Inspiring Innovative Thinking and Thought-Provoking Discussions
The Westcliff University Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series connects thought leaders from various professional fields with Westcliff students and with members of the greater community interested in learning more about creative approaches to problem-solving in the modern world. The series uses the Westcliff platform to initiate and facilitate informative, thought-provoking discussions as the University continues to solidify its position as a leading global academic resource.
The series is designed to inspire innovative thinking and stimulate solution-oriented conversations. It provides the greater community an opportunity to hear from and connect with nationally and internationally renowned leaders who have shaped their industry. Attendees are able to interact and ask questions of the featured speakers after each presentation.
When is the next Distinguished Innovative Speaker Series event?
Distinguished Innovative Speaker Series guests are announced in spring and fall. We will announce our upcoming spring speakers soon!
In the meantime, you can watch all the event recordings for past speakers below.
In case you missed or wanted to revisit any of our past speakers, all of our Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series events are recorded and can be rewatched at any time.
Though all of our events are recorded, we encourage you to RSVP for our upcoming speakers. You will have the opportunity to ask the guest speaker questions about their topic of discussion and your questions could be answered live!
Spring 2023 Innovative Speakers
The Lean Startup Framework Explained
Ben Hafele, Managing Director, Lean Startup, Co.
The Secret To Building Resilience
Vered Kogan, CEO, Momentum Institute
Reinventing the Way You Present: Take Your Presentations from Boring to Brilliant
Kelly Fallucca, Founder and CEO of Sugar Please Productions
Fall 2022 Innovative Speakers
Navigating Business and Life
Alicia Hanf, Founder and Managing Partner at Dear Mama Ventures
Turn Your Passion into a Thriving Business
Celine Ikeler, Owner and Founder of Karma Baker
Career Journey from the NFL to Activision Blizzard with Johanna Faries
Johanna Faries, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Call of Duty, Activision-Blizzard
Spring 2022 Innovative Speakers
Lead Like a Lady: Empowering Women in Male-Dominated Industries
Gina L. Osborn, International Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, Former FBI Agent
In Your Face: The Pros and Cons of Facial Recognition
Josh Freed, Writer, Director, and Actor
David Friedman, Vice-Chairman, Tech Coast Angels
Fall 2021 Innovative Speakers
The Metaverse Demystified
Cathy Hackl, Futurist, Founder, Futures Intelligence Group
THE CHAOS ADVANTAGE Embrace the Unexpected
Corinne Hancock, International Keynote Speaker & Chaos Coach
The Steve Jobs Way: Being Pirates, not the Navy
Jay Elliot, Founder & CEO, TIGOhealth Inc.
Spring 2021 Innovative Speakers
Hollywood Story Telling: When Innovation Works & When It Doesn't
Dr. Barry Sandrew, Ph.D., Director of Entrepreneurship, Westcliff University
The Quantum Revolution
Dr. Shohini Ghose, Ph.D.; P.Phys., TED Senior Fellow, NSERC Chair for Women in Science & Engineering; Professor, Physics & Computer Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
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Cutting the Cord: How The Cell Phone Has Transformed HUMANITY
Martin Cooper, Legendary Futurist and "Father of the Cell Phone"
Neuroscience of Attention: Using Video Games to Treat Attention Disorders
Leanne Chukoskie, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Director of Neurogaming Center, Qualcomm Institute, University of California, San Diego
Deconstructing Henry Molaison's Brain: The History of Memory
Dr. Jacopo Annese, Ph.D., Founder, Executive Director, The Brain Observatory, President, CEO, The Mind Corporation
Blurring the Lines Between Virtual & Physical Realities: The Power of Big Data Analytics
Greg Passmore, Computational Imaging Systems Architect, President and Founder, Passmore VR
Fall 2020 Innovative Speakers
The Augmented Human: Exploring the Boundaries of Alternative Realities
Ted Schilowitz - Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures
Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Global Outer Space Economy
Bidushi Bhattacharya, Ph.D. - CEO & Founder, AstroHub
The Power of Collaboration in the Cloud: Examples from Hollywood Media Production
Buzz Hays - Global Lead Entertainment Industry Solutions for Content Creation with Google Cloud
Finance and Other Career Opportunities in Hollywood: It’s Like Any Other Business
Steve Ecclesine - Producer, Director, Author