Aisling Events

Event

An Irish Roundtable in the Valley

Date:

9 May 2024

Time:

9:30 am

Where:

Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

Alison Darcy, PhD

Founder & President, Woebot Health

Alison Darcy, PhD

Founder & President, Woebot Health

Alison is a clinical research psychologist and health tech designer who has reimagined how psychotherapy can be delivered for the way we live today. Her deep clinical expertise, pioneering mindset, and passion for accessible design are grounded in a 25 year track record studying and developing solutions that engage people in a therapeutic process. Alison’s training at University College Dublin (UCD), Stanford School of Medicine, and with the American Psychiatric Association, along with her experience leading AI pioneer Andrew Ng’s Health Innovation Lab, helped her advance the shift from conventional face-to-face therapy to complementary AI-powered interventions. In 2017 she introduced the first scientifically-informed mental health chatbot, Woebot, to make high quality therapy radically accessible. Alison is a vocal advocate for the safe and effective use of AI in healthcare. She also established the practices for Woebot studies and trials that have helped push the entire field forward, and made Woebot Health the single most mentioned digital therapeutics company in the peer-reviewed scientific literature today. Named to the inaugural TIME100 AI List recognizing the 100 most influential individuals advancing AI, and the recipient of the 2023 UCD Alumni Award in Social Sciences, Alison is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of Stanford’s School of Medicine.

Betty Yee

Vice-Chair Democratic Party, State of California; Comptroller of California January 2015-January 2023

Betty Yee

Vice-Chair Democratic Party, State of California; Comptroller of California January 2015-January 2023

Award: Equality Diaspora Ambassador Award 2023

Betty Yee stepped down as Controller of the State of California in January 2023, after eight years in post.

She will be a Gubernatorial candidate in California in 2026.

Betty has 35 years of experience in state and local finance and tax policy.  She was elected to the California State Board of Equalization in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, representing close to 9 million Californians.  Prior to this, Betty served as the State’s budget director.

As controller, Betty has been on the side of the community— holding government accountable, working to ensure income and retirement security, protecting our environment, and taking on big companies more interested in lining their pockets — to make sure the doors of opportunity continue to stay open so every Californian can fulfill their dreams, raise their families, and thrive.

Colm Ó Riain 

Head, Growth at Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Colm Ó Riain 

Head, Growth at Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Colm Ó Riain coordinates philanthropic strategy and hiring to support the growth plans of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute in Berkeley, CA . After 15 years working in the video game industry at companies including Electronic Arts and Activision, he moved into philanthropy work at Zynga.org and Harmony Project before joining MIRI in 2016. He has a master’s degree in AI from the University of Rochester and a joint honours bachelor’s in Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Colm is also a professional violinist and composer and ws hailed as a “genius fiddler” by Mike Scott of The Waterboys,

In the USA, which he currently calls home, he has enthralled audiences on stages as diverse as CBGB’s in New York to Fillmore West and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.  

Colm thrives when creating bridges not just between musics but also to other art forms and has composed music for both film and modern dance.   

Danielle Glassner

Vice President Business Development, Invest NI, San Francisco

Danielle Glassner

Vice President Business Development, Invest NI, San Francisco

Dearbhla O’Neill

Vice President Business Development, Invest NI, San Francisco

Dearbhla O’Neill

Vice President Business Development, Invest NI, San Francisco

Giancarlo Di Vece

CEO Unosquare, Guadalajara, Mexico/Belfast, Ireland

Giancarlo Di Vece

CEO Unosquare, Guadalajara, Mexico/Belfast, Ireland

As President and CEO of Unosquare Giancarlo Di Vece believes software engineering is not only a science, it’s also an art. This refreshing viewpoint, along with his leadership and passion for technology, globalization, and IT recruitment talent, has led to thousands of business projects successfully completing their digital transformation initiatives with Unosquare in creative and pioneering ways.

