LouAnn Conner founded SagaciousThink, LLC in 2008 to address a need for businesses to have operational expertise that supports their missions, and allows them the foundation to execute their strategic goals Ms. Conner has extensive experience in operations, transition management, small business and startups in variety of verticals including telecommunications, IT, federal government contracting, aerospace, SaaS, and clean technology.
Ms. Conner holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Iowa State University and a MBA in International Business from Johns Hopkins University - Carey School of Business. Additionally, she has a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, a Master's Certification in Business Process Engineering, Certified in BeingFirst Change Leadership Methodology and is trained in Six Sigma and Lean process improvement methodology.
She serves on the Executive Council on the Dean's Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and the Steering Committee as Second Vice President for the Alumni Council of The Johns Hopkins University. She also established the Bay Area Chapter for Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Alumni. She also served on the Board of Directors for the California Spain Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the San Francisco European Chamber.
Ms. Conner is passionate about helping startups. She advises women-led startups for Astia (a non-profit focused on giving women lead companies more opportunities) and mentors some of her business students. She was asked by Golden Gate University to develop entrepreneurship and small business seminars for their alumni, and is the Program Director for their Small Business Program.
She is a published author and an invited speaker. She is an adjunct instructor at UC Berkeley Extension teaching entrepreneurship classes ranging from Opportunity Recognition to Action Planning and Management of New Business Ventures. She teaches graduate classes including the Contextual Environment of Business, Entrepreneurship, International Business & Strategy and Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics at Golden Gate University's Ageno School of Business for both the Professional and Executive MBA programs.
Katherine Paska has over ten years of experience in marketing and engineering. Ms. Paska received two undergraduate engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Her marketing and engineering work spans the Telecommunication, Construction, Education, and the Energy industries.. What about consulting? Engineering and consulting does not make sense
Ms. Paska drove innovative e-business marketing solutions in the Education Industry which drove revenue X% surpassing expectations and exceeded the contributions of all other marketing inititiaitive.
Her specialties include: corporate strategy, pricing, product development and management, e-business, merchandising, and cross functional team leadership (this is an outlier.
James Corr has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a policy advisor and manager. He brings a unique global and economic perspective to his work, including significant experience in international finance, business continuity and security, and in clean technologies, specifically solar. A particular strength is effective communication.
Mr. Corr started his career at the World Bank in Washington, DC before acting as a Special Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office, London. He went on to corporate planning at British Shipbuilders, Ltd., and management consulting with DHR, Inc, where his projects included policy support to the US Department of Energy on Solar and Conservation Technology, market analysis in Saudi Arabia, and testimony before the US House of Representatives on international funding of solar and conservation technologies.
He then embarked on a successful career at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC where he held such roles as Chief - Financial Planning and Operations, Chief - Special Operations, Advisor – Finance Department, and Advisor – Technology and General Services Department. Over the years, his work involved economic and financial analysis, operations management, security and continuity issues, and communications. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has worked as a consultant to a diverse range of clients from major corporations to start-ups, including several projects for his former employer, the IMF.
Mr. Corr’s education includes course work in economics at the University of Glasgow, a Masters of Arts from Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, and a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Additionally, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley, Department of Economics.