Our Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) has contributed to broadening the dynamic educational experience of Merage School students and the community by bringing influential leaders to campus, encouraging thought-provoking conversations and the exchange of ideas. Through DSS-sponsored lectures and collaborations, we strive to achieve our mission of being at the forefront of thought-leadership and academic excellence.
Our enviable list of distinguished speakers comes from across the globe, and through the sharing of their experiences and stories, they challenge our newest generation to make a difference in society and business. The series highlights leadership perspectives, ethical frameworks, decision-making processes, and insights of top business leaders from different industries. This is also a great opportunity to network with approximately 300 corporate professionals, community leaders, students, faculty members and campus staff.
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Mike Mussallem CEO, Edwards Lifesciences
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Palmer Luckey is the Founder of Anduril Industries, a defense technology company that works to make America safer by inventing products with a focus on AI, immersive systems, and sensor fusion. He is also the inventor and designer of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, and the founder of Oculus VR. Palmer founded Oculus in 2012 after experimenting with his own VR designs at the age of 16 in his parents’ garage. Oculus was acquired by Facebook two years later.
May 15, 2019
Building A Meaningful Brand in the Modern Age
How does a football team come into a crowded landscape and break through to set a new standard for sports and entertainment?
Ronalee Zarate-Bayani is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Rams. In this role, she is responsible for defining and building the Rams brand, serving as a key member in shaping the experiences and value proposition of the new 300-acre Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, and creating a modern LA entertainment experience for the next generation of fans.
February 20, 2019
Innovation and Disruption: A 25-Year-Career in the Tech Industry
For over two decades, Brent Callinicos, COO/CFO of Virgin Hyperloop One, has distinguished himself as a force in tech, building his career in finance at Microsoft, Google, Uber and Hyperloop One. Join us as he shares his career and life experiences at these innovative companies.
Virgin Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles based company working to commercialize the Hyperloop for moving passengers and/or cargo at airline speeds at a fraction of the cost of air travel.
February 15, 2018
New Leadership Requirements for a Digitally Driven World
GE has undergone an ambitious transformation, repositioning itself as the world’s premier digital industrial company. Join us to hear Jeff Erhardt, Vice President of Intelligent Systems of GE Digital, discuss how the 125-year-old company sees the world changing, how they are adapting, and what new managerial capabilities are required for success. Learn how GE is reinventing itself, and what it means for your company and its future.
November 6, 2017
David Pyott Former Chief Executive Officer Allergan March 9, 2017