Career Summit 2017

The inaugural Career Summit, envisioned and led by Brad O’Neill ’93 (also creator of K to the Bay and a serial entrepreneur and investor), took place on K’s campus on April 7 and 8, 2017.  Below are links to articles about the Career Summit, followed by the complete schedule for the event.

Career Summit 2017 Schedule

Registration for the Career Summit is now closed.

Friday, April 7:

Dress for Friday is business professional.


Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Hicks Atrium upper level

Check in and pick up your Summit registration materials.

Networking Reception

Time: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Location: Hicks Atrium lower level

Introduce yourself to Summit speakers and ask questions about their career paths.

Dinner and Opening Plenary

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Hicks Banquet Hall

Enjoy an elegant dinner with Summit speakers, College faculty and staff, and other students, while being inspired by the career stories of exceptionally successful professionals. Program includes:

  • Welcome: Jorge G. Gonzalez, President, Kalamazoo College
  • Opening Keynote: Brad O’Neill ’93, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Success—SurveyMonkey Inc.; Creator—K to the Bay; Serial entrepreneur and Investor, “From Career to Calling: Finding Meaning in Work”
  • Opening Panel: “What Drives Me” including Lindsey Haswell, Director of Litigation—Uber Technologies, Om Malik, Partner—True Ventures; Founder—Gigaom, Hilmon Sorey, Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Career Sofia, Val Cole ’83, Retired senior executive—Apple Inc.; consultant and philanthropist, and Michael McFall ’93, Co-president and Chief Executive Officer—Biggby Coffee.

Saturday, April 8:

Dress for Saturday is business casual.


Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Hicks Atrium upper level

Check in and pick up your Summit registration materials.

Continental Breakfast

Time: 8-9 a.m.
Location: Hicks Atrium lower level

Grab some coffee and breakfast treats to start your day. Check back later in the morning for snacks to help you stay energized.

Morning Plenary Session

Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Hicks Banquet Hall

“What You Need to Know to Succeed in Today’s Job Market.” Experienced executives share their insights into successful 21st-century career preparation.

  • Moderator: Amy MacMillan
  • Speakers: Elena Verna, Senior Vice President of Growth—SurveyMonkey Inc., Jeff Wycoff, Co-Founder and Managing partner—Fort Point Capital Partners; Co-Founder and Managing Partner—Cypress Point Capital Management; Co-Founder and Managing Partner—StraiFi, Amy Courter ’83, National president—Women in Defense; Chief operating officer—inerTRAIN, Jeanne Blondia ’87, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer—Stryker Corporation.

Breakout Workshop Session One (choose one of four)

Time: 10:10-11 a.m.
Location: various Hicks locations

Breakout Workshop Session Two (choose one of four)

Time: 11:10 a.m.-noon
Location: various Hicks locations

Networking Lunch

Informal “Hornet Huddle” style table arrangements, featuring one Summit speaker at each of 10 tables. Students may choose a particular guest for a casual lunchtime conversation.

Time: noon-1 p.m.
Location: Hicks Banquet Hall

Closing Plenary Session

Time: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Location: Hicks Banquet Hall

“From Idea to Action.” Wrap up your Summit experience with advice on next steps you can take toward your dream career.


Jeanne Blondia

Jeanne Blondia ’87

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer—Stryker Corporation


Jeanne Blondia joined Stryker as vice president and treasurer in May 2008. In January of 2014 she was named vice president, finance and treasurer. Jeanne is responsible for the Treasury department including all treasury, risk, insurance, real estate and travel functions and works closely with the global finance team. Prior to joining Stryker, Jeanne served as the vice president and treasurer of Constellation Energy Group, Inc. At Constellation she had full treasury responsibilities including funding plans for business growth and was also highly involved in merger and acquisition activities. She previously worked at the General Motors Treasurer’s office in New York and held various roles of increasing responsibility, including director of business development for GMAC, GM’s finance subsidiary. She began her career as an analyst at DRI, an economic consulting firm. Jeanne holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan.

Jonathan Carr

Jonathan Carr

Director of Finance—SurveyMonkey Inc.


