Bret is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Coherent, Inc., a multinational NASDAQ-listed company in Santa Clara, CA. Coherent is one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-bound solutions for scientific, commercial, and industrial customers. Bret previously was a partner and associate at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice included representation of a large number of private and public companies. Bret also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he has taught corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Bret currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Woodland School, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) private school in Portola Valley, CA. During his tenure at Woodland, he has served in a number of capacities, including Chair of the Audit Committee, Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee, Chair of the Strategy Committee, member of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Bret earned his BA in History from the University of California at Irvine and received his law degree from the University of Southern California. His daughter is a five-time attendee at the Girls Leadership Summer Camp and is returning again for 2015. Bret stipulates that he has seen firsthand the positive impact that GL has had in his daughter’s life and is pleased to expand his involvement beyond just that of a supportive parent.