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Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Hosted by the Cal Lutheran Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this monthly Speaker Series is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and people who have an entrepreneurial mindset to network with each other, and learn from other experienced entrepreneurs. It is a forum where like-minded and passionate people come together to share their ideas and build relationships. The community is filled with great connections and individuals who are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and helping new businesses get their start.

The events will begin with a keynote speaker(s), followed by audience Q&A. There will be networking before and after the speakers, so you will have the opportunity to meet our guest speakers and other participants! 

Please join us for an upcoming event, or watch and learn from the recorded speaker keynotes available in our YouTube channel playlist.

2023 Speaker Series

Matthew Weismen


Jordan Orlick

Good Sports: Finding and Involving Professional Athletes in your Startup

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 (7 - 8 pm)
Location: Lundring Events Center


Guest Speakers: Matthew Weisman and Jordan Orlick, Co-Founders of LetzChat

Special Zoom Guests: Jose Calderon (Basketball player) and Ivo Karlovic (Pro tennis player)

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LetzChat is a messaging platform that aims to revolutionize the way we communicate and connect with each other. In their presentation, the founders will discuss how they have worked with professional athletes to improve the platform and make it more accessible and user-friendly for sports fans and athletes alike.

This is a rare opportunity to learn firsthand from the creators of LetzChat and hear about their innovative approach to involving professional athletes in their startup. We encourage you to attend and bring any questions you may have for the founders.

One of 10 startups selected to be part of the Comcast NBCUniversal SportsTech Accelerator, with Comcast now as an investor in LetzChat. One of eight startups selected to be part of the AARP Foundation Accelerator. Winners of the Pacific Coast Business Times Startup Superstar Award in 2018 representing California Lutheran University over UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly SLO, California State University of Channel Islands, and Ventura College.

Doors will open at 6 pm for dinner and networking


Past events in the series:

2021-2022 Speaker Series

Petra Griffith Portrait
Monday, October 17, 2022 

Wedbush Ventures

Guest Speaker: Petra Griffith, Managing Director, Wedbush Ventures


Dedication SDCIE
Wednesday, October 20, 5:00-8:00pm
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


WATCH speakers from our 2020-2021 series


Jesse Martinez Portrait
Wednesday, April 14, 4:00pm

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 /


Past Series

Watch All Past Speaker Keynotes