Guest Speakers

A Free Series of Presentations for the Public by Business Experts on Tomorrow's Ideas for Success. 

IMPORTANT: We only have room for 10 additional guests. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your space by contacting us at 626-350-1500.

Guest Speakers This Term:

Speakers Scheduled for Term 2 of 2017:

DRU502 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • "Digital DNA: Implications of the Information and Production Disruption for Global Governance"
    • Jonathan Aronson - June 21, 2017 at 6:00pm
  • "Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation"
    • Krystianne Avedian - June 14, 2017 at 5:30pm
  • "The distinction between 'complex' and 'complicated' in the context of innovation, business operations, entrepreneurship, and technology"
    • Juan Arrieta - June 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

ETH501 - Business Ethics

  • "Ethics in the Corporate Culture"
    • David Logan - July 8, 2017 at 9:00am
  • "The special needs person and business ethics"
    • Ben Su - June 24, 2017 at 10:00am
  • "The intersection of law and business ethics"
    • George Karr - June 17, 2017 at 10:00am

Past Guest Speakers:

Distinguished Professor Researcher Speakers:

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    Dr. Yue-Ming Huang

    Guest Speaker

    University of California at Los Angeles, CA - EdD in Educational Leadership Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD - Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology University of California at Los Angeles, CA - Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science Dr. Huang is an Associate Professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also the Director of Operations at the UCLA Simulation Center, where she develops curriculum and faculty to use simulation techniques and technology to train health care providers. She has led many workshops in simulation education, focusing on teamwork, communication, and non-technical skills development. She is a co-investigator on a number of educational grants. She served as the first Chair of the Education Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the largest interprofessional society dedicated to advancing simulation-based education and research. Her publications include "Simulation Center Operations andAdministration" and "Simulation for Quality Assurance in Training, Credentialing and Maintenance of Certification." In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, hiking in the mountains, taking martial arts and flamenco dance lessons, and traveling abroad.

    Dr. Yue-Ming Huang

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    Dr. Warren Bailey

    Professor of Finance at Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

    Professor Bailey's interests include international finance, international securities markets, and investments. He has a special interest in emerging capital markets, particularly in Asia. He has been featured and quoted extensively in the financial and mainstream press, including The New York Times, The Economist, and The Far Eastern Economic Review, and television interviews on CNN-FN and CNBC. He is an associate editor of The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and The Pacific Basin Finance Journal. He received the Class of 1992 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Stephen Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999.

    Dr. Warren Bailey

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    Dr. Yarrow Dunham

    Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale

    Yarrow Dunham is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale and affiliated faculty in the Cognitive Science program, as well as the director of the Social Cognitive Development Lab. He received his B.A. in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara and his doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University. Yarrow’s research focuses on intergroup social cognition, with a special focus on questions like: 1) What explains the human proclivity towards group affiliation and its consequences, including stereotyping, prejudice, and group-based conflict? 2) What psychological “levers” might be able to defuse these tendencies? 3) How does group membership affect so many other areas of cognition, such as face perception, moral judgment, cooperation, and memory? 4) How do these processes play out across diverse cultures in which the individual and the group are conceptualized in very different ways? This work has appeared in leading journals in developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, and Yarrow has spoken widely at universities and professional societies. His work has received attention in popular media outlets such as the Washington Post, Time, and Scientific American Mind. The study of groups and culture can contribute to discussions of how to create communities that provide for their members without creating enmity towards non-members. This seems particularly important for humanism, which is too often defined by its divergences from religion rather than by its own positive claims about the world. Yarrow looks forward to having these conversations here at Yale.

    Dr. Yarrow Dunham

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    Dr. Amiee Drolt Rossi

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Aimee Drolet Rossi is a psychologist who studies consumer decision-making, specifically how consumers decide among consumer package good products. Much of her recent research focuses on consumers’ habits. For example, she studies the conditions under which different segments of consumers (e.g. Baby Boomers vs. Millennials) are more versus less likely to pick a product or brand based on their past behavior (habit) versus something else (e.g., preference). She received her B.A. in classical history at The University of Chicago (1991), an M.A. in public policy at The University of Chicago (1993), an A.M. in cognitive psychology at Stanford University (1997), and a Ph.D. in Business at Stanford University (1997). She has been a faculty member at UCLA from 1997 to the present. She is the co-author and co-editor of The Aging Consumer: Perspectives from Psychology and Economics (Routledge), which was named one of 2011’s Top 10 Outstanding Academic Titles in Business, Management, and Labor, 2011. She won the UCLA Anderson School’s Citibank Best Teacher Award in 2008 and the Eric and "E" Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award in 2004.

