Featured Speakers & Panelists

Walt Mossberg

Executive Editor, The Verge

Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, which has appeared since 1991. He is also the co-creator and co-producer of the technology industry's most prestigious annual conference, D: All Things Digital, and is the co-executive editor of the Web's most trusted technology and media site, allthingsd.com.

In both ventures, he partners with the prominent journalist and author, Kara Swisher. In addition to Personal Technology, Mr. Mossberg also writes the Mossberg's Mailbox column in the Journal, and edits The Digital Solution column, which is authored by his colleague Katherine Boehret. 

He appears regularly on television and Internet video as a commentator on technology issues. He is a weekly contributor to the Fox Business Network, and to the Journal's internet news show, "Digits." He has been interviewed repeatedly on programs like Charlie Rose and The News Hour, as well as on National Public Radio. 

The Washington Post has declared Mr. Mossberg "one of the most powerful men in the high-tech world" and "a one-man media empire whose prose can launch a new product." And the New York Times calls him a "protean critic of the new economy's tools and toys." In a major profile of Mr. Mossberg, entitled "The Kingmaker," Wired Magazine declared: "Few reviewers have held so much power to shape an industry's successes and failures... Chances are he has influenced the look, feel and performance of your laptop, mobile phone, and MP3 player." In 2007, The New Yorker magazine profiled him in an article entitled: "Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg." In 2008, 2010 and 2011 Vanity Fair magazine listed him as a member of its "New Establishment" list of the top leaders of the Information Age.

Mr. Mossberg was awarded the Loeb award for Commentary, the only technology writer to be so honored. He has also won the National Headliner Award, the World Technology Award for Media and Journalism, and has been inducted into the ranks of the Business News Luminaries, the hall of fame for business journalists. 

He is a former trustee of Brandeis University and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. Mr. Mossberg is based in the Journal's Washington, D.C., office, where he spent 18 years covering national and international affairs before turning his attention to technology. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, he holds degrees from Brandeis and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Marcus Shingles


Marcus Shingles is the Chief Executive Officer of The XPRIZE Foundation (www.XPRIZE.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models that utilize the unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies to solve the world's grandest challenges.

Prior to XPRIZE, Marcus was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte Consulting's Innovation Group where he worked with corporate executive teams to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation driven by "exponentials" (e.g., 3d printing, block-chain, crowd-sourcing, AI) resulting from the accelerated pace of discovery, invention, and technology. At Deloitte, Marcus also championed the strategic global partnership with Singularity University and the launch of the Innovation Partnership Program, a multi-year accelerator designed for the CXX teams of Fortune 200 organizations. 

Marcus has over 25 years of experience across industry/corporate, startup, non-profit, and management consulting industries; prior to his most recent roles at XPRIZE and Deloitte, he was a successful entrepreneur founding a management consulting business working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on innovation, technology, and analytics initiatives. Earlier in his career he was the leader of the Consumer Products CRM consulting practice at Ernst & Young, and he started his career in industry at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, Global IT, and the Customer Strategy departments. 

In his spare time, Marcus has pioneered a program in partnership with the public school system in both Los Angeles and Boston to bring "exponential entrepreneurial" training and contemporary thinking to high school students in currently underserved communities. The program has been implemented as part of a multi-year curriculum in the classroom, designed to teach self-sufficiency and prepare students for an optimistic and exponential future.

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Michael Sprague

COO & EVP, Kia Motors America

Michael Sprague serves as the chief operating officer and executive vice president for Kia Motors America (KMA) - and is the central point of contact for all sales, marketing, service and product planning functions.

From 2009-2014, Sprague oversaw over 20 new vehicle launches - more than any other automaker during that span - and Kia earned a reputation as an innovator in the traditional, experiential and digital marketing arenas.  During his tenure, Kia introduced the world to a pack of music-loving hamsters which have been honored as some of the most effective and widely viewed advertisements in the world.  He also has managed all six of the brand's influential advertising campaigns in-and-around the Super Bowl.  Sprague ranked tenth overall in 2013's study of the 25 most influential CMOs in the world conducted by Appinions for Forbes.

