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McKelvey School of Engineering

Leadership Perspectives: Grow Your Own Way

Wednesday, September 29 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A talk on data-driven strategy and growth during turbulent times

The more things change … the more they change. In today’s technologically driven world, successful organizations are challenged to keep up with a dizzying rate of change. But how do you do that? And if you’re so focused on change, are you paying enough attention to growth opportunities?

WashU Olin welcomes Andrew Rubin, BSBA ’98, CEO and cofounder of Illumio, a hypergrowth late-stage cybersecurity company. Named one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs each year since 2015, Rubin is responsible for Illumio’s overall strategy, vision and results. He’ll sit down with marketing and entrepreneurship professor Michael Wall for a conversation that touches on how to manage the collision of data-driven strategy with the ever-present
need to deliver value, building and marketing a differentiated product offering, and how to systematically encourage and motivate employees during this tidal shift in workplace expectations.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Olin Business School


Business & Entrepreneurship



Event Contact

Amy Hosford | hosfordal@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Guest Speaker

Andrew Rubin, BSBA '98

CEO and Cofounder, Illumio

As chief executive officer and co-founder of Illumio, Andrew is responsible for the overall strategy and vision of the company. With deep expertise in segmentation, network security and regulatory and compliance management, Andrew is a frequent participant in panels, articles and podcasts for leading industry events and publications. Goldman Sachs has named Andrew as one of the "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" each year since 2015 as part of its Builders & Innovators program. 

Prior to Illumio, Andrew was President and head of Worldwide Field Operations at Cymtec, a leader in the Intrusion Detection market. Andrew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSBA in Finance. While at Washington University, he was the first undergraduate student to win the Olin Cup, a business plan competition through the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Andrew now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.


Micahel Wall

Professor of Practice-Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Co-Director, Center for Analytics and Business Insights

WashU Olin Business School

Michael came to the WashU Olin Business School from Chicago where he worked as the Vice President of Digital Strategy and Solutions Architecture for Rise Interactive, a leading digital marketing firm. Prior to Rise, Michael helped to start two businesses most notable of which being PointDrive which was acquired by LinkedIn and is now an application in their Sales Solutions portfolio. Michael continues to stay closely tied to industry as co-director of the Center for Analytics & Business Insights and the Academic Director of the MBA Marketing Platform.

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