Westcliff University
Entrepreneurship Center

Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series

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.

Upcoming Speakers – Fall 2021

Please join us for each of these inspirational speakers:

The Steve Jobs Way: Being Pirates, not the Navy
Jay Elliot, Founder & CEO, TIGOhealth Inc.
Learn More | RSVP

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Past Speakers

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!

  • Fall 2021 Innovative Speakers
    The Metaverse Demystified

    Cathy Hackl, Futurist, Founder, Futures Intelligence Group

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording

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    THE CHAOS ADVANTAGE Embrace the Unexpected

    Corinne Hancock, International Keynote Speaker & Chaos Coach

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording

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  • Spring 2021 Innovative Speakers
    Hollywood Story Telling: When Innovation Works & When It Doesn't

    Dr. Barry Sandrew, Ph.D., Director of Entrepreneurship, Westcliff University

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording

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    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.

    Learn More | Recording Unavailable


    Cutting the Cord: How The Cell Phone Has Transformed HUMANITY

    Martin Cooper, Legendary Futurist and "Father of the Cell Phone"

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording


    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

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording


    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

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording


    Blurring the Lines Between Virtual & Physical Realities: The Power of Big Data Analytics

    Greg Passmore, Computational Imaging Systems Architect, President and Founder, Passmore VR

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording

  • Fall 2020 Innovative Speakers
    The Augmented Human: Exploring the Boundaries of Alternative Realities

    Ted Schilowitz - Futurist in Residence, Paramount Pictures    

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording


    Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Global Outer Space Economy

    Bidushi Bhattacharya, Ph.D. - CEO & Founder, AstroHub 

    Learn More | Watch Event Recording


    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

    Learn more | Watch Event Recording


    Finance and Other Career Opportunities in Hollywood: It’s Like Any Other Business

    Steve Ecclesine - Producer, Director, Author

    Learn more | Watch Event Recording