Elisa Steele was CEO of Jive Software when the 15-year-old company was acquired for $462 million.

Among the Software Giants

We are excited to invite you to attend a lecture “A Balancing Act: How to live, learn and navigate your career ” by Elisa Steele, an influential leader of software technology firms and Silicon Valley start-ups.

Steele joins us as the 2017 Susan J. McGregor Memorial lecturer.

As the former CEO of Jive Software, Steele will reflect on the experiences that led to her success in the tech industry and as a public company CEO. She will share practical advice about how to live, learn and navigate your new career after your college years.

Jive Software – an enterprise collaboration platform – was formed in 2001. Its IPO in 2011 raised $161 million. Steele became Jive’s president in 2014 and the CEO and president in 2015. In May 2017 the Aurea Company acquired Jive for $462 million in cash.

As CEO, Steele ushered in this transition and then moved to board positions with a number of software start-ups in the Bay area, including machine data analyzing software firm Splunk; item and device location software Tile; HR software platform Namely, and the Webb Investment Network.

Prior to taking the helm at Jive, Steele was their executive vice president of marketing, strategy and products. Steele’s notable career among the software giants includes positions at Skype, Microsoft, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems and AT&T.

Elisa was recently named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She also is an innovation advisor to the non-profit organization, Equality Now and is also a member and volunteers for National Charity League, donating time and resources in her local school community.

 

Mon., Oct. 23  |  7 pm  |  LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium
(We are not asking for an RSVP for this event.)

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The Endowed Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on Women’s Leadership for the OSU College of Business has been established through The Estate of Susan J. McGregor in keeping with her interest in supporting women’s issues. McGregor, College of Business ’85, passed away in 2014 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Her career included stints at the Internal Revenue Service and Coopers and Lybrand before she joined Microsoft where she rose through the ranks of the tax department to become one of the company’s first female general managers in 2007. She was an Alpha Phi, an avid Beaver believer and a generous friend to the OSU Foundation.

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