Panelists, Breakout Sessions Leaders, and Guest Speakers
The 2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference feature a number of inspiring top entrepreneurship educators and researchers serving as panelists, breakout session leaders, and guest speakers. The speakers for the upcoming conference include:
Ronald K. Mitchell
Mitchell is Professor of Entrepreneurship, and holds the Jean Austin Bagley Regents Chair in Management in the Jerry S. Rawls School of Business at Texas Tech University. In addition, he is the Francis G. Winspear Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Business and Public Policy at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and also is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University. Dr. Mitchell also has served as a jointly-appointed Professor of Public Policy and Strategy at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Beijing, China (1999 – 2002). His current academic mission centers on the problems and possibilities in opportunity emergence, and it focuses on better understanding the core systems and institutions of society that enable greater human capacity and liberty.
At Texas Tech University he was named in the inaugural group of Integrated Scholars in 2009. Integrated Scholars at Texas Tech are recognized for (1) outstanding achievement in teaching, research and service, (2) generating synergy among these three functions, and (3) consistently promoting active learning and the infusion of the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. Integrated Scholars publish results of their research and teaching innovations in top peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Integrated Scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals.
His dissertation won the 1995 Heizer Award for path-breaking research in entrepreneurship; and it led Ron to become one of the founders of the field of entrepreneurial cognition research. He is well cited in management, entrepreneurship, and business ethics journals, publishing nearly 100 peer reviewed articles and five books; and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and research. Ron publishes and serves in editorial review capacities in the top business journals. He researches, consults, and lectures worldwide.
Rebecca J. White
White is the Walter Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the John P Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa. She received an MBA and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University. Her primary research and teaching interests are in opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial mindset and competency based education in entrepreneurship. Under her leadership the entrepreneurship program at the University of Tampa was named the 2016 Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the 2015 Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) and was named the 2014 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship program. In 2015, she was named a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of USASBE. Dr. White was also awarded the Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year 2010 in the Education Category, was a 2006 Athena® Award finalist, a 2005 recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Supporter of Entrepreneurship in 2003. Dr. White has more than 25 years of experience in education, training, coaching and mentoring.
Craig S. Galbraith
Galbraith is currently a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Director of the UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization which oversees UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Center, the UNCW Office of Technology Transfer, and the university’s incubator spaces. Dr. Galbraith received his Ph.D. from Purdue. He also holds a graduate degree in molecular biology and received his MBA from San Diego State University. Prior to joining UNCW he was on the faculty of Purdue University and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Galbraith has published over 100 academic articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has been the cofounder of several start-up enterprises including firms in the biotechnology and marine shipping sectors. Dr. Galbraith is also an active angel investor with the Wilmington Investor Network. His consulting focuses on business valuation and technology commercialization.
Jill R. Kickul
Kickul joined USC Marshall School of Business in August 2016 as a professor in the he Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research Director in the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Before joining USC, she was the Director of the social entrepreneurship program at New York University Stern School of Business. Professor Kickul's primary research areas of interest include innovation and strategic processes within new ventures, micro-financing practices and wealth creation in transitioning economies, and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-author of numerous books, and has published more than 100 publications in entrepreneurship and management journals. She currently is the Executive Vice-President of Entrepreneurship Research Society, Editor of SSRN Social Entrepreneurship Journal (sponsored by Kauffman Foundation) and board member of the European Microfinance Network, Foundation for Social Change, ChangeCorp, Rising Tide Initiative, and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Gender and Organizations.
Professor Kickul has taught entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship internationally for the Helsinki School of Economics, International Bank of Asia, Hong Kong MBA Program, and delivered research seminars at the Stockholm School of Economics, INSEAD, EM Lyon School of Business, Aarhus Center for Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE), Central European University, University of Stavanger, Massey University, and the Jonkoping International Business School. Her work on entrepreneurship education development and curriculum design has been nationally recognized and supported through the National Science Foundation (NSF), Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges Grant and was named by Fortune Small Business as one of the Top 10 Innovative Programs in Entrepreneurship Education.