    Dr. Amiee Drolt Rossi

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    Dr. Robert Shumsky

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Robert Shumsky is a Professor of Operations Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. His research focuses on the improvement of service operations, with particular emphasis on the coordination of service supply chains in which service provision is split among multiple firms. He has conducted research on the U.S. air traffic management system and studied transportation operations for state agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also served as a consultant for both manufacturing and service operations, including call centers and health care providers. Professor Shumsky has published recent articles in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, and Management Science, among others. He currently serves in various editorial positions for several academic journals.

    Dr. Robert Shumsky

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    Dr. Roman Weil

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Roman L. Weil is an emeritus faculty member at the Chicago Booth School of Business, who teaches in academic year 2014-15 the University of California, San Diego, Georgetown University, and Princeton University. Additionally, Weil studies financial literacy and corporate governance, an issue that arose from the accounting scandals. His preliminary work suggested, correctly it turned out, that the financial literacy that corporate board audit committee members have is surprisingly weak and that the gains in shareholder wealth accompanying improvement in such financial literacy are both significant and large. His approach to teaching emphasizes fundamental understanding of the few building blocks in accounting (asset, liability, revenue, and expense) that will enable students to keep learning and understanding as the world of business transactions changes over time. "In 20 years, they'll have to understand new transactions, and the accounting for them, which haven't been conceived yet." Weil's practical experience adds to the classroom. Weil explains that theory makes the correct predictions, but students like to hear the actual outcomes, anecdotally. Weil points out that "the late, great Nobel laureate and Chicago Booth faculty member George Stigler taught us “the plural of anecdote is data." Weil has been a CPA in Illinois since 1973 and a CMA from 1974 until his retirement from Chicago Booth in 2008. In 2010 he received certification as a Certified Forensic Accountant. The coauthor of more than 12 textbooks, Weil is the senior editor of, and contributor to, the Litigation Services Handbook, now in its fifth edition. He has published more than 100 articles in academic and professional journals and has served as the principal investigator on various research projects of the National Science Foundation. He has served as editor or associate editor of the Accounting Review, Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Management Science, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Financial Analysts Journal. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Yale University in the dark ages, 1962, master's degree in industrial administration in 1965, and a PhD in economics in 1966 from GSIA/Tepper of Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1965. Outside of academia, Weil is a grandfather whose interests include sabermetrics [particularly as applied in the NFL], oenometrics, and oenonomy.

    Dr. Roman Weil

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    Dr. Hedi Brooks

    Professor Guest Speaker

    HEIDI BROOKS SPECIALIZES IN LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT for individuals, organizations, and larger systems. Her experience includes executive coaching and leadership development in Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, family firms, and non-profit organizations. Since 2003, she has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Management, where she is the faculty director the Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program. Her courses include: Interpersonal Dynamics, Managing Teams and Groups, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence and Coaching Skills for Managers. In recent years, she spearheaded the original leadership development curriculum design and directed both the Leadership Development Program and the SOM Mentoring Program. Dr. Brooks has a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Brown University. When she is not with her family or on the tennis court, Heidi is usually engaged in building courageous leadership communities.

    Dr. Hedi Brooks

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    Dr. Lauren H. Cohen

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Lauren Cohen is a Professor in the Finance area at Harvard Business School, an Editor of Management Science, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Review of Financial Studies and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. Prior to joining HBS, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at Yale University, in the School of Management, where he was on the faculty from 2005-2007. His award-winning research has been published in the top journals in Finance and Economics. It is also frequently described in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, and Forbes. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Award for his research agenda on Relationships in Finance. Dr. Cohen received a PhD in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2005. He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania - a BSE from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He serves on the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.

