John Connors is a managing partner at Ignition. He joined Ignition in 2005, after a distinguished career as a software industry executive.
John spent sixteen years at Microsoft in several high‑level, strategic roles. From January 2000 to April 2005 he was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, as well as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He also served as Vice President of the Worldwide Enterprise Group and Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before becoming CIO, John held a number of positions within and outside finance, including Corporate Controller; General Manager of Worldwide Financial Operations; Director of Business Operations at Microsoft’s European headquarters in Paris; and Director of Business Operations for the Worldwide Sales and Support Strategy Group.
John is a member of the board of directors of Nike, Splunk, FiREapps, Motif Investing, Chef, Azuqua, Tempered Networks, Icertis, KenSci, and LiveStories. He was also a board member of Xensource, acquired by Citrix in 2007; Heroku, acquired by Salesforce.com in 2010; Parse, acquired by Facebook in 2013; Tier 3, acquired by CenturyLink in 2013; Scout Analytics, acquired by ServiceSource in 2014; and Xamarin, acquired by Microsoft in 2016. John also led Ignition’s investment in Splunk (IPO 2012).
John was named to the 2013 Forbes Midas List, a ranking of the world’s top venture capital investors, and to Business Insider’s 2013 list of top enterprise technology VCs.
John received his BA in accounting from the University of Montana. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana.
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Do you know a high school student who would like to spend a summer month abroad, or maybe attend school for a year abroad? Anyone interested in learning more about summer and year-long international youth exchange should attend the first 2018 Student and Family Orientation on Saturday, March 3, 9:00AM-1:00PM, at the International Community School, 11133 NE 65th St, Kirkland, WA.
This orientation and training session is designed to share our expectations for you to prepare for and thrive during your exchange. You’ll have a chance to hear from the professionals who help us with travel arrangements, visas, and insurance. You’ll also learn about our expectations for you as ambassadors, how to survive the bad things that can happen, and how to make the most of this opportunity.
We’ll be inviting several recent exchange students and their parents to share their experiences, straight from the “front lines” as well!
We’ll try to keep it fast-paced and informative. Please arrive in time for us to begin promptly at 9:00AM.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
What better way might there be to promote peace in the world than by ensuring environmental sustainability for all peoples? That was Rotary President Ian Riseley’s impetus and focus for the First Peacebuilding Conference in Vancouver, February 9‑11. Plentiful water, nurtured soil to feed the world, low carbon productivity and economy, and biodiversity were some of the breakout topics that educated and inspired some 1,000 attendees from all over the United States. The eminence of the attendees was remarkable — NGO executives, including, from the Jane Goodall Institute and my favorite speaker, Dr. David Suzuki; academic and professional experts in their fields; Mediation Beyond Borders, United Nations representatives; film producers; and many Rotarians, young and old, including Director John Mathews.
Engaging displays filled the House of Friendship. Cultural entertainment was by Squamish Nation Dancers (got Ian and John participating) and Langley Ukulele Ensemble. Sunday work projects were much sought after.
President Riseley has scheduled a series of six presidential peacebuilding conferences between February and June in Canada, Lebanon, the UK, Australia, Italy, and the United States, demonstrating Rotary’s dedication to this mission. Bellevue Rotary is a Peacebuilder club. May we, as its members, commit ourselves to support and participate in the projects that are forthcoming.
Great news! Howard Donkin has worked with Enumclaw Ski Club lodge host Witherspoon Dickey to settle upon Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22, as the dates for the annual Crystal Mountain Overnight Fellowship, a BRC tradition of over 40 years for members and those they think might be good candidates for membership. The women’s rooms and dorm are upstairs and the men’s are downstairs, with kitchen at main level.
Most participants will arrive at the rustic lodge (at base area) Wednesday night for happy hour, followed by dinner and cards, and ski/board on Thursday. Others will plan to ski/board both days, and some will come up for the evening events only and return to Bellevue just after breakfast or snowshoeing Thursday. We gather for lunch at 1:00PM at the Snorting Elk, at base area. At this point some call it a day, while others continue on.
If you are interested in any or all the participation options, please block your calendars for those dates, pending your final decision, and email Scott East to indicate if you can or tentatively plan to attend, have prospective members who might be interested, and/or if you have questions.
Please join us for BRC Thirsty Thursday, from 6:00-8:00PM, at Henry’s Tavern, 500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310 (located on the third floor, across from the new cinema).
Thirsty Thursday is a great way to introduce new and prospective Rotarians to our club and members. Bring your friends, partners, and guests to share appetizers (hosted) and drinks (no‑host), and have a few laughs with your fellow BRC members at this fun fellowship event (free parking).
Prospective members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! This also counts as a make‑up.
Questions? Contact this month’s organizer Michael Leff.
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00‑9:00PM. Thanks to Elaine Heller for offering to host this meeting. The next book for discussion will be “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies,” by Jason Fagone.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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In 1916, a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar named Elizebeth Smith was hired by an eccentric tycoon to find the secret messages he believed were embedded in Shakespeare’s plays. She moved to the tycoon’s lavish estate outside of Chicago expecting to spend her days poring through old books. But the rich man’s close ties to the U.S. Government, and the urgencies of war, quickly transformed Elizebeth’s mission. She soon learned to apply her skills to an exciting new venture: codebreaking — the solving of secret messages without knowledge of the key. Working alongside her on the estate was William Friedman, a Jewish scientist who would become her husband and lifelong codebreaking partner. Elizebeth and William were in many ways the Adam and Eve of the National Security Agency, the U.S. institution that monitors and intercepts foreign communications to glean intelligence.
The Bellevue Rotary First Harvest Work Party is held the second Saturday, every other month, from 8:30-11:00AM, at the Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent. This is a wonderful and meaningful way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.)
The Bellevue Rotary Club organizes work parties every other month, but you can sign up to attend a work party in any month. Just visit the Rotary First Harvest website and click on the sign up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate. A one-step form will open for you to complete, and you can use this form to sign up for a work party several months in advance.
Mark your calendars for Bellevue Rotary’s Annual Celebration of Service on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 5:30PM.
We invite you to join us for an elegant Evening in Paris at the Bellevue Westin Hotel, with cocktails, dinner and dancing! All proceeds from this event benefit the Bellevue Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to local and international non-profit organizations and supports community service projects here and around the world.
For questions regarding sponsorships and other opportunities to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to this great evening with friends!