Featuring an exclusive company or individual who has made a big difference or success, coming from Santa Barbara, California.

Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

This program will be moderated by Renee Rottner, Assistant Professor for the Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara.



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RENEE ROTTNER, Assistant Professor, Technology Management Program, UCSB

Renee Rottner is an Assistant Professor of Technology Management at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Rottner was an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, in the department of Management and Organizations, where she taught leadership and entrepreneurship courses.

Dr. Rottner’s research and teaching focuses on innovation, particularly how innovators can improve the development of new ideas and new firms. She has examined the dynamics of innovation in a range of settings, including Caltech spinouts, NASA projects, semiconductor startups, and Federal nanotechnology initiatives. She is currently studying these dynamics in non-US contexts, including entrepreneurship in Japan and China, as well as micro-financed businesses in India. Professor Rottner has received research funding from NASA and best paper awards from the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies. She has written a book on the history of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and has published articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Organizational Dynamics. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal.

Before entering academia, Dr. Rottner worked as an entrepreneur, helping engineers and scientists to commercialize their ideas in a variety of contexts including the military, R&D institutes, and universities. She received her B.A. from Eastern Michigan University, her M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Management from UC Irvine.



Event Date:  Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion(Registration Not Yet Open) 

1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA  (City Parking Lot available at left and right of venue)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Check-in & Networking
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Panel Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 PM: Q&A

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