Speakers 2021

Indu Navar

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Over the past 20 years, Indu has experience in being CEO, Founder, Board Member and Investor of software companies and taking them through new markets, product definition, go-to markets, scaling growth, M&A and successful exits. Currently an Investor and Board Member at several technology companies. In 2019, after she lost her husband to a neurological disease called ALS, she formed Peter Cohen Foundation, a 501(3) non-profit organization functioning as EverythingALS.org with the mission to bring researchers, providers, patients and patients biomarkers, and data science together for early diagnosis and treatments of neurological diseases working with preeminent research Institutions such as MGH, MIT, IBM Research etc. Prior to that, Indu was Managing Director at Woodside Capital Partners where she advised software companies on strategic financing transactions and M&A. She was Founder and CEO of Serus Corporation, provider of SAAS platform for companies with outsourced manufacturing. Serus was acquired by a public company E2Open. Prior to Serus, Indu has been on the ground floor of several successful technology companies including WebMD (initially called Healtheon) and Silicon Graphics. She started her career at NASA in Moffett Field, California. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India, and an M.S. in computer science from California State University, Chico.

Aaron Golub

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Aaron Golub is an entrepreneur and speaker. Aaron became the first legally blind athlete to play football in a Division 1 game when he was at Tulane University.  He was a captain in his senior year, and went on to also become an NFL free agent.  Aaron never let his limited vision get in the way of his success.  Aaron’s grit, determination and effort enabled him to earn a spot on the Tulane team, and the respect of his teammates, coaches and fans. Aaron began playing football in seventh grade and worked extremely hard to get where he is today.  His goal is to show others that it doesn’t matter what they are fighting or what their perceived limitations are; anything is achievable with hard work and tuning out the judgment of others.  His planning, passion and perseverance enables him to be successful. Aaron has paved the way for others with disabilities, and shown that the impossible is possible. 

Victoria Gorum

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Victoria Gorum graduated class of 2019 and is currently a sophomore at Stanford University. She is hoping to double major in Sociology and Economics, with a focus in Race, Gender, Immigration, Identity, and Policy. Victoria is very passionate about racial justice and equity, and channels some of that passion into her work as the Chief Director of Project Management and Research for the Diversify Our Narrative Campaign, a non-profit organization that aims to increase BIPOC representation in high school curriculums. She is currently undertaking a variety of projects, including developing an intern program at DON, researching the effects of white supremacy in health, and interviewing BIPOC book authors.

Heidi Hansch

Heidi HeadshotHeidi Hansch, a senior day student at Santa Catalina School, is an active member of our school community. Besides being a gifted athlete and student, Heidi is head of our student newspaper, Lamplighter, and a flutist in our Chamber Ensemble. Heidi’s quiet confidence and dedication to her academics continue to serve her well; she was recently recognized as a National Merit Finalist. In her thought-provoking talk, “Persistence Makes us Whole,” Heidi, a self-declared introvert, shares her perspective on how perseverance has fueled her drive to push beyond her insecurities, face and embrace the unfamiliar. She encourages others to do the same in order to grow and thrive.

Nicole Munoz

Nicole HeadshotNicole Munoz, a student at Santa Catalina, is dedicated to fostering and promoting acceptance and understanding of each person’s identity, both at the local level and the global level. After taking part in a life-changing virtual exchange program with peers in the MENA region (M .E. N. A the Middle East and North Africa), and pursuing a variety of virtual leadership experiences, Nicole has created a new organization Positive I, which aims to provide a space where youth can work together towards creating a world marked by understanding, respect, and acceptance.