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Wednesday, September 19

7:00 am - 4:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm NACCE Pre-Conferences - Click for Pre-Conference Details

4:00 pm Registration Opens

5:30 pm Welcome Reception

Track A: Invention Education and Innovation Pathways – Organized by Lemelson/MIT
Track B: Community College Entrepreneurship & Makerspace, Maps & Tools – Organized by NACCE
Track C: Creating Contextualized Entrepreneurship Curriculum – Organized by CCC Doing What Matters

Thursday, September 20

8:00 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 am Morning Panel – Entrepreneurial and Inventive Mindsets: What Do We Mean and Why Do We Care?

  • Michael Cima, Professor, MIT and Faculty Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
  • Dr. Jessica Milli, Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Mayra Lombera, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, The Michelson 20MM Foundation
  • Moderator:Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
10:00 – 10:30 am                                                                           

A: Lessons Learned from 14 years of Invention Education

  • Stephanie Couch, Lemelson-MIT Program
  • Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program

B: Design Thinking Experiential Workshop   

  • Rebecca Corbin, President & CEO, NACCE 
  • Joe Kapp, Founder & President, National Center for Resource Development (NCRD)
  • Dr. Tasos Sioukas, Professor and Chair, Business Administration, Los Angeles Valley College



C: Integrating Entrepreneurship with Makerspaces

  • College of Marin, Lead on Bay Area Regional Joint Venture on Integrating Entrepreneurship into Makerspaces
  • Denise Bushnell, NFN Regional Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Sierra College/Hackerlab 
  • John Graulty, Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts, Cabrillo College 

10:30 – 11:00 am
A: Invention Education Pathways from Elementary through College in WI
  • Steve Meyer, Manager of STEM Education and Development, Fox Valley Technical College
11:00 – 11:15 am
Break Break Break
11:15 – 12:15 pm
A: The STEM School Chattanooga: An Early College High School for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
  • Tony Donen, Principal, STEM School Chattanooga
  • David Wilson, Teacher, STEM School Chattanooga
  • Michael Stone, Director of Innovative Learning, Public Education Foundation

B: Leveraging Teaching Resources for Exporting and Global Engagement
  • Linda Gerber, Center for Global Business/CIBER

C: The Intangible Advantage: Intellectual Property Curriculum Resources

  • Nathan Khalil, Professor, Santa Monica College
  • Mayra Lombera, The Michelson 20MM Foundation
  • Dana Nasser, Professor, Santa Monica College
  • Sal Veas, Business Professor, Santa Monica College

12:30 – 2:00 pm Luncheon Panel – Social Entrepreneurship and Inventing for Life and Work!

  • Maria Filsinger Interrante, 2017 LMIT Student Prize winner
  • Rob Herndon, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, ELI
  • Mason Sage, Sierra College student
  • Katelyn Sweeney, former InvenTeam member and MIT graduate
  • Savanna Turner, Sierra College student

Moderator: Charles Eason, Business & Entrepreneurship Sector Navigator, CCC Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

2:15 - 3:15 pm

A: Innovation (Inventing and Entrepreneurship) Pathways In the Making in California

  • Gregory Franklin, Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District
  • Ed Hernandez, Teacher, Tustin High School
  • Rachel Thibault, Teacher, Antelope Valley Union HSD 
  • Diane Walker, Director of Industry Liaison and Post-Secondary Partnerships, Antelope Valley Union HSD 

B:Identifying the Value of IP for Incubator & Makerspace Community

  • Mayra Lombera, The Michelson 20 MM Foundation

C: Self-employment Pathways in the Gig Economy

  • Joshua Danielson, Cofounder, Loconomics
  • Charles Eason, CCC Doing What Matters
  • Jeffrey Forrest, VP Economic and Workforce Development, College of the Canyons
  • Aaron Iffland, Faculty, Business, Computers and IT San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego Community College District
  • Caleb Jonas, Senior Director, Samaschool
  • Matthew Rivaldi, Faculty, Business and Information Technology San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego Community College District
3:15 – 3:30 pm
Break Break Break
3:30 -4:45 pm
A: Problem Finding in the Community and