Jonathan Carr is the director of finance at SurveyMonkey. He joined the company in October 2012 and is currently responsible for leading financial planning and analysis, strategic finance, sales finance, lender and investor reporting, and mergers and acquisitions financial diligence. Prior to joining SurveyMonkey, Jonathan spent five years at Stryker in various management roles within the finance organization. Most recently, he led the financial planning and analysis organization for a multi-billion dollar technology division of the company. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, real estate, and law from California Polytechnic University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Priyanka Carr

Priyanka Carr

Vice President of Strategy and Operations—SurveyMonkey Inc.

Priyanka on LinkedIn


Priyanka Carr joined SurveyMonkey in November 2014 and currently leads Strategy and Operations, which encompasses corporate strategy, corporate development, strategic planning, organizational design, business unit strategy and business operations. She is also the executive sponsor of SurveyMonkey’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Prior to joining SurveyMonkey, Priyanka worked at Bain & Company, focusing on solving strategic and operational problems for various technology companies. Priyanka holds a bachelor’s degree in psychological science from Williams College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Val Cole

Val Cole ’83

retired senior executive, Apple Inc.; consultant and philanthropist

Val on LinkedIn


Val Cole is a sales, business development and marketing consultant for growing companies. His clients include Blackhawk Network, Spotify, University of California-Santa Cruz, and several hedge funds. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2016, Val enjoyed 14 years at Apple as the senior director of sales and business development for iTunes and Apple Pay. Before joining Apple, he held leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and several Silicon Valley start-ups. He serves as vice chair for the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, vice chair of the Digital NEST and is a board member of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Val earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College. 

Amy Courter

Amy Courter ’83

National President—Women in Defense
Chief Operating Officer—inerTRAIN

Amy on LinkedIn


Amy Courter is the chief operating officer at inerTRAIN and is responsible for delivering the signature customer experience through its network of trainers. Prior to inerTRAIN, Amy’s diverse background included 20 years of leadership at Valassis, a $2.3 billion public marketing services corporation, and serving as the national commander and chief executive officer of the all-volunteer Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. She also served on numerous boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations, and currently serves on the Kalamazoo College board of trustees. Amy is an executive coach at the Inforum Center for Leadership’s Next4Vets program and serves as national president of Women In Defense. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College where she double majored in psychology and education.

Lindsey Haswell

Lindsey Haswell

Director of Litigation—Uber Technologies

Lindsey on LinkedIn


Lindsey Haswell founded the litigation department at Uber, which handles the biggest and most diverse litigation docket of any tech company in recent history. As director of litigation, Lindsey built the team and the machinery to manage global legal issues at scale. Before joining Uber, Lindsey spent 11 years as a litigator at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, best known for defeating California’s Proposition 8, the amendment denying same-sex couples the right to marry. Lindsey, a California native, is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s undergraduate and law schools. She lives in San Francisco with her entrepreneur husband and two little boys.

Ed Hortelano

Edwin Hortelano ’83

Global Vice President for Research and Development—Loparex

Edwin on LinkedIn


Edwin Hortelano began his career at Covestro (then Mobay) in New Martinsville, W.V. where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S., Germany and China. Although he spent most of his Covestro career in research and technical roles, he also worked in production, sales and business development. In October 2010, Ed joined the Global Non-Wovens Division of Bostik Inc. in Wauwatosa, Wis. He managed the global technical activities for the division and led the research activities for the hot melt, pressure-sensitive adhesive technology platform. From May 2013, until his departure, Ed served as the chief technical officer for Bostik. Since September of 2015, Ed has served as the global vice president for research and development at Loparex LLC. As the senior R&D executive for the company, he is working to build a global technical community and to improve the processes and delivery of new products and technologies. Ed earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Wayne State University. He worked with Professor Ernest Eliel as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ed and his family live in Raleigh, N.C. When he is not working, or traveling for work, Ed enjoys spending time with his family as well as running and biking around Raleigh.

