The 2013-14 academic year is turning out to be very exciting for the Easton Technology Leadership Program. We’re delighted to see so much interest in the Easton program, with 114 new applications received so far this year (still counting), in addition to 97 students continuing. We’re looking forward to getting to know all the new students and to reconnecting with all who are continuing in the program.
What is new this year? Several new initiatives, but two stand out. First, we added a “move in” track for students without a tech background who plan to seek a career in the technology sector. This is in addition to our “move up” and “move out” tracks for students with technology backgrounds seeking vertical advancement or seeking to branch out on their own. Second, we are thrilled to be forming a much closer relationship with the High-Tech Business Association, similar to what, for instance, the Price Center has with the Entrepreneurs’ Association.
We have several new “Current Topics: Emerging Technologies and Markets” courses confirmed and in the works, including Healthcare Technology, by Roy Doumani and Jennifer McCaney of the UCLA Business of Science Center in winter 2014. For spring 2014, we have no less than three seminar courses scheduled: Mobile Technology, by Terry Kramer, former regional president of Vodafone Americas and recently appointed U.S. ambassador to the World Conference of International Telecommunications; Payment Technology, by Lori Van Deloo (’98), head of global product management and coordination at VISA; and Intellectual Property for Technology Entrepreneurs, by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System.
I look forward to expanding our programs and helping our students become technology leaders and entrepreneurs.