Our 2020 Gala Keynote Speaker
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Safra’s extraordinary journey to the pinnacle of success.
Safra Catz was born in Israel and moved, with her family, to the United States (Massachusetts) when she was six years old. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 1983 with a Joint Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986. She is also a Harvard Law School alumnus.
Safra began her career in the banking industry in 1986 at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She served as Senior Vice President from 1994 to 1997 and as Managing Director from 1997 to 1999 when she decided to change direction and join both the Oracle Corporation and tech industry.
As Oracle’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014, Safra serves as a member of Oracle’s board of directors since 2001 and has previously served as Oracle’s president and Chief Financial Officer. She currently serves as a director of The Walt Disney Company and has served as a director of HSBC Holdings plc.
Safra’s achievements rank her at the top of the list of highest-paid US female executives. Forbes and Fortune, in 2009, ranked her as the 16th and 12th most powerful woman in business. An Equilar analysis published by Fortune declared her in 2011 as the highest-paid woman among Fortune 1000 companies.
On the personal side, Safra is happily married to Gal Tirosh, an Israeli, since 1997. She credits her success to her husband’s willingness and ability to be a stay-at-home dad for their two sons. She describes Gal as a writer who was secure in his role and helped her early career.
Believe it or not, our exceptional keynote speaker is actually camera shy, prefers anonymity, and avoids being in the spotlight whenever possible. Sharing her extraordinary journey with guests at our gala is a gift and a rare opportunity to gain insights into Safra’s personal and professional achievements informed by her Israeli roots, Jewish family and values, and academic accomplishments.