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Executive-at-the-Table (EAT)

The Executive-at-the-Table (E.A.T.) 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. The E.A.T. events are held in the TMP Conference Room 1328 in Phelps Hall, unless otherwise noted. Event times may vary.

Here is our listing of E.A.T.s for Spring quarter!

Hans SwildensCEO & Founder of Industry Ventures

April 03, 2018

Speaker Biography: Hans is the CEO and Founder of Industry Ventures and manages the overall business.  As an early pioneer of the modern secondary market for venture capital, Hans created new ways to get liquidity for venture capital investments prior to an IPO or M&A event.  Additionally, he was early to support the development of a new class of venture capital partnerships focused on seed and early stage investing during the last decade.   He directs the firm’s investment processes, operations and limited partner relationships. Read more...

Elizabeth CholawskyCEO of Support.com

April 17, 2018

Speaker Biography: Elizabeth is a seasoned executive leader in the technology industry with a strong focus on growing successful SaaS-based businesses. Most recently, she was CEO of Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT), where she transformed the business from being solely reliant on outsourced services revenue to selling a SaaS product that intelligently ran large contact centers. Along the way, she drove strategic, cultural and operational alignment with the teams and pivoted the product focus to match the marketplace, while buttressing the company against aggressive attacks of activist investors. Read more...

Lars NilssonVice President of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera & Founder of SalesSource

April 24, 2018

Speaker Biography: With over twenty-five years of sales and operations experience, Lars Nilsson is a global leader in enterprise software and selling solutions. He is currently the VP of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera, the company that has revolutionized enterprise data management by offering the first unified platform for data management and analytics. Lars and his team at Cloudera built the sales methodology Account-Based development (ABSD), which has transformed how businesses approach high-value targets. Lars also leads the Sales Enablement and Field Readiness teams at Cloudera. Read More...

Speakers for 2017-2018


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

Jonathan Brown, Co-Founder of Partner.ly

Kim Coalson, Senior Vice President of MyCase for AppFolio

Annie Duke, Author, Professional Speaker, Decision Strategist

Eytan Elbaz, Co-Founder and Chairman of Render Media

Alexander Fang, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Aurrion

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

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

Speakers 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

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

Cheryl Conner, CEO and Founder of SnappConner PR, Author

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

Kobie Fuller, Partner, Upfront Ventures

Pamala Temple, Co-Founder, A Place for Mom

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

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

Donna White, Founder and Managing Partner of August Venture Talent

Speakers 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