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Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week

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Set on both the Berkeley campus and in Silicon Valley, this is a one-week intensive program designed to guide leaders to advance innovation in their firms in multiple dimensions including strategy, technology, culture, mindset, process and team organization.

The Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week brings together Silicon Valley and UC Berkeley experts to prepare executives and managers to better lead their teams and companies in innovation.

  • What is on the horizon for your business?
  • How will you lead your people, evolve your products, and adapt with newly emerging and disruptive technologies?

These are the challenges we will help you address during your time at the Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week. By applying the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership, you will learn how leading firms and innovators at Berkeley and Silicon Valley cultivate the mindset, behaviors, and frameworks that are proven to make teams more effective innovators.

Explore emerging technologies, and learn what thought leaders see as the key technology advances and disruptions that will shape the future of your business.

Let us help you take your firm forward with its innovation efforts to transform your business to your business’ future.


  • Bring your own company challenges and/or project ideas.
  • Learn about emerging technology and business models.
  • Receive feedback from executives, entrepreneurs and faculty.
  • Align innovation with your firm’s strategy.
  • Network and connect with general and technical leaders from top firms around the world.



  • The 3 Layers of Effective Innovation
  • Berkeley Method of Innovation
  • Leadership Framework
  • Project Master Class


Concepts & Tactics Disruption & Strategies Effective Innovation: Google process, Netflix case


  • Big Data Reshapes Businesses
  • Steve Blank - Innovation @ 50X in Legacy Organizations
  • Shomit Ghose - A Silicon Valley Venture Capital Perspective


  • Artificial Intelligence & The Future with Ken Goldberg, Pieter Abbeel
  • Robotics of Tomorrow with Anca Dragan
  • AR/VR with Allen Yang Blockchain & Technology Drivers


  • Protecting Brand, Leading People & Team Composition
  • Example from Fortune 500 Company: Wayne Delker, Former-CIO, Clorox
  • Silicon Valley Executive Perspective: Nir Merry, VP, Applied Materials


Johnson & Johnson’s JLabs: On Site Visit, So. San Francisco Autodesk - The Future of Making Things: On Site Visit, San Francisco Tesla - Electric/Autonomous Vehicles On Site Visit, TBC


  • Review & Advising of Projects with
  • Ikhlaq Sidhu & Gigi Wang
  • Reflections for Leading Innovation
  • within Your Organization
  • Certificate Ceremony & Dinner
  • UC Berkeley Faculty Club


Education Positions Held At Haas since 2002 2005 – present, Lecturer, Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program 2002 – present, Lecturer Program in Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business 2004 – 2009, IMVU Board of Directors 2004 – 2009, Cafepress Board of Directors 2002 – 2007, Macrovision ...
Ikhlaq Sidhu is the Chief Scientist and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He received the IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award from his department at Berkeley. Prof. Sidhu founded the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. He serves as t...
I was born in Braila, Romania and got my B.Sc. in Computer Science from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany, after which I went to Carnegie Mellon for my PhD in Robotics. I recenty started as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley. Highlights of my activities and awards are below. Outreach I foun...
Pieter Abbeel received a BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) and received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2008. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in Fall 2008, with an appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sci...
Gigi Wang is a leader in global entrepreneurship and innovation and heads up MG-Team, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation programs. She is an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Chair Emeritus of the VLAB (formerly...
Longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur with deep experience in software start-ups, both as a venture capitalist / board member, and as an operating executive. Multiple successful IPOs as an operating exec, and multiple successful exits-by-acquisition as both an operating exec and as a board member....
Mr. Nir Merry serves as Vice President of Engineering at Applied Materials, Inc., a global leader in materials engineering solutions for semiconductor, flat panel display and solar PV Industries. He is responsible for System Engineering and Program Management, Robotics Engineering (vacuum and atm...
Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor. He is Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, with secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. Ken is Director of the CIT...
The recent dramatic creation of wealth and prosperity brings unprecedented challenges in the form of global climate change, resource depletion, and inequality. Fortunately, we also have extraordinary new technologies to help us meet these challenges. My interest is in: Personal transportation...
Kenneth "Hap" Klopp is the Founder and former CEO of The North Face, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years. In addition to being a highly regarded businessman and innovator, Mr. Klopp is also the author of Conquering The North Face: An Adventure In Leadership. During his time as CEO,...


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