Course Description

This lecture series recognizes the entrepreneurial vision of A. Richard Newton, Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007, by inviting distinguished innovators to share lessons from their own successes and failures. The course features a selection of highly accomplished industry speakers, including Cal alumni, who share their unique insights on industry developments, leadership, and innovation accumulated through experience in their careers. The lecture series serves as a discovery course for topics at the intersection of technology innovation and entrepreneurship and is a requirement for two of the tracks to complete the SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology.

This class is a great introductory class for students interested in learning more about technology entrepreneurship and innovation. SCET classes welcome students from all majors and levels.

Beginning in Spring 2021, the A. Richard Newton Lecture series became an official Berkeley Changemaker® course. Berkeley Changemaker® is a way to help engineers, humanists, and scientists on campus understand their passion and have the ability to create change and have agency in the world. The A. Richard Newton Series course helps students understand how to pursue their interests and execute them by learning from distinguished innovators.

Note: Starting Fall 2022, all SCET classes will be offered under Engineering course numbers. Prior to Fall 2022, this course was listed under INDENG 95/195/295.

Attendance at the first 3 classes is mandatory in order to be enrolled off the waitlist.


A Richard Newton Series - Vivienne Ming : Finding and Prioritizing Problems to Solve

Spring 2024 Speaker Lineup

Victoria Howell

Instructor and Director, Professional Programs, Sutardja Center.

Topic: Course Orientation - What to Expect and What is Expected

January 23, 2024

Doug Brien

Cal Grad, Co-Founder and CEO, Mynd

January 30, 2024

Gary Beasley

Co-Founder and CEO, Roofstock

January 30, 2024

Lars Moravy

VP, Vehicle Engineering, Tesla

Topic: Building High Functioning Cars and High Functioning Teams - Leading and Being Led

February 6, 2024



February 13, 2024

George Kailas

Founder and CEO,

Topic: Dynamic Team Building for FinTech

February 20, 2024

Lisa Choi Owen

Cal Grad, CRO, and Director

TED Topic: Leading at TED

February 27, 2024



March 5, 2024

Ed Abbo

President and CTO,

Topic: Dealing with Change as You Develop High Functioning Teams

March 12, 2024

Lila Tretikov

Cal Grad, Technical Executive, CEO, Entrepreneur, currently deputy CTO at Microsoft and Former CEO of Wikipedia Foundation

March 19, 2024

A ÒpinkÓ supermoon sets behind UC BerkeleyÕs Campanile in Berkeley, Calif. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Despite its nickname, the seasonal moon isnÕt actually a different color Ñ it gets its name from the pink early springtime blooms of the Phlox subulate plant, also called Òmoss pinkÓ. (Photo by Adam Lau/Berkeley Engineering)


March 26, 2024

Jerry Luk

Cal Alum, Co-Founder and President at Firework

Creator of LinkedIn Mobile

April 2, 2024

Courtney Chow

Cal grad and VP, Battery Ventures

April 16, 2024



April 23, 2024


Victoria Howell

Victoria Howell

Victoria Howell
is Director, Professional Programs and instructor at the UC Berkeley
Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET). She leads the A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series, one of the Center’s flagship programs. Her background is in financial services, strategy and marketing, and she now dedicates herself to delivering opportunities/events connecting exceptional individuals to diverse audiences. Her work encourages learning and empowerment for budding entrepreneurs, career-minded professionals and seasoned executives.