From homeless to Harvard...it is an unlikely turn of events. Liz Murray's life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Murray's life as the child of cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx was bitterly grim. There was never food in the house, everything was filthy, drugs were everywhere, and the welfare checks were spent before they arrived.
Her story sounds like a Hollywood movie—and it practically is. Lifetime Television produced a movie about Murray's life story entitled Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three "Emmy Awards". Murray is the recipient of the White House "Project's Role Model Award" and Oprah Winfrey's first-ever "Chutzpah Award". Her memoir, Breaking Night, landed on the New York Times best seller list within a week of its release and quickly became an international bestseller published in twelve countries, in eight languages.
Murray received her Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Psychology at Columbia University. As an inspirational speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau, Murray frequently presents dynamic talks to audiences ranging from several hundred to several thousand. Some of her clients include Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, United Way, BlackRock and numerous colleges and universities across the United States. Murray is passionate about speaking on the importance of personal motivation, transforming problems into opportunities, and what it takes to make a difference in people's lives.
Matt is a visionary leader known by employees and customers alike for his authentic, engaging, and quick-witted communications style. Matt appreciates meeting directly with customers and prospects while utilizing his inquisitive nature to uncover new and innovative ways for Q2 to improve their business and create growth.
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including sales and banking operations, Matt is intensely determined to help regional and community-focused financial institutions compete with the mega and money center banks.
Odus brings more than 20 years of experience as an enterprise-level organizational leader to Q2. Prior to accepting the role of Q2's President, Odus served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Office and Mailgun business units for Rackspace; before that he led their Americas Business Unit, and was responsible for sales and service delivery for the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud portfolio in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. During his tenure at Rackspace, he oversaw its growth from a fifty-million-dollar company to a business valued at two billion dollars.
Odus holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Texas A&M University as well as an MBA from Harvard University.
Chief Security Officer, Q2
As Chief Security Officer, Bob is responsible for all audit, risk, and compliance activities—as well as overseeing the delivery and execution of Q2's overall information security strategy. He specializes in risk management and assessment, compliance and regulatory management, product development, disaster recovery, and incident response.
Bob's experience in financial services industry spans 35 years, including 20 years in leadership roles. Throughout his career, he has maintained a consistent record of exceeding goals and driving productivity in high-growth environments. He is also a polished speaker, providing keynote presentations to over 4,000 participants at Fiserv Forum and Continuity's 1st annual client conference.
His passionate belief that technology can and will change the lives of people, businesses, and financial institutions everywhere is what sets Adam apart from other CTOs. Because of this, Adam pours himself into developing talented, curious, and creative self-starters willing to tackle financial services technology in new ways.
An established player in global IT, Adam brings more than 10 years of technology and software management expertise to Q2, including his management role at CipherTrust, the leading provider of enterprise class email security solutions, where he was the Vice President responsible for product development, customer support, and professional services. He also made distinct contributions to Q UP Systems and Servana.com as Vice President of Internet Operations.
Chief Strategy Officer, Q2
Will brings his passion and insight to the role of Q2's Chief Strategy Officer, where he is responsible for determining forward-looking growth strategies for the company. Will has over 15 years of experience in marketing, product and business development.
Will first joined Q2 as the SVP of Marketing, where he was instrumental in rebranding, repositioning and preparing the organization for its successful initial public offering (IPO). After the IPO, Will transitioned into the role of Senior Vice President of Product for Q2, where he led the acquisition of key product and design talent, delivery of innovative products, and establishment of the user-centric product design discipline across the organization.
Will also played quarterback in the National Football League for six seasons. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Tech where he proudly serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has held positions on the Distinguished Alumni Board for English. In addition to service to his alma mater, Will was recently inducted in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (Football 1988-1991).