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Innovation Hour

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A "How To" speaker series, presented by the IIE, ASI Beach Pride Events, and the Career Development Center.  Every month, a spotlight discussion navigates hot topics that every young entrepreneur needs to know.  


Upcoming Meetings

Entrepreneurship for Black Entrepreneurs 

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Live Panel Discussion with Q & A 

Chandler MaloneChandler Malone | Panelist

Chandler is a three time entrepreneur who is now building The Ideate Project and investing in early stage companies through Atento Capital. His journey began as a college student, building an events business that hosted shows for Billboard top 10 artists including the Chainsmokers before launching his first software company, The Moves, which he exited in 2019. Chandler has a passion for helping underrepresented entrepreneurs and using technology to improve quality of life. Chandler serves as an Investor in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis and a board member at Urban Coders Guild.

Amara Omoregie | Panelist

 

Navigating as a Woman-Identified Entrepreneur 

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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Innovation Hour Sustainability Showcase 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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Previous Meetings

Innovating with and for Families: Creating a Business Surrounded by Your Family

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November 18, 2020 - Sheltering in place forced many us to spend more time in close quarters with our families. Whether you are a parent business owner, an entrepreneur trying to convince your parents your idea will make money one day, an innovator who wants to create products for families, or an individual just trying to get more done with more of your family at home, this session is for you. Our experts will offer productivity strategies and tips for how to innovate with and for families.

Featured Live Panel 

Stephen Dypiangco

Stephen Dypiangco | Panelist

A digital media executive turned entrepreneur, Stephen is the co-founder of Dadventures (hellodadventures.com), an early stage startup helping parents find fun things to do with their kids. Today’s dads are way more active in their kids’ lives than in previous generations. They aspire to be better, more engaged parents than their fathers, but there aren’t many dad-specific resources to help them achieve that and that's where Dadventures comes in to support. 

Previously, Stephen worked with leading tech platforms (Netflix, YouTube), broadcasters (PBS, Ovation), and the top US telco (Verizon). As a producer, he has helped create outstanding content including the Academy Award-winning short "God of Love," PBS Digital Studios web series "National Film Society," and the crowdfunded feature film "Awesome Asian Bad Guys." He's collaborated with top talent including "Sesame Street's" Cookie Monster, "Fresh Off The Boat's" Randall Park, and “Insecure’s” Issa Rae. Stephen attended Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and NYU's Graduate Film Program. 

Lori ShaoLori Shao | Panelist

Lori Shao is a financial services veteran with deep expertise in payment technology and innovation. In April 2019, she walked away from her 17 year career in banking to build Finli, a vertical payment solution to power neighborhood schools and freelance instructors. Lori resides in Arcadia CA with her husband Derek and two children Ed and Ryan.

 Innovating with and for Families: Resources 

Innovative Partnerships: How Forming a Cooperative Can Generate Wealth and Wellbeing 

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October 21, 2020 - Cooperatives are a unique form of partnership owned and controlled by their members that allow entrepreneurs to combine resources, collectively generate wealth, and keep community wellbeing at their core. Cooperatives are excellent options for people who lack access to business ownership or sustainable work options. Come hear from our experts on how cooperatives are closing the wealth gap and how you can create and support your local cooperatives.

Featured Live Panel 

Alfredo CarlosDr. Alfredo Carlos | Panelist

Dr. Alfredo Carlos is a Faculty Member in Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Economic Democracy. He is a proud product of California public school systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of Political Economy, Political theory, and American Racial and Urban Politics. He earned his M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach with a focus in Comparative Politics and International Relations and his B.A. is in History and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013-14, he was a University of California President's Dissertation Year Fellow as well as a Q. A. Shaw McKean, Jr. Fellow with the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. His articles have appeared in Latin American Perspectives and Ethnicities. He is the co-author of The Latino Question (Pluto, 2018).

Damon LawrenceDonald Lawrence | Panelist

Damon Lawrence is a 31 year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and is an avid organic gardener. Damon became interested in cooperatives when he stumbled into the Alberta Food Co-op while on a family trip to Portland OR. The concept of Long Beach Grocery Cooperative came out of a community concern about the alarming number of grocery store closures and the lack of access to a natural foods market to many areas of Long Beach CA. Damon has spent the last five years educating himself on food co-ops and the cooperative movement in general. Damon has visited several Food Co-ops in preparation to lead the effort to open Long Beach's first modern food co-op. Damon believes cooperatives and the cooperative principals will play a big role in our new economy and that LBGC will be a great economic asset to the Long Beach community.  He also believes the store will broaden the exposure of the cooperative movement in the Southern California area. Damon has been a driving force in the quest to open a grocery co-op in Long Beach.  

