Workshop Instructors


Jessie Becker Alexander

Jessie Becker Alexander is a co-founder and advisor to Alydia Health, a medical device company aiming to redefine the treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). PPH is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, and has been identified as a key target for improving maternal health in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. For this work, Jessie was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Healthcare in 2015.

Previous to Alydia Health, Jessie was instrumental in starting the entrepreneurial movement at Cal Poly. As a founding member of the Cal Poly Entrepreneurship Club, and one of the first employees of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), she created and led programs for student entrepreneurs. Most notably, she ran the first two Accelerator programs for the HotHouse, a business incubator and accelerator for both Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo business community.

Currently, Jessie works as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sac State’s Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, dreaming up and executing new programs to supporting the growth of Sacramento’s entrepreneurship community.

Brian K. Gladden

Brian K. Gladden, DBA is the founder and CEO of The Strategy & Innovation Institute (SI2); a management-consulting firm. Si2 helps firms create strategic plans and shift their perspective to find new customers and compete more effectively in current markets.

He has a Doctorate in Business Strategy & Innovation and is an expert in Blue Ocean Strategy; Business Model Canvas; Value Proposition Canvas; Design Thinking; Lean Canvas. Brian has worked for American, Japanese, German, Swiss, and Canadian companies. He has experience with many of the most innovative companies in the World such as Verizon, Cisco, Intel, and more.

Brian has been trying to make a positive difference in the World through Rotary for 36 years. Brian is a member and Past President of Rotary Club of Roseville; Board of Directors for Rotary District 5180 Foundation; Board of Directors for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center; and the 3Strands Global Foundation 2018 “Modern Day Abolitionist” awardee.