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Nancy Montejano, Director of Operations, began her career in Oceanography after graduating from University of California, San Diego, with a BS in Biology. She continued her science career, working at several biotech companies in San Diego. After years in research, Nancy worked in the financial services industry, coordinating educational marketing events and managing the firm’s relationships with clients. Nancy is excited to be part of an organization that supports genetic vision disorder research and offers resources to families of children with vision disorders. She and her husband live in Carmel Valley and have two grown children.

Nancy Montejano
Nov 10, 2017
 

Dr. Laura Proctor

Dr. Proctor is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mindful Psychotherapy Inc., serving adults with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship difficulties and other issues in La Jolla and Hillcrest. She is also a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, and is currently conducting research on the transition to adulthood for former foster youth.

Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she worked as a journalist and grant writer in Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Proctor is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and disability rights. She is particularly interested in leveling the playing field for children and teens with food allergies, so that they may enjoy the same educational and socialization opportunities at school as their non-allergic peers.

 

 

Esther Trevino

Esther Trevino, a native of San Diego, California, is the #GlutenFreeNerd. This nickname, “the gluten free nerd” is the result of her interests in comic books, space, science, computers, video games, as well as a passion for raising awareness about food allergy and Celiac Disease. As someone who has asthma, Celiac Disease, and allergies to peanuts, shellfish, and bees, Esther focuses her efforts on helping people understand that they can follow their passions and interests and live a normal life even with dietary restrictions.

To further this message, Esther runs a blog, The Gluten Free Nerd, along with various social media accounts including Instagram (TheGlutenFreeNerd), Twitter (@EstherTrevino), and Facebook (The Gluten Free Nerd). Her content includes things like allergy-friendly recipes inspired by her favorite scientists, the latest space news, and other favorite topics related to science and technology. The result is content that’s fun and educational while raising awareness of food allergy and other dietary restrictions.

Esther, through her social media presence and speaking engagements, encourages her audience to recognize they are more than their food allergy and auto-immune disorder. 

Dr. Laura Proctor and Esther Trevino
Nov 17, 2017
 
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Nov 24, 2017
 
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Jolyn B. Parker, VP of External Relations, San Diego Oasis, serving San Diego Oasis in the role of raising friends and funds, Jolyn has worked in marketing, fundraising, event production, and strategic management in both the nonprofit world and the for profit retail industry.

From her role as CMO of a $90M nonprofit to teaching the business of retail and marketing and communications at the university level to running a multi-million dollar retail operation, she brings a wealth of experience in outreach that includes conceptualizing, implementing and managing campaigns to build public relations and communications efforts, targeted marketing, business development, strategic and operational planning and events to raise awareness and funds.

Jolyn is involved in supporting the San Diego nonprofit community, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Barrio Logan College Institute, Chair of the Board of Community Health Improvement Partners, and as a member of the San Diego Symphony Notables. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Fashion Group International, a national board based in New York, and as a member of the National Business Planning Committee for The Oasis Institute working to complete a national business plan.

She holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Nonprofit Management from Empire State College at SUNY, Applied Associate Degree in Retail Management from Fashion Institute of Technology at SUNY, and a certificate from College of Distributive Trades, London, England. She is married to William (Bill) Parker, a business turnaround specialist and has one daughter, an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jolyn Parker
Dec 01, 2017
 
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Todd Lane, MBA, is currently President/Chief Executive Officer for California Coast Credit Union, a $2 billion credit union based in San Diego. Mr. Lane was named President in June of 2014 and became President/CEO on January 1, 2015. Mr. Lane had served as Chief Financial Officer for California Coast Credit Union since 2009. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Cal Coast Foundation Board, which provides grants and scholarships to schools, students and educators in San Diego and Riverside counties. 

Prior to joining to the credit union, Mr. Lane was the President/Chief Executive Officer of Executive Compensation Solutions based in Covina, California and prior to that was the EVP/CFO for a Western Corporate Federal Credit Union. In total, he has held executive positions in the financial services industry for over 30 years.