Patenting of Inventions

  • Tony Perry, Invention Education Coordinator, Lemelson-MIT Program
  • Jie Qi, Co-founder & Creative Director, Chibitronics
  • Lawrence J. Udell, Founder, Chairman, Silicon Valley Chapter, Licensing Executives Society

B: The Power of Ecosystem Mapping: Lessons from 24 colleges in the Maker 3 Innovation Grant

  • Deborah Bird, Technical Assistance, Advisor, CCC Maker Initiative
  • Dr. Amy Schulz, Dean, Career, Continuing, & Technical Education, Sierra College
  • Brie Lindsey, Senior Program Associate, California Council on Science & Technology


C: Get out of the Classroom: Lean Business Model Canvas

  • Ana Greif, Business Development Program Manager at Pima Community College
  • Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy, Business and Entrepreneurship DSN Inland Empire
  • Rob Herndon, ELI 

5:15 - 8:15 pm  Tour at Draper U & Hero CityDine Around Networking Opportunity in San Mateo (Click for Tour Description) - Room is limited to the first 50 people who sign up. SIGN UP HERE! Please note: Transportation is provided, but dinner costs are on your own. 


5:15 – 6:45 pm  Join conference colleagues for a casual networking reception in the Hyatt’s 3SIXTY Bar.  Room is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. SIGN UP HERE!

Friday, September 21

8:00 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 am Morning Panel – Talents and Technologies for the Future of Work

  • Joe Kapp, Founder & President, National Center for Resource Development (NCRD)
  • Amy Schulz, Sierra College
  • Joseph Molina, Executive Director, Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Rebecca Corbin, NACCE

9:45 – 10:45 am
A: Enabling Adults to Innovate: The Social, Cognitive and Emotional Aspects of Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty
  • Maria Renard, Chief Design Officer, Yuken
  • Carlos Osorio, CEO, Yuken

B: HP LIFE: An Open Education Resource for Business & Entrepreneurship Skills

  • Leah Deppert, Manager of Marketing & Communications, NACCE
  • Darcie Tumey, Director for Business Administration, Catawba Valley Community College
  • Fatema Baldiwala, Curriculum Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Douglas Marriott, Dean of Adult/Community Education & Workforce Development, Los Angeles Valley College

C: Linking Business Advising to the Classroom

  • Amber Balakian, Instructor, Fresno City College & Owner/Manager, Balakian Farms
  • Alese Campbell, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, Central Valley
  • Angela Cordell, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, Far North Region  
  • Gayla Jurevich, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, South Central Region
  • Gabriela Sapp, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, San Francisco Region  
  • Celina Shands, M.S., Co-founder, Business U, Inc.

10:45 – 11:00 am
Break Break Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A: PIPELINES: Developing Problem Solvers & Engineering Pathways Through Local Collaborations

  • Maria Napoli, Community College Programs Manager, University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • Noreen Balos, Doctoral Student at UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

  • Cheryl Monzon, ORTA and Intellectual Property & STEM Program Manager NAVFAC EXWC, Office of Technical Director

  • Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn, Dean, Santa Barbara City College

B:VIL for Girls STEM program

Panel Discussion

  • Silvia Calderon, Delta College
  • Alese Campbell, Business and Entrepreneurship Deputy Sector Navigator, Central Valley
  • Janet Catalan, Director, Multicultural Strategy, Verizon 
  • Megan Smith, Teacher, Lathrop High School

C: Eship Educator Curriculum Resource Sharing Platform

  • Charles Eason, CCC Doing What Matters

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch Panel: The Pivotal Role of Community Colleges in Supporting Innovation Pathways

  • Tom Downs, Principal, Downs Government Affairs
  • Van Ton Quinlivan, Executive Vice President, CA Community College Chancellor’s Office
  • Jesse Torres, Deputy Director and Small Business Advocate, CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Corbin, NACCE

2:00 – 3:15 pm

A: Roundtable discussions to identify ‘next steps’ and resource needs for invention education ‘pathways’

B: Let’s Teach Entrepreneurship, Not Small Business

  • Rob Newman,
    Glendale Community College

C: Roundtable discussions to work on contextualized entrepreneurship curriculum and programs

(Roundtables will be organized by CTE Discipline and facilitated by DSNs)





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