Two Former Bearcats Head To NFF Summit At Stanford Aug 14-17

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced that 214 previous nominees for The William V. Campbell Trophy® have accepted invitations to attend the Third Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit, sponsored by Intuit Inc., at Stanford University in California.

Two former Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat football players – Ben Althoff and Simon Mathiesen – will attend the Summit. Althoff was a 2018 nominee for the Campbell Trophy, while Mathiesen was a 2016 nominee for the award known as the Academic Heisman.

Click here for a video of last year’s event.

The 2019 event, which will take place Aug. 14-17, will provide a powerful opportunity for the members of the Campbell Trophy® community to interact and learn from many of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the lessons that have guided them to the highest levels of success. The event will also include a career expo with more than a dozen companies on site recruiting the attendees. Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award’s namesake, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights for leadership and personal growth to the next generation.

“Bill was absolutely passionate about football, and he believed deeply in what you learned from playing the game,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “He never, never took his foot off the accelerator in talking about the benefits of the game. So, we are really thankful that Intuit has stepped forward to fund the summit for a third year as a tribute to Bill’s legacy of mentoring. We received amazing feedback from the participants who attended the first two Summits, and more than 50 percent are coming back. The Summit has quickly become its own community, and it’s a great showcase for the impact college football has in creating educational opportunities for those who play our sport.”

Campbell, who played and coached at Columbia before a switch to the business world, became one of the most influential individuals in Silicon Valley as CEO and Chairman of Intuit and a board member of Apple and Google. He developed a unique reputation, earning the moniker as the “Coach of Silcom Valley” for using the lessons of the gridiron as he mentored Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezosof Amazon, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Scott Cook and Brad Smith of Intuit, and countless others.

“It’s a real honor to be here, and to pay tribute to the man that this trophy is named after,” said Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad Smith in addressing the attendees at the 2018 event. “It’s a great honor to speak to you because you have been recognized as someone who carries his name with distinction. That individual is Bill Campbell…. This is the must-attend event in Silicon Valley, and I can attest to that because I have had multiple people ask me how they can buy a ticket, but that is what makes this event so special you can’t buy your way here. You have to earn your way here, and everyone in this room has done just that.”

This year’s attendees will travel from Finland, Japan, Tanzania, England, Canada, 44 states, and the District of Columbia, representing 136 colleges and universities from all divisions, and their current careers range from doctors, engineers, lawyers, physicists and business and civic leaders. MWF Advisors CEO Mark Flynn, a former linebacker at Saint John’s (MN) who was a volunteer coach for an eighth-grade boys-and-girls’ flag-football team with Campbell, has played the lead role in organizing the event since its inception in 2017.

“Bill inspired a number of us, and all he ever asked was that we passed on, from one generation to the next, his values,” said Flynn. “He had us commit to mentoring this next generation. We decided to gather really bright, talented people who have been part of this Campbell Trophy®, saying let’s gather for three or four days to develop tomorrow’s leaders. It was unbelievable how people would make time and change their schedule to be part of Bill’s legacy… We are here to create a living legacy to Bill Campbell, and all of the scholar-athletes are in the Campbell Trophy® fraternity for life.”

A four-day event, the 2019 Summit includes leadership workshops, a career expo, team building activities, a physical and mental competition dubbed the “Campbell Championship Series,” a dinner cruise of San Francisco Bay and several other activities designed to build relationships. The panels will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the attendees. The sessions this year include a Hall of Fame panel with Ronnie Lott (USC) and 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Steve Young(BYU); a workshop with Liz Wiseman, the author of The New York Times bestseller “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter;” and sessions with Intuit CEO Brad Smith, SoFI CEO and former Army West Point linebacker Anthony Noto, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal.

Companies participating in the career expo include Altamont Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Enjoy, EY, Google, Intuit, JMI Sports, McChrystal Group, SoFi, Sonim Technologies, WeDriveU and the XFL as well as professionals from the medical and real state fields and several entrepreneurs from a diverse range of emerging companies.

“When I was listening to all the speakers, it wasn’t that they were smarter, better or naturally had these capabilities, but all of them talked about changing their mindset to accomplish things,” said Ryan Janvion, a 2016 Campbell Trophy finalist from Wake Forest at the conclusion of last year’s event. “So, many times people want to feel comfortable, and it’s natural for us to feel comfortable, but just like on the football field and the weight room, we need to challenge ourselves in the same way in the business world where we have to put ourselves out there to be uncomfortable.”