    Dr. Lauren H. Cohen

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    Dr. Robert E. Brown

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Robert E. Brown is professor of Communications at Salem State University (1995-present) and has been an adjunct professor at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education (1990-2013). He has taught management communications as a faculty member of Bentley University and at Boston University. His career combines scholarship and teaching with positions as a corporate speech writer for Fortune 500 companies including Atlantic Richfield Company, W.R.Grace, where he lead the annual-report writing team and Price-Coopers ,where he was the Manager of Publications with 10 writers reporting to him. Professor Brown’s career includes editorial and management support consulting for Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc., an investor relations firm, and instructor and facilitator for Weber-Shandwick and Racepoint, a pair of communications firms. He is an editorial board member of two peer-reviewed journals, Public Relations Inquiry and Public Relations Review. His education includes B.S., Economics, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. Dr. Brown’s article for Public Relations Inquiry, “Epistemological Modesty,” applied critical thinking to the concept and ethics of public relations. In November, Routledge (UK, NY) will publish Dr. Brown’s The Public Relations of Everything, a theory of public relations as a humanity.

    Dr. Robert E. Brown

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    Dr. Charles (Chuck) Eesley

    Professor Guest Speaker

    Is a professor in Stanford University's Management Science & Engineering group, teaching and doing research on technology entrepreneurship so that the next generation of entrepreneurs can have the greatest chances of success possible. Before Stanford, he earned his Ph.D. at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Biological Basis of Behavior at Duke University. He has spent the past 10 years in and around startups, founding 3 of his own, worked in a Duke neuroscience lab, started a biotech consulting firm, worked with two venture capital firms (Flagship Ventures and Lux Capital) and mentored startups in the MIT 100K and Clean Energy competitions.

    Dr. Charles (Chuck) Eesley

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    Dr. Jenter

    Associate Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science

    Dirk Jenter is an Associate Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining the LSE, he was a finance faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2007-2015) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (2002-2007). Professor Jenter's research focuses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Financial Executive Magazine, Smart Money, and on CNN. He won the MIT Sloan Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the MIT Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2014, and the Stanford MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and the University of Cambridge (UK), an M.Phil. degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics from Harvard University.

    Dr. Jenter

Distinguished Executive Guest Speakers:

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    Michelle Freridge

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Ms. Freridge served in the U. S. Army Reserves while she completed her B.A. at Michigan State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 1998, and moved to Southern California in 1999. While working as a Grant Writer for South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista, Michelle developed her expertise in program design, program evaluation, and proposal research and writing. In 2002, Michelle became the Director of Development at the Asian Youth Center where she brought in multiple government contracts and grants as well as foundation and corporation grants and contributions. In late 2004, Michelle left AYC to become Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. In 2007, Michelle returned to AYC as the Program Director and began the evening program at Loyola Law School. She completed her J.D. in the spring of 2011, was admitted to the California Bar in December of 2011 and was tapped to be the Executive Director in February of 2012. Since taking the helm, Michelle has grown AYC to include Employment Services as well as Educational and Social Services and expanded the agencies geographic scope while maintaining its cultural and linguistic competency. Michelle is a member of the Asian Pacific Community Fund, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and has been a mentor in the APEX Mentoring Program for several years. Ms. Freridge sits on the Pasadena City College’s President’s Asian American and Pacific Islander’s (AAPI) Advisory Committee and is deeply committed to empowering youth to succeed in life.

    Michelle Freridge

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    Simon Burrow

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Simon Burrow is a serial entrepreneur. During a 25 year career owning small businesses, he started and operated manufacturing companies in four countries. He is a graduate of CSULA with a degree in finance. In 2003 he sold his business, Brandon International, to Brady International and began working for immigrant rights. To further the right to migrate he has produced a documentary film, created a web site and is now curator of a traveling map exhibit on the US-Mexico border. He is a frequent guest speaker at CSULA, CSF, USD, USC and other schools where he speaks about entrepreneurship and/or immigration.

