Professors to Talk Innovation at Conejo Valley Startup Week

The diverse line-up of professors presenting at Conejo Valley Startup Week teach general entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, or various interdisciplinary studies at Cal Lutheran University and are well known for blending innovative thinking and entrepreneurship with other relevant subject matters bringing a robust mix of entrepreneurial theory and practice into the classroom.


Rahuldeep Singh Gil

February 15th at 6:00pm – Diversity for Entrepreneurial Pursuits with Rahuldeep Singh Gill, PhD

Dr. Rahuldeep Gill’s lectures are known to empower organizations to achieve goals and drive innovation.

Diversity seems great, but it’s a liability if we don’t have concrete strategies in place to help us work across differences. In this presentation, Rahuldeep Gill will expose the mistakes that employers make around issues of faith perspectives and worldviews, and present the most important demographic trends that workplace leaders need to understand. By offering a clear path forward with concrete steps employees can take, Gill will empower the audience to turn diversity of perspectives into a catalyst for innovation and collaboration.

Rahuldeep Singh Gill is interested in the relationship between texts, subtexts, and contexts, as well as the nexus between the social and the religious. In particular, he examines the evolution of Sikh institutions over five hundred years of the tradition’s history, as well as the interaction of Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus. His research explores the life and works of the Sikh tradition’s most important interpretive writer, Bhai Gurdas Bhalla (d. 1636).

Dr. Gill is Cal Lutheran’s Campus Interfaith Strategist, who launched CLU’s Asian Studies Minor, served as Associate Director for CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, and has served as the Center’s Director since in 2014. In addition to offerings in Christianity, global religions, and Indian thought, he teaches a yearly course on Sikh tradition and has twice won Diversity Professor of the Year since he joined the faculty in 2009.
He encourages discussions in his classes, broadens students’ perspectives, deepens their appreciation of diversity, and inspires them to be more understanding and compassionate.
February 16, Corporate Realities and Democratic Ideals with Philip Pettit

Phillip Pettit holds that the lessons learned when thinking about problems in one area of philosophy often constitute ready-made solutions to problems faced in completely different areas.

Corporate bodies (businesses, religious organizations, colleges, etc.) exercise a great deal of power in our lives. For good or ill, they shape our social relationships and have a significant impact on our democratic processes. But to what standards should we hold them? What responsibilities and duties may we legitimately impose on them, and what rights and freedoms may they claim for themselves? Philip Pettit will discuss these questions in two lectures on Tuesday February 16, 2016.

11:10 a.m. lecture – “Holding Corporate Bodies Responsible”

4 p.m. lecture – “Granting Corporate Bodies Rights”

Pettit is L. S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra. His books include Republicanism (1997), The Economy of Esteem with G. Brennan (2004), Group Agency with C. List (2011), On the People’s Terms (2012), Just Freedom (2014) and The Robust Demands of the Good (2015). He is a fellow of the Australian academies of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy. He gave the Tanner Lectures in Berkeley in 2015 and will give the John Locke Lectures in Philosophy at Oxford in 2019. Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared from Oxford University Press in 2007.

Encouraging entrepreneurship education further creates business opportunity, ensures social justice, instills confidence and stimulates the economy. All events during Conejo Valley Startup Week are free and open to the public.  We look forward to seeing you February 15-19 at Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship in Westlake Village.




If you are interested in sponsoring Conejo Valley Startup Week we would love to hear from you! Email us here »