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BioMatt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.
Matt recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who suffer from anxiety around speaking in public. Additionally, Matt developed a software package that provides instant, proscriptive feedback to presenters. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.
Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt has worked with executives to help prepare and present keynote addresses and IPO road shows, conduct media interviews, and deliver TED talks.
He is currently a member of the Management Communication Association (where he received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations. Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford and his graduate degree in communication studies from UC Davis.
Professor of Political Science, by courtesy, of Political Economics at the Graduate School of Business and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution
BioAvi Acharya is a professor of political science at Stanford University; a professor, by courtesy, of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution. He works in the fields of political economy and formal political theory.
His first book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018), received the William H. Riker Award for the best book in political economy in 2019. His second book, The Cartel System of States: An Economic Theory of International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2023), provides a new understanding of the territorial state system as it developed through time and exists today.
His papers have been published in both economics and political science journals and have received awards such as the Elinor Ostrom best paper award, the Gosnell Prize in political methodology, and the Joseph Bernd best paper award. He is an editor at the journal Social Choice and Welfare and an advisory editor at Games and Economic Behavior.
He earned a PhD in political economy from Princeton University in 2012 and a BA in economics and mathematics from Yale University in 2006. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he taught in the economics and political science departments of the University of Rochester.
BioBurt has dedicated his entire career to making exceptional communication a competitive advantage. He helps leaders articulate their ideas more effectively through improved content development, storytelling, and presentation techniques.
He serves as a Lecturer and Presentation Coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. There, he helps students on all forms of communication ranging from business writing to oral presentations. As part of Stanford’s IGNITE faculty, Burt works with entrepreneurs in India and China to help them deliver compelling investor pitch presentations. He has worked with senior leaders in Stanford’s Athletic Department and several distinguished faculty members at Stanford’s School of Medicine.
Burt also consults with entrepreneurs, executives and corporate teams outside of Stanford who are preparing for high-stakes and high-profile presentations. His coaching ranges from initial content strategy through delivery coaching and anxiety management.
Prior to his work in the presentation coaching arena, Burt spent 12 years at Catchword Branding, a firm he co-founded in 1998. During his tenure there, he served as the head of strategy and business development.
BioColey Andrews is the Managing Member and co-founder of Pacific Lake Partners, a firm focused exclusively on the Search Fund model. Since co-founding Pacific Lake in 2009 with Search Fund pioneer Jim Southern, Coley has worked with over 200 search funds worldwide.
Coley is responsible for leading Pacific Lake’s growth to support the firm’s mission, which is to empower entrepreneurial CEO’s with resources and capital to buy and build extraordinary businesses. Pacific Lake has a team of 24 talented individuals, including successful former search fund CEOs, working full-time to support entrepreneurs.
Coley is a current or former board member of multiple search fund companies including Morningside Translations, FieldEdge, Ethos Risk Services, Intellitriage, Flint Group, Datacor, and Circle Surrogacy. Coley also is a current or former board observer at Vector Disease Control, Raptor Technologies, and Arizona College of Nursing.
Coley is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches two classes focused on managing growing enterprises as a young entrepreneurial leader.
Prior to forming Pacific Lake, Coley worked for Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm in San Francisco, and in management consulting for The Parthenon Group. Coley graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Coley lives with his family outside of Boston, MA.