Meet Our Founding Team
Former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Founder of Ariba, Former Chairman/CEO of DocuSign
Chairman Emeritus of Global Mentor Network
Keith Krach has brought powerful transformational leadership to many sectors—factory automation, engineering, commerce, education, philanthropy, and even the way people sign. His goal as a founder of the Global Mentor Network, is to help develop the next generation of transformational leaders thru virtual mentorship. He believes that, “Transformational leadership is for anyone with an honorable mission who wants to make a significant impact. Because everyone has a noble cause burning within them.” To Krach, “It’s all about making a difference—a small difference, a big difference, but most important, a meaningful difference.”
Thuy VuCEO, GMN
Thuy Vu is a seven-time Emmy winner and recipient of a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for in-depth journalism. Named by the Bay Area News Group as one of Northern California's "Most Inspiring Women," Thuy is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, CBS5 and the San Francisco Chronicle. Following stints as an anchor/reporter at ABC and CBS stations as well as NPR, she was the founding anchor and moderator of "KQED Newsroom," an Emmy award-winning current affairs program on one of the nation's largest and most respected public media stations. Thuy is a board member at The RealReal public company, serving as founding board chair of The RealReal Foundation. She has also been an Advisor at DocuSign, the most widely used eSignature and digital transaction management platform in the world. Thuy is co-founder and CEO of the Global Mentor Network.
Priyanka AdvaniVP of Product, GMN
As VP of Product, Priyanka is responsible for our product roadmap and managing the development and launch of new features. She's the one coordinating all the moving parts to bring the Global Mentor Network to our users.
Priyanka has a background in digital marketing as well as software development. She has a range of experience from being the third employee at an early-stage subscription box startup to being the twelve thousand and third employee at a multinational financial services company.
A few of Priyanka's notable achievements:
- Spearheaded the creation of a content distribution program that generated >$1M (net) in ad-equivalency value in its first year - the first of its kind in the financial services industry
- Led a redesign to refresh the brand of one of the most popular financial services blogs, doubling its readership year-over-year
- Taught herself d3 to build a data visualization program that analyzes the CrunchBase open data map to explore the words companies use to describe themselves
Good design is the difference between being memorable and being forgettable.
When she's not at GMN:
You can find Priyanka doing something creative - she dabbles in everything from painting to glass blowing to cake decorating. She might also be traveling, walking around San Francisco with her dog, or reading a good book.
VP of Product, GMN
Connor KochMarketing and Operations Manager, GMN
Connor is the “man on the move”, from managing the content library and scheming marketing initiatives, to running a camera and conducting podcast interviews.
After graduating from Cal Poly SLO, Connor moved to Colorado to work with blind Everest climber Erik Weihenmayer, helping to scale his educational programs, book corporate speaking engagements, and train for adventures around the world.
A few of Connor’s notable achievements:
- Helped found the Cal Poly Young Alumni Mentors program, giving graduating business students real-time and real-world career guidance
- Created the “No Barriers Climb Program”, a kinesthetic and standards-based 3-8 curriculum, and successfully integrated the program in schools across the US
- Summited all 58 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado
We honor the dream by doing the work.
When he’s not at GMN:
He’s in the high alpine, climbing and running in mountain ranges around the world.
Marketing and Operations Manager, GMN
Richard HesterChairman of the Board, GMN
Richard Hester is a co-founder and Senior Partner at Indiana Business Advisors, the leading and largest business brokerage firm in Indiana. His extensive experience includes 28 years of acquisitions and finance as an active intermediary for clients throughout Indiana. Deeply committed to public service, Hester has served as chairman or board member of Sigma Chi International Fraternity, American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, United Way of Central Indiana, the Hispanic Education Center, and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.
Chairman of the Board, GMN
Jay FioreBoard Member, GMN
Before GMN: Jay built a successful career in high tech marketing and executive management, working in enterprising startups, as well as with established companies like Google, eBay, AT&T, Office Depot, IBM and Lotus Development. (He’s been around for a long time.)
A few of Jay’s notable achievements:
- Being twice recognized as Marketer of the Year by B2B Magazine
- Creating eBayBusiness.com, which drove more than $4.7 billion in annual purchases on the eBay platform
- And being hired by Google to create a taxonomy to categorize all the information on earth (!)
Work hard, seize opportunities, do things that are fun, be a good husband and dad.
When he’s not at GMN:
You can find Jay fixing something, or maybe rock climbing, though Jay points out he’s got more to lift and less to lift it with than when he started.
Board Member, GMN
Dr. Paul StoltzBoard Member, GMN
Dr. Paul G. Stoltz is Founder and CEO of global research and consulting firm, PEAK Learning, Inc. Voted “One of the Top 10 Most Influential Global Thinkers of our time," Dr. Stoltz coaches, teaches, and collaborates with top leaders, thinkers, and influencers in organizations from start-ups and NGOs to the Fortune 500. He is also the founder of the GRIT Institute and Global Resilience Institute, worldwide research collaboratives for advancing the frontiers of human endeavor. Also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Stoltz has served as faculty for MIT’s acclaimed entrepreneurship program and Harvard Business School’s Executive Education and MBA programs.
Dr. Paul Stoltz
Board Member, GMN
Elaine PalladinoInstructional Designer, GMN
Elaine has over 35 years experience in organizational development, curriculum design, and facilitation in the private and public sectors.
For the last 25 years she owned and operated Footprints Consulting and Training which specializes in the development of custom instructional programs in the areas of team building, leadership, organizational change, strategy, interpersonal effectiveness and facilitation skills.
Footprints’ instructional designs integrate research-based content with the critical business issues and values of their client organizations.
Footprints has worked globally with a broad spectrum of clients such as Dow Chemical, Dow Agro-Sciences, Honda, Eli Lilly, PepsiCo, Kimberly-Clark, Abbott Labs, and General Mills.
Elaine is sought out for her ability to develop customized, innovative learning programs that produce results. Her facilitation and coaching strengths lie in her ability to make concepts come alive and to get groups to shake off conventional thinking in order to reach their full potential.
Instructional Designer, GMN