Sparks

Build entrepreneurial skills in evening workshops that are open to members of the Stanford community.

STVP Sparks are workshops on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Led by Stanford alumni, industry leaders and academic experts, Sparks workshops offer a path to expanding your entrepreneurial mindset and professional network.

For registration questions, including disability-related accommodations and services, please email Lauren Crout.

Upcoming Spring 2018 Sparks

October 1
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Designing Your Personal Thrive Map: How to Pursue A Lifetime of Entrepreneurship

with Victoria Woo

Founder and Chief Thriving Officer, Human Catalyst, Stanford Lecturer, Department of Management Science & Engineering

Victoria Woo is the founder of Human Catalyst, Chief Thriving Officer at Kissaah and a lecturer in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford. Woo has broad experience in start-ups, global marketing, business development and executive education. She markets products and services and manages teams for tech companies and financial and academic organizations in over 20 countries. Her research focuses on mechanisms that help an increasingly mobile and entrepreneurial workforce thrive. Woo graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a bachelor’s degree in economics and from the Weatherhead School of Management with a Ph.D.

October 8
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Defining Your Principles: How to Make Difficult Entrepreneurial Decisions

with Jack Fuchs

Lecturer, Management Science and Engineering Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Jack Fuchs is an operating partner at Blackhorn Ventures, adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and lecturer in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford. Fuchs is an investor and also serves on the boards of several companies. He has held several senior roles and marketing, business development and sales positions at private companies. His investments, board memberships and advisory positions are in the areas of information technology, clean technology and medical technology. Fuchs graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences and from Stanford with an MBA.

October 22
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Leading Organizational Change: How to Reduce Friction

with Robert Sutton

Stanford Professor, Department of Management Science & Engineering

Bob Sutton is a professor of organizational psychology in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford. Sutton has been teaching classes on the psychology of business and management at Stanford since 1983. He is co-founder and former director of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization and co-founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d. school). Sutton studies innovation, leadership, the links between managerial knowledge and organization action, scaling excellence and workplace dynamics. He is a published author with New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Sutton graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology and from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.

October 30
6:30 - 8:00pm

Unlocking Innovation: Lessons from San Quentin State Prison

with Tina Seelig

Professor of the Practice, Stanford School of Engineering

Tina Seelig is a professor of the practice within the Department of Management Science & Engineering (MS&E), faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and author. At Stanford, Seelig has taught courses on on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). In the past, she has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser. She graduated from Stanford with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Acknowledgements

STVP generously thanks Accel Partners for supporting the Sparks program, offering entrepreneurial skills and training to students and other members of the Stanford community.
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