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Speakers & Presenters


Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker Linh Peters

Linh Peters '98 BA, '05 MBA


Linh Peters is the Global Chief Marketing Officer, Calvin Klein, a role she assumed in November 2020. She is responsible for all aspects of marketing for the Calvin Klein brand globally for both owned and operated channels as well as Licensing. As CMO, Linh oversees Brand Marketing, Creative, Visual Merchandising/Store Design, Corporate Communications, and Marketing Operations

With a focus on connecting data, technology and customer experience to redefine Marketing for world class brands; Linh has an extensive background in consumer marketing roles and has a proven track record as a leader who has increased brand equity, delivered business and shareholder value and built and led highly successful and engaged teams. She was most recently at Starbucks where she was the Vice President of Loyalty, Partnerships and Licensed Stores Product & Marketing. Linh also held leadership positions in Digital Innovation and Brand Marketing. 

Prior to Starbucks, Linh worked in several areas of Marketing and Strategy for Ulta Beauty, Target and Best Buy where she was responsible for overseeing consumer growth initiatives. Linh currently serves on the Advisory Board of Ayo Foods and is a member of the AdWeek Sustainability Council. 

Linh holds a M.B.A in Marketing and Strategy and a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Minnesota. 

Faculty Speakers & Moderators

Mark Bergen





Speaker topic: A Protective Face Mask for Pricing Strategy: The Case for Reflecting Societal Values in Pricing

Professor Bergen teaches undergraduates, MBAs, executives, and PhDs in courses on pricing strategy and marketing management, earning him numerous awards for teaching excellence at the Carlson School and recognition as an outstanding faculty member. His research focuses on pricing and channels of distribution, where he has studied issues such as pricing as a strategic capability, price wars, pricing as truces, pass-through, branded variants, dual distribution, gray markets, co-op advertising, and quick response. 

Karen Donohue


Karen Donohue



Speaker topic: Supply Chain Panel- Risk and Resiliency During The Pandemic

Professor Donohue’s work has focused on examining methods for coordinating inventory and distribution decisions across supply chains. In her research on these issues, she has utilized multiple different quantitative and qualitative approaches to fully understand issues in Supply Chain Management. In addition to her role as Chair in Supply Chain, she also serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science and POMS.

Stephen Parente


Stephen Parente





Speaker topic: Innovation in Healthcare Panel

Dr. Parente specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. He has served Carlson over the years in a plethora of roles, such as Associate Dean of MBA and MS Programs as well as the longest-serving Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. Outside of his roles at the school, he has also held a number of high-ranking government advisory positions such as Chief Economist for Health Policy and Senior Economist on the Council of Economic Advisors.

Myles Shaver


Myles Shaver



Speaker topic: Are We Really Heading to a "New Normal" of Office Work Post Pandemic?

Professor Shaver’s research about corporate expansion is published in leading scholarly journals and he has been invited to present at conferences and universities around the world. His recent research about the Minneapolis-St. Paul Headquarters economy has helped guide talent attraction and retention initiatives in the region and is presented in his book: Headquarters Economy: Managers, Mobility, and Migration

Facilitators & Panelists


Liwanag Ojala

Liwanag Ojala

Chief Executive Officer


Topic: Keynote Facilitator
Liwanaga has served as CEO of CaringBridge, a global nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey, since February 2016.  AS CEO, she leads the senior leadership team in developing and executing strategic plans in advancing their vision: a world where no one goes through a health journey alone.

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Avanish Vellanki

Cofounder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO

Rain Therapeutics

Topic: Innovation in Healthcare Panel
Avanish started Rain Therapeutics in 2017 with a vision to build a precision oncology biotechnology company and subsequently sourced three novel compounds for difficult to treat cancers.  The lead program has demonstrated its ability to triple-to-quadruple survival time as compared to the current FDA-approved therapy for patients with Liposarcoma.  Rain Therapeutics has now raised over $200 million in equity capital from leading biotech specialist investors, and with an IPO completed in April 2021.  Rain's current market cap stands at approximately $500 million, four years after the founding of the Company.

Sallie Burke

Sallie Burke

Vice President, Health Integration

Best Buy Co. Inc.

Topic: Supply Chain Panel
Sallie Burke MS SCM '17 currently holds a role within Best Buy Co. Inc. leading integrations of newly acquired companies building capabilities to grow the Health business. Her previous experiences range from operational to strategy roles, spanning across multiple disciplines within the Supply Chain and Enterprise Strategy.  These experiences have come from 19 years with Best Buy Co. Inc., as well as time at Griffin International, Imation Corp., and through her own consulting service – End 2 End Solutions LLC.

Kathy Tune

Kathy Tune

Managing Partner at CAPITA3

Chair of the Board, CFO, COO at Marani Health

Topic: Innovation in Healthcare Panel
Kathy is a proven healthcare executive with more than 25 years of investing and business experience. Her extensive background in venture capital and growth equity investing include M&A transaction expertise, corporate strategy, business development, sales and marketing strategy, and audit and compensation committee membership. She led and managed a number of the portfolio company investments in the Thomas, McNerney & Partners fund portfolios with a primary focus on medical device technology, diagnostics and connected devices. Kathleen has worked with a range of companies from startups to large organizations in the highly regulated healthcare industry. She is currently serving on multiple corporate boards and serves or has served in board and advisory roles to a number of additional portfolio companies. Extensive community leadership including service on several non-profit boards.