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Bill Gore
Aug 18, 2017
 
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Don is a farm boy from rural Ohio. His early inspiration was to fly, which he began at age 16, and he is still an active private pilot.

Don was a career Air Force Officer, and is a Viet Nam veteran. He has 30 years of technical and management experience in the aerospace and communications industries. He was one of the co-founders and the initial corporate strategist for Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE:ATK), and he was Corporate VP strategy and planning for Motorola Networks in US and Asia. Today Don is semi-retired as an independent business consultant, and devotes his free time to charities. His hobbies and interests include flying, fishing, travel, music, history and philosophy.

Don’s topic today is the Apollo program. In 1968 and 1969 he was a NASA flight controller in Mission Control in Houston, on the control team for Apollo Missions 6 through 12, which included the first two lunar landings. Don will tell us about the Apollo missions, and some of the behind the scenes details of the people and the activities that made up this exciting time in our history. 

Donald Willis
Aug 25, 2017
 
Dark - Labor Day
Sep 01, 2017
 
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Moisés Barón, Ph.D., President and CEO, San Diego Center for Children

Dr. Barón, a psychologist with more than 29 years of clinical and administrative experience, joined the San Diego Center for Children as President and CEO in September of 2014.

Prior to joining the Center, he served for 11 years as the first Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Student Wellness at the University of San Diego. Dr. Barón conceptualized and implemented a plan to restructure, expand and integrate health and wellness services, remodel facilities, and established integrated clinical, preventive and educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students. His responsibilities included general oversight of operations, budget and strategic development, and leading the efforts to achieve national accreditations of the wellness area units. He also provided ongoing leadership and guidance to university students, faculty and administration on issues related to diversity, inclusion, wellness, health, mental health and crisis response.

Prior to this, Dr. Barón was Director of the Counseling Center from 1997 to 2006 where he managed all of the center’s operations and budget. He has been Adjunct Faculty at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for over 20 years, and is the Founder of the COMPASS Academic Center at USD where he led a team that developed multidisciplinary and innovative programs to help and support families of children with special needs. He also served as Executive Director of the services arm of COMPASS in the community until 2012.

In addition to his experience at USD, Dr. Barón also worked in private practice as a clinician and in different supervisory and leadership positions in community mental clinics and inpatient facilities in San Diego including: The Center for Counseling at Catholic Charities, Southwood Hospital and Vista Hill Hospital, where he served as Director of Psychology.

Moises Baron, Ph.D.
Sep 08, 2017
 
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Karin Davies MD is a retired San Diego Kaiser pediatrician who lived in Ethiopia as a child when her father, as part of the Point Four Program, helped to develop an agricultural and technical school in Jimma Ethiopia. Dr. Davies returned to visit Ethiopia years later with her brothers and found that the small school her father helped to develop with only 80 students is now Jimma University with over 40,000 students. She felt a strong connection to Ethiopia and its people and, upon return, worked with her colleague, Neonatologist Patricia Bromberger, to develop a training of trainers program in neonatal resuscitation and post-resuscitation care of newborns for medical, nursing, and midwife students at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Gondar in Gondar, Ethiopia.

That training program became a Vocational Training Team Project funded by The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant: “Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia”. Dr. Davies is a certified instructor in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and is a Master Trainer in Helping Babies Breathe and Essential Care for Every Newborn which are training programs developed jointly by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association to train doctors, nurses and midwives in low resource areas to save babies lives at birth. In addition, she is a Master Trainer in the TeamSTEPPS program to train health professionals in communication and teamwork skills.

Karin Davies
Sep 15, 2017
 
Corey Polant
Sep 22, 2017
 
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Andrew M. Lowy, MD serves as Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Unit at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Dr. Lowy ‘s clinical and research interests are in the area of pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancer. Since 2005, Dr. Lowy has served as the surgical liaison for the Pancreatic Cancer Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group. From 2007-2016 he served as co-chair for the National Cancer Institute’s Pancreatic Cancer Task Force, and was elected chair in 2016. Dr. Lowy also serves on the board of the National Pancreas Foundation and as chair elect of the scientific and medical advisory board for the Pancreatic Cancer Action network. Currently, Dr. Lowy serves as the surgical principal investigator of RTOG 0848, the largest pancreatic cancer adjuvant trial ever to be conducted in the U.S. He previously served on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology as section editor for pancreatic tumors, and has served as section editor for translational research since 2015. Dr. Lowy’s laboratory co-developed the first genetically engineered mouse model of pancreatic cancer and currently focuses on the study of tyrosine kinase signaling, preclinical therapeutics and preclinical modeling in pancreatic cancer. His laboratory has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1999. 

