Innovator Stories

TMP Innovator Stories

This quarterly series features leaders from academia and industry who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields. Featuring appearances by prominent academic researchers, business professionals, and successful entrepreneurs. This series gives UC Santa Barbara students and members of the local community an opportunity to learn directly from individuals who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work.

Innovator Stories for 2018-2019

Coming soon

Innovator Stories for 2017-2018

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

Jonathan Brown, Co-Founder of

Elizabeth Cholawsky, CEO of

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.

Randy Modos, President and Founder of PayJunction​

Lars Nilsson, Vice President of Global Inside Sales for Cloudera & Founder of SalesSource

Hans Swildens, CEO & Founder of Industry Ventures

Innovator Stories 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

Innovator Stories 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

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

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.

E.A.T.s for Fall 2018 (Coming Soon):