Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski interviews several speakers and panelists including Kevin Klowden of the Milken Institute, Gywenn Shotwell of SpaceX, and Phaedra Chrousos of the Daily Secret on the last day of the Milken Institute Global Conference 2013.
Kevin Klowden is director of the Milken Institute California Center and a managing economist. The moderator of the Milken panel, “Creative California: Where the World Comes to Innovate,” his focus is on the distribution of resources, business and labor in a region, the effects of public policy on these factors and the impact on job creation, technology-based development and access to capital, particularly in California. Klowden is the lead author of “Film Flight: Lost Production and Its Economic Impact in California” and the follow-up “Fighting Production Flight,” as well as the latest “State Technology and Science Index.” He has written about the effects of transportation and freight infrastructure on job growth; the role of technology-based development on regional economies; and the effect of long-term obligations and international factors on municipal finances in California. Klowden is a frequent speaker on state fiscal issues and has served on multiple advisory boards on business growth, economic development and infrastructure. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and London School of Economics.
A panelist on, “Pushing the Frontier: How the Space Industry Is Changing the Way We See the World,” Gwynne Shotwell is president of SpaceX, responsible for day‐to‐day operations and customer and strategic relations. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as vice president of business development and has built a manifest of nearly 50 launches, representing nearly $5 billion in revenue. Prior to SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation in various management positions, including chief engineer of an MLV‐class satellite program. There she managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation and completed an extensive space policy analysis for NASA’s future investment in space transportation. Shotwell was subsequently recruited to be director of Microcosm’s Space Systems Division. In 2011, Shotwell received the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, and in 2012 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. Shotwell received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics.
Phaedra Chrousos is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Daily Secret, a venture capital-backed digital media company. Daily Secret introduces audiences and advertisers around the world to a popular U.S. media format, the curated e-mail newsletter. Every day 700,000 subscribers in 22 countries receive Daily Secret’s discoveries in their in-boxes. Prior to Daily Secret, Chrousos founded and led HealthLeap, a Health 2.0 company, and then sold it to MDxMedical. She has several years of consulting experience, notably at The Boston Consulting Group and The World Bank Group. Chrousos sits on the boards of a number of nonprofits and is an active fundraiser for her alma maters. She is also an official mentor for Daily Secret’s Good Karma Initiative and a judge for the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award. She is also a speaker on the Milken panel, “Common Ground Among Global Entrepreneurs.”