Andrew Lowy, MD
Sep 29, 2017
 
Phil Bresnahan
Oct 06, 2017
 
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Garner A. Palenske and his family live in San Diego, California. A native Californian, he grew up exploring the mining camps of the Mojave Desert. Mr. Palenske earned bachelor degrees in both engineering and business from California State University, Fullerton. He works as a vice president of a consulting engineering firm and has worked on many historical building restorations. An accomplished researcher, Mr. Palenske has published several engineering research projects.

Mr. Palenske’s first history book “Wyatt Earp in San Diego, Life After Tombstone” was published in 2012. This critically acclaimed work was the first academic treatment of this exciting period in Earp’s life. Since then he has been published in True West Magazine and presented papers at the Arizona History Convention (2015, 2016 and 2017), and the Tombstone Territorial Rendezvous (many times).

Palenske is a member of the Wild West History Association and the San Diego History Center. He is also serves as the historian for the First San Diego Court House Museum in Old Town San Diego.

Garner Palenske
Oct 13, 2017
 
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Clinton Mains is an advisor consultant for Hartford Funds. He is responsible for marketing Hartford Funds and The Hartford SMART529 in California, covering the San Diego, Orange County, Riverside County, and Palm Springs areas. Clinton supports financial advisors and their clients with educational material, client seminars, product expertise, and practicemanagement strategies.

Clinton joined the organization as an advisor consultant in 2011. Prior to joining the company, he worked in sales and marketing with Franklin Templeton in northern California from 2008-2011. Clinton is a registered representative of Hartford Funds Distributors. He is FINRA Series 6 and 63 registered.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Clinton graduated from The University of Denver with a degree in finance from Daniels College of Business. He currently lives in San Diego, California. 

Clinton Mains
Oct 20, 2017
 
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Joey’s dedication to the theatrical arts and youth) is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre (2006-present). Winning over 50 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego; including a special creativity award for shaving his head with his lead in THE KING AND I, Yul Brynner style, gaining over $10,000.00 for Rady Children’s Hospital, Cancer Unit. Earning him the title Joey “Do Anything For The Arts” Landwehr.

Joey moved to San Diego after being a professional actor and director in New York City working on and off Broadway, national tours, regional theatre and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from The Ohio State University and has studied under such instructors as Betty Buckley, Marcel Marceau, Francis Sternhagen, Uta Hagen, Anne Bogart, F. Murray Abraham, Twila Tharpe and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Ben Vereen, Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris, Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, Kristin Chenoweth, Victoria Mallory, Joel Grey, Kaye Ballard, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone & Howard Keel. Joey has worked in all medias of entertainment and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Since moving to San Diego Joey worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director; in 2007 he received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts and in 2011 was also honored as the San Diego Newsmaker of the year in the Arts. In 2015 Joey was nominated, by the great Ben Vereen, for the Inaugural Excellence In Theatre Education TONY Award; in 2016 Joey was further recognized when the city of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day.

2014 to the present Joey also is proud to serve as Artistic Director for THE BEN VEREEN AWARDS (Starring Ben Vereen) by Broadway/San Diego A Nederlander Presenter. In San Diego, Joey has worked with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Society, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, San Diego REP, Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova San Diego, The Civic Theatre, The Spreckles Theatre, The Balboa Theatre, San Diego Fringe Festival, Compulsion Dance & Theatre and The Actors Alliance Festival winning five different excellence awards. From 2006 - 2015 Joey served as the resident staging director and choreographer for the SDGMC, under the artistic direction of Gary Holt and producer Ian Grant.

