Mark C. Thompson is CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson's network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation. Mark is a leadership coach, bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer.
Mark is Charles Schwab's former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation. He also served as Executive Producer of Schwab.com, with assets of $1.4 trillion. Forbes Magazine called Mark one of America's top investors with the 'Midas' touch.
He served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry International, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to iTunes, and was Chairman of Integration, which was acquired by Silicon Labs. He is a Founding Patron of Richard Branson's Entrepreneurship Centre, and is Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an Executive Coach for TED.
Mark is an investor in heath care and entertainment software companies. He was founding Board member of Smule, which is Google and Apple's top music applications company for the hit TV series Glee, with over 20 million monthly active users. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics and CNS Response.
Among Broadway passions, Mark's plays have earned five Tony awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan with two extraordinary women.
Bonita Thompson has worked 25 years in human resources for global corporations, including Bank of America, Genentech, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis, Varian, and Catellus. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Institute (formerly Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management).
She lectures globally and has taught leadership at John F. Kennedy University. She was Director of Research for Stanford professor Jerry Porras (and coauthors Thompson and Emery) on Success Built to Last, the sequel to Porras and Collins' Built to Last. Her American Management Association webinar, Double Your Value, is featured as an article in Dr. Marshall Goldsmith's book, Coaching for Leadership, which was described as "the single best collection of writings and writers on executive coaching," according to professor Warren Bennis at USC/Harvard.
Bonita earned an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley; and a BA in Industrial Psychology (minor Statistics) from San Jose State University. She also holds an Honorary PhD from Mount Mary College. As a new HR executive, Bonita started her career recruiting the first 200 world-class geneticists to join a newly emerging industry led by pioneer Genentech, now owned by pharmaceutical giant Roche.
At Levi Strauss, Bonita was on the team that built the first Human Resources intranet to administer HR online for employees globally. Bonita restructured compensation programs to be more performance driven at Bank of America when it was the world's largest bank. She created the HR Market Analyzer (a system to alert management about competitive pay) and reclassified 100,000 jobs.
Bonita is a long-term supporter of the Girl Scouts, Save the Children, the Wheelchair Foundation, and the Center of Independent Learning (COIL), a California charter school where she focuses on educational empowerment for girls.