Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series
(formerly Johnson & Strachan)
A diverse group of corporate leaders and government officials discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. This community-based academic initiative will enrich the educational experience of the School of Business' students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.
Students, faculty, and alumni are all encouraged to join the conversation and follow live coverage of each speaker series on Twitter using #BBspeaker.
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Chief Financial Officer, Travel Channel
Kellie Goldstein is the chief financial officer and senior vice president for Travel Channel, the world's leading travel media brand, available in nearly 96 million US homes and over 130 countries. In her role, Goldstein serves as the primary financial advisor and business partner responsible for finance, accounting, strategic partnerships, mobile programming, budgeting, and business planning.
Previously, over a 13 year career at Thomson Reuters, her roles included: chief financial officer of the emerging markets and chief financial officer of Asia based in Hong Kong (two of the highest growth and strategic divisions), global controller, and senior vice president of financial planning and analysis. She also has experience raising venture capital, in global mergers and acquisitions and with an initial public offering.
She is a CPA and has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia, Hagler Bailly, and CACI.
Goldstein is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Business with a MS in Accounting and of Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance. She has also attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for their Executive Education - Strategic Financial Leadership program.
Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration - opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.
Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. He serves as a Member of the Council on Virginia's Future. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.