    Simon Burrow

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    Ali Kowsari

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Ali Kowsari is an International Trade Specialist and the Chairman of Namvers, Inc., a global trade company based in Irvine, California. He is an accomplished, result-driven speaker and executive with over 12 years of experience in international consulting, sales, and marketing with long history of opening long-term multi-million dollar accounts and closing critical deals in challenging markets; strategic sales revitalization and market penetration; and international negotiations. In the past decade, he has launched two international trade and import/export companies, and has consulted and helped many start-ups, as well as small and medium sized companies to go global. Ali has over 15 years of teaching and training experience, appearing as speaker on many prestigious seminars on the topics of International Trade, Business Communication, Trade Regulations, and Compliance. He has also taught on the subjects of global business, trade compliance, business communication (writing and speech), and history. He has a passion for teaching and training, and likes to integrate teaching as part of his service to the global community. Ali has years of experience in creating and working with networks and channels of distribution, creating streamlined supply chains that ensure growth, profitability, and sell through, working closely with multinational companies as diverse as Western Digital, Hitachi, P&G, ConAgra Foods, Casio, and J&J. He is an expert in new markets and international trade regulations and compliance. Ali holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, and also an MS in E-commerce, and a BS in Engineering from Tehran University. He is a Certified Global Business Professional.

    Ali Kowsari

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    Ravinder Sethi

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Mr. Sethi is a successful global entrepreneur with over 35 years experience launching and leading companies in US, Asia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Sethi is founder and CEO of JITCO Group Limited, an international consulting and trading company that was honored as the 14th fastest growing private company in Los Angeles. He has also served as President of Monarch Corporate Capital, Managing Partner of a turnaround firm Harnam Group LLC, and CEO of CMT Apparel, Inc. a Vietnam based sourcing organization. Mr. Sethi holds financial and advisory interests in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. Mr. Sethi co-founded the Asia-Europe-Americas Bank, that was consistently ranked in the top 3 in its asset class in the State of Washington. Mr. Sethi currently serves as an advisor to Jupiter International Corporation, Japan and to Jamna Auto Industries, India. He is a frequent motivational speaker and an academic panelist. He holds a BA in finance from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Ravinder Sethi

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    David O’Brien

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Dr. David O’Brien has served in a wide variety of development, acquisition and operations roles within the Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office. His career included assignments in requirements development, engineering, and program management, as well as serving as a principal contracting officer for computers, communications, directed energy and national security space systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and policy. Presently, David consults and leads research case analyses on all aspects of Joint Services Defense Systems Acquisition. Additionally, he’s an Air Force reservist, assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Center as the Mobilization Assistant to the commander, in the rank of Brigadier General, and focuses on space leadership, acquisition improvement and reserve force program management. Previously, David has held civilian global leadership positions at two major Silicon Valley IT firms, and earlier, at a prime-tier aerospace corporation, where he furthered several classified, civil and commercial space programs. David has earned a Ph.D. in Business & Organizational Leadership, an MBA, a Master’s of Science in Contract Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business. His graduate-level teaching experience includes leadership, program management, systems acquisition, organizational change, operations management, manufacturing, quality and systems analysis. He’s published select works on organizational theory and incentive contracting. David and his family reside in Northern California.

    David O’Brien

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    Robert Fukui

    Executive Guest Speaker

    President and founder of High Point Marketing. Robert comes from a corporate background and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies in a sales and marketing capacity. The success he has achieved over his 20 year career is due to his drive and also great training provided to him by the companies he has worked for.

    Robert Fukui

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    LeRoy Raspa

    CIAM Guest Speaker

    Since 2010 Mr. Raspa provides Organization Development and Executive Recruiting services for a variety of industries and functions. Prior to 2010 Mr. Raspa was VP, Executive Recruiting for Unitrin, Inc, a Chicago based $ 3 billion public-traded financial services company. Prior to Unitrin, Mr. Raspa was Mgr, Executive Placement for Teledyne, Inc, a $ 4 billion publicly-traded holding company in Los Angeles. Prior to 1982, Mr. Raspa was a Manager and a Consultant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Korn, Ferry International.

    LeRoy Raspa

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    Tariq Rana

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Tariq is a successful retail and management expert trusted by industry leaders worldwide. He managed large retail stores, delivered bottom line results by cost control and developing strong teams. He is known for improving poor performing stores, opening new retail establishments within budget and time frame, training and development of General Managers, Supervisors and high potential managers for large retailers in the United States. He developed a number of courses and training workshops in partnership with senior management. For 14 years Tariq served as the director of the Asian American Resource Center at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). He is a frequent lecturer and a teacher at local universities and in South East Asia. Currently, Tariq is President of the Global Retail and Management Institute (GRMI), USA, Franchise business owner/operator, and a business management consultant.

