Event Types
Dark - Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2017

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

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
Dark - Christmas
Dec 22, 2017
Dark - New Year's
Dec 29, 2017

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.

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.


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

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:

Doug Wilson
Jan 19, 2018

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

and CEO
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce 


1. Past President, Transit Alliance for a Better North County
2. Member, Board of Advisers, U.S. Marine Corps, Historical Society
3. Member, Board of Directors, Southwest Water Solutions
4. Member & Past Chairman, San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors
5. Past Chairman, San Diego Land Use Committee, San Diego Association of Governments
6. Member Hi-Noon Rotary Club Carlsbad, California
7. Past President La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
8. Founder of Crime Stoppers and Past President
9. Member Mira Costa Bond Oversight Board of Directors
10. Member Tri-City Hospital Community Relations Board 


• Laureate, San Diego Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
• American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, “Award of Excellence”
• County of San Diego, “Volunteer of the Year”
• San Diego Venture Group, “Businessman of the Year”
• U.S. Small Business Administration, “Media Advocate of the Year”
• American Cancer Society, “California Victory Award”
• Bank of America Enterprise Award, “Most Socially Responsible Company”
• Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce, “Distinguished Leadership Award”
• Private Industry Council, “Partnership Award”
• Boy Scouts of America, Desert Pacific Council, “Distinguished Citizen Award”
• National Association of Women Business Owners, “Advocate of the Year”
• Centre City Development Corporation, “Director’s Award”
• Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Visionary Leader Award”
• Golden Triangle Rotary Club, “Ernest W. Hahn Visionary Award”
• Paul Harris Foundation Fellow-Rotary International (2 awards)
• Women in Transportation Excellence in Transportation Award
• Most Admired CEO San Diego Business Journal Award
• Twenty Most Influential Leaders Award, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine 


MBA, National University, San Diego, California, 1984

BA, Social Science, Chapman University, Orange, California, 1980

AS, Journalism, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, 1974

Listed in Who’s Who in the World; Listed in Who’s Who in America; Listed in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry; Listed in Who’s Who in California; Listed in Who’s Who in the West; Listed in Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders, Listed in Who’s Who in the Media and Communications.

Ted Owen
Feb 02, 2018

Richard is Founder/President of RDM Management Group, a professional training company specializing in the areas of Sales, Customer Service, Soft Skills and Leadership Management Training. RDM Management Group focuses on four (4) key principles: Self Confidence, SelfDiscipline, Emotional Intelligence, and Motivation. While serving in the U.S. Army, these four (4) key principles were critical guidelines that propelled him to this next level in his professional business career.

As a speaker, business coach and trainer, Richard has exercised the same four (4) principles to launch a successful business career into the professional arena of Sales and Sales Management that has extended beyond 30 years of honorary and awarded tenure. Richard is also an established author of The Empowerment Series Volume I & II a Motivational Series.

Richard currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North San Diego Business Chamber, Kroc Center Salvation Army Advisory Council, and Miramar College Business Department Advisory Board. He also a Facilitator for the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. aka REBOOT which lead initiatives to “Reboot the lives & careers of transitioning service members and veterans and promote a strong workforce.” By focusing on and resolving the key reintegration issues of veterans and the challenges employers face trying to hire them.

Richard also volunteers his time as a facilitator at Interfaith Community Services Veterans Assistance Program, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels and team leader for Economic Development Escondido/San Marcos CA.

Richard Marks
Feb 09, 2018

Rehab Bio 
Elyse Matson (Speech Pathologist) 

B.A. in Communication Disorders, San Diego State University 1987
M.A. in Communication Disorders, San Diego State University 1989 Certified in the use of Vital 
Stim, LSVT, and Myofascial Release 

Where you grew up?
 I am a native San Diegan

I am only fluent in English, but can get by in Spanish and my colleagues here at Carmel Mountain have taught me some Tagalog too!!

Why did you choose speech therapy?
I chose the field of speech therapy for a variety of reasons: I wanted to help others, I loved older people and helping others communicate is amazing.

What is your proudest moment as a speech therapist?
I have a great career spanning over 25 years. One of my proudest moments was placing a speaking valve on a patient and watching him speak to his family for the first time in 6 months!!

What is something we do not know about you?
You may not know that I love technology and often try to use it in my therapy. I love thinking about how the latest gadgets might help my patients communicate better!

How do you spend your leisurely time?
I love to spend time with my husband, son and friends. I am a member of Team Challenge. We train for triathlons while raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Elyse Matson
Feb 23, 2018

Professional Background & Personal Information

Professional Accreditation:

Admitted to the California State Bar. Courts Admitted to: California Supreme Court; United States District Court, Southern District of California.


J.D., Western State University, San Diego, CA; Undergraduate Study in Civil Engineering, Business Administration and Architecture at, respectively, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; University of San Diego, San Diego, CA; and New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA. A Fellow at the Esperti Peterson Institute, a Laureate in Wealth Strategies at the Laureate Center For Wealth Advisors, and a Fellow at the Southern California Institute.