At JCompany he has had the privilege of directing RUMPELSTILTSKIN IS MY NAME, OLIVER!, YOURS, ANNE, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE STORY OF HANSEL AND GRETEL, DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK, ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S AIDA, DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS, POCAHONTAS (San Diego Premiere), INTO THE WOODS, FIREFLIES: THE STORY OF THE ARTISTS OF TEREZIN - FEATURING THE ORIGINAL CHILDREN’S OPERA BRUNDIBAR (World Premiere). RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE SOUND OF MUSIC, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 13 – A NEW MUSICAL, THE WIZARD OF OZ (Munchkin cast of the national tour), CHILDREN OF EDEN (Also playing the role of The Father), DISNEY’S MULAN, **THE WHO’S TOMMY, **THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, **XANADU, FUNNY GIRL, YENTL (World Premiere), GYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY, SHREK – THE MUSICAL, DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DISNEY’S TARZAN, DISNEY’S PETER PAN, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, ANNIE, WEST SIDE STORY, RENT, A VERY POTTER MUSICAL, PHANTOM, DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS, SEUSSICAL, ANNIE WARBUCKS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. TITANIC – THE MUSICAL, WICKED, URINETOWN, DISNEY’S ALADDIN, THE WIZ, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, RAGTIME, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, MAMMA MIA, TICK, TICK… BOOM!, CHESS, DISNEY’S THE LION KING, LES MISERABLES, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AMND THE BEAST, HAIRSPRAY

**In partnership with La Jolla Playhouse

Joey Landwehr
Oct 27, 2017
 
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Heath Fox is the Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society. He was previously the Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego; Director of Administration at the San Diego Museum of Art; and Associate Director for Administration at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a BS in Business Finance from Virginia Tech. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s museum management program and the Harvard Business School executive education program. He served on the Arts Commission for the city of Carlsbad, California; on the Board of Trustees of the Balboa Art Conservation Center; and on the Board of Directors of Balboa Park Central.

Heath Fox
Nov 03, 2017
 
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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
 
Dark - Thanksgiving
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.‚Äč

Todd Lane
Dec 08, 2017
 
Dark - Christmas
Dec 22, 2017
 
Dark - New Year's
Dec 29, 2017
 
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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
 

Learn how a young entrepreneur turned a $20,000 investment into a multi-million dollar enterprise!

An audience favorite, A.J. MacQuarrie (MyKarmaBox.com & LaunchPadNation.com) is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and recognized for his ability to WOW audiences with his amazing story as to how he turned a failure into a monumental success.

A.J. is the CEO and Founder of KarmaBox Vending, a nationwide healthy vending company that provides healthy, environmentally-friendly alternatives to junk food vending machines. Featuring “Karmatunity” business opportunities, KarmaBox is one of the fastest-growing businesses of its kind found in over 65 cities nationally and new locations open every week.

Through his fast-paced Startup Bootcamps, A.J. teaches “wantrepreneurs” how to take an idea, overcome the unexpected twists and turns, and launch a business for success. He is the author of the upcoming book, Pivot to Your First Million: How to Start a Business Without Money, Experience, Or Any Idea What You’re Doing. He also serves on the board of the Greater San Diego Business Association.

Profile: A.J. MacQuarrie

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Pivot to Your First Million!

Is it really possible to make $1 million dollars your first year in business – or does that only happen for a privileged few?

A.J. MacQuarrie created his first million dollars in one year based on seven strategies he applied as a result of his business’s rejection on “Dragons’ Den”, the Canadian version of “Shark Tank”. At first, A.J. was disheartened, but the feedback he received about his healthy vending machine business proved to be invaluable. Their critiques were right on target: he needed to develop something exclusive and make his business scalable.

When A.J. pivoted from his original idea and altered his business model, he landed directly on the right path to exclusivity and scalability – and the success he desired quickly followed. In this talk, A.J. will share the seven strategies you need to know to get on the path to your first million dollars!

“Cast off bad ideas, processes or people who hold you back. It’s an unconventional skill that’s absolutely necessary for building a highly successful business.” – A. J. MacQuarrie

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