Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Risk
6:30 pm - 8:30pm
3350 Thomas Rd #150, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Refreshments will be provided.  Suggested donation: $20
Founder and Executive Director, Elevate Tutoring
Dr. Bob Schaffer has been privileged to spend most of his adult life following his passion for education and helping students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds reach their full potential. While completing his graduate work at Stanford, Bob excelled as a teaching assistant in the Electrical Engineering department, where he routinely led community programs to support all students, winning six teaching and community service awards. In addition to developing pedagogy training for his department, he worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning to help TAs across the university improve their teaching.
In 2006, as a professor at Harvey Mudd College, he founded a program that, thirteen years later, still has college students creating and teaching science lessons for socioeconomically disadvantaged students at local elementary schools. In 2008, Bob returned to the Bay Area to complete his PhD and, for eight years, contributed to and led projects at SRI International as a senior research engineer.
In March 2011, in founding Elevate Tutoring, Bob was able to combine his desire to improve education for underserved communities with his knack for teaching others how to teach by creating a program that has proudly brought training and scholarship opportunities to 88 hard-working, deserving college students.
In 2014, Dr. Bob (as his students call him) returned to university teaching at Santa Clara University where he currently works full-time supporting the General Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments. He also teaches part-time at Mission College and works on special projects at SRI. While engineer, researcher, founder, tutor trainer, and professor all fit well, his favorite title to date is father to his daughters, Zara and Senya.
Principal, DCP Alum Rock High School
Terri is a veteran educator and the founding Principal at DCP Alum Rock High School. She is passionate about facilitating learning experiences that allow under-represented students to enter the technology workforce in the Silicon Valley by building a strong Computer Science and Engineering program at a small charter high school in East San Jose. In nearly 25 years of public education, she has:
She is a graduate of Branham HS in San Jose and Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She earned her M.Ed. in Education from San Jose State University. In her free time she mentors young women at church and teaches indoor cycling classes. She has also been married 13 years with 2 cats!
Founder and President, Cariden Technologies (ret.)
Arman is a linguist, statistician, computer scientist, and engineer by training but has spent most of his professional life running businesses. He was a founder and president of Cariden Technologies for more than a decade. The company was bootstrapped after the 2001 dotcom crash and grew to have operations and customers in all continents other than Antarctica. We once estimated that over 90% of the world’s internet traffic traveled across backbone networks managed by Cariden software. Cariden was acquired by Cisco in 2012. Most recently, Arman has been pursuing interests in computing privacy under the banner of conflict-free computing—ask him about it.
Aishetu Fatima Dozie
Founder and CEO, Bossy Cosmetics
Aishetu’s passion for global finance began in the equities division of Goldman Sachs on the international desk in New York over 20 years ago.
She has since worked for Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, and Rand Merchant Bank as a senior investment banking executive, having closed $130 billion in M&A, financing, and capital markets transactions. She currently lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and three superhero sons and is the Founder and CEO of Bossy Cosmetics Inc., a mission-driven beauty brand.
Aishetu holds a BA from Cornell University, a MBA from the Harvard Business School, and participated in the Leaders in Development Program at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. She recently completed a fellowship at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.
Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
Larissa has a long-standing relationship with CEN, an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, and a true passion for leadership development. She is a second-generation nonprofit leader, raised on the philosophy that commitment to quality services empowers the people served and the community as a whole. Her father, Dr. Joseph F. Campbell, spent 40 years as a nonprofit leader. Larissa was deeply impacted by his commitment to social justice, education, and human services and has dedicated her life to continuing this legacy.
Larissa joins CEN with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and private business sectors. She has a Master’s in Public Administration and completed her thesis on public and private sector partnerships. Most recently, Larissa held the position of Executive Director at JW House. During her tenure, she led the organization through 21% revenue growth, 30% growth in overall services impact. This was also when she became involved with CEN. As ED of the JW House she experienced firsthand the transformative impact that CEN’s programs and services can have on an organization’s effectiveness. Larissa is a graduate of CEN’s Leaders Institute Class IX and was the 2016 CEN scholarship recipient for Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course.