A distinguished group of alumni will join Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists for Career Summit 2018. The event is two days of practical preparation April 6 and 7 for Life after K. All students from all majors are welcome and encouraged to attend this special event. Bill Duane ’94 is the first in a series of features that will highlight our speakers for the event. To learn more and register, visit our Career Summit 2018 news story.
Bill Duane ’94
Retired Superintendent of Well-Being at Google
Bill Duane works at the intersection of individual resilience and organizational effectiveness, particularly in innovative and/or chaotic environments. As an engineering executive for Google earlier in his career, Bill was responsible for worldwide production engineering for Gmail, G Suite and WebSearch Infrastructure, leading a team of 130 people across five countries.
Though an amazing, interesting and rewarding ride, it also contained more burnout than was OK, which sparked a curiosity about how burnout worked. As he investigated burnout, Bill discovered a deep interest in the biological, psychological and interpersonal mechanisms of happiness, effectiveness and well-being which led him to create the role of Google’s Superintendent of Well-Being. At Google, he and his team created worldwide programs to move the needle on well-being at the individual, team and organizational level, partnering with various teams in the Google ecosystem to make it part of the culture.
After 12 years at Google and 25 years in corporate environments, he is taking his expertise to a more diverse set of individuals and organizations. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Kalamazoo College.
Bill is scheduled to speak in these Career Summit sessions:
- Dinner and Opening Plenary, 6 p.m. April 6
- Mentoring Matters: What You Gain from Trusted Advisers, 10 a.m. April 7
- Tips for Bringing Your Identity to Work, 10:45 a.m. April 7
- Serendipity: Making the Most of Unexpected Opportunities, 11:30 a.m. April 7.
Other Scheduled Speakers
- Brad O’Neill ’93, CEO and co-founder, Depot Global Inc.
- Carolyn DeWitt ’04, president and executive director of Rock the Vote
- David Rust, former director of operations strategy, Lyft
- Drew Dumsch ’90, founder and president/CEO of The Ecology School
- Ed Hortelano ’83, global vice president of research and development at Loparex
- Esperanza Cantú ’11, project leader in the Data Planning and Evaluation Division at the Detroit Health Department
- Hilmon Sorey, managing director at ClozeLoop
- Janete Perez, co-founder at Present
- Kris Davidson, business owner, Kris Davidson Photography
- Lindsey Haswell, co-founder and executive VP at Depot Global Inc.
- Mike Soenen ’92, partner at Valor Equity Partners
- Om Malik, partner at True Ventures
- Timasha Woods ’07, global human resources business partner at Amgen