Innovator Stories

TMP Innovator Stories

This quarterly series features leaders from academia and industry who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Featuring appearances by prominent academic researchers, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. This series gives UC Santa Barbara students an opportunity to learn directly from individuals who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. Innovator Stories is part of the TMP 111 Issues in Technology, Business, and Society course curriculum. 

SPRING 2019 Innovator Stories

Dianne Flynn, Co-founder and CEO of ReBoot Accel- April 09, 2019

Diane Flynn is Co-founder and CEO of ReBoot Accel, designing work cultures that support and advance women. ReBoot Accel has assisted over 2500 women interested in resuming careers after time out of the workforce. Diane also consults with Fortune 500 companies interested in hiring, retaining, and promoting women. She facilitates workshops on professional presence and impact, and coaches leaders on maximizing results and personal fulfillment. ReBoot Accel has been featured on The Today Show, WSJ, Forbes, ABC News, NBC, PRI’s The TakeAway, and the HuffPost. Read more... 

Eve Nelson, Composer/Songwriter/Producer/Arranger- April 16, 2019

2018 Daytime Emmy Winner for best original song and 2015 Daytime Emmy Nominee, Eve Nelson brings heart and soul to every project. She's a music incubator. Like an actor taking on a role, she jumps in and embraces the personality of the project- body, mind and spirit. Eve’s musical presence and versatility can be heard throughout her body of work. One music creative confessed that Eve is her “secret weapon.”

Eve’s musical background stems from her deep roots in R&B and gospel music. Read more...

Innovator Stories for 2018-2019

Al FerrerPresident/ CEO of Linea Consulting UCTV

Dawn SolerSenior Vice President, TV Music, ABC Studios UCTV

Dafina TonchevaU.S. Venture Partners UCTV

Peter Biggs(Historical Figure) UCTV

Shannon Jessup, Chief Revenue Officer  

Josh Cobb, President of the America's for Media.net 

Ning Wang, CEO of Offensive Security 

Innovator Stories for 2017-2018

Meredith Amdur, Investor, Advisor, and CEO of Rhetorik Solutions UCTV

Jonathan Brown, Co-Founder of Partner.ly UCTV

Elizabeth Cholawsky, CEO of Support.com UCTV

Kim Coalson, Senior Vice President of MyCase for AppFolio UCTV

Annie Duke, Author, Professional Speaker, Decision Strategist UCTV

Eytan Elbaz, Co-Founder and Chairman of Render Media UCTV

Alexander Fang, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Aurrion UCTV

Kelly Ferguson, Director of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize California Program UCTV

Brian Fox, Founder and CEO of Opus Logica, Inc. UCTV

Randy Modos, President and Founder of PayJunction​ UCTV

Lars Nilsson, Vice President of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera & Founder of SalesSource UCTV

Hans Swildens, CEO & Founder of Industry Ventures UCTV

Innovator Stories for 2016-2017

Michael Abraham, Founder and CEO of MKA Capital Group, Inc. 

Robbie Bach, Former Microsoft Chief Xbox Officer and President of the Entertainment & Division UCTV​

Sun Choe, President and Managing Member of Norcomp Southern California LLC  

Cheryl Conner, CEO and Founder of SnappConner PR, Author UCTV​

Mike Falzone, Host for SourceFed and Friday Night Fred on YouTube, 2016 Shorty Award Nominee UCTV​

Kobie Fuller, Partner, Upfront Ventures UCTV

Pamala Temple, Co-Founder, A Place for Mom UCTV​

Shaun Tomson, World Surfing Champion, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur UCTV

UCSB Alumni Panel: Eric Posen, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Naritiv; Jeff Overall, Founder and CEO, PolarPro;  Michael Zhang, Co-founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Unirui Entertainment UCTV

Donna White, Founder and Managing Partner of August Venture Talent 

Innovator Stories for 2015-2016

Ali Bauerlein, CoFounder and Executive VP, Finance & CFO, Inogen

John Dorman, Board Advisor, Executive, and Entrepreneur

Kendall Fargo, Chief Revenue Officer at Tripping.com.

Michael Gialketsis, President, Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Norman Habermann, Former President and CEO of The Restaurant Enterprises Group; President of Scobreet Associates

Peter Johnson, Co-Founder of Tetrionics; Founder of Hy Cite Corporation

Andy Ogawa, Founder and Managing Partner, Quest Venture Partners

Herb Paaren, Co-Founder of Tetrionics

Chuck Scheldon, Executive; Entrepreneur; Founder of Network Hardware Resale

Mike Scheldon, CEO of Curvature

The Executive-at-the-Table meetings provide a unique opportunity for Technology Management Program students to enjoy a casual conversation with an engaging and influential entrepreneur or executive. Within this intimate setting, our mentors share business advice and anecdotes from their own experience.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. Please make sure you are absolutely able to attend prior to your RSVP. Any no-shows will disallow you from attending future events. These events are held in the TMP Conference Room 1328 in Phelps Hall, unless otherwise noted. Event times may vary.

There will be no Executive-at-the-Table events during Spring 2019