Military Service Appreciation Award
Wednesday, May 7
2014 Military Service Appreciation Dinner
Honoring Steven A. Denning, MBA '78
Chairman, General Atlantic LLC
Jake Harriman, MBA '08
Founder/CEO, Nuru International
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Vidalakis Dining Hall at the Schwab Residential Center
680 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
About Steven A. Denning
Steven Denning is the chairman of General Atlantic, a leading private-equity firm focused exclusively on investing in growth companies around the world. The firm has $15 billion in capital under management. General Atlantic has invested in more than 200 companies and has current holdings in about 50 companies. General Atlantic has offices in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, São Paulo, London, Munich, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Singapore.
Mr. Denning joined General Atlantic in 1980 after working with McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1978. Prior to business school, Mr. Denning served six years in the U.S. Navy, where he also obtained an MS from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.
He is a director of the Thomson Reuters Corporation and several General Atlantic public and private portfolio companies. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees of Stanford University and is co-chair of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, where he served as vice chairman of the board. He is an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution, where he served on the board and was a member of the executive committee. He is emeritus chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association. He was formerly a member of the Bridgespan Group, the McKinsey Investment Office Advisory Council, the advisory board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, the board of trustees of the Connecticut Science Center, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and the Georgia Tech Foundation, and the Cancer Research Institute.
Mr. Denning resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is married to Roberta Bowman (Stanford AB ’75, MBA ’78). They have two children: Robert (Columbia ’06, London School of Economics ’07, Stanford MBA ’11) and Carrie (Stanford BA ’08, MA ’09), recently admitted to Stanford’s MBA Class of 2015.
About Jake Harriman
Jake graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served seven and a half years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat.
From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” won’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism – disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty. He graduated with an MBA in June 2008 and led a team to launch Nuru International in Kenya in the same year.