Melanie Auguste will graduate in June 2013 with an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Business in 2009 from Colorado College, where she also played point guard for the women’s basketball team. Melanie specializes in brand strategy, marketing, and the entertainment and sports industries. She is currently leading a large-scale consulting project with a professional sports team aimed at establishing a best practices model for developing and monetizing social media strategy. Previously, Melanie worked for the National Basketball Association, where she helped explore and develop business strategies to improve the sponsorship revenue of the WNBA. She has also worked with Wasserman Media Group, Fox Sports International, Nike, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. Melanie is a UCLA Diversity Graduate Fellow and received a personal graduate fellowship from venture capitalist Kip Hagopian. During her tenure at Colorado College, Melanie received a number of honors for both her academic and athletic achievement, including: Rhodes Scholar Nominee, top student in Business and Economics, Josten’s Women’s DIII National Player of the Year, SCAC Woman of the Year, and consensus All-American. In her free time, Melanie enjoys freelance writing, playing the piano, CrossFit, and volunteering with youth organizations.
Matthew Burkley is the CEO of Genscape, a real-time information services company for the Commodities & Energy sector. Prior to joining Genscape in 2011, Matthew served as Chief Financial Officer and later President of the Sales and Trading division of Thomson Reuters. Matthew’s career began at Deloitte Consulting, where he specialized in operations and technology improvement for healthcare firms. He went on to cofound ZEFER, a consulting firm focused on ecommerce and social media. At Thomson Financial and Thomson Reuters, Matthew held several operations and strategy roles including Chief Strategy Officer for Thomson Financial and the Thomson Reuters Markets Division. In his spare time, Matthew pursues interests in architecture, including restoring his home in historic Old Louisville. He also enjoys the culinary arts, and loves an opportunity to cook for friends and family. Matthew has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in Political Economy.
Hattie Hill has over thirty years experience as a businesswoman, author, professional speaker and international management consultant to business executives. Her expertise in global leadership, customer service, and diversity and inclusion has been shared with major organizations throughout North America and in 51 countries. She is quoted regularly in local and national publications such as The Wall Street Journaland USA Today on matters concerning human relations in corporate America. Ms. Hill is also the author of three books. In 2011 she was named as one of Forbes Top Texas Women in Business. Ms. Hill served as the 2011-2012 Chairperson of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. She continues to work with large and medium size companies to address human resources issues. As part of her commitment to leadership and her community, Ms. Hill has served on a number of boards of directors, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Eric Murdoch, originally from Montreal, is a classically trained actor who has worked extensively in New York and Los Angeles. After completing his MFA at the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, his first major role was Gerorge in Our Town at the Trinity Repertory Company. Other credits include the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of The Autumn Garden with Allison Janney and Mother Courage, directed by George Wolfe, alongside Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Film and television credits include The Colony with Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton, Debug with Jason Mamoa, as well as episodes of Rookie Blue and Warehouse 13. In addition to Brown University, Eric is a proud to be an alumnus of Colorado College and the Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory.
David van Diest “Van” Skilling earned his B.A. in Zoology from Colorado College and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He is past Chairman and CEO of Experian Corporation, which he formed after spending 27 years with TRW in a variety of positions in finance, planning, marketing, project and general management. At the time he left TRW, he was an executive vice president. Van is a past president and current member of the Colorado College Board of Trustees. He is also a Director of American Business Bank and Chairman of both Core Logic Corp. and Onvia Corporation. He has served previously as a director of the Conference Board and chair of the Education Committee of the California Business Roundtable. He is a frequent visiting lecturer at CC in the Schlessman Executive-in-Residence Program, as well as the proud parent of two CC graduates.