Date & Time

Monday, March 2, 2020

6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Free for Club Members
$10 for Non-Members

Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street, SF
Crystal Ballroom, 11th Floor

Topics of Discussion:

  • From military to entrepreneurship
  • Advice for Veterans
  • Current project as an entrepreneur
  • Leadership challenges
  • Military experience

Panel of Veteran Entrepreneurs:

Chris Hsu is the co-founder and CEO of Zibo, an all-in-one financial services platform for independent landlords. He has more than 25 years of experience as a highly effective, strategic business and technology leader. Before founding Zibo, Chris served as CEO of enterprise software company Micro Focus. Prior to that, he was COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he successfully led the largest corporate separation in history. Previously, Chris spent nearly 15 years in leadership roles at top consulting firms, including KKR and McKinsey, after completing his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  Chris graduated as a Distinguished Cadet from West Point and served as a U.S. Army Captain. He is an advisor to Commit, a nonprofit focused on helping military veterans find fulfilling careers.

Zach Scheel is the co-founder and CEO of Rhumbix, a San Francisco-based startup helping builders go paperless in the field and improving how they measure and manage labor productivity. Zach has more than a decade of construction project management experience across three continents. As a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the US Navy, he served as the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction and Assistant Public Works Officer at Naval Station Everett, WA, and Military Construction Manager at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. After his active duty service, Zach worked as an Associate at Bechtel Enterprises, Assistant Area Superintendent at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, and as a Project Controls Engineer at Organic Growth Project One, located in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile. Zach has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and two master’s degrees from Stanford University in business and construction. He’s a registered professional engineer in the state of California and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C).  Outside of work Zach serves as a Cause Ambassador to the Movember Foundation, is actively involved in numerous Veteran-related charities, and enjoys travel, wakeboarding, skiing, and good wine.

Kimberly Shenk is the co-founder and CEO of Novi, a company that uses AI technology to enable supply chain transparency for consumer package goods companies. Prior to Novi she co-founded NakedPoppy, a clean beauty e-retailer. She has served as Head of Product/Data Science for Domino Data Lab, Eventbrite and Sports Authority, and as a Data Scientist and Captain in the United States Air Force. Kimberly holds an M.S. from MIT and a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy (class of 2008).

Jackie is the co-founder and Senior Vice President of Business Development of BMNT, an innovation consultancy and early-stage technology incubator that partners with national security agencies to solve problems at startup speed. She was on the teaching team for the inaugural Hacking for Defense at Stanford University, and is an active advisor to the “Common Mission Project”, the non-profit that administers Hacking for Defense that is planned for a 50 University expansion in 2020. In her previous service in the Air Force, Jackie was a program manager for Air Force space systems and led joint programs for military and intelligence customers. Jackie has a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.

Susannah Rose Stokes was born on a blueberry farm near Atlanta, Georgia. At an early age, she discovered her drive to serve and decided to become a US Marine, graduating from the US Naval Academy as a Second Lieutenant in 2011. During her service, she completed two deployments to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, advocated against sexual assault as a Uniformed Victim Advocate, and provided care to Marines and their families as a Family Readiness Officer. In 2016, Susannah made the exciting transition to Facebook, where she spent three years working on culture, internal communications and operations. There, she was also the Global Lead for the Facebook Veterans and Allies Employee Resource Group, growing it from 200 to 1800 members worldwide. She then became the Chief of Staff at a startup in San Francisco, where she served as the right-hand leader to the CEO through a Series B fundraise. Now, Susannah is founder and CEO of a leadership development company, DUO Leadership, which seeks to grow conscious and compassionate leaders for a better future. She is the Secretary of the Marines’ Memorial Association of directors, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and is passionate about promoting equalism around the world.


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