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The Summit Distinguished Speaker Series is an opportunity for students to hear from leaders in the industry. Receive career guidance from executives, learn tips for navigating the industry during Covid-19, and network with business leaders.

Upcoming Summit speakers: 


Sandy Carter

Tuesday, March 9th @ 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sandy Carter is Sandra “Sandy” Carter is an American businesswoman, speaker, and author. She was a general manager at IBM from 2013 to 2016, and in April 2017 she became a vice president at Amazon Web Services.

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Past Summit Speakers

Andy Cunningham

Thursday, March 4th @ 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Andy Cunningham is an American strategic marketing and communications entrepreneur. She helped launch the Apple Macintosh in 1984 as a part of Regis McKenna, and founded Cunningham Communication, Inc. She is currently the President of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy, marketing, and communications firm.

Dan Rosensweig

Wednesday, September 23rd at 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PT

CMU-SV students, meet ,

President and Chief Executive Officer of !

The Summit Distinguished Speaker Series is starting next week! We're kicking things off with an opportunity for students to meet Dan Rosensweig, President and CEO of Chegg. Dan was previously the COO for Yahoo! and CEO of Guitar Hero, and has extensive experience in the software industry. Spots will fill up fast, so register today! Here's a unique opportunity to hear from a leader in the software industry about his path to success. Receive career guidance from a CEO, learn about how Chegg is making their mark in the industry and putting students first, and receive leadership advice from a seasoned pro.

Dr. Chenxi Wang

Friday, October 16, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT

A fireside chat with Dr. Chenxi Wang discussing cybersecurity and venture investment.

Dr. Chenxi Wang is the Founder and General Partner of Rain Capital, a seed-stage venture fund focused on Enterprise Software and Cybersecurity markets. A well-known operator, technologist, and thought leader in the Cybersecurity industry, Dr. Wang is a member of the Board of Directors for MDU Resources (NYSE: mdu), Aleada Consulting, and the board of advisors for Secure Code Warrior.


Michael Brown

Monday, October 19, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. PT

Michael Brown is the Director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) at the U.S. Department of Defense. DIU, established in 2015, fields leading-edge commercial capabilities to the military faster and more cost effectively than traditional defense acquisition methods. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and at the Pentagon, DIU is embedded in key innovation ecosystems across the country and builds direct relationships with organizations that strengthen our national security innovation base.

Matt Rogers

Friday, October 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. PT

Matt Rogers is the founder of, a values-based investor that provides catalytic capital and guidance for world positive start-ups, non-profits, and activists. Matt is also the co-founder of Nest, where he built the team that created the first machine learning thermostat and the leading brand for the connected home.


Dr. Alvy Ray Smith

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. PT

Dr. Alvy Ray Smith co-founded two successful startups: Pixar - see Pixar founding documents - (sold to Disney) and Altamira (sold to Microsoft). He was the first director of computer graphics at Lucasfilm and an original member of the Computer Graphics Lab of the New York Institute of Technology. He was also the first Graphics Fellow at Microsoft. For more details see

Sophie Alcorn

Wednesday, November 4th at 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. PT

Sophie Alcorn is the Founder of Alcorn Immigration Law. She discussed the future of immigration in the United States. Alcorn shared her thoughts on immigration and global migration in the midst of a pandemic and how students can navigate their post-graduation steps.