    Tariq Rana

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    Timothy Clark

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Timothy G. Clark has over 35 years of consulting, management and teaching experience. An expert in the area of marketing and strategic and financial planning, Mr. Clark has directed numerous marketing and planning engagements for clients ranging from major international and Fortune 500 corporations to emerging, start-up businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition, he has assisted or managed numerous companies or organizations in difficult turnaround or interim assignments. His industry experience includes field sales and marketing management positions with the Maxwell House Coffee Division of General Foods Corporation. Subsequently, he was Vice President, Marketing for Arrowhead Water, the leading domestic bottled water company. At Arrowhead he was responsible for advertising, sales promotion, research, product development and planning. In addition, he created and developed two rapidly growing successful new product and service programs. He also served as president and CEO of a privately held mail order and retail gift business. The company had six retail outlets and a manufacturing facility in addition to three catalogs and brands. His role focused on significantly restructuring and downsizing the company, which was successfully completed. He received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Southern California. He received his MBA Degree in Marketing, with distinction, from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, where Mr. Clark was selected as a Baker Scholar. Presently, he is an adjunct professor and member of the faculty at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he teaches marketing and management consulting.

    Timothy Clark

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    Dr. William A. Cohen, Major General USAF, Ret.

    President Emeritus

    About the Founding President

    Dr. Bill Cohen is a retired Air Force general and you can “Google” him as “Major General William A. Cohen.” He graduated from West Point and has an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MA in Management and PhD in Executive Management from the Peter Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. In 2009 he received an award as a distinguished alumnus from that institution. He’s a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC in residence. His more than 50 books on business and Management, including A Class with Drucker, Drucker on Marketing, Drucker on Leadership, and his latest book, The Practical Drucker, have been published in 23 languages.

    Dr. William A. Cohen, Major General USAF, Ret.

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    Ron Cohen

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Ron Cohen entered the military (U.S. Air Force) in 1970. While still in the military he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with an Interdisciplinary Major in Business Administration (equivalent to a major in Business Administration, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Accounting and Statistics) from the University of Great Falls, Montana. While in the military, Mr. Cohen spent 8 years in bases doing Program Planning and 12 years in Acquisition where he evaluated contractor’s management systems. After retiring from the military in 1990, Mr. Cohen was hired by Hughes Space and Communications Company (who was bought out by Boeing) and started his career managing satellite and major programs for both commercial and military customers. Mr. Cohen retired from Boeing in 2011 and currently uses his skill in building strategic partnerships for a town council run.

    Ron Cohen

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    Margo Sturges

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Margo Sturges is an investigative reporter and community activist who has effectively employed strategic thinking to uncover wasteful municipal spending and engage citizens in local government. She has written over 950 articles on Cactus Thorns, a local political blog, and has a following of 1,700 active readers of her posts. Ms. Sturges uses public records requests, grassroots networking, and blistering commentary to hold elected officials accountable. Her work has been credited with changing the political landscape of the Morongo Basin.

    Margo Sturges

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    Sue Kujawa

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Sue Kujawa has established a unique track record in building innovative non-profit organizations serving the needs of the most vulnerable groups in the Pasadena community--the young and the old. During her twenty-five year tenure as Executive Director of Mothers' Club she oversaw its transformation as an organization serving families facing the severe hardships of poverty and isolation from an organization getting by on a $70,000 annual budget to one flourishing on an annual budget of over $1.2 million--along with a $6.5 million capital campaign that greatly expanded its mission, capacity and reach. Her concern for the ageing in Pasadena has resulted in the development of the Pasadena Village with a mission of assisting seniors to live in their homes while enjoying supportive services meeting their healthcare, recreational and social needs.

    Sue Kujawa

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    Harry Hudick

    Executive Guest Speaker

    Our speaker tonight is Mr. Harry B. Hudick. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Point and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Mr. Hudick’s professional background features more than 22 years of engineering, project and program management experience in both military and civilian organizations. He has managed teams in several industries including technology, oil and gas, manufacturing, mass transit and aviation. He is co-owner of a small general construction and project management company as well as a small military uniform accessory business. He continues to serve in the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel assigned as the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the state of Nevada. He lives in Sierra Madre, CA with his wife and two sons.

