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2022-2023 Speaker Series

Matthew Weismen

Jordan Orlick

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Good Sports: Finding and Involving Professional Athletes in your Startup

Guest Speakers: Matthew Weisman and Jordan Orlick, Co-Founders of LetzChat. Bryant McKinnie, NFL, College Football Hall of Fame.


Petra Griffith Portrait
Monday, October 17, 2022 

Everything Ventured: Petra Griffith Shares Her Venture Capitalist Journey

Guest Speaker: Petra Griffith, Managing Director, Wedbush Ventures


2021-2022 Speaker Series


Dedication SDCIE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Steven D. Dorfman Dedication Ceremony

Guest Speaker: Laura Moreno, Founder & CEO, Pandocap


Watch the dedication ceremony honoring Steven D. Dorfman’s generous gift to the Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship followed by our host entrepreneur Laura Moreno, founder and CEO of Pandocap, who shared her journey as a Latina business owner in a keynote address. Laura Moreno's keynote also kicked off Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021.

The event was held at Hub101, 31416 Agoura Road #105, Westlake Village.
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Robbie Nock Portrait
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Creator Economy 2.0: Design, Content Strategy and Emerging Market Dynamics

Guest Speaker: Robbie Nock, Director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice, ArtCenter


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Jesse Martinez Portrait
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NADA is impossible! In Tech Entrepreneurship

Guest Speaker: Jesse Martinez from Latino Start Alliance


Ade Adesanya Portrait
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

How to Find the Right Market for Your Idea/Innovation

Guest Speaker: Ade Adesanya, Co-founder and President, Moving Analytics Inc.


Ayinde Alakoye Headshot
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Listening to that 'Little Voice': Your Guide to Success

Guest Speaker: Ayinde Alakoye, Founder and CEO, nēdl


Ben Kuo Headshot
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Startups: The Year That Wasn't

Guest Speaker: Ben Kuo, Editor and Founder,


Johnny Fayad Headshot
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

An Energizing Story from Eat Your Coffee

Guest Speaker: Johnny FayadCEO & Co-Founder of  Eat Your Coffee


Haley Pavone Headshot

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How Discomfort Drives You Forward; Solving Pain Points & Finding Resiliency in Entrepreneurship

Guest Speaker: Hayley Pavone, Founder and CEO of Passion Footwear


ESS Packform Founders
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Disrupting the Industry Technology Left Behind

Preston Geeting (Cal Lutheran Alumnus '02) and Philip WeinmanCofounders, Packform


ESS Cara Armstrong Portrait
Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020

Mother of Invention: Finding Opportunity in Life's Everyday Challenges

Cara Armstrong,  CEO, founder and inventor, Baby Barista


2019-2020 Speaker Series


Susan Wolf and Marcus Tyle Headshots
Monday, April 27, 2020

Music and Technology - An entrepreneurial journey

Susan Wolf and Marcus Ryle, Co-founders, Line 6


The Boiling Crab logo
February 5, 2020

Mixing crawfish and cajun in building a franchise

Dada Ngo
Co-founder and Owner, The Boiling Crab


Ben Kuo Portrait
December 4, 2019

Startups: The Year That Was and The Year That's Ahead

Ben Kuo
Editor and Founder,

Steven Richardson
November 6, 2019

We didn't invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich.

Steven Richardson and Josh Young
Owner/Operators, Chick-fil-A Westlake Village


Flossie Hall
October 9, 2019

Active Duty: The Inspiring Entrepreneurial Journey of a Military Spouse

Flossie Hall
Founder, Healthy Momma


September 4, 2019

The Journey of a Serial Cereal Entrepreneur

Paul Shrater
Co-founder and COO, Minimus /


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