CSUN and Cleantech Incubator Launch CEO Speaker Series

A company’s chief executive officer, the CEO, guides the business through the highs and lows that any office experiences. A CEO’s success depends on their mastery of a successful management style. That is why the California State University, Northridge branch of the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has teamed up with CSUN’s Research and Graduate Studies Group to launch its LACI@CSUN CEO Speaker Series.

Speakers will share essential tips, tricks and entrepreneurial insights into taking an idea from inception to development and then to the market.

“The CEO Speaker Series is meant to help CSUN faculty, staff, students and alumni build the connection between innovation and market success,” said Erik Steeb, executive director of LACI@CSUN. “The series started with concepts on how to bring innovative thinking into your environment and how to fund development of the innovation that results. [On Feb. 19,] we explore the world of intellectual property and how to approach protecting your valuable innovation. Future sessions will cover how to turn that innovation into value and build a successful business around it.”

The series sessions are scheduled to take place every third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m., in the Thousand Oaks Room of the University Student Union (USU) on the CSUN campus. The events are free, and the lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

“Intellectual Property & Protecting Your Innovation”
Jeff Joyner – IP Attorney and Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig (Feb. 19)

“Sex Sells, Dogs Bark & Babies Cry (Lessons in Leadership and Marketing)”
Larry Twersky – CEO of Timer Cap, LLC (March 19)

“Human Centric Design”
Ravi Sawhney – Founder & CEO of RKS Design (April 16)

“So You Wanna Be a CEO”
Jim Goodrich – Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Cal State Los Angeles (May 21)

“Funding & Exits”
Jeff Green – Founder & CEO of NanoH2O (June 18)

To sign up for one of the sessions in the LACI@CSUN CEO Speaker Series, visit the ticket reservation system.

The LACI@CSUN business incubator is a collaboration between CSUN and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) designed to help startups from CSUN and the San Fernando Valley discover new opportunities, create outstanding enterprises, and connect with our global network of businesses and investors.

Located on campus, LACI@CSUN links LACI’s best practices in developing robust companies with CSUN’s ongoing teaching and research in the areas of technology, manufacturing, education, health and human development, and more. This partnership between CSUN and LACI brings innovative firepower and support to students, faculty and the entire San Fernando Valley Community.