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2022 Speakers

Scott Ackerson

CEO, Quidient

Aaron Anderson

CEO, Vusar

Casey Anglada DeRaad

CEO & Founder, New Space New Mexico

Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of University of California, Irvine Beall Applied Innovation

Dustin Armer

Co-Founder & CEO, Renata Medical

Rema Awad

Partner, K&L Gates

Rashi Bahri

CEO & Founder, Shoonya Digital

Dave Beck

Vice President, Octane Capital & Growth

Tim Bradlee

Games team Sr. Sales Leader, Americas, AWS

Chris Brennan

Performance Specialist, Insperity

Jim Bunch

Founder, Impact CEOs

Danny Cavic

Co-Founder, Restoic Inc

Bill Carpou

CEO, Octane

Tony Chang

Director Of Strategic Partnerships, ChargePoint

Dr. Daniel Chow, MD, MBA

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Radiological Sciences Co-Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine (CAIDM) Co-Director, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (A3), Institute for Precisi

Michael Colglazier

CEO, Virgin Galactic

Mike Daniel

Regional Director, Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Network

Zack DeFord

CEO, Smerf

Linda DiMario

Director, Community Engagement, Octane Foundation for Innovation

Barry Draskovich

Vice President, Program and Contract Management, Parker Aerospace

Buck B. Endemann

Partner, K&L Gates

Meredith Fish

Vice President, Human Resources, Alteryx

Paul Francis

CEO & Co-Founder, KIGT

David Friedman

Managing Director, C-Level Partners, Vice Chairman, TechCoastAngels

Braddock Gaskill

CEO, Ascender AI

Suvojit Ghosh

Founder, FYELABS

Chris Giovanniello

Co-Founder, SVP, WW Marketing, Menlo Micro

Dustin Goss

Co-Founder & CEO BuckOne

Bill Hall

COO/CIO, Kore1 Talent Acquisition

Gina Hartigan

Chief People Officer, Mavenlink/Kimble Organization

Steve Hanle

Partner, Stradling

Natalie Harney

Certified Business Performance Advisor, Insperity

Greg Hauser

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Ingram Micro

Mac Hewett

Senior Managing Director, Industrial Brokerage, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL

Chris Huff

Chief Growth Officer, Kofax

Sarah Huoh

Senior Vice President, Global Communications, Edwards Lifesciences

Ajay Jotwani

Co-Founder & CEO, I2 Chain

Stephen Justice

SVP, Engineering, Virgin Galactic

Victor Kao

Consulting Partner and Technology Senior Analyst, RSM US LLP

Scott Kitcher

President & CEO, Sustain SoCal

Kip Knight

Chair of the Octane Marketing Leaders Peer Group

Kevin Knocke

Chief Strategy Officer, ReKT Global

Adam Korman

Partner, Uptech

Evangelos Kornaros

Founder & CEO, IOSEA

Matt Kozlov

Managing Director, LA, Techstars LA

Dan Lichtenberg

Founder and CEO, Keiki Capital

John Lane

CEO & President, iMicro

Xandra Laskowski
Founder, OSEA Angels
Steven Litchfield

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Corporate Strategy Officer, MaxLinear

Dan Mathers

Chairman & Co-founder – eleven-X | Investment Director, IAF

Wayne McDonnell

Principal, Consulting Solutions, PwC

Andris Merculovs

CEO, Monetizr

Eric Morgan

Vice President, Community Affairs, Five Point Holdings, LLC

Nousha Navaie

Founder & CEO,  MixoModa

Uri Neeman

Founder & CEO, RealizeMD

Matthew New

Partner, Uptech

Tennyson Oyler

Senior Vice President, Brand Management & Corporate Affairs, Pacific Life & President, Pacific Life Foundation

