Lawrence Levy – ex-CFO of Pixar and Author of To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
In 1994, Lawrence Levy received an unexpected phone call from Steve Jobs to see if he had any interest in running Pixar’s business. Over the next twelve years, Lawrence served as Pixar’s CFO, a member of its Office of the President and later as a member of its Board. During this period, Lawrence developed and put in place the strategy that would transform the company from a money-losing graphics company into a multibillion dollar entertainment studio. He took the company public and was there during the launch of Pixar’s iconic films. He resigned, with Steve’s blessing, to pursue his passion for eastern philosophy and meditation. He came to see these ideas as a way to realize our potential as individuals and for creating human-centered organizations that foster creativity and excellence. His first book, “To Pixar and Beyond” was an Amazon Best Book of 2016 in the Business and Leadership category and a Fortune Magazine Best Book of 2016. The NYT described it as “enchanting…Mr. Levy has quite a story to tell.” He also recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Finding the Healthy Tension Between Being Confident and Collaborative.” Lawrence speaks regularly on topics including talks at Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Pixar and Google. In 2003, together with four co-founders, he created a non-profit called the Juniper Foundation that focuses on bringing Indo-Tibetan meditation practices to contemporary life and he teaches meditation weekly.
Timothy Fargo - President and CEO at SocialJukebox.com
Timothy Fargo saw a need for a social media platform to manage your content, sort of like a jukebox for tweets. He developed and designed Social Jukebox to solve this problem. It allows users to spend less time scheduling and more time creating and curating content. Its a huge time saver and will help you grow your following. He has over 500,000 Twitter followers! Timothy is also a two time Inc. 500 Winner and Best-Selling Author. After a heartbreaking bankruptcy in 1991, he founded of Omega Insurance Services in 1996, and sold it in 2003 for $20 million. His book “Alphabet Success” tells the lessons of those years and provides timeless gems that will turbo-charge your quest for peak performance.
Diane Jooris is the co-founder of Oncomfort™, a health-tech company won the C3 Prize and that uses VR systems to help patients by providing anxiety and pain self-management tools. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and International Relations as well as a J.D. degree in Law. Diane was a Mind-Body Intervention Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and has over 20 years in corporate marketing and project management experience. Diane is using the 2016 C3 Prize grant to help her develop a new VR module and will be a judge for the 2017 C3 Prize.