Giancarlo focuses his organization’s efforts on the financial services and life sciences space, as he trusts that these are the organizations that impact the way people live and interact with one another every day. Under Giancarlo’s direction, he and his team actively seek the best talent and then places them into processes and practices for distributed agile augmentation. His goal? To make today better than the past, and help companies move their projects towards the future.

Always looking for a challenge, Giancarlo started gainfully buying and growing businesses at a young age. At the age of 21, he purchased a small craft company dedicated to the North American market and transformed it into a 100-person operation selling to some of the largest retailers in the US. In 2013, with a background in industrial engineering, he decided to move into the technology industry by joining Unosquare and quickly embraced his role of transforming the organization to align with client needs.

By helping organizations understand their projects, manage their talent, and realize their process, Unosquare has been named one of the 100 fastest-growing private businesses in Oregon for four years in a row and one of the fastest-growing US companies on the Inc. 5000 list for three years in a row. Giancarlo’s enthusiasm and contributions have been sought out as inspiration for others, and he is often invited to write and speak on the topics that influence the industry.

Dr Jim Doty

Director & Founder, Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education Stanford University

Dr Jim Doty

Director & Founder, Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education Stanford University

James R. Doty, MD has been on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1997 in the Neurosurgery Department as a professor and more recently as an adjunct professor. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford, of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. Most recently, his academic focus is on meditation, compassion, and self-compassion for which he has lectured throughout the world.

Dr. Doty attended U.C. Irvine as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from Tulane University and completed neurosurgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Doty served 9 years on active duty in the U.S Army attaining the rank of major. He completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery and electroneurophysiology.

He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.

He is a consultant to medical device companies and is an operating partner and advisor to venture capital firms. Dr. Doty serves on the Board of a number of non-profits and is the vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion International and the former chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation. He is on the Senior Advisory Board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Dr. Doty serves on the Board of Governors of Tulane University School of Medicine and the President’s Council at Tulane University.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 40 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.

John McDonnell

Chairman Phoenix Managed Networks, San Francisco, CA

John McDonnell

Chairman Phoenix Managed Networks, San Francisco, CA

As the Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Board at Phoenix Managed Networks, I lead the strategic direction and execution of a global FinTech company that provides point-of-sale access, gateway, and managed security services to retailers and transaction processors. With over 25 years of experience in the FinTech, Commerce, and SaaS industries, I have successfully guided companies from early stage to IPOs and exits, leveraging my expertise in corporate development, strategy, and business development.

Throughout my career, I have built and managed teams that drive global product distribution and high-growth revenue through strategic partnerships, alliances, and M&A. I have also raised capital and expanded international operations for various companies, including Uphold, Bitnet, Visa, and Transaction Network Services. As a licensed attorney, I have the ability to handle all aspects of complex deal negotiations, from legal to financial to operational. My mission is to enable the best teams to execute on compelling opportunities and create value for customers, stakeholders, and society.

J. Michael Bradley

CEO & Founder

J. Michael Bradley

CEO & Founder

Mike has spent 25 years as an entrepreneur and “intraprenuer”, building, managing, and scaling products, teams, and businesses for global organizations including CyberSource (NASDAQ: CYBS) and Visa (NYSE: V). Over the course of his career, Mike has been fortunate enough to have lived and worked with incredible teams in the US, Europe and Asia. During his career, Mike has worked through merger and acquisitions, lead venture fund raising efforts and participated in liquidity events totaling more than $2.2B. He’s a passionate life-long learner and a proud global citizen.

I am inspired by opportunities to bring passion, vision, and innovation to create value and purpose. As an industry, Fintech is undergoing a secular change through decentralization and the impact of next generation technologies, including generative AI and advances in machine learning. At the nexus of this transformation is a complete re-compiling and reimaging of the design, distribution, and utilization of traditional financial technologies; everything from B2B payments, B2C payments, commercial finance and banking will transform how we conduct business, pay, and get paid.”

