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Think. Do. Discover.

Conversations with inspirational leaders

The Think. Do. Discover. Speaker Series brings luminary innovators to UC Davis for engagement and inspiration.

It's all about the network.

The Think. Do. Discover. Speaker Series is brought to you by the Davis Entrepreneurship Network, organized by the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad. Please check back to learn about our next speaker.

Meet our past speakers.

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Michael Colglazier | The Hero's Journey

"Humankind evolved to innovate and push boundaries, and at Virgin Galactic innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We are defining the next generation of space travel. Spaceflight has the unique ability to shift our perspectives, our technology—and even our trajectory as a species."

Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, met with our community in spring 2022.

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Jill Vialet | Why Play Works

"I am inspired by the basic human impulse to make a difference. And I'm convinced that change is possible and that each of us has the capacity to make it happen."

Jill Vialet is a social entrepreneur, author and advocate for play—in all arenas. She met with our community in February 2021.



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Jonathan Reckford | An Unexpected Path to Purpose

"Our individual efforts will make a difference. Our collective efforts can change the world."

Jonathan Reckford is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. He met with our community in November 2020.