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Dean, School of Theater; Head of Directing: Artistic Director
California Institute of the Arts
After starting the 2015 season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Clay Helton was named USC’s permanent head coach on Nov. 30, dropping the interim head coach title he had held since Oct. 12 (for USC’s final 7 regular season games). He signed a 5-year contract.
The 44-year-old Helton, who has been at USC since 2010, is 6-4 as the Trojan head coach (5-4 in 2015, with wins over a pair of Top 25 teams), including 0-2 as the permanent head coach. He guided the 2015 Trojans to 5 wins in the last 6 regular-season games (including victories over No. 3 Utah and No. 22 UCLA), the co-championship of the challenging Pac-12 South Division, a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game and a trip to the Holiday Bowl. He was named the 2015 Los Angeles Sports Council Coach of the Year.
Morten is an award winning management professor, researcher, bestselling author and one of the Top 50 management thinkers on the planet, according to Thinkers50. He teaches future leaders of Apple at their University, and also continues to teach at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as INSEAD which was voted the best business school in the world by the Financial Times – he was also formerly a professor of Harvard and holds a PhD from Stanford.
Alex Van Pelt enters his fifth season with the Packers and returns to coaching quarterbacks, a group he led in 2014, following his role of quarterbacks/wide receivers coach in 2015. He was the team’s running backs coach in his first two years with the club (2012-13). He is entering his 20th NFL season and his 11th as an NFL assistant coach.
Van Pelt joined the Packers on February 13, 2012, as running backs coach after spending the previous two seasons (2010-11) as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was named quarterbacks coach by Green Bay on Feb. 7, 2014. Prior to his appointment with the Buccaneers, Van Pelt spent four seasons (2006-09) on the offensive coaching staff of the Buffalo Bills.
Michael is the reigning World Rugby Coach of the Year after leading Australia to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final and winning the 2015 Rugby Championship. He has had a standout coaching career as he’s led Leinster to the 2009 Heineken Cup trophy, the NSW Waratahs to the 2014 Super Rugby title and Stade Francais to the 2011 Challenge Cup Final – this makes him the only ever coach to win a major rugby club competition in each hemisphere. He took over the Wallabies when the team were in somewhat of a crisis, and within a year identified and rectified the weaknesses in the teams play, overhauled the coaching and playing staff and created a new environment and philosophy for the team to buy in to – hence the success at RWC2015 and him becoming the first Australian to win the games top coaching accolade since 2001.
Chief Creative Officer
Brandon Oldenburg is an award-winning illustrator, designer, sculptor and film director. After co-founding Moonbot Studios he won an Academy Award® for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. He also received an Emmy Award for his directorial work on film and game experience The Scarecrow. As well as winning a Webby Award for his work on The Numberlys picture book app, Brandon co-hosted TCM Movie Camp. His forthcoming projects include a brand new company, Flight School, and a new animated short world premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Author, The Captain Class: The Driving Force Behind the World's Greatest Teams
Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, overseeing the paper’s in-depth page-one news features and investigative reporting projects. A former sports columnist, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports pages in 2009 and oversaw the paper’s global coverage of sports news and major events across all print editions and digital platforms. He is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy-baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York with his wife, Christy Fletcher, and their two children.
Director of Design
Jody Medich is a designer, technologist, and futurist determined to create superhumans, not supercomputers, by training technology to “speak Human”. In her 22-year design career, Medich has created holograms, physical products, R&D and more for more than 100 companies. She is now director of design for Singularity University Labs, where she incubates solutions to Global Grand Challenges using exponential technologies. She’s spent the last 7 years on AR/VR, most notably as Principal Experience Designer on the HoloLens Project at Microsoft and Principal UX at LEAP Motion. Previously, she co-founded and directed Kicker Studio, a design consultancy specializing in Natural User Interface and R&D for companies including Intel, Samsung, Microsoft, and DARPA.
Dean, School of Theater; Head of Directing: Artistic Director
Travis is a critically acclaimed director of theater and opera and is the leader of the world renowned CalArts, widely considered one of the best and unique schools of its kind. The institute was founded by an array of creative professionals including Walt Disney back in 1961 and provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists where students are free to develop their own work in a workshop atmosphere – it boasts a number of famous alumni such as Dustin Hoffman, Tim Burton and Michael Richards, as well as many lesser known but hugely successful playwrights. Travis is a hugely respected figure in his industry and has travelled all around the world to lead productions such as Macbeth and Prometheus Bound as well as teach at many institutions such as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, the National Theater School of Denmark and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
General Manager Intel Sports Group
James Carwana is general manager of the Intel Sports Group. As general manager, he leads the division’s mission to pioneer the digitization of sports by driving the next wave of powerful technologies that will transform the sports experience for fans, athletes and coaches.
Before assuming his role as head of the group in 2016, Carwana advanced through the Intel Accelerated Leadership Program, working rotations in the Mobile Communications Group, Team Google and Software Defined Networks. Most recently, Carwana served as Strategic Program Manager and Technical Assistant to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Prior to joining Intel, Carwana began his career as a principal engineer at Newport Media.
Carwana holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and Master of Science in electrical engineering–embedded computing systems from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2013, Carwana earned his Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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