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Annual SVDX Dinner

SVDX Annual Dinner

November 12, 2019
5:30-6:30pm Wine Reception
6:30-8:30pm Dinner and Program

Palo Alto Hills Country Club

The SVDX annual dinner has featured some of the most sought-after voices in board education and corporate governance best practices. We use the annual dinner as a celebration of boards of directors, and an opportunity to help directors and others to network. For the 2019 annual dinner we are pleased to present a panel of experts to discuss the current state of cybersecurity and what boards should know about this ever-changing field.


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Dean Heller


Senator Dean Heller grew up in Carson City, Nevada, with five brothers and sisters. He began working in his father’s auto shop in middle school, and there he learned the importance of hard work, discipline, and commitment – Western values that continue to guide him today.

Those values helped Dean accomplish his dream of graduating from the University of Southern California, in 1985, and he was later recognized with the Distinguished USC Alumni Award in 2012.

His time at the USC Marshall School of Business prepared him to work as a broker on the Pacific Stock Exchange and then an institutional equities trader. Dean then served as a banking Municipal Finance Representative before he started his long political career.

Dean was sworn in to the United States Senate on May 9, 2011. Prior to his service in the Senate, Dean was the Representative for Nevada's Second Congressional District and also served as Nevada's Secretary of State and in the Nevada State Assembly representing Carson City.

During his time in the Senate, Dean served on the Finance Committee, Banking Committee, Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Commerce Committee. Dean’s service on these committees allowed him to address the housing crisis; stand up for the more than 20 million veterans that have served our country; ensure that our transportation needs were met; and write tax policy that allowed for economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.

Dean was rated as the 5th most bipartisan Senator by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. This bipartisanship enabled him to pass over 100 different pieces of legislation.

Dean and his wife Lynne have been married for more than 30 years and currently reside in Smith Valley, Nevada. They have four children, Hilary, Harris, Drew, and Emmy, and they are the proud grandparents of Brielle, Zachary, and Ava. Dean is a former stock car racer and the Hellers enjoy camping, hunting, and horse packing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Mike Rogers


Mike Rogers is a former member of Congress where he represented Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, and previously served as an officer in the U.S. Army and FBI special agent. He is a highly sought-after expert on national security issues, intelligence affairs, and cybersecurity policy. He advises multiple boards and academic institutions, working to enhance America’s strength and security.

Mr. Rogers built a reputation as a leader on counterterrorism, intelligence, and national security policy from his years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

As chairman, he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. In Congress Rogers was–and remains–a prominent leader on cybersecurity. During his tenure, he shepherded multiple cybersecurity bills through the legislative process, greatly enhancing America’s cybersecurity posture.

In Congress, Mr. Rogers worked across the aisle with two presidents, Congressional leadership, countless diplomats, military service members, and intelligence professionals to ensure the brave men and women who fight for our nation are equipped with the resources necessary to get the job done. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius remarked, Mr. Rogers was “a rare example of bipartisanship.”

Today, Mr. Rogers advises C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, providing analysis and expertise on the challenges facing companies operating in the digital era, and on cybersecurity and executive leadership.

Additionally, Mr. Rogers is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, a Distinguished Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, a Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board for George Mason University’s National Security and Law Policy Institute.

Mr. Rogers also serves as a regular national security commentator on CNN and hosts the channel’s documentary-style original series Declassified where he offers viewers unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to America’s newly declassified missions across the globe. He is also the host and executive producer of World War E, a cybersecurity web series hosted by the New York Daily News.

Mr. Rogers is a 1985 graduate of Adrian College. He is married to Kristi Rogers and has two children.


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Dan Siciliano


F. Daniel Siciliano is a successful technology entrepreneur, an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and a recognized expert in corporate strategy and governance, capital financial markets, technological disruption (including fintech, AI and cybersecurity), and executive compensation.

From 2000 to 2015, Siciliano was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the US, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015. Total aggregate returns to all investors exceeded $100,000,000.

Siciliano is qualified as an audit committee financial expert under NYSE Manual Section 303A.07(a). He has served on the audit and finance committees and is currently chair of the governance committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF). The bank, with total assets in excess of $100 billion, is one of the largest liquidity providers and public debt issuers in the world. Though FHLBSF is subject to SEC public company filing requirements

(NYSE rules), it is structured as a federally regulated private bank mutual cooperative owned by both publicly traded and private banking institutions.

Siciliano is a Fellow at Stanford Law School (CodeX), Emeritus Co-Director of Stanford’s Directors’ College, prior Co-Chair of the We Robot Conference on AI/Robotics, Law, and Policy, and is the immediate past faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Along with Professors Joe Grundfest, Larry Kramer, Dave Larcker and Rob Daines, he co-founded the Rock Center in 2006 and, as a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School, led the Center until 2017. His teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and Venture Capital. He has served as faculty director for dozens of custom executive education programs in more than 20 countries including extended engagements and involvement with Fortune 1000 executives and board members throughout Asia, the Middle East, Latin America (including South America) and Europe. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Siciliano is a co-founder, board member, and Chairman of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association and board member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Education Foundation.

In 2017, Siciliano founded Optemy, a new type of technology consultancy that trains and advises boards and executives on topics of disruption/change management, the impact of autonomous (AI/ML/robotic) systems and innovations, related executive compensation and multi-generational talent management strategies, corporate compliance, and technological competitiveness and security. As CEO of Optemy, he leads more than a dozen affiliated experts and academics who serve clients in 10 countries across four continents. Individually and through Optemy, he has served as a strategy consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy, Tesla and Applied Materials), is an early stage investor in cooperation with Heroic Ventures and a consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America. He is a native Spanish speaker and his personal interests include general aviation and space sciences, the culinary specialties of the Oaxaca region of Mexico, and marine biology. He lives in Los Altos, California with his family.


Earlier Event: November 7
November Morning Session
Later Event: December 12
December Morning Session