A. Richard Newton Lecture Series: 2021 Fall

A Berkeley Changemaker™ Course

A. Richard Newton Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series

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. Hosted by the Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, the lectures will take place virtually over Zoom. Syllabus and course information available on bcourses. CLICK HERE to see the past speakers from previous semesters.

Starting in Spring 2021, the A. Richard Newton Lecture Series will become 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.



Victoria Howell, Instructor

1st Orientatation

August 24, 2021

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Kick-off Keynote featuring mother/daughter changemakers “living legend” Dr. Sylvia Earle, internationally renowned oceanographer and TIME Magazine’s First Hero of the Planet

August 31, 2021


Dr. Liz Taylor

President, DOER Marine

August 31, 2021

Rich Lyons

UC Berkeley Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer

August 31, 2021


Victoria Howell, Instructor

2nd Orientation

September 7, 2021

Nanxi Liu

Co-founder & CEO, Enplug

September 14, 2021

Jessica Mah

Co-founder & CEO, inDinero

September 14, 2021


No class


September 21, 2021

William Bao Bean

General Partner, SOSV and Managing Director, Chinaccelerator and MOX

September 28, 2021


Sai Venkataraman

Co-founder & CEO, Security Advisor

October 5, 2021

Andy Horwitz

VP, Business Development Netskope and former VP, Crowdstrike

October 5, 2021

Dr. Christine Ho

Co-founder & CEO, Imprint Energy

October 12, 2021

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman & CEO, Mozilla Foundation & Mozilla Corporation

October 19, 2021

Tsu-Jae King Liu

Dean of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering

October 19, 2021

Kevin Chou

Founder, Rally and co-founder, Kabam
Executive Chairman, Gen.G esports


October 26, 2021

Edris Bemanian

CEO, Engage3

November 2, 2021

Sabya Das

Partner, Moneta Ventures

November 2, 2021

Lynn Mayo

Co-Founder, RePicture

November 09, 2021

Aelisa Carr

Co-Founder, RePicture

November 09, 2021

Evan Variano

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

November 09, 2021

Lars Moravy

VP, Vehicle Engineering, Tesla

November 16, 2021


No Class

Thanksgiving Break

November 23, 2021

Aaron Levie

Co-founder & CEO, Box

November 30, 2021


INDENG 95 | 195 | 295
Academic Units: 1
Pass/No Pass

For additional questions, please email vhowell@berkeley.edu.