Jeffrey Stamp was a chaired assistant professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of North Dakota, where he was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award. He has conducted workshops with more than 50 universities and 300 companies worldwide. Today his research is focused on the creative and cognitive processes that entrepreneurs use in idea creation, technology innovation, and opportunity recognition. He is also the founder of Bold Thinking, LLC, a company that provides entrepreneurial programming via the Internet to colleges, universities, business plan competitions and corporations around the world. Stamp has over 25 years of world experience in bringing out the creative best in business professionals and university students. He was the inventor, creator, and section manager of “Baked Lays,” for PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay. In addition to leading seven successful entrepreneurial ventures, he has served as a Chief Trained Brain and V.P. of Technology for Eureka! Ranch!
Musteen received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (KU) and her master’s from CIMBA, Italy. She completed her undergraduate work at the European Division of the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany, where she graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Musteen has won multiple awards for her teaching performance and presented her research at numerous international conferences. In 2008, she was awarded a national teaching award – the Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, in 2009, she won the Faculty Recognition Award in Teaching for the College of Business Administration. In 2010, Dr. Musteen was awarded the Outstanding Teacher recognition by the SDSU Senate and in 2011, the Outstanding Professor recognition at the Executive MBA (EMBA) program.
Dr. Musteen has taught in executive programs in SDSU, Taiwan and CIMBA, Italy. She has conducted workshops and led classes in France, Mexico, Italy and onboard MV Explorer at the Semester at Sea. Her research interests include international and social entrepreneurship, entry mode decisions, corporate reputation and strategies of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs). Dr. Musteen is currently involved in several research projects designed to examine factors influencing the internationalization of entrepreneurial ventures and the offshoring practices of SMEs. Her work has been published in several entrepreneurship and management journals.
Dr. Musteen is an active member of the Academy of Management,Academy of International Business and USASBE. At SDSU, Dr. Musteen serves as the College of Business liaison for the Zahn Innovation Platform Incubator and is the Program Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER). Dr. Musteen also serves as the Senior Editor for Journal of World Business in the area of SMEs, Social Entrepreneurship and New Ventures.
Dante Di Gregorio
Dante Di Gregorio is an Associate Professor at the California State University Monterey Bay College of Business, where he teaches courses in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business. He earned a PhD in strategy from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park. He previously served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico. Dante Di Gregorio’s research spans the broad areas of entrepreneurship, international management, and strategy, and he has published in several academic journals. The topics he has addressed in published and ongoing research projects include international new ventures, international business opportunities, social & sustainable entrepreneurship, and youth entrepreneurial intentions. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of World Business.
Prior to working in academia, Dante served as an independent consultant and jointly founded an international business consulting firm. In this capacity, he provided market research, business intelligence, and consulting services to public and private entities, including government agencies from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, as well as Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Since entering academia, he has remained active with the business community through outreach, consulting projects, and board participation. He has also served as PI on three federal grants related to international business education. Dante has studied and/or worked in Mexico, Germany, and Austria, and has been involved in coordinating academic programs in or involving Mexico, Italy, Iraq, Ecuador and China.
Jeffrey Hornsby is a Professor and Department Chair in the Global Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Hornsby is also the Executive Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has authored or co-authored 148 refereed journal and proceedings articles appearing in the top journals in entrepreneurship and management. His research has earned five conference “best paper awards”. In addition, he has also coauthored five books. Dr. Hornsby is currently on the board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and recently served as Senior Vice President of Programming (Anaheim USASBE Conference), Co-program-chair, and a member of the Executive Board of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hornsby has also consulted with entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of business planning, leadership, human resources, high performance work systems, corporate entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
Gary Knight is a Professor of Global Management and Helen Simpson Jackson Chair of International Management at Willamette University. Knight has extensive experience in international business in the private sector, especially regarding Europe, Japan, and Mexico. For 15 years, he was professor of international business at Florida State University where he developed the university’s business study abroad programs in Europe and Japan. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at McGill University, Canada. His research emphasizes international strategy, emerging markets, and internationalization of small and medium enterprises. Knight has authored six books and 40 refereed articles in academic journals. He has been an invited speaker at numerous universities worldwide. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business has also invited Knight to provide expert testimony on international management topics. In addition to graduate degrees, Professor Knight attended the University of Paris in France and Sophia University in Japan and is fluent in French, Japanese, and Spanish.