HR Legal Updates for 2015 @ Sheppard Mullin
Jan 29 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
CONNECT Human Resources Roundtable Presents:
HR Legal Updates for 2015

Human Resources laws and regulations are constantly changing, and if you don’t keep up, your business may be at risk. Sheppard Mullin’s legal experts will present the changes you need to know in a format that’s easy to comprehend and apply to your business.

Justine Phillips

Special Counsel, Labor & Employment Practice Group
Sheppard Mullin

This program will cover:

  • The impact of minimum wage increases at the local, state, and federal level
  • The Department of Labor’s proposed White collar overtime exemption revisions
  • Wage & hour class action lawsuits – the latest trends on the horizon
  • Mandatory local and state paid sick leave
  • Updates regarding harassment, discrimination, and retaliation protections
  • The use of criminal background checks during the hiring process

Date & Time
Thursday, January 29, 7:30am-9:30am                                      

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130

$20 for CONNECT members; $40 for non-members
A light breakfast is included.


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For more information contact Rachel Max or (858) 964-1330



The Internet of Things: Developing Connected Solutions in a New World @ UCSD Extension
Feb 4 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am


Developing Connected Solutions in this new Internet of Things World

The emergence of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the business landscape and creating opportunities for new sources of revenue, smarter interactions with customers and greater efficiencies. But to stay competitive organizations must respond to this opportunity by examining new business models, evolving how they create products and transforming product services to provide continued value. Attendees of this roundtable will hear from panelists from varying industries as they discuss the opportunities and challenges they are finding in developing connected applications and explore strategies for overcoming these hurdles.


About the Speakers


Scott Nelson, Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Logic PD


Darrel Drinan, President & CEO, PhiloMetron

Tom Vaccaro, Director of Electrical Systems Engineering, CareFusion

Jack Young, Senior Director, Qualcomm Life Fund


CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Introduction to Venture Capital @ Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present

Introduction to Venture Capital Financing

In partnership with Perkins Coie LLP

Program Overview:
Raising money is no easy task — but it can be done if you focus on the right priorities and avoid common deal-killers. In this half-day workshop, Peter Townshend from Perkins Coie LLP will provide you with an overview of venture capital (VC), including the structure of VC funds, the process of VC financing and actionable advice that will prepare you for raising capital from VC funds.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Understanding venture funds and how they operate;
  • An overview of venture capital term sheets and financing terms;
  • Understanding the stages of a venture capital financing; and
  • Learning common terms used in such transactions and what they mean.

Who should attend:
Founders, CEOs and managers who are seeking venture funding, as well as scientists, technology experts and other entrepreneurs considering a business start-up in need of venture financing.

About the Presenters:

Peter Townshend, a partner Perkins Coie with the firm’s Emerging Companies practice.  He has extensive experience representing emerging growth technology companies and venture capital investors in structuring a wide variety of transactions. His practice includes venture capital, angel and other private equity financings; convertible note and other debt financings; mergers and acquisitions; public offerings; corporate governance; distribution, development, manufacturing, co-marketing, licensing and other commercial transactions; stock option plans and executive compensation; and venture capital and private equity fund formation. Peter has worked in a diverse array of industries including social networking, e-commerce, online advertising, online gaming, software and hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Peter is a regular lecturer for the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurship at U.C. San Diego. He has lectured at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Diego, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State University, and he has been quoted by Reuters and in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Date: February 12, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m (Program begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Location: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
10905 Road to the Cure
San Diego,CA 92121

Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.

Contact: Jackie Leard


Phone: 858-964-1335


General Public: $20
Onsite registration $45 (subject to availability)
Registration will close on or before February 11, 2015

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CONNECT’s Global Logistics & Trade Compliance Roundtable Presents: Upcoming Changes in 2015 @ UCSD Extension
Feb 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm



Upcoming Changes in 2015

Broad overview: In 2015, we are expecting to see tighter controls (more laws, more information being required of importers, etc.), tougher interpretation of regulations by CBP and other government agencies, an increasing reliance on Custom brokers by CBP, and more automation and a move toward a more paperless environment. Where the government opens up pilot studies, we encourage companies who are eligible to consider participating so that they can be ahead of the curve and help shape the changes to come.

CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops: Using Employee Stock Ownership to Build the Company You Want
Feb 19 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present
Using Employee Stock Ownership to Build the Company You Want
In partnership with the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

Program Overview:

Entrepreneurs have choices about the kind of company they want to create.  The VC route – giving up control over your destiny in exchange for funding – is well-known, but entrepreneurs should also be aware of the choices that employee ownership can provide. By sharing equity ownership with the rest of your team, you can gain critical advantages that help the company grow – and on your own terms. SAIC is one great example; there are now many more.

Benefits of Attending:

  • An overview of employee ownership and how it can help a start-up venture;
  • Techniques for implementing employee ownership;
  • Key considerations in making it work well;
  • Actual examples of employee owned ventures and how they operate.

Who should attend:
Founders, CEOs, and other leaders of growing ventures who want to know how other companies have used employee ownership to grow and thrive on their own terms.

About the Presenters:

Martin Staubus, Executive Director, The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management.

Martin is a nationally recognized expert on the design and operation of arrangements that give employees an equity interest in the company they work for. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the employee ownership field in several capacities, including practicing lawyer, VP of human resources, and management consultant. Staubus holds a B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A., and a law degree.

Thad Kahlow, CEO, BusinessOnline.

BusinessOnline is a San Diego firm specializing in performance driven digital marketing.  Founded in 1996, the firm uses a data-driven approach to help companies drive more qualified traffic, convert that traffic to leads and increase revenue.  Thad is a leading authority on online marketing and a visionary leader who believes that in today’s innovation-driven economy, companies that operate as a committed, involved and engaged team of people will be the ones that succeed.

John Yi, Founder and CEO, KES, Inc.

John has over twenty years of leadership experience in high-technology firms, with roles in general management, marketing, sales, business development, and program management. He has founded three high technology companies during that time, driving success through organizational direction, mission focus, creative problem solving and team achievement.  John holds an engineering degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Date: February 19, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Program begins 8:30 a.m.)

Location: UCSD Rady School of Management, Otterson Hall room 4E106
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Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.

Contact: Jackie Leard


Phone: (858) 964-13358


General Public: $20
Onsite registration: $45 (subject to availability)

*Registration will close on or before February 18, 2015

Parking Directions to Rady School lot P357:

From the North
Take 5 South
Take Genesee Avenue exit
Right on Genesee
Left on North Torrey Pines Rd
Left on North Point Drive
Right at the second stop sign
Turn left into parking lot P357

From the South
Take 5 North
Take Genesee Avenue exit
Left on Genesee
Left on North Torrey Pines Rd
Left on North Point Drive
Right at the second stop sign
Turn left into parking lot P357

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Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Awards honoring Dr. Andrew Viterbi @ Estancia La Jolla
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
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Join CONNECT in honoring Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Co-Founder of Qualcomm Incorporated, at the prestigious Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Awards luncheon.

Hall of Fame honors individuals who have achieved distinction over the years for founding, leading, or advancing a San Diego life sciences or technology based business or organization. Such entrepreneurs have contributed to the business sectors that shape our local economy, improve our quality of life and continue to inspire future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs. Dr. Andrew Viterbi will be our 13th inductee into CONNECT’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Past honorees include Irwin Jacobs, Walter Zable, Ivor Royston, William Rastetter, J. Robert Beyster, Neal Blue, Linden Blue, Peter Preuss, Gene Ray, Howard “Ted” Greene, Ron Taylor, and Peter Farrell.

Dr. Andrew Viterbi
Co-Founder Qualcomm Incorporated

Andrew Viterbi

In 1985, Dr. Viterbi co-founded Qualcomm Incorporated, a developer and manufacturer of mobile satellite communications and digital wireless telephony. Dr. Viterbi served as chief technical officer until 1996 and vice chairman until 2000. Under his leadership, Qualcomm received international recognition for innovative technology in the areas of digital wireless communications based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technologies.

Dr. Viterbi’s most prominent research contribution is the Viterbi algorithm, one of the most important mathematical concepts of the 20th century, a means of separating information from background noise. The Viterbi Algorithm is used in most mobile phones and digital satellite receivers, as well as in the fields of magnetic recording, voice recognition and DNA sequence analysis. Since retiring from Qualcomm, Dr. Viterbi has shifted his focus to helping up-and-coming engineers with the establishment of his investment firm, the Viterbi Group. The company focuses on communication start-ups that are adapting the Viterbi algorithm to new purposes.

Date: March 19, 2015

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
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Individual Ticket Cost:
CONNECT Member: $160
Non-CONNECT Member: $190

Table of Ten Cost:
CONNECT Member: $1,500
Non-CONNECT Member: $1,700

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