Terri Kline

Teresa (Terri) Kline ’80

President and Chief Executive Officer—HAP
Executive Vice President—Henry Ford Health System

Teresa on LinkedIn


Teresa (Terri) L. Kline became president and chief executive officer of HAP and executive vice president of the Henry Ford Health System in November 2016. Terri’s executive leadership career in health care spans 30 years, with a balanced blend of payer and provider experience in insurance, managed care, consulting, physician practice management, health care information technology, financial performance and clinical network management. Prior to joining HAP, Terri led her own firm in Atlanta, Ga., providing strategic consulting, due diligence and interim management services. Before that, she was senior vice president and chief health care management officer for Health Care Service Corporation, the fourth-largest U.S. health insurer with 14 million members. During her career, she served as the chief executive officer of CHA Health; president and chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia; senior vice president, managed care for HealthSouth; senior vice president, operations for OnCare Inc.; and as regional vice president of Aetna Health Plans, where she managed 25 percent of Aetna’s group health business, which included 3.4 million members. Terri serves on the boards of LaunchPoint Corp., Presbyterian Health Plan (a for-profit plan owned by Presbyterian Health Services) and the Grand Canyon Association. A native of Michigan, Terri received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College.

Om Malik

Om Malik

Partner—True Ventures


Journalist Om Malik founded technology blog Gigaom in 2001. With seed funding from True Ventures, he turned the one-man blog into a media company and research firm. Not long thereafter, Om became a venture partner then partner at True Ventures where he continues to invest in promising networking and internet infrastructure technologies.

Om regularly writes for The New Yorker and provides commentary on tech trends to broadcast channels including Bloomberg West, NPR and BBC television and radio. He started writing about tech in the early 1990s. In 2003, he published his first book Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist. Born and raised in New Delhi, Om is now happily situated in Northern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Stephen’s College where he graduated with honors.

Michael McFall

Michael McFall ’93

Co-President/Chief Executive Officer—BIGGBY Coffee

Michael on LinkedIn


Michael McFall is the co-president/chief executive officer of BIGGBY Coffee, a regional retail coffee franchise with more than 240 stores operating and another 30 in development. He has pioneered BIGGBY’s successful independent-owner business model and is currently developing some exciting lines of new business within the company. Michael graduated from Milford, Mich. High School after a junior year circumnavigating the globe. In 1994, he graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor’s degree in economics, four athletic varsity letters in golf and the value derived from a study abroad experience in Sierra Leone. Michael, his wife and three children live in Ann Arbor.

Brad O'Neill

Brad O’Neill ’93

Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Success—SurveyMonkey

Brad on LinkedIn


Brad O’Neill joined SurveyMonkey in August 2015 through the acquisition of TechValidate, a marketing content automation company that he co-founded and built into a high growth, profitable global market leader. Prior to TechValidate, Brad founded the U.S. division of StumbleUpon, the leader in content discovery, after leading its acquisition by eBay in 2007. He has held many sales and revenue leadership positions at enterprise technology companies, including the data clustering software company PolyServe, acquired by Hewlett-Packard, and StorageNetworks, which he helped build and take public on the Nasdaq in 2000. Brad has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kalamazoo College, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.

Hilmon Sorey

Hilmon Sorey

Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer—CareerSofia

Hilmon on LinkedIn


Hilmon Sorey is the co-founder and chief revenue officer of CareerSofia—THE Sales Coaching Platform. Prior to CareerSofia he was an award-winning sales management consultant and trainer to Salesforce, Box, SurveyMonkey, Nutanix and other fast-growth Silicon Valley firms. He continues to advise chief executive officers regarding methodology, organization and scalability. Hilmon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University.

Elena Verna

Elena Verna

Senior Vice President, Growth—SurveyMonkey

Elena on LinkedIn


Elena Verna joined SurveyMonkey in November 2009 as one of the founding members of the company’s business intelligence group. Currently, she is responsible for acquisition, conversion, retention and billing, which includes managing the billing platform, CRM and SEO/SEM channels. Elena also runs the growth hacking, AB testing, and analytics teams. She previously worked in the marketing strategy group at Safeway, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Elena holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Wycoff

Jeff Wycoff

CoFounder and Managing Partner—Fort Point Capital
Co-Founder and Managing Partner—Cypress Point Capital Management
Co-Founder and Managing Partner—StraiFi

Jeff on LinkedIn


Jeff Wycoff is co-founder and managing partner of Fort Point Capital, a San Francisco based investment management firm; Cypress Point Capital Management, a hedge fund accelerator platform; and StraiFi, a venture backed financial technology company. Over the last 20 years he has [advised on] billions in capital for numerous individuals and institutions. He is a proud father of four teenagers and an enthusiastic weekend gardener.

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