    Harry Hudick

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    Madelon Wallace

    Business Executive

    Madelon Wallace, a performance specialist, combines her expertise with FocalPoint coaching model to help executives and entrepreneurs take their business to next level. She is an accomplished, result oriented, business leader who has worked for multiple Fortune 500 corporations with global reach to develop, correct, and manage business opportunities and brands. She believes that small business is the heart of our community’s success. She delivers tremendous value through business coaching and training utilizing the proven methodology of Brian Tracy. Ms. Wallace equips owners and executives with right tools and solutions resulting in increased sales and profits, decreased costs, develop strategically, employee engagement, and improved effectiveness.

    Madelon Wallace

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    David French

    Business Executive

    David French is the President and Principal at David French & Associates, LLC, a strategy and management-consulting firm based in Los Angeles, David’s business career started working with Salomon Brothers as an energy analyst and eventually working in London with currency. His work in currency included being part of the very elite arbitrage group working on exploiting mathematical errors between banks on currency and interest rates. David started the firm in 1994 and secured working with Red Bull as one of the firm’s first clients. David and the firm focus on growing businesses, economic development, and implementation of growth plans. The firm carries a great deal of experience in international investment as well and manages a significant amount of capital for their international clients. David loves teaching at UCLA in graduate certificates in their extension program in finance and management as well as the prestigious International Trade & Commerce Program. David is the lead business instructor for UCLA’s custom programs where he teaches students, business professionals and government officials on international business, policies, strategies as well as intercultural communication. He also works as an adjunct professor of management at Loyola Marymount University teaching international business and strategy classes.

    David French

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    Colin Stubblefield

    Business Executive

    A long time consultant for start-up's and mid size companies. Colin's primary focus is on operational efficiency & financial solvency. He also serves as the vice president for JCAP premium financing in Newport Beach CA. His role there is raising investment money for fixed income real estate hard money loans. He also oversees the insurance arm of the company.

    Colin Stubblefield

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    Cameron J. McConnell

    Business Executive

    Cameron J. McConnell, Chief Innovation Officer of Build To Prosper, a division of MGLLC, a business consulting corporation owned by Cameron, will speak during the Finance class session on October 10th 2015. Cam is considered a master at profit creation for business owners throughout the world. Recently Cam has written a book entitled Build To Prosper that reveals the key business secrets (treasures) to attaining sustainable pretax profits to invest in future innovation for business owners. Cam has assisted well over 400 business owners over the past 40 years in accomplishing this goal. These business owners have increased their business market value by more than $2Billion dollars. In teaching the MBA Finance class at California Institute of Advanced Management, Cam will dispel the previously touted economic theory of return on investment (ROI) as being no longer relevant and he will offer a new model. This model is based on earning a minimum return of 10% pretax sales not on equity (investment). Cam is the founder in 1978 of his business advising firm, MGLLC and is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Build to Prosper, a division of MGLLC. After 400 engagements with business owners over the last 37 years, Cam continues to assist owners in increasing their business pre-tax earnings to be sustainable and sufficient to invest in future innovation. In his new book, “Build To Prosper” he discloses MGLLC’s intellectual property. This intellectual property is the system that is applied by his methodology to successfully obtain a minimum 10% pre-tax profit return on sales. The following endorsement of his book “Build To Prosper” helps summarize almost 40 years of leadership as a CEO, Chief Innovation Officer and business advisor with his management team.

    Cameron J. McConnell

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    Kien Tiet, Esq.

    CFO

    Kien Tiet is a founder and owner of Law Offices of Kien Tiet at Temple City, California. This law firm’s practice areas include business litigation, trust and estate litigation, corporate and business formation, corporate governance, tax law and immigration law. His previous experience in the field of law includes: Chief Financial Officer and general Counsel of McWhirter Distributing Co., Inc, Associate Attorney at Stern & Goldberg, Associate Attorney at Morse, Giesler & Callister LLP and as Associate Attorney at many other law firms.

    Kien Tiet, Esq.