Hoping to expand the Summit’s impact, organizers have established the “Campbell Trophy® Mentor Challenge,” which will encourage attendees to continue Bill’s legacy of mentoring by volunteering with a local community-based organization after returning to their local communities. Setting a modest goal of 50 attendees committing to 200 hours of community service, organizers hope to achieve an impact of 10,000 hours during the next year.

All accommodations and meals are provided at no charge for the attendees, and first-time attendees who need assistance receive a $400 travel stipend.

Speakers Slated to Appear

  • Chase Beeler, Altamont Capital, senior associate, and former Stanford and NFL center
  • Thomas D. Burns Jr., Parsons’ Salt Waste Processing Facility, senior vice president, 1993 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, former Virginia linebacker
  • Ginnie Carlier, EY, assurance partner and West Region talent leader
  • Dennis Carlson, WeDriveU, president & CEO
  • Dawn Carter, Intuit, Early Careers director
  • Greg Comella, Comella’s Restaurant Group, partner, former Stanford and NFL fullback
  • Gordon Davidson, Fenwick & West LLP, chairman
  • Pat Dillingham, Windy Hill Spirits, co-founder and CEO, former Notre Dame quarterback
  • Damon Dunn, Lagunita Industries LLC, managing member, former Stanford and NFL wide receiver, 1997 William V. Campbell Trophy® finalist
  • Alan Eagle, Google, director of executive communications and co-author of The New York Times best-seller: “The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell”
  • Diane Flynn, ReBoot Accel, co-founder and CEO
  • Mark Flynn, MFW Advisors CEO, and former Saint John’s (MN) linebacker
  • Peter Fortenbaugh, Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, CEO
  • Pat Gallagher, San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, executive vice president of marketing, partnerships and communication, author
  • Dan Giovacchini, Livongo, project finance manager, 2014 Campbell Trophy® semifinalist from Brown
  • Diane B. Greene, Google Inc., senior vice president; former founder and CEO of VMWare
  • Ted Gregory, Columbia University, director of Diversity Initiatives and Talent Retention, and former Columbia defensive back
  • Jim Hansen, Marine Meteorology Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, superintendent, 1992 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, former Colorado offensive lineman
  • Steve Hatchell, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, president & CEO
  • Todd Husak, CBRE, managing director, former Stanford and NFL quarterback
  • Dean Jacobson, Accel-KKR, managing director, 1998 Campbell Trophy semifinalist from Harvard
  • Ron Johnson, Enjoy Technology, Inc., CEO
  • Gary Kirkham, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, managing director
  • Ronnie Lott, Lott Auto Ventures, CEO, 2002 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, former Southern California safety, 2000 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, NFF Board Member
  • Craig Mahoney, Orthopaedic Surgeon, 1990 William V. Campbell Trophy® finalist, former Iowa State tight end
  • Jeffery Marx, 1986 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of numerous books, including The New York Times bestsellers “Season of Life” and “The Long Snapper”
  • Nick Mailey, Intuit, Talent Acquisition, vice president
  • Stanley McChrystal, McChrystal Group, founder, and four-star general (Ret.)
  • James McGillicuddy, entrepreneur, former Stanford offensive lineman
  • Alan Mishra, Stanford University Medical Center, adjunct clinical associate professor
  • Michael Moe, GSV Asset Management, founder and CEO, and former Minnesota quarterback
  • Joe Mucat, EY, Redwood Shores managing partner
  • Oganna Nnamani Silva, Stanford All-America volleyball player; two-time Olympian and University of California, San Francisco, medical student
  • Anthony Noto, SoFi, CEO and former Army West Point linebacker
  • Peter Pilling, Columbia University, Campbell Family director of intercollegiate athletics
  • Ted Robinson, television and radio sportscaster
  • Jesse Rogers, Altamont Capital, co-founder and managing director
  • Jonathan Rosenberg, Google, former Senior Vice President and co-author of The New York Times bestseller: “The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell”
  • Jason Rosenthal, Google, vice president for Product Management
  • Yogi Roth, Pac-12 Networks College Football, analyst and walk-on wide receiver at Pittsburgh
  • Sam Schwartzstein, XFL, director of football operations, former Stanford center and guard
  • Mike Silva, Vulcan Capital, Growth Equity, former Stanford linebacker
  • Brad Smith, Intuit, chairman and CEO
  • Bill Tanona, SoFi, Corporate Development SVP
  • Shawn Vanderhoven, Wiseman Group, partner & collaborator
  • Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn, CEO
  • Patty White, ReBoot Accel, cofounder and COO
  • Liz Wiseman, author of The New York Times bestseller “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”
  • Steve Young, HGGC, co-founder and managing director, 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete (Brigham Young), 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee