University of Auckland Alumni & Friends Reception in San Francisco

University of Auckland Alumni & Friends Reception in San Francisco


How to break the mould and inspire others

With the world changing faster than ever, breaking away from the expected is essential to create value and thrive. With ‘innovation’ and ‘disruption’ being part of our daily lives, how do you break through this noise and build impact on a global scale?

Wendy Kerr of the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will join a panel of University alumni who are moving beyond the buzzwords to create unique ideas and solutions in a complex world.

Please join us to at this informative and candid event, which will also include networking opportunities before and after the main presentation to meet some like-minded mould-breakers in your area.

Meet our San Francisco Panel

Wendy Kerr

Wendy Kerr is Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland.

She has global experience in leading technology and media start-ups with the Financial Times, Pearson and Quicken. For the last decade, while based in London, she has consulted to C-suite leaders of high growth, global technology companies including Expedia, Betfair, Fidessa, and LexisNexis.

Now she aims to grow business savvy, entrepreneurially minded students, utilising her experience in helping organisations thrive in challenging times of expansion and change.

Amar Virk

Amar Virk is a Product Strategy Manager at Facebook.

He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and immediately went to work at Beca for three in New Zealand. He moved to the US to pursue his MBA at Cornell University, gaining positions at Uber Eats, Parthenon and Symphony Commerce. Amar’s successful career in fast moving companies has challenged him to stay agile, work hard and be adaptable.

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is a Chartered Organizational Psychologist and Head of Talent Development at Affirm, a financial company for everyday people. She was also Head of Global Talent at Dropbox and Director of Leadership Development and Talent Management at Linked In.

Emma graduated from the University of Auckland, gaining a Bachelor of Commerce & Arts degree, majoring in Psychology and Employment Relations. She also gained her Masters of Commerce in organisational change and innovation before moving on to a Master of Science at the University of London.

She focuses on driving strategies to identify, develop and retain talent in more effective ways than traditional HR practices.

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Time & Date

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 06:00 PM - Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 09:00 PM


44 Tehama St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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