Past Events

Past EO ACCELERATOR San Diego EVENTS


Speaker Series: Verne Harnish

Founder of two internationally recognized entrepreneurship organizations, Verne Harnish is founding partner of Gazelles, Inc., and the Master of Business Dynamics (MBD) program, focused on helping firms implement tools for handling the complexities that come with growth. Verne has also served for 18 years as an advisor to CEOs of emerging growth firms. Currently, he serves on the board of the New York City based National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and is chairman of the Millennium 1000 award for the Organization of American States, that recognizes the top 1,000 young entrepreneurs throughout the 35 member countries of the OAS. In addition, Verne chairs the MIT/Inc./YEO “Birthing of Giants” executive leadership program and the leadership program for the prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” Awards in Canada.

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Speaker Series: John Assaraf

John Assaraf is a serial entrepreneur, brain researcher, and CEO of PraxisNow, a brain-research company that creates some of the most powerful evidence-based brain retraining tools and programs in the world. John’s passion is discovering and teaching people how to release the mental blockages that hold them back from achieving their fullest potential.

In the last 25 years, John has grown 5 multi-million dollar companies in real estate, Internet software, brain research and life and business coaching and consulting. He’s the author of 2 New York Times best-selling books, Having It All and The Answer. John has appeared on almost every major TV program such Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Ellen Degeneres Show, and was featured in the blockbuster movie and book “The Secret” and in the special documentary “Quest for Success” with the Dali Lama and Sir Richard Branson.




speaker_3Speaker Series: Brian Smith—Founder of UGG

Brian Smith was born in Australia, where he developed his love of surfing. A chartered accountant, he studied at the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and with $500 of start-up money, he founded UGG Imports to bring sheepskin footwear to America. After seventeen years, as sales reached $15 million, he sold the business to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The UGG brand has since exceeded $1 billion of international sales times over.

A passionate innovator and entrepreneur, Brian is one of the most sought after business leaders in the country today. As a media guest and inspiring speaker, he is committed to teaching his breakthrough business strategies to entrepreneurs and translating personal vision and spirituality into company culture.