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The Thinking that Leads

Susanna Kass will present on disruptive thinking as part of the President’s Lecture Series on April 17.
By Natalia Elko

The most important parts of life and business are not planned; they’re serendipitous accidents, often unstructured,” said Susanna Kass, ’82, head of innovation and strategic development at NextEra Energy.
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Susanna Kass

Kass, who calls herself a serial entrepreneur, has collaborated with researchers from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, John Hopkins and New Mexico State University to identify new innovations and to complete new invention patent filings as an inventor.

She is scheduled to visit SDSU next week as the speaker at this year’s President Lecture Series.

Hosted by SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, Kass will present “Disruptive Thinking — The Thinking that Leads” at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre.

“Going with the flow is the safer choice; creating one’s own path is a more fulfilling way to live one’s life. Life is short and precious,” Kass said.

About Susanna Kass

Kass, an SDSU alumna with a bachelor’s of science in computer science and business administration marketing, has more than 30 years of experience in global product management and international business development. She is an industry adviser in new innovation for CleanTech, Renewable Energy, Cloud Computing, Mobile & E-commerce.

She launched her international career at Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems, where she focused on new product innovation, new patent invention, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and she managed international operations with billions of dollars in revenue.

Kass worked in several startups. She was the chief operating officer of eBay International, Trilliant Network, where she scaled several new businesses from the ground up to more than $100 million in revenue using new designs and international management techniques.

Kass received her executive business education at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her masters of business administration in international business management from Pepperdine University, where she is a distinguished alumni award recipient.

About The President's Lecture Series

The President's Lecture Series is just one example of how the university engages the San Diego region, a key initiative of the strategic plan, “Building on Excellence.” Whether it’s supporting programs that contribute directly to San Diego's growth or building academic programs to prepare for the region’s future, SDSU is an important community partner.

Past lecturers have included Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, who presented “Societal Issues – How Can Wireless Technology Enhance Global Quality of Life” and Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, who spoke on “The World of Genetics.”

Attend the lecture

Complimentary parking in Parking Structure 1 levels one through three.

Reservations for the lecture are required. Please register online.