A. Richard Newton Lecture Series: 2021 Spring

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.


Dr. Jennifer Chayes

UC Berkeley Associate Provost of the Division of Computing, Data, Science, and Society & Dean of the School of Information

February 2, 2020


Adam Cheyer

Co-founder of Siri, Change.org, Viv Labs, and Sentient

February 9, 2021


Patrick O. Brown

CEO and Founder, Impossible Foods

February 16, 2021


Ricardo San Martin

Inventor, Professor and Director, UC Berkeley Alt Meat Lab

February 16, 2021


Marla Beck

Founder, Blue Mercury

February 23, 2021

Rich Lyons

Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer & Former Dean, Haas School, UC Berkeley

February 23, 2021

Janine Sickmeyer

Founder, NextChapter & Modern Attorney and Author, Let's Start Up

March 2, 2021

Gavin Wood

Founder, Ethereum & Creator, PolkaDot

March 9, 2021

Jessica Mah

Cofounder & CEO, inDinero

March 16, 2021


No Class

Spring Break

March 23, 2021

Arvind Raghunathan

Founder, Roc360 & Haus Lending

March 30, 2021

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chairwoman and CEO, Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation

April 6, 2021

Kelly Palmer

Author, The Expertise Economic & Former Chief Learning Officer, LinkedIn

April 13, 2021

Prakash Janakiraman

Cofounder & Chief Architect, NextDoor

April 20, 2021

Helen Kupp

Head of Product Strategy, Slack

April 27, 2021

Maddie Cimino

Product Manager, Slack

April 27, 2021


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

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