Distinguished Speaker Series

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Technology Management's Distinguished Speaker Series is one of the program's premier events.

This quarterly series features leaders from academia or industry who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields. Drawing from prominent academic researchers, experienced business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs, this series gives UC Santa Barbara's students, as well as the community, the rare opportunity to learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. 

Some past speakers include George Powell (founder of Powell Peralta Skateboards), Jason Spievak (Co-Founder of Invoca), Dan Burnham (CEO of Raytheon), Steve Zahm (President of Procore), Gale Wilson-Steele (Founder of MEDSEEK, Inc), and many more. 

Kinko's Founder, Business Leader, Visionary, Philanthropist

Read more at: https://www.bigspeak.com/speakers/paul-orfalea/

Kinko's Founder, Business Leader, Visionary, Philanthropist

Read more at: https://www.bigspeak.com/speakers/paul-orfalea/

Kinko's Founder, Business Leader, Visionary, Philanthropist

Read more at: https://www.bigspeak.com/speakers/paul-orfalea/

Speakers for Spring 2017

Hosted by John Greathouse

April 11, 2017

Pamala Temple

Founder, A Place for Mom

April 18, 2017 - UCSB Alumni

Eric Posen, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Naritiv; Jeff Overall, Founder and CEO, PolarPro; Mike Zhang, Co-founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Unirui Entertainment

April 25, 2017

Doug Otto

Founder of Deckers, Inc.

May 9, 2017

Bing Chen

Founder of Bing Studioes LLC, Co-Founder and CCO of Victorious, Digital Media Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Attendance information

The Technology Management Program welcomes the general public to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series. The lecture series is hosted in Embarcadero Hall. A link to the Campus Map can be found here. The series begins promptly at 5:45pm, so we ask that you kindly arrive on time. These talks are all filmed and broadcasted. Please note that by attending you may be filmed. If you have any questions, please contact Roxanna Van Norman.


Parking is available with a permit at Embarcadero Hall.  Visitors must purchase a parking permit from the permit dispenser located in the lot. Permits cost $4 after 5pm and permit dispensers accept credit cards or cash, but do not give change. You must display your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle at all times. For additional information about parkiing on the UC Santa Barbara Campus please visit the TPS Website.

Speakers for Winter 2017

January 17, 2017

Mark Sylvester

CEO and Co-Founder of introNetworks and Ambassador for 805connect.com

February 7, 2017

Stacy Peralta

Film Producer and Director, former professional skateboarder surfer and entrepreneur

February 14, 2017

Robbie Bach

Former Microsoft Chief Xbox Officer and President of the Entertainment & Devices Division

February 21, 2017

Mike Falzone

Host for SourceFed and Friday Night Fred on YouTube, 2016 Shorty Award Nominee for Funniest YouTube Comedian

February 28, 2017

Cheryl Conner

CEO and Founder of SnappConner PR, Author



Speakers for Fall 2016


October 11, 2016

Jason Droege

Head of Uber Everything


November 1, 2016

Brad Feld

 Managing Directory, Foundry Group


November 8, 2016

Shaun Tomson

World Surfing Champion, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur


November 15, 2016

Kobie Fuller

Partner, Upfront Ventures


Speakers for 2015-2016


May 24, 2016

Aaron Ross

Business Growth and Sales Expert


April 19, 2016

Monte Wilson

Senior Software Executive, Advisor, and Strategist


April 5, 2016

Paul Orfalea

Founder of Kinko's


March 29, 2016

Taylor Stansbury

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Intuit


March 1, 2016

Marc Randolph

Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix


February 9, 2016

Thomas Tighe

President and CEO of Direct Relief


February 2, 2016

Ben Casnocha

Author and Founder of Comcate, Inc.


January 19, 2016

Libby Gill

CEO of Libby Gill & Company


November 17, 2015

Daryl Bernstein

Founder & CEO, Rightsignature


November 10, 2015

Mark Coopersmith

Entrepreneur, Fortune 500 Executive, Educator, Author


October 27, 2015

Mark Suster

Managing Partner, Upfront Ventures


October 20, 2015

Jeff Stibel

Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, Author


October 13, 2015

Scott Dettmer

Founding Partner, Gunderson Dettmer