The Maybach Mentor Talks

The Maybach Foundation Mentor Talk Series is a discussion forum featuring diverse and relevant thinkers, visionaries and drivers of innovation sharing their personal journeys from early inspiration to where they are today. The focus is on the mentor-protégé relationship, a theme central to the historic Maybach story and a core aspect of the Maybach Foundation’s work over the past decade.

In this context, the Maybach Foundation Mentor Talks present speaker pairs who are representative of the change-​making impact of individual human interaction. In some cases, they have been involved in the Maybach Foundation’s own mentoring projects. Others are paired with a past mentor or mentee who has significantly influenced their personal and professional development.

The Maybach Foundation memorializes the contributions of Wilhelm & Karl Maybach, a journey from orphanage to designer of the first Mercedes and today’s symbol of ultimate luxury — an achievement that would not have been possible without the support Wilhelm Maybach received in the early stages of his life. The case study of young Wilhelm Maybach creating a disruptive “mobility-​revolution” laid the foundation for the modern automobile. By building on this historical narrative and its lessons, the Maybach Mentor Talks create a trickle-​down effect. Learning about our panelists’ personal experiences, as well as the societal effect of their personal mentoring partnerships has the potential to inspire others.

The Mentor Talks serve community interests by raising awareness of the benefits of mentoring and supporting young, talented thinkers : Individuals who might go on to find new, innovative approaches to solving increasingly urgent problems – just as did the young Wilhelm Maybach.

Your best future is helping someone else find theirs.

The second Maybach Mentor Talk : Chris C. Kemp, CTO at NASA, and Pete Worden, Director of NASA Ames

LIVE AT THE BATTERY — Maybach Mentors with NASA’s Chris C. Kemp & Dr. Pete Worden

LIVE AT THE BATTERY — Maybach Mentors with NASA’s Chris C. Kemp & Dr. Pete Worden Join us for an exciting discussion and Q&A session with Chris C. Kemp, former Chief Technology Officer of NASA, and his mentor, Dr. S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Research Center Director. We continue Mentor Talks Series with The Maybach Foundation : a fireside-​chat format presenting diverse and relevant thinkers, visionaries and drivers of innovation sharing their personal journeys from early inspiration to where they are today — including missteps taken along the way. The focus is on the mentor – protégé relationship, a theme central to the historic Maybach story and a core aspect of the Maybach Foundation’s work over the past decade. Due to the speakers’ interpersonal connections, we are excited about the kind of exchanges that will occur in an intimate and informal setting. Chris C. Kemp Chris is the co-​founder and CEO of a stealth space company that has designed, built, and launched two rockets in the past year, and will begin launching a new generation of spacecraft to connect, observe, and influence our planet starting later this year. Previously, Chris was the Chief Technology Officer of NASA, where he introduced new technologies into America’s space program, founder of OpenStack, the largest and fastest growing open source project in history. While at NASA, he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and World Wide Telescope. Chris also worked with the White House to develop the cloud strategy for the United States federal government. He serves as a board member or adviser to Planet Labs, Scalr, and Ripcord, and has founded several technology companies. He has been recognized in the Silicon Valley Business Journal « 40 under 40,» the CNBC Disruptor 50 list, and received the prestigious « Federal 100 » award for his service at NASA. Dr. S. Pete Worden Simon Peter “Pete” Worden, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’. Prior to joining the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, USA until his retirement on March 31, 2015. He has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He is a recognized expert on space and science issues – both civil and military and has been a leader in building partnerships between governments and the private sector internationally. At the Royal Society in London on July 20, 2015, Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Lord Martin Rees announced a set of initiatives — a scientific program aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen, and a contest to devise potential messages named ‹Breakthrough Message’. In addition, atop the One World Trade Center in New York on April 20, 2016, Breakthrough Starshot was announced, an interstellar program to Alpha Centauri. These are the first of several privately-​funded global initiatives to answer the fundamental science questions surrounding the origin, extent and nature of life in the universe. The Breakthrough Initiatives are managed by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

Posted by The Battery on Monday, August 19, 2019

The first Maybach Mentor Talk : Hap Klopp, founder of The North Face, and Magi Raible, CEO of LiteGear

LIVE at The Battery — Maybach Mentors w/​Hap Klopp & Magi Raible

LIVE at The Battery — Maybach Mentors w/​Hap Klopp & Magi Raible The Maybach Foundation memorializes the contributions of Wilhelm & Karl Maybach, a journey from orphanage to designer of the first Mercedes and today’s symbol of ultimate luxury – an achievement that would not have been possible without the support Wilhelm Maybach received in the early stages of his life. The Maybach Foundation debuts its Mentor Talks Series : a recurring series featuring a fireside-​chat format presenting diverse and relevant thinkers, visionaries and drivers of innovation sharing their personal journeys from early inspiration to where they are today — including missteps taken along the way. The focus is on the mentor – protégé relationship, a theme central to the historic Maybach story and a core aspect of the Maybach Foundation’s work over the past decade. Due to the speakers’ interpersonal connections, we are excited about the kind of exchanges that will occur in an intimate and informal setting. The Mentor Talks Series serves community interests by raising awareness of the benefits of mentoring and supporting young, talented thinkers : Individuals who might go on to find new, innovative approaches to solving increasingly urgent problems – just as did the young Wilhelm Maybach. Join us for an exciting discussion and Q&A session with this events speakers, Hap Klopp, The North Face founder, and Magi Raible, CEO of LiteGear. Hap Klopp Mr. Klopp was a co-​founder and 20-​year CEO of The North Face. In 1968 Mr. Klopp bought 2 stores doing $300,000 in sales bearing the name, The North Face, from Doug Tompkins for $60,000. He then used this platform for building the iconic North Face brand including creating the logo, undertaking the design and manufacture of outdoor and apparel products, and launching wholesale and catalog sales. When he sold the company, it was doing more than $125 million. Today, the MBA ’66 graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business continues his board roles while also mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. “It’s very inspiring to be around young people,” he says. “Older people don’t have the optimistic curiosity of younger people. I get enthused by the can-​do attitude.” He talks with us about the importance of infusing your values into your brand, the virtues of influencer marketing, and the benefits of interdisciplinary design teams. Magi Raible Magi Raible is the Creative Director and CEO at LiteGear. With a love of the outdoors and a commitment to the environment, outdoor/​travel gear veteran Mago Raible walks the talk. As CEO and Creative Director of LifeGear Design, a full-​service design and sourcing company and owner of the LiteGear brand she founded in 2013, Raible has made it her mission to help protect our natural resources by using nearly 1.5 single-​use plastic bottles (and counting) in the design and manufacture of LiteGear products, thereby keeping them out of oceans and landfills. Building on her previous experience as founder and president of adventure gear brand KIVA, Raible’s goal with LiteGear is to inspire people to travel while providing them with innovative gear built to deliver reliable performance. Raible’s resume includes working as director of product development and product acquisition for The North Face. Her work for the North Face, as well as her time with the US AirForce has taken her around the world. Serving on the board of directors for the International Travel Goods Association, Raible continues to indulge her love of travel as much as she can.

Posted by The Battery on Monday, May 6, 2019

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