Dinner Conference with Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senator Chris Dodd

This past spring, I was honored to be selected as one of FEI’s scholarship recipients. FEI, Silicon Valley Chapter, is composed of all the CFOs of notable companies in Silicon Valley. The organization is absolutely phenomenal and has organized so many great events for this year’s recipients and scholarship alumni. One of the events I was very lucky to be invited to was a dinner conference filled with incredible people. This private dinner conference of about 200 people included:

-Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer
-US Senator Chris Dodd
-Congressman Tom Campbell
-William Watkins, CEO of Bridgelux and former CEO of Seagate Technology
-Thomas Weisel, Co-Chairman of Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and former CEO of Montgomery Securities
-Josh Bolten, President Bush’s White House Chief of Staff

It was very exciting to meet these leaders and hear them speak about world economics!

Sorry for the bad picture quality-I used my phone to take the pictures and it does not have flash.

With former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer

With Senator Chris Dodd after the dinner

Shooting at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and “Occupy Cal”

I was sitting in the UC Berkeley Boalt Law School building for a meeting when around 2:45pm, the sounds of several helicopters filled the air. I dismissed it as news helicopters capturing the “Occupy Cal” demonstration occurring on campus. When I arrived home, my rooommate stormed into our room, teary-eyed. She had been in a classroom nearby when a woman ran into her class yelling for all the students to evacuate because there was a gunman in the business school. Unbelievable.

There have been some incredibly popular protests on the main area of campus recently as the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to Berkeley. I love that my school is so active! Check out how many people were at the protest tonight in the main campus area! Read more at: http://www.dailycal.org/2011/11/15/live-blog-nov-15-day-of-action/

Picture taken from Daily Cal

At Mobilize.org’s Leadership Summit in New York

I am in New York this weekend for Mobilize.org’s Millennial Leadership Summit. I was invited to attend the conference several weeks ago and was extremely excited to be engaged with the organization again. Maya Enista, the passionate and articulate CEO of Mobilize.org, is a long-time friend. I first met her in 2006 at Arsalyn political conference in Washington D.C. where she was a keynote speaker. Then, I attended the Party 4 for the Presidency conference in Los Angeles in 2007 hosted by Mobilize. At the P4P conference, I along with several teammates created an organization that won a Democracy 2.0 grant award. I was so ecstatic to see what Mobilize has been up to and to hear from Maya the incredible accomplishments the organization has made in the past few years.

Because of the number of notable speakers at this event, it is webcasted! You can watch it right here:


Streaming video by Ustream

With fellow attendees

Go Bears! David is the founder and former CEO of Mobilize. He is also a UC Berkeley grad!

Here I am with Maya Enista, the CEO of Mobilize

Selected as Finalists for the Dodge & Cox Investment Case Competition

Our team is really excited to become selected as finalists for the case. We will be working hard to prepare the materials for the final stretch. Come watch us compete in the final rounds!

Date: Tuesday, November 15th
Time and Place: TBA

About the Competition


THE SPONSORING COMPANY:
Based in San Francisco, Dodge & Cox is a privately held investment management firm with approximately $180 billion in assets under management. Dodge & Cox manages equity, fixed income, and balanced separate accounts and mutual funds for individuals and institutions.

THE CASE:
The purpose of the competition is to foster appreciation for long-term investing in public equities. Teams of up to four students of sophomores, juniors, and seniors should select the equity security that they believe has the greatest potential for price appreciation over the next three-to-five years.