Summer 2018 Newsletter


As the only public business school in Silicon Valley, we believe that much of our distinctiveness lies in our engagement with industry. During the 2017-18 academic year, our 19 student clubs brought more than 100 industry professionals to campus as guest speakers and our ten centers and institutes developed a number of innovative partnerships, while our faculty delivered professional development opportunities to both students and industry stakeholders.  In this latest Business Briefs, we offer some highlights of these efforts.

Dan Moshavi, Dean


Innovative Partnerships with Silicon Valley

  • The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) nurtures start-up ideas at SJSU. In Spring 2018, alum Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley, sponsored a Zinnstarter Program that provided grants to student teams to further their new ventures. The college is currently in the process of launching the Spartan Angel Network to provide additional financial support and mentorship to student- and alumni-run start-ups.
  • The Center for Banking and Financial Services partners with Heritage Bank to offer a credit analyst certificate. In Fall 2017, 15 students participated.
  • The college's High Tech Tax Institute partnered with the Tax Executives Institute to run its annual conference attended by 250 + Silicon Valley technology tax professionals. In addition, the institute also ran a Small Business Tax Institute in conjunction with the IRS.
  • In Fall 2017, Salesforce sponsored 100 Lucas College and Graduate School of Business students to attend Dreamforce, its annual user conference in San Francisco

Curricular Innovations

  • An information systems pedagogical innovation, Max Labs, in the college's School of Information Systems and Technology, is integrated into the core MIS class taken by all College of Business students and has now been adopted by several other business schools in the U.S.
  • In 2017-18, the college launched a career readiness initiative that helps students build strong professional, job search and networking skills through curricular and co-curricular activities. The LCoB was successful in raising $100,000 in seed money for this project.
  • The college has formed a new institute, the Institute for People and Performance which works to advance the knowledge of human capital management through education and training. It currently partners with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer a SHRM certification prep course.




  • In Spring 2018, The LCoB sponsored the Women in Leadership League (featuring speakers from Silicon Valley tech companies, including Cisco, HPE and Apple) and attracted about 300 students and community members and the SJSU Economic Summit put on by our Center for Banking and Financial Services attracted more than 350 manager/owners of Silicon Valley businesses, non-profit organizations and community members.
  • The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) hosted a Business Plan Competition, an Innovation Challenge and Eminent Speaker Series this past year.
  • The college hosted the Richard and Sandi Conniff Business Ethics Speaker Series that brought James Alderson, the whistleblower in the largest health care fraud case in US history, to campus in February 2018.
  • A new university-wide speaker series, Insights, focusing on business, economics and global affairs (funded by a generous gift from the Valley Foundation), is coordinated by the Lucas College of Business. The inaugural event, featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, occurred in Spring 2018.