Mark Farrell

MD Thayer Ventures, 44th Mayor of San Francisco

Mark Farrell

MD Thayer Ventures, 44th Mayor of San Francisco

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Thayer Ventures, an early-stage technology investment firm focused on the travel and mobility sectors. Former lawyer, investment banker and most recently served as the 44th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco.

Micheál Smith

Consul General of Ireland in the Western United States

Micheál Smith

Consul General of Ireland in the Western United States

Micheál Smith, from County Armagh, is Ireland’s Consul General in the Western United States. 

Prior to moving to San Francisco, Micheál was Director of Global Ireland in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

He led Ireland’s Embassy/Consulate expansion, Ireland’s presence at Expo 2020, the development of ireland.ie, and campaigns to increase Irish citizen engagement with Ireland’s global role, among other initiatives

He started his career as an Economic Analyst in the Department of Communications and Energy based in Dublin before taking up a First Secretary role in the Embassy of Ireland in Singapore. Micheál went on to establish IDA Ireland’s first ASEAN office, which he led for 3 years.

Micheál then moved to help drive IDA Ireland’s efforts in the US, focusing on the US Mid-West, South and South-East.

Micheál holds a BSC in Management (Business & Economics) from Queen’s University Belfast and a MSC in Economic Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin. He is married to Claire and they have four children – Sophie, Senan, Conan and Oisín.

Rich Moran

Rich Moran, Principal Haystack Ventures, Author ‘Never Say Whatever: How Small Decisions Make a Big Difference’, San Francisco, CA

Rich Moran

Rich Moran, Principal Haystack Ventures, Author ‘Never Say Whatever: How Small Decisions Make a Big Difference’, San Francisco, CA

Rich Moran is the Principle at Haystack VC. Watch this space for upcoming announcements!

He is a noted San Francisco based business leader, workplace pundit, bestselling author, consultant and venture capitalist. He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality that started the genre of “Business Bullet Books.”​

Moran previously served as President of Menlo College, CEO and Vice Chairman at Accretive Solution, as a Partner at Venrock, Chairman of the Board at Portal Software, and as a Partner at Accenture. Moran has served on the Boards of Glu Mobile Games, Winery Exchange, and Mechanics Bank among others. He currently serves on the boards of AxoProtego, LBA Logistics, New Day Investing, World Wide Women and others.

Moran is active also in the technology ecosystem in Ireland and is a member of the Global Irish Network, a network launched in 2010 and that is comprised of 350 of the most senior Irish and Irish connected business people from over 40 countries.

In the public or not-for-profit sector he serves on The Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the Chair of the Audit Committee at the Noyce Foundation, the National Board of Visitors at the Indiana University School of Education. Previously he served as a Regent at Saint Ignatius College Prep and Chair of Project Open Hand. Moran also serves on the Accountability Structures Expert Panel for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Moran is a radio personality featured on KCBS Radio in San Francisco. He is The host of “​In the Workplace”, a program that discusses workplace issues and airs weekly to over a million listeners. He is also a frequent contributor as an Influencer on LinkedIn.

Seamus McAteer

Co-Founder Speechlab, San Francisco, CA

Seamus McAteer

Co-Founder Speechlab, San Francisco, CA

Successful entrepreneur and senior executive, 25 years experience building great companies in online and mobile sectors

Specialties: Big Data, Market Research and Intelligence, Mobile Applications and Content, Digital Media, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunications, Speech Technology, AI

Tom Gray

CTO Kainos, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tom Gray

CTO Kainos, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Specialties: Mobile Apps, IVR, Speech Recognition, Web Content Management, RDBMS, Enterprise Architecture, SaaS, Cloud Integration, Healthcare IT, Big Data, Internet of Things, Technology Foresight, Technology Strategy, Technology Education/TechEd, Innovation Management, Content Curation for Technology Conferences, Immersive Tech, Artificial Intelligence

A member of the MIT Technology Review Global Panel, a community of business professionals.