Expert in Residence

The Bates Center is excited to announce the expansion of their Expert in Residence program with the  appointment of Mohan Nair as our first ever Expert in Residence - Health Care, and Beth Ford as our first ever Expert in Residence - Agriculture and Advocacy.  
Brie Bridegum PierznikX/X/2016-- Seattle, WA, USA Photograph by Stuart Isett. ©2016 Stuart Isett.... Brie Bridegum Pierznik
X/X/2016-- Seattle, WA, USA Photograph by Stuart Isett. ©2016 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.

LAW

Wondering what legal issues you should consider when exploring ideas? Do you need to form a business entity? Thinking about law school? Meet our Expert in Residence, Brie Bridegum Pierznik.  Brie is an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and an active member of the firm’s start-up and emerging companies practice. Office hours will be available via Zoom about four times per semester. She will meet individually with students on topics such as the legal issues facing startups and the transition from student to professional. In the spring of 2021 Expert in Residence Hours are available in 20 minute increments during the following dates: 

  • February 26, 2021 @ 2pm
  • April 2, 2021 @ 2pm
  • April 15, 2021 @ 4pm 

Sign up using Google Appointment slots on Catarina Hunter’s calendar here. She will confirm your appointment and send you a zoom link to the meeting. 

Disclaimer: Expert in Residence office hours are meant as an issue spotting exercise, to tell you predicted course and next steps—lay out entity formation options, explain issues to consider, warn about land mines, etc. This is free advice and since our students are not clients of Stoel Rives, there should be no belief of, or claim of reliance on, a lawyer/client relationship.

 

HEALTH CARE

Mohan Nair, our first Expert in Residence - Health Care, is the CEO of Emerge Inc. and is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Until January 2021, Mohan was the SVP/Chief Innovation Officer of Cambia Health Solutions, a $9.8 B Mohan Nair Mohan Nair Credit: Kimberli Ransom Photography health care concern. Mohan understands the landscape, technology, barriers, opportunities and equity considerations in health care research, delivery and access networks. Ask questions, test ideas, or just listen/learn.

Interested in innovation in healthcare and beyond? Converse with Mohan about what it takes to transform healthcare from an institutional focused business model to a person focused and financially sustainable system. For 25 years, he has focused on the principles and practices of a cause-centered organization and has realized the direct relationship between personal and business transformation. His dream is to help organizations realize that cause-driven leaders can change the world.

As Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Cambia Health Solutions, Mohan led a team that engages leaders in innovation, accelerates process from problem to solution, and creates new purpose-driven products, services, businesses and experiences. He is a high-tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, author, strategy consultant and healthcare leader.

Born and raised in Singapore, Mohan watched how nations transform. It shaped how he strives to create lasting business transformation, which includes every employee personally finding “true north” in cause through their own transformation.

Mohan authored three books in the field of transformation and for 10 years taught at the Kellogg School of Management. An experienced entrepreneur with two startups under his belt, Mohan has set his sights on healthcare transformation.

As a former Singaporean TV talk show host, musician with 20 music copyrighted songs to his name, TEDx speaker, and the first healthcare executive to audition and lose at America’s Got Talent, he hopes to inspire others with courage and teach all to enjoy innovation.

Office hours will be available two to three times per semester. He will meet via zoom on the below dates with students who sign up ahead of time to receive the link. These sessions are group sessions, not individual sessions. 

Expert in Residence Hours are available during the following dates:

  • March 18, 2021 @ 10am - this event has been canceled
  • April 19, 2021 @ 10am 

To join our Expert in Residence sessions with Mohan Nair please fill out this form. You will get a confirmation email from the Bates Center with a Zoom link.

Disclaimer: Expert in Residence office hours are meant as an exploratory exercise, to converse about health care landscape, considerations, opportunities and problem solving. This is a free service and since our students are not clients of Mohan Nair, Cambia or any of their affiliated entities, speaking to or listening to him does not rise to a claim, belief, or reliance upon information he imparts.

AGRICULTURE AND ADVOCACY

Converse with the first openly gay woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Beth Ford, CEO of Land O Lakes ( a company that touches 300,000 farmers and half the harvested acres in the nation) wants to respond to your questions about innovations in sustainable agriculture, and amplifying underrepresented voices in the workplace, and career advancement. A portrait of Beth Ford, president of Land O Lakes at the company's headquarters in Arden Hills, ... Credit: Ackerman + Gruber

Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth’s 35-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, nonprofit and university boards.

Beth has been recognized by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women and was named too Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, among other honors. She was also featured in the “60 Minutes” segment entitled “The Farmers Advocate” during the fall of 2019.

Office hours will be available two to three times per semester. She will meet via zoom on the below dates with students who sign up ahead of time to receive the link. These sessions are group sessions, not individual sessions. Expert in Residence Hours are available during the following dates:

  • April 13 @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm

To join our Expert in Residence sessions with Beth Ford please fill out this form. You will get a confirmation email from the Bates Center with a Zoom link.

Disclaimer: Expert in Residence office hours are meant as an exploratory exercise, to converse about agricultural and advocacy issues, considerations, opportunities, problem solving, and career. This is a free service and since our students are not clients of Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes or any of their affiliated entities, speaking to or listening to her does not rise to a claim, belief, or reliance upon information she imparts.