segments of audiences on social media and MyAds, a self-serve marketplace for display advertising.

Jody Mulkey

Chief Technology Officer, Ticketmaster

Jody is a builder of high performance teams, systems and consumer internet businesses.


David Cass

IBM Global Partner, VP, and Chief Information Security Officer, Cloud & SaaS

David is a proven business leader, change agent and subject matter expert in the Risk and Resiliency field offering 15+ years of senior management experience with an emphasis on building and strengthening Risk Assessment & Management and IT Security for JP Morgan Chase, PwC and Max Blau & Sons, Inc.

Peter Loo

CIO of County of Los Angeles

Peter has worked in the Chief Information Office for the County of Los Angeles for the past ten years. He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.A. in Chemical Engineering.

Joe Manna

Chief Technology Officer of Experian

Joe is a seasoned technology executive with experience working in startups and large corporations.

Israel Niezen

Chief Revenue Officer of Telescope

Israel has significant experience developing new businesses and bringing to market new products in the areas of social media, audience engagement, and mobile marketing.

Gulliver Smithers

SVP Product & Technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment

Gulliver currently heads up product & technology for Sony Networks globally. An experienced senior technologist with a successful track record of team building, innovation and delivery within digital media. Skilled in consumer technology strategy, proposition, design and user experience for digital products across web, TV and Apps.


Jeanne Holm

Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO of County of Los Angeles

Jeanne is the Deputy CIO of the City of Los Angeles, working on issues ranging from homelessness to predictive analytics. As a senior consultant with the World Bank, she worked with governments throughout the world to build robust open data ecosystems and ensure transparency. She was the Evangelist for Data.Gov for the U.S. White House and the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics and Distinguished Instructor at UCLA.

Bruce Huang

Founding Director, UCLAx Silicon Beach Innovation Lab

Bruce Huang is a business executive with the ability to listen, collaborate, and innovate. At IBM, Bruce led a business transformation that turned a cost-center into a multi-million dollars professional services profit-center. I’ve also transformed a declining private education business into a technology-driven learning services company increasing its enrollment by 500 percent.

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