Mr. Lane received his BS in Finance from San Diego State University and his MBA from Pepperdine University. Todd has served on both for-profit and non-profit Boards, including several years on a Board of Trustees directing retirement assets. He currently serves as Chairman of the RMJ Foundation, where their principal efforts are directed towards youth financial education and is past President of the AOBT Foundation which supports a business-based academy at Clairemont High School here in San Diego.​

Todd Lane
Dec 08, 2017
 
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Dec 22, 2017
 
Dark - New Year's
Dec 29, 2017
 
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Taking the risk out of public speaking Prisk Communication

JENNI PRISK founded Prisk Communication in 1990 to provide exemplary public speaking and communication skills. She has coached hundreds of individuals and corporate teams in the United States and internationally. Jenni is a dynamic motivational speaker.

Jenni was born and raised in New Zealand. She has a Diploma in Adult Teaching and qualified as a Human Relations and Communications Instructor for the New Zealand Marriage Guidance Council. She has a Diploma in Speech & Drama from Trinity College, London, England.

Jenni is the co-author of Communication Skills Training, published by ASTD. For six years she was a faculty professor at the University of San Diego in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program. In collaboration with PRIDE Inc. San Diego, she developed and led a recurring course in public speaking for developmentally disabled adults.

Jenni chaired the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from 2015-2017. She remains on the Commission. In June 2016, she was elected President of the Association of California Commissions on the Status of Women (ACCW). She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Women Peacemakers’ Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD. She is an advisory member of the Women’s Regional Network of South Asia, who assist IDPs.

In 2001, Jenni founded Voices of Women (VOW), a nonprofit organization with the Mission to support and promote local and global educational programs that uplift and empower women and children. VOW presented 80+ educational events, and raised funds for global nonprofit organizations including the Daraja Academy for Girls in Kenya. Jenni is a co-founder and host of iVOW, a Podcast Program featuring voices of global women. www.voicesofwomen.org

Jenni is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club where she chairs the Peace Committee. In 2013, she received the Rotarian of the Quarter award. Jenni is the CA State Representative for the National Women’s Political Caucus San Diego Chapter. She is a member of Lawyers Club of San Diego. She is a board member of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF)

Jenni was a speaker at TEDx SDSU; she has emceed TEDx programs. She is featured in a SUE Talk on YouTube. For two decades she anchored (live) KPBS-TV San Diego fundraisers and interviewed numerous guests: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Sarah Brightman, Paul Anka, John Tesh, Patti LuPone, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Andrew Weil (and more.) Jenni is a theatre critic – you can read her reviews on Scene by Jenni Prisk on FaceBook.

Awards:

1994 & 2016: San Diego Business Journal’s Award for Women Who Mean Business

1995: finalist in Bank of America’s 1st Enterprise Award Program; honoree in Women Together Awards

1999: regional finalist in Working Woman magazine’s first Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Program

2006: Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center (WIC)

2008: Community Leader Award from the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project

2009: nominee in San Diego Magazine’s Women of Worth Awards

2011: YWCA TWIN Award Recipient

2013: Athena Pinnacle Awards Finalist; Heilbron Awards Finalist

Jenni Prisk
Jan 12, 2018
 
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From a window seat at The University Club (home of San Diego’s Downtown Breakfast Rotary), Doug Wilson can see much of his life’s work. This 35-story view is a signature feature of the mixed-use masterpiece he created in the 1980s – a full city block known as Symphony Towers.

Turning south toward Petco Park, the downtown skyline showcases two other Doug Wilson icons -- The Mark and Park Loft. Both projects are considered landmarks and credited with being catalysts to the success of Petco and the surrounding neighborhoods.

When the economy took its turn and plunged the economy into a near-depression, Doug Wilson pivoted to its other long-tested business model of handling workouts nationwide. The company emerged to become one of the country’s most prominent fiduciaries, trusted by private investors, banks, and government to reposition or sell over $15 billion in troubled assets.

Fast forward to 2017, where the team at Douglas Wilson Companies has refocused yet again on other new initiatives.

“We’re gearing up for what we see as an imminent, unprecedented transition of wealth from the baby boomer generation to its adult children,” said Wilson. “Inevitably, and unfortunately, such a major shift of accumulated wealth will create a variety of disputes concerning ownership, control, management and disposition of assets.”

In fact, Baby Boomers are expected to transfer up to $59 trillion to adult children through 2061.

