Startup Weekend CalState LA
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm
CalStateLA Los Angeles Room
5151 State University Drive
Join us as we kickstart our entrepreneurial ecosystem!
Friday November 21st
Saturday November 22nd
Sunday November 23rd
Dean, College of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer responsible for strategic management, internal operations, faculty, budgets and external relations, including accreditation
Vice President Information Technology at Trader Joe's
As a Board Member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (www.sacc-la.org), Mike helps facilitate trade between Sweden and the United States. Mike is also on the Board of Advisors of California Polytechnic University’s Tech Transfer Office and Innovation Village, a 65-acre property that is currently home to 500,000 square feet of Class A office, research & development, and laboratory space.
Mike started his career in Corporate America with the Bendix Corporation and AlliedSignal. Positions he held included Acquisition Manager, Divisional Chief Marketing Officer, New Product Development Manager, Distribution Manager, National Sales Manager and Marketing Communications Manager. Mike’s next venture was Management Consulting, and his clients included organizations from pre-revenue start-ups to Fortune 100 public corporations. Additionally, he has been an Owner/Partner of four firms, including: Verify Investor (www.verifyinvestor.com) and an online Clean Tech & IP Exchange Site, www.ongreen.com
Chris is an entrepreneur, executive, consultant, investor, and educator. He is President of Veraison LLC which provides strategic and operating advice to small and medium sized companies along with assistance for debt, equity, and non-bank financing. He and his wife Susan produce, sell, and market artisan single vineyard pinot noir wines under the “Affaire de Coeur” brand.
Chris has had 30 year career in consumer products with 20 years as General Manager and President working domestically and internationally. He has driven top line growth through aggressive new branded, private label and licensed national product introductions (over 400 new products) and focused marketing programs. He has also developed several independent brands including the” Back to Nature” brand that was purchased by Kraft Foods in 2003. He is also noted for his expertise in optimizing operating performance resulting in improving all of the companies operating income that he has worked with. Chris ran Nabisco’s joint venture in the People Republic of China in the early 90’s for four years and designed the market development, operations, and manufacturing plan that are in place today.
Chris is an adjunct professor at local universities He specializes in teaching courses in Marketing, Change Management, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Finance. He has also been a guest lecturer at conferences that focus on doing business in China and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Wadden earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, Degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and an MBA in finance from Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Wadden also holds a professional engineer license from the State of Texas.
Member of Pasadena Angels and Senior Cousel at Perkins Coie
In addition, Steve has led numerous executive development seminars and professional conferences in several countries. Steve's doctoral fields of study were Human Resources Management and Organizational Change and Development.
His doctoral dissertation was titled, Entrepreneurial Organizational Culture.He is the editor and co-author of Managing Organizational Change (Pearson, 2001), as well as several research articles and cases. Professionally, Steve served as a consultant to major multinational corporations in organizational design, organizational change, and HRM in over 20 countries.Some of his clients include Ar Liquide, Autoeuropa (Ford/Volkswagen), The Bank of Portugal, Barclays' Bank, British Petroleum, Cadbury-Schweppes, Ciba-Geigy, DHL, Dow Chemical, ESAB Brazil, Levi-Strauss Europe, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Merloni, ExxonMobil, NCR, Philip Morris, Renault, Sara Lee Europe, Shell, Stora, and Tetrapak.He defined organizational structures and HR policies for numerous organizations, including the Portuguese telephone company, post office, airport authorities and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Portugal. He also acted as a change agent on behalf of multinationals who acquired firms in Eastern Europe .Steve was a Partner with Hay Management Consultants, a global HR and Organization consultancy. His roles at Hay included President/ Managing Director Hay Portugal, Board Member of Hay Group Europe, Director International Business Group, Practice Director Europe (Research for Management), and Director for Central and Eastern Europe.
In addition, Steve was Managing Partner of MSL Portugal, a recruitment and selection firm, and ran his own (small) import/export company, Iberian Imports, Inc. Steve also serves as a coach to entrepreneurs, and sits on several start-up Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors.
Coaches and Mentors
Since then Barney has worked on several initiatives that included launching a non-profit, co-founding a Global Innovation Fellowship program and teaching entrepreneurship at CalStateLA, USC, and Pasadena City College. Currently Barney is the Entrepreneur in Residence at CalStateLA's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Director at Pasadena Small Business Development Center
Juan is part of the HuffPost and The Good Men Project blogger networks and in 2013, his social media team was named to the Los Angeles' Social 25 (25 most influential entities in social media). He has spoken at organizations such as the New Leaders Council, and was recently asked to speak at the University of Florida on technology as a pathway to social change. Juan is a pretend chef, amateur cyclist, and full-time rule breaker.
Previously, Ardrey directed a multibillion dollar portfolio of commercial real estate development projects – luxury, mixed-use, and retail commercial projects. Prior to entering the high stakes high pressure world of commercial real estate development, Ardrey served as the President/CEO of The ArdreyGroup Inc., a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency with eight offices across seven western states, a capitalized financial base of over $250 million dollars due to a joint venture. The ArdreyGroup Inc. provided multicultural solutions for clients including: California Department of Health Services, PetsMart, Chart House Restaurants, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Phoenix Lottery, Texas Utilities, Bank of America, Epson America, House of Seagram’s, and others. The ArdreyGroup Inc., was the outgrowth for Ardrey Associates International, a marketing communications firm with clients such as: Macy’s of California, the Claremont Resort Hotel, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Parc Oakland Hotel, KDIA, and KSOL radio stations, Dole Foods, Golden State Warriors, Kal Kan/M&M Mars Foods, City of Oakland, the Urban League, and others.
Ardrey’s experience includes real estate acquisition, finance, development, construction, management consulting, market research, plan development and execution. Her specialty markets include: real estate finance and development, along with an extensive background with consumer good, manufacturing, high technology and finance industries. Her clients have benefited from her ability to micro-market, while achieving macro-marketing goals. She is known for her ability to take a client from concept to point-of-sale/service with dynamic results that are based on a bottom-line approach.
Ardrey in completing course work for a Doctor of Business Administration, International Business, holds a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University – McGregor School of Business focusing on organizational management and leadership
Associate Lead Center Director, LA Area Network Small Business Development Center
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communities and culture. Her career began in advertising, where she worked at Buzzman (Paris), Your Majesty (New York) and Mother (London).
Hand-picked to head up startup community development in Europe, Victoria joined Techstars as Regional Manager. A journey that led her to the role of Director of Community and Culture at Second Home, and a steady diet of airport sightseeing and mentoring across Europe.
Victoria enjoys working at the intersection between industries, ideas and people. With expertise at the convergence of startup and big company culture, she has had the joy to work with exceptional people at places like
the BBC, EY and the Victoria & Albert museum.
In her free time, Victoria produces and facilitates talks, workshops and exhibitions. She also runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community taking place in 130+ cities globally.
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