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Global Tech Forum Today at Sonoma State University

SBE Dean, Faculty, Alumnae to Speak on Trends in Tech and Entrepreneurship
by Press Release
November 13, 2017

Rohnert Park, California – The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) will participate today in the 2017 Global Tech Forum from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Student Center at SSU. The annual event, which was originally scheduled for October 10, is organized by Tech Bay Area Advocates, the San Francisco Bay Area hub of Global Tech Advocates, a coalition of 5,000 technology experts, executives, and investors across 50 countries.

SBE involvement in the 2017 Global Tech Forum includes:
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: "Entrepreneurial Landscape"
Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics and the Wine Business Institute, will moderate a discussion among panelists Adriana Gascoigne, CEO & founder of Girls in Tech; Dr. Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education at SSU; Cornelius McGrath, CEO and founder at; Mark Evans, Founder of BrandGarage; Peter Bordes with oneQube & Performance Marketing Association; Anna Pickren, Director at; and Mark Nelson, Partner at Altus Equity and Chief of Zing, Way of Zing.

5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: "WineTech Shark Tank"
Leslie Sbrocco of KQED's Check Please, Bay Area, will facilitate business funding pitches from three entrepreneurs, including alumnae Felicia Prater, EMBA ’17, founder of The Urban Taste, an educational wine forum for minority consumers. Other entrepreneurs include Alex Mountjoy, founder of Mountjoy Sparkling, and Jacob Moynihan of Funders include Dominic Foppoli of Christopher Creek Winery, Hulya Koc of Keiretsu Forum, and Che Voigt, President at North Bay Angels.

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.: "WineTech"

Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business at SBE will moderate a discussion on the status of apps and tech in the wine industry. Panelists include Mike Osborn of; Lise Asimont, Director of Viticulture and Grower Relations for Francis Ford Coppola Winery; and Adrian Tamblin, CEO of Wine Routes.

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