Silicon Valley Program Faculty and Staff

Darren Filson 

Darren Filson, Ph.D.

ECON 65/165 CM: Innovation Management / Industrial Organization (Fall 2016)
ECON 98/198 CM: Independent Study on Organizing for Innovation / Innovation Management (Fall 2016)
INT 030 CM: Internship (Fall 2016)

Professor Filson is the Academic Director of the Silicon Valley Program and Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College. In addition to “Industrial Organization,” he has taught courses in the application of behavioral game theory, the economics of innovation, managerial economics, mathematical economics, sociological economics, and statistics, among many graduate-level courses in economics, game theory, and the application of these disciplines to life sciences. 

Professor Filson earned his B.A. with double honors in economics and political studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. A member of the CMC faculty since 2007, he also serves as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Robert A. Day School of Economics and Finance.

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Jay Conger

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Fall 2016)

Jay Conger is the Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership and Institute Chair of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He also co-teaches the new Leadership course in Silicon Valley with Professor Riggio and Adjunct Professor Thompson. He is one of the world’s experts on leadership. You will see him quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other business periodicals analyzing people and trends in the executive suite and in the boardroom. In recognition of his extensive work with companies, Business Week named him the best business school professor to teach leadership and one of the top five management education teachers worldwide. He has published over one hundred articles and 14 books on the topics of leadership development, corporate boards, influence and communications strategies for leaders, executive leadership, and organizational change.

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Ron Riggio

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Fall 2016)

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He also co-teaches the new Leadership course in Silicon Valley with Professor Conger and Adjunct Professor Thompson. Dr. Riggio’s research interests center on charismatic and transformational leadership, nonverbal and verbal communication skills, and the development of leadership potential across the lifespan. He has published nearly two-dozen authored or edited books and more than 150 articles and book chapters. He has also served as a consultant to dozens of organizations, large and small, across the business, education, and non-profit sectors. He is the co-editor, along with Georgia Sorenson, of the Routledge/Taylor & Francis book series: Leadership: Research and Practice.

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Sara Thompson

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Fall 2016)

With 17 years of facilitation experience for college and high school programs, Sara Thompson, Ph.D. serves as Director of Leadership Programs and an instructor for two leadership courses. Sara is at the forefront of KLI’s efforts on campus by leading and facilitating core offerings such as the Sophomore Leadership Experience, Team Retreat, Unscripted: Your CMC Narrative, and the Women’s Leadership Workshop. In addition, Sara partners with key groups on campus such as athletics, dean of students, and resident assistants throughout the year to work with students in the contexts that matter to them most, to overcome obstacles, and to develop their leadership potential. In LEAD 10, Dr. Thompson provides students with a solid foundation on how leadership is defined, viewed, and studied by reviewing conceptualizations and theories of leaders and leadership. She also co-teaches Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley with Professors Riggio and Conger. Most recently, Dr. Thompson co-edited with Rebecca Reichard, “Leader Developmental Readiness: Pursuit of Leadership Excellence” (2016). Sara’s role at KLI allows her to do what she does best, help students build self-confidence and see their leadership potential.

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Andrew Ceperley

Silicon Valley Program Director

Andrew Ceperley joined Claremont McKenna College as its second Director of the Silicon Valley Program in February 2016.  A long time higher education practitioner dedicated to the professional outcomes of the college educated, Andy has worked with students, faculty, alumni, and employers to strengthen the connection between classroom learning and workplace readiness. Prior to joining the CMC community, Andy served as Interim Associate Provost and Consultant for Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Other roles include Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of the Career Services Center at UC San Diego; Associate Dean and Director of Santa Clara University’s Career Center; and leadership roles at UT-Austin and the University of Virginia.  Andy was also retained by the University of Melbourne in Australia to lead a campus-wide project on the re-establishment of the institution’s decentralized career initiatives.  Currently, he serves as a consultant for the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, an organization focused largely on capacity-building employability projects for developing nations.  Andy has consulted with many schools throughout the country, including the University of Arizona, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan Tech, and Occidental College.  Andy is active as a speaker, writer, and member of NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  He served on the NACE Board for six years, and in 2012-13 Andy was the first to serve as NACE President from a campus outside the United States.  Originally from Philadelphia, Andy earned a BS in Business Administration from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and an MA in Communication from the University of Virginia.

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Nereida Moussa

Silicon Valley Program Coordinator

Nereida Moussa serves as Program Coordinator for the Silicon Valley Program, working with the Director, students, CMC staff on campus and professional community to organize the Program’s initiatives and prepare students for their arrival. Additionally, she organizes the annual Evans ITAB Networking Trip to Silicon Valley each January. Nereida worked at the College Board’s San Jose regional office as Assistant Director, Professional Development and Operations. She held other positions at the College Board, as well as at Cisco. Nereida earned a professional certificate in event and meeting planning from San Francisco State, and a B.A. in theatre arts with an English concentration from San Jose State.

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