Schedule by Day

During November’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sac State welcomes innovators and community voices from the world of entrepreneurship to share their personal journeys and offer valuable advice. All events are free, unless noted; some events require advance registration.


Monday, Nov. 13

Special Announcement

Carlsens give Sacramento State innovation a $6 million boost

11 a.m.  |  Harper Alumni Center

A $6 million gift from Dale and Katy Carlsen is expected to be a significant cornerstone for Sacramento State as it builds on its role as a driving economic force in the region. The donation will fund the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

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Risk Taking, Dream Making

Dale Carlsen

1-1:50 p.m. | Redwood Room, University Union

In this TEDx-style talk, Dale Carlsen ’84 (Business Administration) will discuss the importance of social entrepreneurship in our community, using The Ticket to Dream Foundation as an example of impact and importance. In this presentation, Dale will talk about growing this effort to a national scale, and how entrepreneurial characteristics such as drive, versatility, motivation, and vision are essential tools in its success. 

Keeping the Dream Alive Conference: Transforming Institutions into Inclusive Communities

Hosted by the Dreamer Resource Center

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | University Union Ballroom

The conference is designed to enable educators to become agents of change in their respective institutions. Through the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and emerging practices, the conference will introduce strategies to help institutions transform existing environments into sensitive and inclusive spaces where undocumented students and students with mixed-status families are supported, empowered, and encouraged to reach their maximum potential.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Market Research at Your Fingertips

10-11 a.m. | University Library, Room 2022

Learn resources and strategies to help you identify industry trends, analyze local competitors, determine your market potential, and find your best customers.

HHS Entrepreneurship: Putting Innovation in Your Practice

Hosted by the College of Health and Human Services

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | The WELL, Terrace Suite

HHS Entrepreneurship is an open house for students to engage with successful innovators in health and human services to realize the endless possibilities that come with their Sac State health and human services degree.

HHS alumni, current students, and faculty who have taken risks to advance innovative solutions to community needs are ready to share their knowledge with Sac State students. This will be a fun and fast-paced event with guided discussion. Students will be equipped with a set of questions and the goal of interviewing our HHS entrepreneurs.   

Following the event, students inspired in creative risk-taking are encouraged to submit a proposal to start their own business or practice after graduation. Proposal guidelines and directions will be available at the HHS Entrepreneurship Open House. The deadline for submission of the proposal is Dec. 15, 2017. The winner of the HHS Health and Entrepreneurship award will receive a $500 scholarship. 

Affordable Housing

Hosted by the Hornets Policy and Politics Alumni Chapter

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Downtown Sacramento, Capitol Event Center

The November event in this ongoing series addresses how California’s housing affordability crisis has been and continues to be at the forefront of the challenges faced by local and state policymakers. Experts from both private and public sectors in the housing field will engage in open discussion on what’s possible for the future of housing in California. RSVP today.

Community-Based Innovation in Education

Hosted by the College of Education

5:30-8 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

Education innovators from the community and the winner of the ReinventEd competition, sponsored by the College of Education, will join a panel discussion on the theme “Community-Based Innovation in Education,” moderated by Terrance L. Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Texas, Austin.

Professor Green will round out the evening with a talk titled “Leading for Equity in School-Community Engagement: Closing Opportunity & Equity Gaps.” He will discuss research on approaches to school-community engagement and partnerships that are anchored in notions of equity and justice, contrasting them with traditional ideas of school involvement. In doing so, he will discuss his research into actions of school principals that support more equitable forms of school-community engagement and partnerships.

The panelists include:

  • Katie McCleary, Executive Director, 916 Ink
  • Nicholas Haystings, Co-Founder, Square Root Academy 
  • Malika Hollinside and Synthia Smith, Co-Founders, Sisters of Nia

Starting a Business? Top 10 Things to Know

Hosted by the Business Alumni Chapter and the Sacramento State Alumni Association

6-8 p.m. | Harper Alumni Center

Join the Sacramento State Alumni Association and the Business Chapter for this highlight event during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Learn the top 10 things small businesses do that often can be detrimental to starting a business, and hear from a panel of subject-matter experts on what to expect when launching your business. RSVP today.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

PlanGrid Alumni Presentation

Construction Productivity

Hosted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

This student-centered program will be developed by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and will bring industry leader and Construction Management alumna Tracy Young and her business partner Ralph Gootee, co-founders of Plan Grid, to talk about this innovative San Francisco-based company.

Arts Heal! Arts Resist! Arts Transform!

Entrepreneurship in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations

Hosted by the College of Arts and Letters

1:30-2:45 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

This program will highlight the amazing work being done through the arts by nonprofit organizations in Sacramento to address the diverse needs of our communities. The panelists will share their stories and express the passion, creativity, and innovation that fueled their deployment of the arts to “heal, resist, and transform” our society. Through their stories, our audience will have an opportunity to see entrepreneurship in the arts in action.

