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Industry 4.0

The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age

To celebrate 50 years of educating students in the field of business, we will be hosting a full day event to reflect upon the accomplishments of our our past and take a look at the incredible opportunity we have in our future. The full-day event, held on April 2, 2018 at the Novo Room in Downtown Los Angeles, will include a range of speaking engagements including a welcome from our Dean, Deryck van Rensburg, two keynote speeches, two moderated sessions around topics of conversations that are highlighted in our society today, and a thought leadership panel.

Directly following the panel, we will be holding a VIP reception where attendees can take the opportunity to continue the conversations started by our speakers. Throughout the day we will be utilizing Spigit, a crowdsourcing platform, to engage colleagues from all parts of the world.

More speakers to be announced. Stay tuned for tickets and sponsorship information.


Steve Wozniak Co-founder of Apple Computer Inc

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive.

The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.” After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.

Salim Ismail Chair of ExO Works

Salim Ismail

Chair of ExO Works, Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations, Former Executive Director of Singularity University, and Former Vice President of Yahoo!

Salim Ismail is the Founder and Chair of ExO Works, a team of innovation experts who create customized solutions for corporations and organizations seeking to remain relevant in today’s rapidly changing business environment. Salim co-founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization's mindset forward by two years. He is also the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after technology strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University. He consults with governments and the world’s top Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth, and his work has been featured in premier media outlets like the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Ismail travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10 times faster than their peers. His book quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon’s “Best-Sellers in Business Management” and was named Frost & Sullivan’s "Growth, Innovation and Leadership Book of the Year." 

Bob Johansen

Bob Johansen

Distinguished Fellow and Past President at the Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Bob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He was IFTF’s president from 1996 to 2004 and served on its board until 2010; before that he created and led the Technology Horizons Program. Today, he invests his time with IFTF sponsors and particularly enjoys leading small workshops with creative teams and rising-star leaders, where he uses foresight from IFTF’s ten-year forecast to kindle insight and action.

The author or co-author of ten books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker. His best-selling book Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007. 

Denise Roberson portrait

Denise Roberson

Moderator and President of Jadi Communications

Denise Roberson is president, CEO and co-founder of Jadi Communications (Jadi), a global leader in advertising, marketing and strategic services. Jadi has represented a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 and world-class brands such as National Geographic, Mazda, Costco, Sony Pictures, NASA / Skull Base Institute, Procter & Gamble, Experian, and MemorialCare Health System. Setting a leadership tone that is strong and clear, Denise ensures her team is focused on quality, integrity, and the highest level of professionalism. She has an extremely visible management style and creates an innovative work environment that supports a commitment to excellence in everything Jadi does.

Denise was educated at the University of Southern California and Chapman University, where she studied both business administration and communications, with an emphasis on public relations and advertising. She continued to fulfill her lifelong passion for learning by attending the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, MDE program.


Downtown Los Angeles Novo Room

April 2, 2019

Novo Room
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Suite A335
Los Angeles, CA 90015