2021 Executive Leadership Awards

november, 2021

18nov5:30 pm7:00 pm2021 Executive Leadership AwardsInnovate@UCLA 2021 Executive Leadership Awards Dinner

Event Details

The Innovate@UCLA Executive Leadership Award (ELA) recognizes the exceptional creation of value to achieve a company’s vision via application of innovative, forward thinking and disruptive technologies and operating models.  The award is given to a CEO/Founder and CIO/CTO (or top Technology Executive) who has led and promoted the use of digital technology and expertise as a critical component of the company’s decisions, fueling improvements in brand and bottom line. 

This year, the primary focus is on organizations that have excelled in the face of adversity, illustrating the power of innovation in times of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Event Agenda:

  • Opening Remarks – Bill Martin, CIO at AEG
  • Host Welcome – Thomas Phelps, SVP of Corporate Strategy & CIO at Laserfiche & Heidi Pease, Co-Founder of LA Blockchain Lab
  • Dean’s Remarks – Tony Bernardo, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Committee Chair’s Remarks – Andy Schlei, SVP of IT at Sony Pictures
  • Welcome Remarks – Jim Davis, Vice Provost IT at UCLA & Jim Rinaldi, Innovate@UCLA Executive Director
  • Sponsor Introduction – Charles Sims, CTO at United Talent Agency & Jim Rinaldi
  • Avasant Presentation – Kevin Parikh, CEO
  • Keynote Presentations:
    • Lt General Larry James, Interim Director at JPL
    • Joyce Chang, Chair of Global Research at JP Morgan
  • Emerging Tech Award Acceptance – Jiajun Zhu, Co-Founder & CEO at Nuro & Dave Ferguson, Co-Founder & President at Nuro
  • Public Sector Award Acceptance – Chief Brian Fennessy at Orange County Fire Authority
  • Community Impact Award Acceptance – Amanda Renteria, CEO at Code for America
  • Q&A with Frank Mottek and all honorees
  • Closing Remarks – Thomas Phelps

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