Principal and Founder, Strazzeri Mancini LLP, practicing in Estate Planning, Business Succession, Charitable Planning, Asset Protection and Retirement Issues; Principal of The Founders Group, a Business Strategies Collaborative; CoFounder of The Southern California Institute; Former Mediator for ARBITRATIONWORKS (A.W.), a California Dispute Resolution Corporation; Level II Arbitrator for State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Contractor State License Board through A.W.; Chair for the Sharp Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors; California B-licensed General Contractor; and Real Estate Developer.


Approved provider for Continuing Education through the State of California Department of Insurance. Speaker for Continuing Education for financial professionals including Certified Public Accountants, Attorneys, Fiduciaries, and Financial Planners. Former Adjunct Faculty Member of the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University. Education Fellow at the Southern California Institute. Instructor for Estate and Trust Education Resources—Exam Prep Course for the State Bar of California Certified Specialist Exam in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.


Books: Co-author, "Generations — Planning Your Legacy," 1999; Co-author, "Strictly Business — Planning Strategies for Privately Owned Businesses," 2002; Co-author, "Giving — Philanthropy for Everyone," 2002; Co-author, “For California Doctors – a guide to asset protection, tax, and estate planning,” 2009; Co-author, “Business Succession Planning – Strategies for California Estate Planners and Business Attorneys,” CEB 2010. Course Manuals for State of California Department of Insurance for approved Continuing Education: Trust Fiduciaries; Basic Estate Planning; Family Limited Partnerships; Advanced Estate Planning, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Asset Protection—Offshore Planning. Course materials on Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts for the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, accredited by the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University.

Community Service

Former and/or present member, Board of Directors for Charities such as: The Coming Together Foundation; Army-Navy Academy; ANA Alumni Association and Sharp Healthcare Foundation.


Joseph has structured his practice to allow him and his wife Antonietta to enjoy time with their family and to be active in their community. 

Joe Strazzeri
Mar 09, 2018

Dr. Tony Alessandra helps companies turn prospects into promoters. He is two speakers in one... a professor and a performer, or as one client put it – he delivers college-level lectures in a comedy store format. Dr. Tony offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy themselves while learning practical, immediately applicable skills that positively affect their relationships with prospects, customers and co-workers. His focus is on how to create instant rapport with prospects, employees & vendors; how to convert prospects and customers into business apostles who will “preach the gospel” about your company and products; and how to out-market, out-sell and out-service the competition.

Dr. Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, Internet entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from Notre Dame, an MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his PhD in marketing in 1976 from Georgia State University.

Tony is CEO of Assessments 24x7 LLC, a company that offers a variety of online assessments, including the widely used DISC profile, the Hartman HVP, Motivators (Values/PIAV) assessment, and several 360º effectiveness assessments.

He is also a prolific author with 30 books translated into over 50 foreign language editions, including the newly revised, best-selling The NEW Art of Managing People; Charisma; The Platinum Rule; Collaborative Selling; and Communicating at Work.

He is featured in over 100 audio/video programs and films, including DISC Relationship Strategies; The Dynamics of Effective Listening; and Gaining the EDGE in Competitive Selling. He is also the originator of the internationally recognized behavioral style assessment tool - The Platinum Rule®.

Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the NSA Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2009, he was inducted as one of the “Legends of the Speaking Profession;” in 2010-2014, he was selected 5 times as one of the Top 5 Sales/ Marketing/ Customer Service Speakers by; in 2010, Tony was elected into the inaugural class of the Top Sales World Sales Hall of Fame; in 2012, he was voted one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers; and also in 2012, Dr. Tony was voted the #1 World’s Top Communication Guru.

Recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as "one of America's most electrifying speakers," Tony's polished style, powerful message, and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earn rave reviews and loyal clients.

Dr. Tony Alessandra


Tony Allesandra
Mar 16, 2018

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar is Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She is the youngest woman ever elected to the board. Prior to becoming a Supervisor, Gaspar was an Encinitas City Council Member and went on to become the first Mayor ever elected in that city. She and her husband Paul, have three children. Kristin was born and raised in North County and is proud to represent her hometown community.

In her first year as Supervisor, Gaspar teamed up with Supervisor Dianne Jacob to launch an initiative that will help the growing number of seniors with dementia who end up in crisis. The effort is an outgrowth of The Alzheimer’s Project, the county-led initiative to find a cure and help families struggling with the disease.

Chairwoman Gaspar also co-initiated an investment of more than $400,000 to install five additional cameras in key fire-prone areas around the county. This will also boost the wireless network’s capacity and capability, ensuring first responders have real-time information that enhances fire protection.

Before being elected Supervisor of District Three, Gaspar was CFO of a physical therapy company. She is very involved in her children’s schools and extra-curricular activities and serves as a pop warner cheerleading coach. 

Kristin Gaspar
Apr 06, 2018

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.

Apr 20, 2018
Apr 28, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

I am originally from Chicago, joined the Air Force immediately upon graduation from Valparaiso University, Married my wife Jan in 1968 and we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.
I scuba dive, play golf, do CrossFit and recently gave up flying my own airplane. I flew mach2 in tight formation in an F104, but get nervous over a 3 foot putt.

Jim Fitzpatrick
May 18, 2018