Industry Mentoring

We offer a myriad of opportunities for students to be mentored by seasoned executives in the technology industry.

Join Easton to participate in our mentoring programs.

Industry Mentor Program


Easton pairs students with accomplished alumni and industry professionals who serve as role models and advisers outside the classroom. Professionals support future tech entrepreneurs and managers with priceless insights and personally invest in the advancement of our students careers.

Read: Easton Blog - The Value of Mentorship

Industry Mentor

Participating mentoring companies of 2016-2017

Industry Mentors for 2016-17 join Easton from the following companies:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • BCG Digital Ventures
  • City of LA
  • Cliffwater
  • ClinicalBox, Inc.
    CMO Partners/Marketshare
  • Corra
  • Disney
  • Early Warning
  • EasyDial
  • Entertainment Partners
  • Envien/Produce Pay
  • Feit Electric
  • Fingerprint Digital
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Just Fab
  • Melissa McVicker Cons.
  • Microsoft
  • NetApp
  • Perfect Price
  • Pull Experience
  • Qualcomm
  • Radius60
  • Raytheon
  • Search Optics
  • Sensay
  • SOA Software
  • Space X
  • Spark Netowrks
  • Techstars
  • Textpert
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • ValueLabs
  • VMWare
  • Whisper
  • Woven Media
  • Zip Recruiter

One-on-One Mentoring Sessions


Since 2010, the Easton Center has offered students more than 200 one-to-one mentoring sessions with executives from the technology field. Students have the opportunity to meet individually with executives and entrepreneurs such as Steve Heckler, Executive Coach & President of Steve Heckler Associates. Sue Baumgarten (’79) formerly from Raytheon is the previous Executive-in-Residence.

Meet our Mentor

Steve Heckler
President and Founder, Steve Heckler Associate (SHA)

Steve is President and Founder of Steve Heckler Associates (SHA), a Los Angeles based firm that specializes in executive coaching, team building, leadership development and high level IT consulting. Working with business executives and their organizations, SHA advises clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies on key management issues including Strategic Planning, Organization Design, Team Building and Communications, Management and Leadership Training, Change Management and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity.

Steve brings 35+ years of high technology experience to his consulting practice including key management roles with IBM, Activision, Bank of America, Lorimar Telepictures, PacTel Cellular (Air Touch), Health Net, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TVN Entertainment including 16 years as a CIO. Steve received an award from IBM for Outstanding People Management.

Steve is a strong leader who understands the relationship between technology and the business and is extremely effective in working with senior management in improving this relationship. He is skilled in leading, mentoring and improving effectiveness in large to small sized companies across multiple industries on a global scale as required. Included in his client list are DIRECTV, Boeing Corporation, Black & Veatch, Disney, St. Jude Medical, The Getty, AARP, First American Title Corp., SAGE Publications, CBS Television, and many others.

Steve is a BCC (Board Certified Coach). He is also a graduate of the Cal State Long Beach Coaching and Mentoring Program. Steve is the past President (2007-2008) of PCMA Los Angeles (Professional Coaches and Mentors Association). Steve is also a past board member of the Southern California Society for Information Management (SCSIM) where he has served on 12 boards over 23 years, including the role of chairman. Steve has also been associated with the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) where he served as a board member and chairman for 3 years on their Computer Training Project and was recognized by WCIL as the Businessman of the Year.

Steve is certified in the Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360 instrument and DISC Behavioral Profile Assessment tools.

Steve holds a BSEE from City College of New York and an MSOR (Operations Research) and an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

More about Steve can be found at his website

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Read: Easton Blog - Mentoring with Sue Baumgarten, UCLA Anderson's Former Executive-in-Residence

Mentoring for an Afternoon


The Easton Center also offers afternoon mentoring sessions with executives. Previous mentors for these sessions include Fabian Geyrhalter,Principal at FINIEN, and David Geller, CEO at Logical Medial Systems Inc.

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