Prior to joining Kia, Sprague served in a number of key positions at Ford Motor Company in the U.S. and Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan. Prior to entering the automotive industry, he was a managing director for Arthur Andersen & Co. where he established its first office in Romania.

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Tyler Schulze ('00)

Vice President & General Manager, Veritone

Schulze worked for 12 years at TEN: The Enthusiast Network in Los Angeles in various finance, development, and operational executive roles.  Most recently as executive vice president of the TEN Enterprises division, he managed strategic development and licensing for more than 70 media brands focused on the automotive, sports and entertainment verticals. He also had oversight of all television, home video and digital video distribution, including Motor Trend Channel, the largest automotive channel on YouTube, and Motor Trend OnDemand.
Prior to joining TEN, Schulze worked as director of business development for Fox Cable Networks, where he managed financial analysis for a $3 billion rights portfolio for 13 regional sports networks that distributed games from the NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA.
Schulze holds a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Albion College in Michigan and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He resides in Orange County, California with his wife and children.

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Quaseer Mujawar ('15)

Senior Product Manager, Amazon Web Services

Quaseer Mujawar is a technology strategist with seven years of expertise in technology delivery, strategy consulting, project, product management and business process improvement:

As a previous fast track Deloitte Consulting Manager, Quaseer was among the top 1% of the firm, having received the highest possible '1' year-end performance rating, seven years in a row. He has led and implemented several technology solutions, that have won ComputerWorld Honors and NASCIO awards among others. He also received over 15 outstanding performance, exemplary teamwork and technical innovation awards for exceptional client service and community service leadership.

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John Blevins

Assistant Adjunct Professor; Incoming Faculty Director, Easton Technology Management Center

J.B. has worked in the technology industry for over twenty years, specializing in emerging technologies & strategy development. He is a Managing Partner at the venture capital firm Navigation Pointe, investing in early-stage technology/media companies. His clients have been in the technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, financial services, energy, CPG, public sector, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive verticals. He has expertise in strategy development and corporate management. He has had a variety of roles working in venture capital, M&A, corporate strategy, cloud computing, social media, mobility, unified communications, database/business intelligence and electronic data interchange (EDI). He teaches graduate courses in emerging technologies at UCLA Anderson School of Management as well as involvement in the University’s startup community. J.B.’s career includes 25 years at Deloitte (5 years), Microsoft (12 years), Oracle (4 years) and Shell Oil (4 years), based in Houston, Dallas, New York, Miami, London and Los Angeles. His extensive domestic and international business experience offers clients the knowledge required in today’s global marketplace. J.B. has an Engineering Bachelor of Science with heavy concentration in Speech Communications from the University of Alabama, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management where he served as class vice-president. Mr. Blevins is an avid adventure traveler and has visited all 7 continents. He is an amateur photographer and enjoys urban biking, hiking, snowboarding, sailing, surfing, and all water sports.

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Vandana Mangal

Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dr. Vandana Mangal is executive director of the Easton Technology Management Center and the research director for business and information technologies at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She taught the course Big Data as Emerging Technologies and Markets at UCLA Anderson. She is on the board of the IS Associates. Mangal spoke about big data and participated in a Q&A on “Concept to Code” with a Silicon Beach startup on the City of Santa Monica’s YouTube channel.

Mangal has been instrumental in launching the Easton Technology Leadership Program and growing it into the Easton Technology Management Center, now with more than 515 students and $11 million in funding. She has published three books and served as the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Engineering Management and Economics titled “Technology, Operations and Strategy in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” She frequently serves as judge for case and venture competitions and has chaired panels including at the Digital Entertainment World Conference, California Clean Conference, the India Conference and the Women’s Business Conference.

Before joining UCLA, Mangal worked at Intel and AE Business Solutions Consulting and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s School of Business. Her Ph.D. is from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University; her undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering from PEC University of Technology.

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