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What Can Big Data Do For You? | Tom Wilder

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Tom Wilder

Executive Director of SAP UCC
California State University, Chico
Chico State '96

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Tom Wilder

Executive Director of SAP UCC
California State University, Chico
Chico State '96

About The Talk:

If you’re studying HR, management, or sales, you might not be thinking about how big data will directly affect your work… yet. Tom has a wide variety of expertise including Management Information Systems, SAP, and Project Management. And he earned the Stanford Advanced Project Management certification. His Biz Talk focuses on the power of big data and the diversity of business implications that it will have. Tom received his MBA from Chico State and has now taught or co-taught over 24 different classes through the College of Business. Tom’s Biz Talk is thought-provoking and exciting; it tells a story of how any student could create their dream job, or at least become better at it, using big data as a tool.

You’re in the Driver’s Seat | Jeff Spahr

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Jeff Spahr

Vice President, Specialty Business
Anthem, Inc.
Chico State '98

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Jeff Spahr

Vice President, Specialty Business
Anthem, Inc.
Chico State '98

About The Talk:

Jeff received is bachelor's from Chico State in accounting and management information systems. This Biz Talk shares Jeff’s secret ingredient for success as well as valuable lessons about flexibility. As Vice President of Specialty business at Anthem, Inc. Jeff leads a portfolio of businesses. Using the power of data to facilitate communication across healthcare specialties, they are building a “whole health connection” for patients. His presentation reminds us that we are on a lifetime journey, that we are ultimately in control, and that whether it be vague or specific, we need to have a destination in mind. Watch this Biz Talk to get the full lesson in one engaging Google Maps metaphor!

Product Management for Dummies | Ben Sampson

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Ben Samspon

Director of Product
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State '15

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Ben Sampson

Director of Product
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State '15

About The Talk:

Ben Sampson graduated from Chico State in 2015 with a degree in Project Management and minor in Entrepreneurship. But all of his expertise in technology, came from self- teaching and trial and error. Ben has founded 2 start-ups and now works as a product manager for Outsell, Inc. in Burlingame, CA. He and the co-founder of Outsell, Greg Chagaris, met through their connections in Biz Talks when Greg needed someone with a special set of skills to head Outsell’s product teams. Ben’s energetic Biz Talk details what you can do to teach yourself the skills a product manager needs and what traits it takes to succeed. As director of product, Ben manages the development of online social networks for executives, advanced databases, and all intrapreneurial efforts at Outsell. This Biz Talk will show you the play-by-play of a day in the life of a product manager at a fast-paced company. If you have an interest in a newly-emerging business field, you need to watch Ben’s Biz Talk.

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