Executive Speakers & Panels


The Easton Center invites professionals at the forefront of tech to discuss technology related topics based on their background and experiences.

MBA Students’ Tech Startups Transform Industries

UCLA Cross-Campus Innovation Challenge rewards cutting-edge solutions

Why Are NFTs Super-Hot in Entertainment and Media?

Best-selling author Alex Nascimento (’08) demystifies a blockchain trend

Promising Innovation in Cybersecurity

From AI to blockchain, new technologies are hammering cyber attacks

Can Digital Farming Feed the Planet?

Technologies purport to revolutionize global agriculture

Biopharma’s Transformative Effect on Health Care

What innovations lead to enhanced health outcomes and broader access to care?

COVID-19 Urges Digital Strategy Innovations

Silicon Valley CEO Narry Singh on transforming the tech industry

COVID-19 Accelerates the Need for Tech Innovation

Maggie Wilderotter, board chair of DocuSign and a board member at Lyft, Costco and HP Enterprises, discusses how business leaders are having to rethink where we will shop, where we will work, where we will be entertained.

Using Data to Create Transformational Products

Analytics technologies are prompting the creation of products that were not previously possible.

Understanding the Implications of 5th Generation Networks

Featuring Durga Malladi, SVP and GM, 4G/5G for Qualcomm Technologies

Tech for Good: Cross-Center Innovation Challenge Kickoff

Learn about the launch of the Challenge - prompts, deadlines, prizes and more

COVID:19: What Have We Learned from Other Nations?

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Chandran Nair, Founder & CEO, Global Institute for Tomorrow; Jeongmin Seong, Partner and Lily Ma, Rotational Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute in Shanghai

The Dynamic Role of Tech, Business & Government in Society

"The Digital Divide is the greatest 'techlash' issue that leaders must address"

Ro Khanna, Congressman, CA 17th Disctrict in conversation with Terry Kramer, Easton Center Faculty Director

Navigating Adversity to Achieve Successful Outcomes

"This is a sobering time for humanity but never underestimate the value of persistence, 'compounding' and organic innovation - as an organization and as a leader"

Jeetu Patel, SVP & General Manager of Security and Applications for Cisco (Incoming)

2020 Technology Competition with China Starts with Technology Competition at Home

"Data is better than oil but we have to be careful about the allocation of the 'riches' with data"

Tom Wheeler, Former 31st Chair, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in discussion with Terry Kramer, Easton Center Faculty Director

The Future of Innovation & Impact on the MBA Education

"The future of innovation is cross disciplinary, cross campus – – serving all shareholders: customers, employees and society"

Terry Kramer, Faculty Director for the Easton Center, in conversation with UCLA Anderson Dean Tony Bernardo

Technology-Based Disruptions: Leadership Imperatives

“There’s an opportunity to take a realistic inventory of yourself, your business, things around you and try to be eyes wide open about what’s going on and be willing to be flexible and adapt”

Panelists include Mark Thomas ('10), Snap Inc.; Peter Trepp ('98), FaceFirst Face Recognition Software; and Lori Van Deloo ('98), Global Payments and Fintech Executive

Technology & Society: Who Owns the Good and Bad Outcomes?

"Values create value...Think through what are your values, that will become the culture that you drive. And it’s a conscious decision, make it a conscious priority"

Executive Speaker Series with Eric Loeb, Executive VP of Government Affairs at Salesforce

The Future of Work: From COVID-19 to Automation to Artificial Intellligence

“No matter what you do always find a way to engage in your civic life. Find a way to be part of your community…look for opportunities to use that MBA for civic life”

Panelists included Eleni Kounalakis, Lt. Governer of CA; Matt Plummer, ZipRecruiter; and Elana Zeide, UCLA School of Law

Asia's Future is Now: Collaboration with McKinsey Global Institute

Technology as a key driver of growth in Asia

Moderated by Terry Kramer (B.A. '82)

Cloud Based Innovations & the Impact on Enterprises and MBAs

"Whether that’s grit that you talk about, the desire to do all these different roles and the desire to associate with growth, do what’s necessary to grow"

Gayle Sheppard, Corporate VP, Microsoft Data Azure

Executive Speaker Series

"Disruption is changing everything. In the past, disruption occurred every 15 years. Now, every seven to 10 years business models shift because of disruption and changes in the competitive landscape"

Jeetu Patel, Chief Product Officer, Box