“We call it the “wealth acquiring generation,” and as they begin to transfer trillions to adult children, we can tap our experience as a fiduciary to help families avoid inter-generational disputes and preserve and enhance the value of these assets.”

To strengthen his in-house conflict resolution team, Wilson recently recruited high-profile business attorney John L. Morrell, the immediate past president of San Diego Rotary Club 33. Morrell moved to Douglas Wilson Companies from local powerhouse Higgs Fletcher & Mack, where he retains the title of Chairman Emeritus.

Douglas Wilson Companies is also currently engaged in infill residential development, senior housing, as well as a thriving practice in real estate advisory services for large private, public and non-profit institutions. For more information, visit: www.douglaswilson.com

Doug Wilson
Jan 19, 2018
 
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Pivot to Success!

Are you a “Wantrepreneur” – an entrepreneur with an idea, business, or goal that is slipping further out of reach?

In this talk, A.J. MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable. Perhaps you’ve psyched yourself up, but you’ve found yourself on a crazy roller coaster ride with some stellar highs followed by some unexpected deep dives. Your success might be a lot closer than you think, but it can be all too easy to lose momentum when life throws you or your business a monkey wrench.

How you handle the adversities in your path will determine your success. If your business is not where you want it to be, A.J. will share his simple mindset pivot to get you and your company recalibrated for success.

MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable.

“When you pivot, you will feel your entire life shift forward. Pivot to Success will teach you how to tap into your potential in a greater way than you have ever experienced before!” – A.J. MacQuarrie

 

A. J. MacQuarrie
Jan 26, 2018
 
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Uganda is a developing country in central east Africa, that is stable politically and has good promise for the future. Quench and Connect is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 public charity non-profit working to improve health and education at high schools in Uganda. As Executive Director, since the establishment of Quench and Connect, I have been working to collect donations to install deep borehole water wells at these schools to improve health and then to provide teaching tools and university scholarships to enhance the education process so that Uganda can successfully train the skilled citizens it needs to move their society forward. Since our inception in 2010 we have installed boreholes providing clean drinking water at 16 schools, teaching tools at 6 schools, and full-ride university scholarships for two students. Clean Water is a priority goal for rotary clubs, and several local rotary clubs have supported our projects including the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. In total, nearly 40,000 students in Uganda are benefitting from our projects.

Kathryn Ely
Feb 09, 2018
 
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Earl W. Edwards accepted the position of Director of Athletics at UC San Diego in March of 2000. Under his guidance, the 23-sport program has made a very successful transition from the NCAA Division III ranks to Division II. Since moving to Division II in 2000, UC San Diego has been ranked among the top seven programs in the country on 11 different occasions in the annual Learfield Directors' Cup standings. In 2004 and again in 2007, UCSD was the national runner up. In 2016, the school placed third in the country.

UC San Diego has also won six California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Commissioners' Cup titles, an award that recognizes the best overall athletics program in the prestigious conference.

Additionally, UCSD has been ranked first among all Division II institutions in the last eight National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings, which comprehensively measure student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength and athletic prowess. Edwards has also enhanced or built new facilities during his tenure which includes a new Softball field, Baseball clubhouse and stadium, a new Athletic Performance Center.

Edwards has served on many national and regional committees and organizations throughout his career, including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division II Board of Directors and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board of Directors. Edwards is also an ex-officio board member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and has served as the organization's president. In addition, he is a member of the CCAA's Executive Council.

Edwards was on NACDA's Executive Committee from 2003-07 and has been part of the Division II Management Council, the Division II Championships and Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee, the Walter Byers Scholarship Committee and the Committee for Women’s Athletics.

In 2007, Edwards was named the West Region Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA, and in 2016-2017 Edwards was named the NACDA Under Armour Division II Director of the Year.

Earl Edwards
Apr 13, 2018
 

Imaging of the eye is limited by the relative poor optics of the human eye to viewing small bloodvessels at best. While biology has cellular level image resolution, ophthalmology has long suffered from the poor numerical aperture of the human eye. With the help of adaptive optics, a technology initially developed for President Reagan's Star Wars Initiative and subsequently used in astronomy, we are able to overcome the optical resolution limits and achieve cellular level imaging in humans.

Dirk-Uwe
Apr 20, 2018
 
Apr 28, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM