Past Events


LMU Innovation Symposium: Transforming Business in the Digital Age
March 24, 2022

Digital transformation across sectors and organizations is ubiquitous and transforming the lives of people and society. The LMU Innovation Symposium brings together industry and academic experts from multiple disciplines to discuss how innovations in technology, data, ethical decision making and strategies have an impact on people, planet and profit.

  • Panel 1: Collaboration between Academia and Industry to Train Future Leaders View replay
  • Panel 2: Organizational Values and Ethics in Technology an Analytics View replay
  • Fireside Chat with "Bad Blood" Author John Carreyrou View replay


An Overview of NFTs, Web 3 and Metaverse
February 15, 2022

Kareen Bayoun, co-founder and CEO of Brandverse, joined The Block @ LMU student leaders Dave Tang and Will Portillo for a discussion on NFTs, Web 3 and the Metaverse.

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POWER Summit: Women in Technology Panel - "Digital Transformation"
January 28, 2022

This year's annual POWER (Positive Opportunities for Women's Empowerment and Recognition) Summit featured a panel discussion with top women in the tech industry, including: 

  • Jeannette Duval, Assistant Director, Capgemini
  • Ana Mangal, ISBA Professor, LMU
  • Chantal Sathi, Founding CEO, Cornerstone AI
  • Lauren Stanford, Founder/CEO, Cierto
  • Jennifer Wong, Product Management Director, Workday

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Data Science Class Speakers
December 8, 2021

ISBA Professor Youyou Tao welcomed two guest speakers to her class:
  • Career Paths in Data with Jeremy Greene, Head of Data Science at Retina AI
  • Python for Data Science Application with Fangjin Huang, Senior Algorithm Engineer at Luckin Coffee

Cybersecurity at PwC
December 1, 2021

ISBA Professor Greg Lontok welcomed AIMS graduate Stefan Cook '18 who spoke about his cybersecurity experience at PwC and discussed his current role as a cloud infrastructure engineer for SADA where he specializes in Google Cloud Platform solutions. 


Data Visualizations in Marketing and the Analysis of an Open Dataset
November 4, 2021

ISBA Professor Ace Vo welcomed Vishal Vatnani, senior marketing analyst at Instacart, where he analyzes data around email and paid marketing channels for B2C side of the business. Students watched a few presentations at the start of the talk where Vishal introduced how data analysis is conducted in the domain of marketing analytics, then moved on to analyze a dataset together with the students on a shared Jupyter Notebook. 

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Using Spatial Analytics for Smart and Resilient Cities
November 1, 2021 

ISBA Professor Ace Vo welcomed Claudia Caceres, Ph.D., GIS scientist for the City of Corona. Claudia's experience includes projects and research using spatio-temporal analysis, spatial statistics, data science, spatial analysis and modeling, mapping and visualizations, remote sensing, data analytics, machine learning, app development, etc. 

Data Analytics and Visualization: Case Study and Demo

October 13, 2021

Noel Avison visited ISBA Professor Ana Mangal's class. As a senior business intelligence engineer with the Denver Regional Transportation District, Noel applies his knowledge and experience in data analytics to help management make strategic decisions and solve business problems.


Data: The Changing Business Landscape and Competition
September 8, 2021

A panel of experts discussed data’s impact on businesses through digital transformation, changing competition and data for good. 

  • Lakshmi Sharma, Director of Product Management for Networking, Google Cloud
  • Kathi Chandler-Payatt, Vice President of Content Analytics and Strategy, MGM Studios
  • Subash D’Souza, Director, Cloud Data Engineering at California State University Chancellor’s Office; Founder & Organizer of DataCon LA & Data4Good
  • Alvaro Paes de Barros, Head YouTube Spaces, Americas

Moderated by Vandana (Ana) Mangal, Incoming Faculty Co-Director of MSBA Program & Clinical Associate Professor of ISBA at LMU.

Organized by ISBA @ LMU. In collaboration with AIMS/ISBA Society, LMU Silicon Beach Think Tank and LMU Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability.

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Use of Data in the Hollywood District to Create a Great Experience for Guests and the Surrounding Businesses
April 20, 2021
Ruben Lechuga, VP, Urban Place Management at The Hollywood Partnership, and Davon Barbour, VP, Advocacy and Economic Development at The Hollywood Partnership

Mr. Lechuga and Mr. Barbour talk about how the Hollywood District is using data to make informed decisions from economic development, cleanliness, to homeless outreach. The Hollywood District is home to the largest economic corridors that span the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Using data, the Hollywood District is helping businesses and tourists experience the best Hollywood has to offer.


Overview of Agile + Live Simulation of a Sprint
April 14, 2021
David Church, SVP, Senior Delivery Lead at Bank of America

In this talk, David reviews the basics of Agile, including common terms, roles, routines and tools, and conducts a brief, simulated sprint. The pros and cons of Agile are explored, as well as the adaptations of Agile to align to large organizations (e.g. SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework for enterprises).

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Future of Technology: Blockchain
March 29, 2021
Heidi Pease, CEO & Co-founder at LA Blockchain Lab; Lene Martin, Founder & Director, Blockchain at Pepperdine University; Nina Nichols, Founder of Global Women in Blockchain; and Joshua Garcia, Partner at Ketsal. Moderated by Vandana (Ana) Mangal, Clinical Associate Professor at LMU

Panelists discuss blockchain technology, trends and applications in various fields. Topics include NFTs and cryptocurrencies.

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Moneyball: How a Data -Driven Culture Yields In$ight$
January 26, 2021
Tim Park, Director Data Management at Sony Pictures Entertainment

Tim discusses the essential data pillars to cultivate a data-driven culture, where insights can be gleaned to make strategic business decisions and improve the bottom line. Topics include: Data Storytelling, Data Visualization, Data Governance, Data Democratization, Data Socialization, Digital Transformation, Cyber Security, Data Ethics, AI/Machine Learning applications and many industry examples are presented.

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Journey in Analytics
November 30, 2020
Kumar Janu, Analytics Manager at the Advisor Group 

Mr. Kumar Janu recounts his experience after graduation in obtaining internship, analyst, senior analyst and manager positions. He offers insights and advice for our MSBA students so that they can be successful in their own analytics journey.


Power of Storytelling
November 16, 2020
Alex Velez, Data Storyteller, Storytelling with Data

Having data is a good start. In her talk, Alex Velez augments the use of data and creates visualization to tell a story to capture the audience and move them to actions. Alex shares tips on effective communications, and leads a small workshop to help our students learn more about how to become an effective data storyteller.


His Journey to Becoming an Executive at Amazon Web Services
October 21, 2020
Scott Barrows, WW Commercial Go To Market Segment

As a seasoned technology executive, Scott Barrows shares stories from the start of his career and offers advice to students who want to pursue a career in tech. He also provides insights as a top executive at Amazon to help students understand the importance of culture in relation to hiring.