Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Inclusivity at Princeton

Apr 1, 2021, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
Gilbert Lectures Livestream


Event Description

José E. Feliciano ’94

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

in conversation with

Andrea Goldsmith

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science


with welcome and introductions by

Naveen Verma

Director, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education; Director, Program in Entrepreneurship; Director, Program in Technology and Society; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.



Co-sponsored by:

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About the Speakers

Jose Feliciano '94

José E. Feliciano

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

Clearlake is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm’s core target sectors are software and technology-enabled services; industrials and energy; and consumer. Clearlake has managed approximately $30 billion of institutional capital since inception and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 300investments.

Prior to co-founding Clearlake, Mr. Feliciano was a Partner and member of the investment committee at Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Chief Financial Officer of govWorks, Inc., and started his career in investment banking in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Groups at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

In 2014 with his wife, Kwanza Jones ’93, Mr. Feliciano co-founded the SUPERCHARGED Initiative, a philanthropic grantmaking and impact investment organization. The Initiative invests in both nonprofits and for-profit ventures that are compatible with its goal to make a lasting impact across four key priorities: Education, Entrepreneurship, Equal Opportunity and Empowerment. In addition, Mr. Feliciano serves on the board of directors of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a foundation that works to support individuals, alliances, and organizations dedicated to improving human rights around the world.

Mr. Feliciano graduated with High Honors from Princeton University, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He received his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.


Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith

Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Goldsmith’s research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience. She founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and of Quantenna (QTNA), Inc, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Medtronic (MDT) and Crown Castle Inc (CCI).

Dr. Goldsmith is currently the founding Chair of the IEEE Board of Directors Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Ethics. She served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, as founding Chair of its Student Committee, and as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Information Theory. She has also served on the Board of Governors for both the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies.  She was previously the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she is now Harris Professor Emerita. At Stanford she served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate and for multiple terms as a Senator, and on its Academic Council Advisory Board, Budget Group, Committee on Research, Planning and Policy Board, Commissions on Graduate and on Undergraduate Education, Faculty Women’s Forum Steering Committee, and Task Force on Women and Leadership.

Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE Sumner Technical Field Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the ComSoc Armstrong Technical Achievement Award, the Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the WICE Mentoring Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award.

She is author of the book "Wireless Communications'' and co-author of the books "MIMO Wireless Communications'' and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 29 patents. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.


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