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"Why Tech Together?"


Mark W. Nelson

Mark W. Nelson is the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean and Professor of Accounting at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. He received his BBA degree from Iowa State University and his MA and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University.

Nelson’s teaching focuses on corporate financial reporting and intermediate financial accounting at the MBA and undergraduate levels. He has received ten teaching awards, including Cornell’s Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, the Russell Distinguished Teaching Award, and the inaugural Cook Prize for Graduate Teaching presented by the American Accounting Association. He is a coauthor (with Spiceland, Sepe, and Thomas) of a leading textbook, Intermediate Accounting.


Vishal Gaur

Vishal Gaur is the Associate Dean for MBA Program and Emerson Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. Professor Gaur's research interests lie in retail operations and supply chain management, including topics such as inventory management, product variety, demand forecasting, store execution, and linking operations to financial performance. His research uses different types of data sets and models, such as aggregate publicly available firm-level or industry-level data, proprietary transaction-level data from firms, and online consumer browsing data to assess performance, improve demand forecasting, and optimize decision-making.


Khushpreet KaurAssociate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Khushpreet has been at McKinsey & Company for over 5 years. She holds a BS and MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Sandya MaggeHead of Digital Service, Samsung

Sandya has spent nearly the last 20 years in a diverse career spanning Business Development, Client Management and Digital Product Management. In her current role as Head of Digital Service at Samsung, Sandya leads a large team who is focused on building exceptional customer service experiences in the digital space including website, social media, email, chat and mobile channels. Her team focuses on servicing customers across all Samsung’s product lines in the US. Prior to Samsung, Sandya worked at American Express where she spent 8 years working in a variety of roles including managing Global communications through the Digital Servicing Organization, as well as managing AXP’s largest strategic clients on the loyalty and bank side of the business. Sandya currently works in Manhattan out of the Samsung office in Meatpacking. She lives in Brooklyn with her twin daughters, Lila and Veda. In her limited free time, she enjoys barre based workouts and decorating her old Victorian house through solo trips to Home Goods. Sandya holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A from Columbia Business School and a Master of Health Sciences Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.



Yvonne ChouHead of Product Management for Amazon Fashion, Amazon

Yvonne Chou is the Head of Product Management for Amazon Fashion, where she leads a team of product managers working on improving the Amazon Fashion shopping experience across product search, discovery, and evaluation, and using machine learning to scale such experiences. Previously at Amazon, she led product and marketing for the launch of Prime Pantry, and also held product management roles in the Consumer Shopping Experience team and within the Amazon Marketplace business. Prior to Amazon, Yvonne was at Expedia where she led the product team for Egencia, Expedia’s corporate travel product. Yvonne holds an MBA from Cornell University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.



Leanne HuangSenior Group Manager of Indirect Global Supply Management, Tesla

Leanne Huang is Senior Group Manager of Tesla’s Indirect Global Supply Management Team.  In this role, Leanne focuses on leading global commodity management, procurement initiatives, and purchasing operations covering all Indirect goods and services.

Prior to Tesla, Leanne was Director of Strategy and Business Development at American Express.  During her time there she held a variety of positions in Business-to-Business Partnerships, Marketing, and Strategy.  Leanne also worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from UCLA.