Transitioning from Technologist to Leader


Tools and Tricks - an Introduction
Saturday, Oct. 15
12:45-1:45pm, Room A202
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Abstract:  Kate Pletcher and Roberto Sequeira have both started their own ventures.  They will be sharing their stories on how they each became entrepreneurs and the top mistakes and successes they have had so far.  They will also present top 5 tools and tricks they have used as entrepreneurs including exercises on components of the business plan or putting together a list of resources each audience member has at their fingertips.

Kate Pletcher owns a staffing & recruiting firm called Mom Corps, focusing on matching progressive employers with high caliber flexible talent. She has over a decade of sales and business development experience across a number of industries including advertising, consumer products, publishing, and entertainment. In her most recent role, she served as Director of Global Brand Licensing for Skechers USA, sourcing and managing licensing programs on behalf of the $2 billion brand around the world. Kate serves on the Advisory Board of SPARK, provides sales workshops for a number of individuals and institutions, and is an active member of a number of Los Angeles community organizations. She received her BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and her MBA from UCLA Anderson. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband Erik and dog Kirby.

Robert Sequeira's unique talent and passionate disposition has fueled his rise as an extraordinary entrepreneur with his latest venture being the successful launch of the world's first and ultimate luxury cocktail ice brand, Glace Luxury Ice. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Mr. Sequeira has crisscrossed the world where he constantly expands his range of cultural experiences and inspirations. He now resides in California, where he balances the demands of a brilliant career with the laughter and intimacy of family and friends. He credits his warm and optimistic personality to his parent's influence and many life-long friendships which have contributed to his embodiment of the American success story.  Roberto approaches his life as passionately as he does work. His humor, intelligence and fine-tuned aesthetic instincts shine through all of his endeavors. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and connoisseur of the finest things the world has to offer. He has spent over a decade in management of multi-million dollar projects, positioning him as the perfect candidate to lead Glace Luxury Ice. Mr. Sequeira holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from the California State University of Fresno