  • Yvonne Soto, President/CEO DDSO (Developmental Disabilities Service Organization)
  • Estella Sanchez, Executive Director, SOL Collective
  • Trudy Allyson Taliaferro, Executive Director, Wellness Through the Arts
  • Katie McCleary, Executive Director, 916 Ink

Innovate Sac: Transforming Sacramento into an Urban Technology Lab

Hosted by Public Affairs and Advocacy and the Center for Entrepreneurship 

2-5 p.m. | Harper Alumni Center

Attend the launch of the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab (SUTL), an initiative of the Mayor’s Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SUTL will transform Sacramento into a living laboratory to develop, test, deploy, replicate, and scale new technologies, products, and services. Explore the focus industries through exhibitors who will bring to life the seven strategic verticals in the SUTL plan. Learn about future opportunities for innovation from expert speakers. Come together with innovators, technologists, economic growth professionals, educators, and students to launch Sacramento’s innovation future!

The Pitch Competition

Hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship

5:30-9 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

The Center for Entrepreneurship will host “The Pitch” Business Idea Competition, where students will have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of judges, Shark Tank-style. Winners will receive prize money and the opportunity to represent Sacramento State in the National “Future Four” Competition. The Sacramento Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (SACE) will actively participate in this event.

This year’s judges include:

  • John Allen, Morgan Stanley
  • Kwame Anku, Black Angel Tech Investment Fund
  • Robert Gregoire, CxORE
  • Jodee Harris, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Barry Keller, Keller Family Pathway Fund
  • Joe McClure, Golden Pacific Bank

Deconstructing Anger

Hosted by the CBA Organizational Wisdom Institute Project

6-8:30 p.m. | Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

The CBA Organizational Wisdom Institute Project makes its debut, with the intent to create a platform among academics, students, executives, and artists to gather, explore, generate, and communicate wisdom for organizations to enhance leadership capacities for pursuing happier organizational experiences in our society. Every year we will explore a topic that is important for our society via the research salon events and will prompt an ongoing dialogue about socially relevant topics.

RSVP today: Wisdom Studio Registration or by email

Panelists include:

  • Elisabeth Nunziato, actor and director from B Street Theater, will serve as master of ceremonies and a panelist.
  • Professor Hakan Ozcelik from CBA will moderate the panel.
  • Professor Deanne Geddes from Fox School of Business at Temple University, who is a leading expert on anger in organizations, especially well known for her “threshold model of anger” in the literature.
  • Professor Nick Windehausen, who is the oldest retired faculty member from the CBA in our University, to bring his 95‐year‐old‐wisdom to the conversation.
  • Dennis Gardemeyer, who is our alumnus, the chairman of CBA Advisory Board, and a leading figure in the Sacramento business community.
  • Paul Lambert, an executive in Medergie, a leading company in the provision of neuromodulation technologies around the world.
  • Professor Robin Fisher, professor of voice, School of Music, Sacramento State.

Thursday, Nov. 16

7th Annual CBA Film Festival: 

Deconstructing Anger in Organizations

2:45-4:30 p.m. | Redwood Room, University Union

At the CBA Film Festival, we will have four film projects being produced by our students on “Deconstructing Anger in Organizations” to analyze how leaders and entrepreneurs can benefit from emotionally intelligent leadership practices to utilize the potential gains of anger and prevent its potential challenges when managing employees. Professor Deanna Geddes from Temple University will serve as commentator and panelist.

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Making a Difference: The Intersection of Work and Community

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

5-7 p.m. | Orchard Suite, University Union

Warren Smith, president of Sacramento Republic FC, sees the need for all of us to be involved in other efforts outside of work. He says, “Each and every one of us can make the world better by making our community a better place to live, work, and play.” 

Friday, Nov. 17

College 2 Career (C2C) Academy

Hosted by the Career Center

10:30-11:30 a.m. | The WELL, Terrace Suite

The Career Center’s career-ready certificate program concludes with inspiring remarks by Intel’s Jeff Dunn.

Golden Grads Reunion

Hosted by the Sacramento State Alumni Association

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Harper Alumni Center

It is that time of year when we celebrate and honor our Golden Graduates, those who graduated 50 years ago or more. This year, we will be inducting the Class of 1967 to this prestigious group of alumni. Come celebrate your Sac State experience with friends old and new. Plus, hear what’s developing on campus today. RSVP today.

How Self-Publishing has Changed Books and What You're Reading

Hosted by the Renaissance Society

3-4 p.m. | Del Norte Hall 1004

Publishing luminary Mark Coker will address publishing trends, including Amazon's campaign to control what, where, and how we read. Mark, CEO of Smashwords, a leading ebook company, is one of the most candid and accessible visionaries of the current publishing landscape. In 2010, The Wall Street Journal named him one of the Eight Stars of Self-Publishing. In 2013 and 2014, Forbes named his company as one of America's Top 100 Most Promising Companies. 

Mark is a long-time advisor to technology and media startups. In 1999 he launched, later owned and operated by the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Mark also founded Dovetail Public Relations, an award-winning Silicon Valley PR firm that specialized in technology startups. Mark is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a contributing columnist for the Huffington Post.

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Viewing Event: TEDxCSUS

1-6 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

This is the live-feed of TEDxCSUS 2017, the first-ever independently organized TED event at Sac State, that will bring together local and international speakers to discuss how they’ve tossed their own personal boomerang into the world, and the effect it has had on their local communities.

This viewing is free of charge; however, there are a limited number of tickets available.