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Department ofMarketing

O'Keefe, Sean

Sean O'Keefe

Course Coordinator
Lecturer, Marketing


Sean teaches in the Leavey School of Business and in the LEAD scholars program that serves first-generation and underrepresented students. As course coordinator of the Business Communication team, Sean's responsibilities include curriculum design for all the business communication courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. In the classroom, Sean teaches graduate and upper-level undergraduate classes in “academics meets business” pragmatic environments. He is very passionate about teaching his Effective Business Communication courses.

While on-campus, Sean also supports the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Conscientious Capitalism course. He serves as an advisor for the Miller Center's Global Social Benefit Fellows program and as a member of the Leadership Development Team for the Conscientious Capitalism course.   

Mr. O’Keefe is the President of Launch Your Career and Superior Outcomes. Launch Your Career is a career prep company that helps college students land internships and jobs. Superior Outcomes is Sean's speaking and educational consulting company that provides workshops, seminars, keynote speeches, and trainings to drive improved student outcomes (retention, persistence, graduation rates, certificates, internships, and strong jobs) at higher education institutions and conferences throughout the country. Sean is also the Director of Impact for Empowered Students, a nonprofit organization that helps level the playing field for underrepresented college students in their transition to career.


Before transitioning into academia, Mr. O’Keefe was the Vice President of Business Development for Shamrock Office Solutions, a local technology and IT services company. He joined the organization in 2009 where he had P&L responsibility and led Shamrock’s growth initiatives and operational excellence.  He had a team of 14, including 5 direct reports. Shamrock more than doubled its staff and quadrupled its profit during his seven year tenure. Prior to Shamrock, Mr. O’Keefe led the Premium Seating Department with the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company where he and his team set several sales records in the luxury suite, group ticket and corporate sponsorship categories over a seven year period.

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, Mr. O’Keefe began his career working for the Oakland Athletics. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. O’Keefe landed an internship with the Oakland Athletics in Marketing, an internship with the San Francisco 49ers in Player Personnel, and part-time work for the San Francisco Giants. In 2008, he graduated from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business with a Masters in Business Administration with emphasis in International Business and interest in Social Entrepreneurship. During Mr. O’Keefe’s graduate studies, he and his team won the prestigious Belotti Award, which honors the best report on business strategy.

Mr. O'Keefe was an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University from 2010-2016 while working in industry. He has taught the following courses: Effective Business Communication, Business Leadership Skills and Foundations of Leadership. Sean has been a guest lecturer and an advisor for programs at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Mr. O'Keefe served on the City of Dublin's Green Task Force in 2010 and was chosen to serve on the City of Dublin’s Planning Commission beginning in 2011. In 2013, he was appointed to Chair of the Planning Commission, a role he was nominated for by his peers.  

September 2019