Forward Together

Entrepreneur Speaker Series

We're virtual!

Even though we've had to go virtual, it's still an opportunity for entrepreneurs and people who have an entrepreneurial mindset to network with each other, and learn from other experienced entrepreneurs.

Hosted by the Cal Lutheran Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the monthly Speaker Series 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 the keynote speaker(s), followed by audience Q&A. These are held in a Zoom Meeting format (NOT a webinar). 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.

2021-2022 Speaker Series

Robbie Nock Portrait
Wednesday, September 8, 4:00pm

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

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

Learn key design and content strategy principles and their critical impact on the success of new business in the next era of the creator economy. 

Robbie will share:
1) insights from his career in photography, new media and startups
2) Design and content strategies needed for startup and new business growth
3) Emerging market opportunities for new products and services in the creator economy


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