Vivek  Venugopal '01 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, April 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Vivek graduated with a Comp Sci degree and is finally putting it to use, kind of. After a few years as a software developer immediately after college he decided to take his career in a different direction and went into non-profit fundraising. That career moved him to San Francisco where he decided to jump onto the tech wave. He joined a startup that got acquired by LinkedIn in 2014. In 2017 he left LinkedIn to start a new venture, Qwill, of which he is a co-founder. He also works with Speechless, a company that uses "Improv Thinking" to help individuals with their public speaking and presentation skills. 

When he is not juggling dream jobs he is juggling his 2 daughters, Malaika and Annika, with his wife Katy. He misses Chicken Patty Parmesan.


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