Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - Past Years

Some of our past Speaker Series events!

FALL 2019

Wed Oct 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, E40-160

Jacklyn Dallas, 17-year-old YouTube Sensation – “Building a Personal Brand Online”


Jacklyn Dallas is a 17 year old technology YouTuber who approaches every video with the goal of helping people make educated buying decisions, while also entertaining them. Her channel, “NothingButTech,” currently has almost 120,000 subscribers and over 6.1 million views!

In a conversation with Trust Center Managing Director Bill Aulet, Jacklyn will talk about:

  • creating a personal brand for yourself
  • how to use social media to promote your work or business
  • the best ways to rise above the noise online and get people to hear your message

Jacklyn works with incredibly innovative brands like Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and more traveling the world to create interesting content and speak about making a career through YouTube and social media.

Wed Nov 6, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Wong Auditorium

Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix – “That Will Never Work”


Marc Randolph is a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Marc was co-founder of Netflix, serving as their founding CEO, as the executive producer of their web site, and as a member of their board of directors.

Although best known for starting Netflix, Marc’s career as an entrepreneur spans more than four decades. He’s founded or co-founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, mentored rising entrepreneurs including the co-founders of Looker Data, which was recently sold to Google for $2.6B, and invested in numerous successful tech ventures.

He is a frequent speaker at industry events, works extensively with young entrepreneur programs, sits on the board of the environmental advocacy group 1% for the Planet, and chairs the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Board of Trustees.

In a conversation with Trust Center Managing Director Bill Aulet, Marc will speak about his extensive career as well as his new book, “That Will Never Work.”


Wednesday, April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

John Doerr, chairman of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and author of “Measure What Matters”, will be sharing his perspective on how to achieve operating excellence. In a fireside chat, John will share the invaluable lessons he has learned in mentoring and working with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Doerr is the chair of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which he joined in 1980. He has invested in some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and companies, including Amazon, Google, Intuit, Netscape, and Twitter. Through his investments, he has helped create more than 425,000 jobs.

This event is co-presented with the MIT Media Lab.


Wednesday, April 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Aileen Lee is the founder of Cowboy Ventures, a first time Forbes Midas List member in 2018, and a true original. Lee coined the often-used Silicon Valley term “unicorn” in TechCrunch in 2013. Lee does not fit the mold of conventional wisdom VC. Her MIT background plays a vital role in her outlook on the business world and she will discuss how she got to where she is today as well as where things are headed in a fireside chat with Trust Center EIR Trish Cotter.


Thursday, April 5, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Mindy Lubber is the founder and CEO of Ceres, a company dedicated to driving sustainability by leveraging the capital markets. Mindy will be joining us for a talk on integrating sustainability in Fortune 500 companies as well as her work in building non-profits. She takes an entrepreneurial lens to her work and will share lessons learned as a founder. The goal of the talk will be to help students see where opportunities lie and how to use the capital markets to make a positive impact.


Wednesday, April 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Ryan Babenzien is co-founder of Brooklyn Greats and will be sharing his founder journey in a fireside chat with Carly Chase, director of our New York Summer Startup Studio. They will discuss the characteristics that have made Ryan successful and the strategies he has used for building a direct-to-consumer brand, as well as how the company learned to segment and attack the market. Ryan will share the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned along the way.

If you are a founder or thinking of becoming a founder, this is an event you do not want to miss.

Check out the Greats story here: https://www.greats.com/pages/about-us


Thursday, March 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

David Maddocks is the Chief Marketing Officer of Cole Haan and his talk, “Innovation as a Turnaround Strategy,” focuses on how an entrepreneurial mindset is essential even for large companies. Maddocks’s experience with Cole Haan and Converse demonstrate the value of being a corporate entrepreneur. He will share stories of how the company found insight, created a competitive advantage, and won.


Thursday, March 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Sam Zell is the founder and chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in emerging markets, which he founded in 1969. Zell has also owned a diverse range of businesses including Jacor Communications, The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Cubs, and has been an active philanthropist in a range of charitable causes, including the Zell/Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan.


Thursday, February 22, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Wong Auditorium, E51-115 – SOLD OUT

Trust Center Managing Director Bill Aulet engages in a fireside chat with Benchmark’s Bill Gurley about life as a “unicorn venture capitalist.” Gurley has ben an early investor in companies such as Uber, GrubHub, NextDoor, Brighter, OpenTable, Zillow, Snap, and Stitch Fix among many others. He has been named by Forbes as one of the top 10 “world’s smartest tech investors” for the last three years. Do not miss this chance to learn from one of the best in the business at what he does.


Thursday, February 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

This fireside chat with EIR Trish Cotter is a valuable opportunity to learn from an investor who has championed the growth of new ventures. Nicole is the founder and a general partner of Boston Seed Capital, an early stage seed investor in over 40 startups in consumer digital, machine learning & AI, and in platform markets. Prior to founding Boston Seed, Nicole founded Deploy Solutions in 1996, an award-winning provider of SaaS Human Capital Management.


Tuesday, November 28, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Learn “how Peloton’s brand has made it the fastest growing company in NYC” from the SVP of Brand Marketing at Peloton. She’ll discuss the brand strategy that has set the company on the path to a unicorn valuation. She brings her experience of working with established brands such as American Express, Mountain Dew, and the New York Giants to her current role with Peloton.


Wednesday November 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Come hear from MIT Professor Tauhid Zaman about the algorithm that picks ‘winning startups’. Find out how their model was able to construct sample portfolios with exit rates double that of top VC firms.


Tuesday October 17, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Join us for a fireside chat between Caroline Brown, Fashion Industry Executive, and Martin Trust Center EIR and co-founder of Ministry of Supply, Kit Hickey. Caroline is a fashion industry veteran with nearly 25 years of experience as a a senior executive at companies such as Armani, Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan.


Thursday, October 5, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

What do technology entrepreneurs and the Navy SEALs have in common? “Speed, surprise, aggression” is how technology startups disrupt established incumbents. “Speed, surprise, aggression” is also the mantra of the Navy SEALs. You are invited to this speaker series with Jocko Willink to learn how you and your team can become the “Navy SEAL of Entrepreneurship”.


Wednesday, October 11, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Martin Trust Center, E40-160 – SOLD OUT

Stefania Mallett is CEO and co-founder of EZ Cater and an MIT and MIT Sloan alum. She has 25+ years building and growing technology-related companies that solved real problems. This will be an interactive conversation so come with an inquisitive mind!


Saturday September 9, 2:00 pm

Kresge Auditorium – SOLD OUT

Shireen Yates is the co-founder and CEO of Nima, a producer of portable sensors that allow those with food sensitivities to test the food they eat. Shireen was the keynote speaker for MIT delta v Demo Day, and is an alum of the program as well, having been a member of the 2013 cohort.