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2000 Go Forth Class

March 14, 2013  • Henry Crown Fellows Newsletter

Ford Goodman reports:  “I have recently left Oracle for a global role at Informatica. Interesting strategic challenge close to my data chops in a set of businesses with mission-critical importance for the company. I am looking forward to the new team and challenge, but will miss some of my compatriots at the big O. I found Oracle to have a lot of talented, high character people and was really pleased with my experience there. The family is fine, although challenged by two very different teenagers. Lynn and I seem forever behind the social and academic passions of Emma as she approaches high school. We are really proud of her confidence, her self-knowledge, her academic progress and her old soul. Coupe is a sophomore at Tom Brady’s Serra high school but seems to find academics, even with his prodigious brain, to be beneath his time priority. We stay consistent, but range between frustration and acceptance at his lack of maturity and application. Tutors, leadership techniques and professional help seem no answers. He remains a REALLY interesting kid with a big heart, has become one whale of a guitar player and remains the second funniest person in the house. WAY behind Lynn, of course. Lynn and I continue in our love of Texas red dirt rock and roll, and of a good time. Just returned from the Rose (yay Stanford!) and Fiesta (come ON Cats!) Bowls. I then went on with four buddies to the 5-day Steamboat Music Fest where I had too much fun between skiing and the 40 bands. Work at Informatica started at the end of January, so the month of play and non-shaving has ended. So professional enjoyment starts again! Best to you all! New bands of the red dirt genre to recommend: Uncle Lucius and Turnpike Troubadors. Just sayin’.”

Srinija Srinivasan writes:  “Warm greetings to all.  It’s been an exhilarating January with back-to-back openings of wonderful new performing arts facilities in the Bay Area.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a small involvement with the opening of the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford, which took place the weekend of January 11.  Right on the heels of that, I celebrated the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco with a public ribbon-cutting on MLK Day, and our January 23 opening night concert was broadcast on NPR Music.  SFJAZZ is the nonprofit whose board I chaired for 6 years throughout our building planning, campaign, and most of construction, and since rotating off the board last summer, I’ve served as co-chair of our grand opening.  The opening has exceeded our expectations and it’s an exciting addition to the cultural life of San Francisco!”

Mellody Hobson was ranked #36 in The Root 100 for 2012.  The Root 100 are black achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45 who represent the ideals of The Root.  Mellody earned this position because she is a “Money-management executive, personal-finance expert and humanitarian.” Click here to see the complete list of The Root 100 for 2012.

And congrats to Shamina Singh who just joined Mastercard leading their business innovation and partnership efforts with governments and NGO’s.