Dean’s Teaching Fellows
Dean Teaching Fellows are industry experts who have provided remarkable services to the executive education program through service to the program board, as instructors, and/or as guest panel participants.
Naeem Zafar has been teaching at the University of California, Berkeley since 2005. He is a Dean’s Teaching Fellow, lecturer and Industry Fellow at the at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at the Northeastern University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance. Naeem is also a serial entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, a company creating solution in AgTech space. Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship. Information can be found on www.NaeemZafar.com.
Stephen Anthony Pieraldi
I’m Stephen Pieraldi, and I’m here to inspire execution. Having created success in various industries and roles, I continue to help executives execute. I teach these skills at multiple universities such as U.C. Berkeley today.
Innovation has been at the core of my experience. I am creating business models, transforming business units, technical solutions, or evangelizing value. From medical devices to advanced machine learning Cybersecurity solutions, I’ve established critical intellectual property and patents to fill the need.
These roles, skills, and accomplishments are only as good as the leadership it takes for execution. Creating teams is critical when turning an idea into IPO. That’s how engagement with me delivers value.
Guest Panel Participant
Marko Gargenta is the founder and CEO of PlusPlus. PlusPlus helps modern organizations unleash ingenuity of their employees through peer learning. Previously, Marko built Twitter University.
Whitney Hischier is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, in strategy and entrepreneurship. She is also an instructor for the NSF’s I-Corps program on rapid commercialization and works extensively with scientific teams across the national laboratories and the private sector to bring their research to market. Prior to teaching, Whitney served as Assistant Dean for Executive Education at Berkeley for nearly a decade and previously worked globally in management consulting. She holds a BA from Stanford, an MBA from UC Berkeley and is in the process of completing an MSc in One Health from University of Edinburgh.
Guest Panel Participant
Victoria Sevilla is an L&D executive who focuses on building healthy organizational cultures that build people up and foster optimal business outcomes. Victoria’s love of learning and development evolved from her experience as an adjunct professor/lecturer teaching courses and conducting research in the College of Social Sciences at two Bay Area universities. Her interest in praxis and innovation led her to consult/work for top-tier high-tech companies in Silicon Valley in the areas of leadership development, team effectiveness, culture, organizational development, and employee engagement. Victoria’s current role is one of strategist, advisor, designer, and facilitator as VP, People Development at Turntide Technologies.
Maya Carter is the founder and CEO of Peak Strengths LLC, pursuing her passion to hone and unleash core strengths in leaders and teams through executive coaching, consulting, and leadership training. With a keen focus on unlocking peak potential and maximizing performance, Maya’s work in leadership development and appreciative inquiry has proven to be very effective in helping leaders and organizations achieve lasting personal, team, and organizational success.
Maya holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Adler Graduate School and a software engineering degree from the University of Toronto. Following her work as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies in the Greater Toronto Area, Maya moved to Silicon Valley to further pursue the application of Leadership and Organizational Development principles, utilizing a strengths based approach to team and individual transformation. She has co-led the Transformational Leadership and Change section of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, and has also conducted research addressing how Appreciative Inquiry impacts team success, cohesiveness, and transformation.
Maya currently works with leaders and teams to help them fully utilize their natural strengths and drive success at all levels of the organization. Her passion for helping leaders and organizations achieve their fullest potential while enhancing work experiences, relationships, communication, and interactions consistently leads to sustainable gains in performance, lasting transformation, and a happier and more productive workplace.