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Gaucho Grown Showcase

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Join us for an engaging morning of professional development through the Gaucho Professional Network. The showcase will feature breakout sessions highlighting different industry groups and campus experts and will conclude with an engaging fireside chat with Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer from the Honest Company, Christopher Gavigan '97.


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9:00AM - 10:30AM Bren School Master Class: Insider insights into The Strategic Environmental Research Initiative (SERI)
Since opening its doors in 1996, the Bren School has demonstrated unusual strength and effectiveness in taking interdisciplinary approaches to solving environmental problems. The Strategic Environmental Research Initiative (SERI), launched in 2013 as part of the Bren School Strategic Plan, is intended to leverage and scale that strength across disciplines by creating new collaborations aimed at developing timely solutions to some of the grand environmental problems of our time. 


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9:00AM - 10:00AM The New Ventures Competition, Then & Now
Take a look back at some of the successes from the NVC and receive a sneak peek into this year’s projects ahead of the New Ventures Competition which is just one week away. The New Venture Fair (NVF) is a part of the UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition (NVC), in which student teams compete to develop innovative start-up business plans. The NVF is a dynamic and exciting evening where the community gets its first look at UC Santa Barbara's exceptional student entrepreneurs. The Fair will highlight the business ideas of 20 student teams in a tradeshow-like event, complete with product demonstrations and poster boards presentations.


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9:30AM - 10:30AM Navigating First Gen. Success
In partnership with the Educational Opportunity Program this moderated panel discussion with provide successful EOP alumni with the opportunity to share their experiences of life after UCSB and how they transitioned from the safety net of programs like EOP and translated that experience to success in the workplace. A question and answer session will follow. 


10:00AM - 11:30AM Women in Tech Panel Discussion
Meet professionals involved in exciting new collaborations in Santa Barbara to support women working in all areas of technology. Representatives from the SB Women in Tech Meetup Group and the UCSB Women in Tech initiative will share information about programs that bring together women on campus and in the community for networking, professional development, and social activities.


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10:30AM - 11:30AM TMP Talk
Kyle Lewis, Chair and Professor, Technology Management Program
How organizations leverage individual and collective knowledge. She examines the performance of teams, especially those teams engaged in knowledge work such as professional services, new product development, and project-based tasks


11:00AM - 1:00PM - EOP Reception & Mixer


11:45AM - 1:00PM - Fireside Chat: Christopher Gavigan '97, Co-Founder & Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company. 

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Join us for a fireside chat with Christopher Gavigan, as he shares his journey from UCSB to the co-founding of The Honest Company in 2012.

Christopher Gavigan graduated from UCSB in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Science, and also holds an M.A. in Behavioral Psychology from UCLA. While at UCSB, he won multiple national championships as a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. 

He is a social entrepreneur, the past CEO of the non-profit Health Child Healthy World and the author of "Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner Greener Safer Home." Christopher also sits on a number of advisory boards and councils across the country . He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 4 children. 

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Earlier Event: April 28
Gaucho Festival
Later Event: April 28
Arabic Languages Reunion