Ana UruzaAna Uruza | Panelist

Ana Urzúa is the Founding Director of Cooperación Santa Ana, a cooperative business development program that increases community wealth through business ownership, policy change and relationships of solidarity and reciprocity, and the Sustainability Coordinator of Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC), a multi-stakeholder collaborative to improve conditions of health through community engagement and policy and systems change.  She has worked as a community organizer with organizations such as Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) and El Centro Cultural de Mexico, in support of community-driven development.  Ana currently serves on the boards of Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks, THRIVE Santa Ana Community Land Trust, and is cooperative member of CRECE OC, urban farming cooperative.  She has published several articles on urban planning, gentrification, displacement, and economic development in Santa Ana.  Ana was born in Colima, Mexico, and received her anthropology degree from the University of California, Irvine.  Ana believes in embodying the change we wish to see in the world.  She is a long time practitioner of tai chi and yoga, and a coach, and brings these and other healing practices into movement spaces to support personal and collective transformation.

Kristine WrightDr. Kristine Wright | Panelist

Kristine Wright is an educator/sociologist, specializing in African American studies, social stratification (race, class, and gender), urban education, media, and popular culture. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2005 and is currently a tenured faculty member at Los Angeles Southwest College. She has taught for 20 plus years at all levels of the California public school system: K-12, community colleges, California State University and the University of California.

Dr. Wright is a noted commentator and has been invited to speak at numerous events to discuss hip hop, race, class, gender, media, youth political mobilization, and social justice more broadly. Wright is a board member for Hip Hop Congress, and joint owner of JOLO Investments, LLC. She also currently serves as the Social Policy chair of the Association of Black Sociologists and Administrator of Urban Teachers Network (UTN), a 501(c)3 charity supporting service minded individuals and community organizations working to empower urban communities through hip hop pedagogy, culturally relevant curriculum, media literacy, and community activism/artivism. She recently published her book, 360°: A Blueprint to Black Self-Determination. 360° provides a hip hop centered analysis of society’s racialized history and a blueprint to actualize Black liberation.

Innovative Partnerships: Resources


Innovative Entrepreneurship: Support for Undocumented Entrepreneurs

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September 30, 2020 - Undocumented millennial entrepreneurship is one of the main ways that undocumented immigrants can thrive in America’s workforce. Come hear from our experts about how entrepreneurship is a viable alternative for undocumented individuals who cannot procure legal employment and also for Dreamers who can be legally employed but choose entrepreneurship for the freedom it provides.

Featured Live Panel 

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MARIBEL CRUZ | Panelist

Maribel Cruz is the Operations Manager at Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition. Born in Mexico City, Maribel has lived in Long Beach, CA since she was a child. Growing up as an undocumented youth, she has lived through many of the experiences of those in the immigrant community with whom she now works with on a daily basis. Maribel leads the legal clinics, DACA workshops, and the administration of the organization. She attended California State University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science

sashaSASHA FELDSTEIN | Panelist

Sasha Feldstein is an Economic Justice Policy Manager at California Immigrant Policy Center. Her work focuses on economic justice issues including equitable access to education, training, and jobs, workers’ rights, and promoting a workforce that is reflective of California communities.

 

elianneELIANNE RODRIGUEZ | Panelist

Elianne Rodriguez is the Interim Director at Bixel Exchange SBDC at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, an impact driven no-cost, no-equity long-term full-service center, specializing in Tech, Procurement and Disaster Relief. She is a serial DACA entrepreneur with 13yrs of experience in tech, procurement and small businesses.

Elianne believes entrepreneurship and technology are great equalizers to building culturally relevant and inclusive ecosystems. In her current role, Elianne connects diverse talent to opportunities that reflect the intersectionality of Los Angeles across racial, socioeconomic, gender, education, sexuality, and immigration status. She fosters community and drives culturally competent programming to empower entrepreneurs who invest in their community while solving problems. She works with business owners to leverage technology, break glass ceilings, compete globally, and disrupt a wide range of industries including: education, healthcare, digital media, artificial intelligence, sustainability, transportation, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, logistics, green technology, procurement, big data, software, hardware, e-commerce, internet of things, blockchain, social impact, finance and entertainment. 

Innovative Entrepreneurship: Resources


How to Profit from Your Passion

February 20, 2020 - This meeting will demonstrate how you can make a living while living your passion.  Cassandra is an alumna of the anthropology department.

How to Be a Tech Entrepreneur

November 12th, 2019 - This meeting provides resources to create a revenue-generating product or service in the tech industry.

How to Get the Most Out of the Irregular Workforce

October 29th, 2019 - This meeting provides various strategies to get started and benefit in the gig economy.

How to Be an Entrepreneur

September 24th, 2019 - This meeting provides steps you can take for a successful launch to your business.

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How to Get a Job in the Gig Economy

May 7th, 2019 - This meeting provides key strategies and resources to develop successful self-employment opportunities.

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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

April 9th, 2019 (delayed 1 week due to campus Spring Break closure) - This meeting focuses on how to protect your IP by way of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

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How to Find Campus Connections

March 2nd, 2019 - This meeting discusses strategies for building an impressive and effective business team. The effort required to launch a new venture can seem daunting and is best when done with strong, diverse, and qualified team members. Being part of the CSULB campus community affords you great resources and this series shines a light on what those resources are.

Guest Speakers:​​

  • Brenda Freshman, Ph.D., Founder and President of Orbis Unim, LLC
  • Anita Herrera-Hamilton, Ph.D., Founder of Nerdherds.org
  • Marissa Herrera-Raines, Communications Major at CSULB

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