Rebecca Pacillas

Chief People Officer, American Advisors Group Human Resources

Delilah Panio

Vice President, US Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange

Dimitri Papamoschou

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Sameer Rao

CFO, Enevate

Rolan Reichel

Co-Founder & CEO, Arrow AI

Andy Richardson

Director, Baker Tilly

Neal Rickner

Managing Partner, Elevation Climate Fund

Brad Rice

Founder & CEO, Homepie

Reza Rofougaran

CTO & Founder, Movandi

Alex Rubalcava

Founder and Managing Partner, Stage Venture Partners

J.C. Ruffalo

Venture Partner, Cove Fund

Ali Sadri

Chief Technology Officer, Airgain

Scott Sandland

CEO, Cyrano.ai

Julien Seret

Vice President, Network Supply Chain, Attabotics

Max Safai

Founder & CEO, M8 Systems

Earl Slee

Chair of the Octane CEO Peer Group

Tim Smith

Founder, The Smith Group Coldwell Banker Realty

Todd Stallard

Local Business GM, Sigma Connectivity

Michelle Stein

Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Ducommum

Colin Strause

CEO, Aberythmic

Rod “RJ” Swartwood

Founder, HR Prime

Zeeshan Subzwari

Managing Director, Healthsocal.ai

Dave Talenfeld

CEO, Botanisol Analytics

Eric Truitt

Chief Solutions Officer, Terran Orbital

Manny Tuili


Stephen Tyszka

Founder & CEO, Trubify

Mauricio Uribe

Partner, Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear LLP

Mitch Wexler

Partner, Fragomen

Clay Wilemon

Chief Executive Officer, 4L Data Intelligence

Leslie Williams

Partner, Intelink Law

Ian Willliamson, PhD

Dean, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine

Jeff Wolfe

Founder and CEO, VELOCE Energy

Mark Wong

EVP, Marketing, Mobix Labs

Hui Yan

Inventor and founder , BodyEnergy Technology Co., Ltd

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February 2023

Octane Webinar: Employment Law Update 2023

February 8 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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It is time for Octane's annual Employment Law Update.  The laws on COVID in the workplace have been loosened, but the Legislature and local governments continue to enact new laws that impact most employers in other areas. One major development is a new California law requiring most employers to publish pay scales for every job posting and to file annual reports of pay data broken down by sex and ethnicity.  This law goes hand in hand with other amendments that…

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April 2023

Women Leaders of Octane- April 2023 Quarterly Meeting

April 19 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, April 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST, featuring Thought Leader: Anne Mulcahy  In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports. Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards Committee – Joyce Averna, JP Morgan Private Bank Resources & Communications – Nanneke Dinklo Plus, after the WLO Quarterly meeting,…

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May 2023

Tech Innovation Forum 2023

May 10 @ 8:00 AM - May 11 @ 4:35 PM
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

Tech Innovation Forum 2023 will focus on the acceleration of innovation in technology. The Forum will concentrate on topics such as the next industrial revolution- the role that Southern California is playing in both climate tech and space, and feature topics related to the investment landscape for emerging and growth companies. Learn more. Register here.

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June 2023

Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023

June 8 @ 3:30 PM - June 9 @ 1:00 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States

Join industry physicians and top ophthalmologists who are defining the future of the field at Octane’s Ophthalmology Technology Forum (OTF). The event is held annually in Orange County, the center for Ophthalmology in the US. We will be hosting Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023 as a hybrid experience, which will allow our guests to attend in person or online. Learn more Register here

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September 2023

Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023

September 15 @ 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Octane’s Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023 will synergize innovative solutions in cardiology with physicians, industry strategics, and investors convening together to advance patient care. The Summit will explore the unmet needs in cardiology, highlight current buying trends of strategics and investors, review current funding models of cardiology innovation, present innovation trends, and showcase top emerging cardiology companies to our ecosystem of strategics and investors.

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High Tech Awards 2023

September 21
AV Irvine, 16500 Scientific
Irvine, 92618 United States

The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2023 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation.

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October 2023

Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum 2023

October 25 - October 27
Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Octane will host our Medical Innovation Forum 2023 as an in-person experience.  Join us in collaborating with industry experts, strategics, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors who have made significant strides toward an accelerated future in the medical industry.  The Forum will highlight the wide-ranging impact of the most recent medical innovations and how the industry will adapt to enhance patient care.

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