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Seer Symposium

2016 SEER Symposium Speakers

Dick Ahlborn

Dirk Ahlborn

CEO at JumpStarter, Inc.
CEO Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.


Dirk is the CEO and co-founder of JumpStartFund, an online crowdsourcing platform for entrepreneurial projects. He is also the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a project initiated by Elon Musk and incubated using JumpStartFund’s crowd collaboration process. He is a part of the Girvan Institute of Technology, a non-profit business incubator for start-up tech companies funded by NASA.

Lori Steele

Lori Steele Contorer

Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts

Named in 2013 to Fortune Magazine's 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List, Lori has played a key role in pioneering software as a service. Her work at Everyone Counts has led the movement to bring proven state of the art technologies to the election process, making them more accessible, affordable, transparent and secure.

Dan Macklin SoFi VP Community Member Success, Co-Founder.

Dan Macklin

SoFi VP Community Member Success, Co-Founder


Dan is co-founder at SoFi, a disruptive finance technology company refinancing over $6 billion in student loans, mortgage origination and more for financially responsible consumers. SoFi has grown to the 2nd largest marketplace lender; recognized as a CNBC Disruptor 50, joining the Wall Street Journal Billion Dollar Club, and featured by Bloomberg, the FT and Fortune. Dan leads efforts to maximize the overall experience for SoFi's growing member community.

Marci Zaroff

Marci Zaroff

ECOlifestyle Entrepreneur, Educator and Innovator

Under the CanopyMetaWear

An internationally recognized ECOlifestyle expert, Marci is the founder of both Under the Canopy and Metawear, lifestyle brands for the conscious consumer. She is also the executive producer of "Thread Documentary" and "Driving Fashion Forward", exploring the relationship between sustainability and fashion, and leading change in an industry.

Nick Gates

Nick Gates

Founder of Play Soccer
Coaches Across Continents
English Premier League Executive

Coaches Across America

Nick played soccer for England as a Youth International before getting a scholarship to Harvard University. He founded Play Soccer, a soccer coaching company that used a "Soccer as Education" curriculum and reached 1,700,000 children. He became a business executive for Middlesbrough FC in the English Premier League, and was eventually inspired to create Coaches Across Continents (CAC) in 2008. Since then CAC has won 10 global awards, been awarded membership of the Clinton Global Initiative, impacted over 1,100,000 children.

Steve Glenn

Steve Glenn

Founder and CEO
LivingHomes, LLC


Steve's vision for modern, pre-fabricated homes that would combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy, sustainable construction led to his founding of LivingHomes. Their first LivingHome was the first in the nation to be certified LEED Platinum, leading to significant industry recognition including Green Builder Magazine's Home of Year. Before Living Homes, Steve led the Clinton HIV/AIDS initiatives in Mozambique, was founder of PeopleLink, founding partner of idealab and co-director of Walt Disney Imagineering's Virtual Reality Studio.

Paddy Spence

Paddy Spence 

Chairman and CEO


Paddy serves as the chairman and CEO of Zevia, the fastest-growing zero-calorie soda on the market. He is also the founder of SPINS which he sold in 2004, a company that tracks and analyzes retail sales and other consumer marketing data for the health and wellness industry. Paddy holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Paul Herman

Paul Herman

CEO, HIP Investor Inc

HIP Investor

R. Paul Herman was trained in finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His multi-sector experience includes consulting to top Fortune 500 firms at McKinsey & Company and CSC Index; creating and entrepreneuring the first online permission-based debit-card system for teens, kids, and parents; and financing entrepreneurs delivering human impact and profit while serving as an investment strategist for eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's impact investing firm. Herman also advised business entrepreneurs on how to donate to—and invest in—social entrepreneurs, while at Ashoka.org.

Herman created the HIP (Human Impact + Profit) methodology as the foundation for a new way of investing producing both good and profit. In growing HIP Investor Inc. since its incorporation in 2006, Herman and his team have evaluated more than 4,800 companies and 10,000 muni bonds, examining the relationship between shareholder returns and human impact.