Marisa Bryce, CEO / Co-Founder
She has 15 years experience creating and launching new products and services. She was most recently lead product for several new businesses at Qualcomm, designing the strategic direction of the associated businesses. She has held previous positions as the CEO and Co-Founder of a software platform and service for crowd-funded media, and has held senior level business development roles for several venture-funded SAASs and ISPs. She has also held positions with Ernst & Young, Tribune Company, and Sara Lee Corporation.
Ms. Bryce has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a JD from University of Virginia’s School of Law and a BA from Wellesley. She is the founder of two non-profit boards, The Auxiliary Council for the Steppenwolf Theater Company and the Guild Board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Randy Menna, CTO / Co-Founder
He has over 25 system software development and management experience. He has extensive management experience spanning the entire software development lifecycle, and is regularly engaged as an expert by companies seeking to develop disruptive technologies. His expertise allows him to manage the building of back-end systems and software that can be utilized independently, or with a mobile interface. Some of the projects include a wireless cardiac arrhythmia monitoring system, an electronic wireless e-book reader, a mobile commerce payment and messaging system, and a vehicle fleet management system.
Mr. Menna holds 7 patents, a BA from the University of Chicago and an MS from the University of Illinois.
Game-Changing, Tel-Co Grade, Mission-Critical Communications Experts
The average ConversePoint developer has 20 years worth of experience in creating, architecting and building highly available, highly scalable software and systems for billion-dollar, multi-national companies and fast moving start-ups. They are mobile first, but not mobile only. They don't just build applications, they build products that are the cornerstones for businesses. They have 12 years of experience working together as a team, and the Co-Founders.
Qualcomm Technology Licensing
Dr. Heinzinger is senior vice president of QUALCOMM's Technology Licensing division, investigating new licensing opportunities, technology implications, and acquisitions. Recently, Dr. Heinzinger acted as CTO of MediaFLO USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM that is deploying a nationwide broadcast network for true mobile TV. Prior to that, he set up QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, and was a senior member of QUALCOMM's management team, handling a number of emerging businesses. He also played a key role in starting up and developing Qualcomm?s Consumer Products Division where he led the engineering, quality, business operations and business systems organizations.
Dr. Heinzinger was awarded the Samuel Silver Memorial Scholarship Award from UC Berkeley in 1983 and has been published in numerous scientific journals.
Former CTO Motorola Mobility
Bill has 25 years of experience at Motorola. During his tenure, he was responsible for the technology in Motorola's key mobile products including RAZR, DROID, DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX and RAZR HD. He was the top inventor at Motorola Mobility & created and led the team responsible for generating and filing a majority of the company's intellectual property. He has extensive experience advising carriers on wireless connectivity, emerging technologies and the generation of creative solutions.
Bill has an MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BSEE from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Joan T Waltman,
Former Divisional President Qualcomm
Qualcomm Enterprise Services
Most recently, Waltman served as Division President for Qualcomm Enterprise Services (QES). Prior to joining Partnerships in Change, Waltman was Senior Vice President of Technology in Qualcomm's Office of Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy, the group chartered with delivering strategic planning and operational rigor across the corporation in support of technology development and intellectual property creation. In this role, she was responsible for strategic technology, operations, and business planning of Qualcomm's IP direction and portfolio.
Over 20 years at Qualcomm, Waltman served in multiple technical, business and operational roles. Prior to becoming division president, Waltman served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Development for QES.
Director of Programs
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Lisa Sweeney is the Director of Programs at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her role, she bridges the Silicon Valley venture and start-up communities and Stanford entrepreneurs, advising entrepreneurs on proven strategies. Prior to the GSB, she worked in middle-market private equity, making investment decisions and serving on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. She has also taught private equity at the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
She received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.