Ziggy Liaqat is an executive with 20+ years of experience, and a proven track record of creating world class teams, driving change, and supercharging performance across across global organizations. Recent corporate experiences include, Managing Director of Edexcel, COO for Pearson North America and Global COO for Pearson.
In February 2019, Ziggy founded Lucidity LLC. Lucidity has a coaching practice where the focus is on talent development, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and leadership development for leaders of start-ups to executives in Fortune 500 companies. The start-up practice uses his executive and coaching experience to help leaders of start-ups to super-charge the growth of their business through advising on strategy, go to market and operational excellence. He is also a firm believer that founders should understand why leadership style, purpose and culture are the fabric upon which a thriving business is built.
Ziggy is also an angel investor and sits on the board of a number of start-ups and a VC while he is also Chair of the advisory board at PIE. Most recently he helped set up the Education practice at Ridge-Lane partners, a DC based advisory firm. He is passionate about helping brilliant people do impactful work that has a positive effect in the world.
He has an MBA from the University of Westminster and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Leadership program.
Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management and co-leads the school’s initiative, Managing the Future of Work. He currently teaches the General Management Processes and Action course in the second year of the MBA program and formerly headed The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the program’s first year. A 1981 graduate of the school, Joe was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of its commercial consulting operations until 2006 and remained a Senior Advisor to the firm until its acquisition by Deloitte in 2012.
During his three decades in consulting, Joseph worked with senior executives and policymakers on a wide variety of issues related to corporate strategy and national competitiveness. He has particularly deep experience in industries with a heavy reliance on technology, such as life sciences, ICT and the defense and aerospace industries. He is currently researching the evolution of the role of the CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is President and CEO of DreamBox Learning. Prior to joining DreamBox, Jessie held executive positions at multiple leading EdTech companies, including Blackboard, LeapFrog, and Kaplan.
Jessie is a two-time recipient of EdTech Digest’s “EdTech Leadership Award” for her work in transformative innovation in education, and she has been named a “Top 100 Influencers in EdTech.” Forbes placed her on its “Impact 15” list for being a disruptor in education, and The New York Times featured Jessie in its Corner Officecolumn.
Regionally, Jessie has received many accolades, including Seattle Business Magazine’s Executive Excellence Award in the “CEO of the Year” category, GeekWire’s “Big Tech CEO of the Year” award, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and “Innovator of the Year” awards, and the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur Of The Year®” award in the Pacific Northwest region.
She serves on several boards, including Rosetta Stone and the Western Governors University Board of Trustees. She has been a featured speaker at many events, including TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, DENT, GeekWire Summit, and the ASU GSV Summit.
Jessie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Blake Modersitski joined Pelion as the Managing Partner in 2002, and has led the firm through 4 successful funds. Blake is focused on backing entrepreneurs building unique and disruptive technology. Blake has led investments in Redhat, Riverbed, Fusion.io, Integral Ad Science, DOMO, enCommerce, Soasta, and Metacloud.
Prior to joining Pelion, Blake was Managing Director for Novell Ventures and VP of Strategic Business Development. He directed Novell’s venture strategy including both its direct investments in companies and indirect investments in venture capital funds. During this time, he served on the boards of several public and private companies as well as the advisory boards of several venture capital firms.
Prior to managing Novell’s venture capital organization, Blake held a number of sales, marketing, product management, global channel sales development and business development positions within Novell and Word Perfect. Blake has a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University.