The Right Conversation

BGIN faculty have two things in common: They've driven and enabled real growth for their organizations and they have wisdom to share from their victories and losses.

The Network is invitation only to ensure the relevance of conversations, the quality of the exchange and the value of the insights.

Lisa Faucher

SVP Business Innovation at Workday
Lisa currently leads Business Innovation at Workday, where she has had a number of impactful roles across the business. This has included leading all of Workday professional services implementation and operating as a senior product leader. Lisa has prior experience as a consultant including as a leader in ADP's professional services business.

Erik Huddleston

President, Cision
On any given workday, you will find Erik making sure the company is operating successfully, collaborating with colleagues and—above all—ensuring TrendKite customers are happy. Before leading TrendKite, Erik ran product for Sprinklr, post-merger with Social analytics firm Dachis Group. He ran the SaaS business, built, and brought to market Dachis Group’s flagship social analytics platform that enables brands to optimize their paid, owned, and earned tactics through the lens of earned media. Erik studied at the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program. Outside of the office, you’ll find him mentoring young entrepreneurs, perfecting a martial arts move, or cheering on his kids at their sporting events.

Mike Maples

Partner, Floodgate
Mike is known for coining the term “Thunder Lizards,” which is a metaphor derived from Godzilla that describes the tiny number of truly exceptional companies that are wildly disruptive capitalist mutations. Mike likes to think of himself as a hunter of the “atomic eggs” that beget these companies. He was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.)

Mark Organ

Founder and CEO of Influitive
Mark Organ is the founder and CEO of Influitive, helping companies mobilize their advocates to produce massive increases in referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more. He first revolutionized B2B marketing as the founding CEO of Eloqua (ELOQ), the world leader in marketing automation software, which was acquired by Oracle for $871M. In between, he was a go-to-market consultant for SaaS companies in North America and Asia.

Deidre Paknad

President and CEO, WorkBoard
Deidre Paknad is CEO and co-founder of WorkBoard. She’s led several high growth organizations as a founder and as an executive at IBM. Deidre believes that every company should be able to harness the advantage of an aligned organization; and is passionate about WorkBoard’s mission to help leaders accomplish just that. Deidre has over a dozen patents and has twice been recognized for innovation by the Smithsonian Institute. Deidre and the WorkBoard team pioneered the Enterprise Results Management solution and proprietary methodology for rapid success with the OKR technique.

Tamara Rezler

Chief of Staff, Cision
Tamara Rezler is a strategic business operations and program management executive with a proven history of owning and delivering business initiatives. She is adept at designing/redesigning processes to increase productivity, cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction. She combines a strong background in research and analysis with exceptional communication skills to solve complex problems and drive results.

Dug Song

General Manager of Duo Security at Cisco
A leading voice in information security, Dug has a history of building successful products and companies to solve pressing security problems. Prior to launching Duo, Dug spent seven years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80 percent of the world’s Internet service providers and helping to grow the company to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. He also built the first commercial network anomaly detection system, acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.