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Mike Morhaime
President, CEO, and Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

November 15, 2017

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Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, Vol. 5: Mike Morhaime ’90, cofounder, president and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, returned to his alma mater, speaking about his journey from a UCLA electrical engineering major, to starting a video game company, to running a global entertainment software company.

Mike Morhaime on taking full advantage of being an engineering student at UCLA, how to approach a challenging project, and why working in the entertainment software industry has been so fulfilling.
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Ben Horowitz
Co-Founder
Andressen Horowitz

April 13, 2017

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Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, Vol. 4: Ben Horowitz MS ’90, co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, in conversation with Krisztina “Z” Holly, the host of “The Art of Manufacturing” podcast and the founder of L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s MAKE IT IN LA initiative

Ben Horowitz on business leadership
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Dr. Wanda Austin
Retired President & CEO
Aerospace Corporation

March 15, 2017

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Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, Vol. 3: Retired President and CEO of the Aerospace Corporation Dr. Wanda Austin, in conversation with Tim Frei, Sector Vice President of Global Strategy and Mission Solutions at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Wanda Austin on the future and importance of STEM education and training.
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Ronald Sugar
Retired Chairman & CEO
Northrop Grumman Corporation

January 18, 2017

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Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, Vol. 2: Retired Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corporation Ronald Sugar ’68, MS ’69, PhD ’71, in conversation with Joanne Maguire MS ’78, retired executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Ron Sugar on success outside comfort zones, working on what really matters.
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Nick Desai
Co-Founder and CEO
Heal

November 18, 2016

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Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series, Vol. 1: Heal CEO and UCLA Engineering Alum Nick Desai in Conversation with Dwight Streit, Chair, UCLA Materials Science and Engineering Department.

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Nick Desai graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1992. But instead of becoming an engineer, he used his science education to enter the business world. Read the full story here.

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