Software industry pioneer Sandra Kurtzig founded Kenandy in 2010 with the vision to once again transform the world of enterprise management software. She did this the first time starting in 1972 when she founded ASK Computer Systems and created the groundbreaking MANMAN product family. During her 20-year tenure as founder, chairman, and CEO of the ASK Group, Sandra grew the company into one of the 10 largest software companies in the world. Now, as Chairman and CEO of Kenandy, she is helping to create and drive the new industry paradigm of enterprise management in the social cloud, supporting a growing, global, social community of companies that design, manufacture and distribute products. Sandra has been widely covered in the media and has received numerous business awards. She was the first woman to take a technology company public, and was included on Business Week’s list of the top 50 corporate leaders. Her best-selling autobiography, CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from the Ground Up is published by Harvard Business School Press and is available on Since retiring from ASK in 1993, Sandra has been the managing partner of SLK Investment Partners, a private equity investment partnership. She has also been a mentor for and investor in entrepreneurial technology companies and has taught the Business for Engineering class at Stanford University. She has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, Hoover Institution, Stanford’s School of Engineering, Stanford Engineering Strategic Council, UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Management. Sandra has a B.S. in mathematics from UCLA and an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from Stanford University.