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Prominent Silicon Valley Leaders to Host Inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit
The event, sponsored by Intuit Inc., will take place Aug. 24-26 at Stanford University.
Published: 8/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: 100 previous nominees for The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, will attend the inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit in Silicon Valley from Aug. 24-26. Above at the trophy's official home at the New York Athletic Club in 2015 are the late Bill Campbell (left) and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell (right) with past Campbell Trophy recipients Danny Wuerffel (Florida - 1996), Thomas Burns (Virginia - 1993), Ty Darlington (Oklahoma - 2015) and Chris Howard (Air Force - 1990).) 

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 9, 2017)
– The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that 100 previous nominees for The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, will attend the inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit in Silicon Valley from Aug. 24-26. The event, sponsored by Intuit Inc. and taking place at Stanford University, will provide the attendees a unique opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the leadership lessons that have driven the success of their businesses.

“In 2009, we decided to pay tribute to Bill Campbell by renaming our top scholar-athlete award in his honor because of what he represented as a former player and coach who took the lifelong lessons of the gridiron to help build several of our nation’s most iconic companies, including Apple, Google and Intuit,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Bill sadly passed away in April of 2016, and the outpouring to do something to perpetuate his mentoring legacy has been incredible, resulting in the Campbell Trophy Summit. I specifically want to thank Brad Smith of Intuit and Mark Flynn of GSV Asset Management for their leadership in making this happen.”

The event will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the 100 attendees, who came from the pool of nominees during the past decade for The William V. Campbell Trophy®. Themes currently slated for discussion include entrepreneurship, finance, venture capital, health care, ethics, sports management, women in leadership, mentorship and the lifelong lessons of the gridiron and how they apply in the business world. Attendees will also tour the campuses of Intuit, Facebook and Google while hearing from top executives at each of the companies.

“Bill Campbell had a profound impact at Intuit for more than two decades,” said Brad Smith, Chairman and CEO of Intuit, Inc. “His background as a football coach gave him a unique perspective on business, and he mentored countless executives, earning him the nickname the ‘Coach of Silicon Valley.’ The Campbell Trophy Summit is centered on a deep commitment to empower the next generation. Bill’s legacy will continue to make an impact on the world, and Intuit is proud to be part of that.”

The organizers have assembled an impressive set of distinguished entrepreneurs, CEOs and friends who benefited from Bill Campbell’s guidance, and the speakers currently slated to attend include more than 15 CEOs, multiple partners in major investment firms, three members of the NFF Board (Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Lott Auto Ventures CEO Ronnie Lott, and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott); four William V. Campbell Trophy® recipients (Thomas Burns – 1993 Virginia, Jim Hansen – 1992 Colorado, David Helton – 2014 Duke and Chris Howard – 1990 Air Force) and two members of the College Football Hall of Fame (Ronnie Lott – Southern California and Steve Young – Brigham Young).

“Bill Campbell influenced and inspired a generation of leaders that seek to share their perspectives with the next generation,” said Mark Flynn, co-managing partner at GSV Asset Management. “The Summit embraces many of Bill’s values and beliefs, empowering these young men on their journey to make a positive difference in our world.”

The captain of Columbia’s 1961 Ivy League championship team, Campbell found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop and manage talented executives – all lessons learned on the gridiron –  proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success. The CEOs that Campbell would go on to mentor included Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Scott Cook and Brad Smith of Intuit and countless others. In his spare time, he coached 8th grade boys and girls flag football.

Campbell joined the NFF Board in 1978 while he was still a coach at Columbia, and he continued to serve with distinction until his passing last year. In 2004, the NFF recognized Campbell’s contributions and accomplishments by presenting him with the NFF Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. In 2009, the NFF renamed college football’s premiere scholar-athlete award as The William V. Campbell Trophy® in his honor.

One of college football’s most sought after and competitive awards, the trophy identifies one individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. Made of 25-pounds of bronze and 24-inches in height, the trophy is currently presented by Fidelity Investments, displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club and endowed by HealthSouth Corp. with a $25,000 annual scholarship.

The centerpiece to the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program, the trophy was first presented in 1990, and the award builds on the program, which was launched in 1959 as the first initiative in history to award postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic, athletic and community accomplishments. The program has awarded $11.1 million to 828 top athletes since its inception, and it currently distributes more than $300,000 each year.

Individuals currently slated to speak at the inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit include:
  • Shellye Archambeau, MetricStream, CEO
  • Charlie Batch, TV sports analyst and author, former Eastern Michigan & NFL quarterback
  • Chase Beeler, Altamont Capital, senior associate, and former Stanford and NFL center
  • Peter Bell, venture capital investor and entrepreneur
  • Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference, commissioner, NFF Board Member
  • Nate Boyer, former Green Beret, William V. Campbell Trophy® semifinalist and a long snapper from the University of Texas
  • Thomas D. Burns, Jr., Parsons’ Salt Waste Processing Facility, senior vice president, 1993 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient (Virginia)
  • Al Butts, Seashell, Inc., president, and former Columbia running back
  • Greg Comella, Comella's Restaurant Group, partner, former Stanford and NFL fullback
  • Gordon Davidson, Fenwick & West LLP, partner
  • John Denniston, Shared-X, chairman, former partner at Kleiner Perkins
  • 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
  • Jason Forcier, Realstax, co-founder & CEO, former Michigan and Stanford quarterback
  • Diane Flynn, ReBoot Accel, co-founder and CEO
  • Cathy Friedman, independent financial consultant and former Morgan Stanley Managing Director
  • 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 (Colorado)
  • Chris Howard, Robert Morris University, president, 1990 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient (Air Force)
  • Anne M. Holloway, Sacred Heart Schools (Atherton, Calif.), former board of trustees chairperson
  • Ron Johnson, ENJOY, CEO; former head of Apple Retail
  • Justin Kitch,, founder and CEO
  • Mark Flynn, GSV Asset Management, co-managing partner, and former Saint John’s (Minn.) football player
  • Erik Lorig, Sway Ventures, economist, former NFL fullback and Stanford defensive end
  • Ronnie Lott, Lott Auto Ventures, CEO, 2002 College Football Hall of Fame inductee (Southern California), 2000 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, NFF Board Member
  • Marc Mazur, Brightwood Capital Advisors, senior advisor, and former Columbia placekicker
  • James McGillicuddy, Sourcegraph, COO
  • Michael Moe, GSV Asset Management, founder and CEO, and former Minnesota quarterback
  • Oganna Nnamani, Stanford All-American volleyball player; two time Olympian and University of California, San Francisco, medical student
  • Gary O’Hagan, sports agent and financial advisor, former offensive tackle at Boston College
  • Ted Robinson, television and radio sportscaster
  • Jesse Rogers, Altamont Capital Partners, co-founder and managing director
  • Jonathan Rosenburg, Google, former SVP for products
  • Dan Rosensweig, Chegg, president & CEO
  • Sam Schwartzstein, Chegg, business analyst, former Stanford center and guard
  • Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference, commissioner, NFF Board Member
  • Danny Shader, PayNearMe, founder and CEO
  • Brad Smith, Intuit, chairman and CEO
  • Jeff Wachtel, Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, executive director
  • 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
  • Susan Wojcicki, YouTube, CEO

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

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