Saturday, March 1, 2014
JW Marriott LA Live
Atrium 3, 8am-5pm
9:00 am – 9:40 am
9:40 am – 9:55 am
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Panel 1: Marketing – Creating A Powerful Personal Brand
Moderator: Mariecar Mendoza is a Los Angeles News Group Features Digital Director, focused on covering the music, food and festival scene of Los Angeles County for the group’s nine publications. Mendoza took on the digital leadership role after less than a year as a general assignment multimedia reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News. Prior to moving to L.A. in 2012, Mendoza worked as a multimedia reporter for The Desert Sun, a Gannett publication, in Palm Springs for nearly six years covering everything from city hall and courts to film and music festivals. Mendoza is an alumna of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Chips Quinn Scholar (2007). She has been involved in the Asian American Journalist Association since 2006 and now serves as Vice President of Print for the L.A. chapter. She is also on the executive committee for the organization’s V3 Digital Media Conference, which will be hosting its third conference in June. Follow her on Twitter @LANGMarMendoza
Marianne Ellis, SVP, Quigley-Simpson. 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, account brand planning and integration at DDB Worldwide and VEO Group. Marianne, a renown leader in Integrated Communications, is currently at Quigley-Simpson; a $400MM agency that offers brand response advertising that gets results-optimized daily while offering media rates 30-60% below competitors and AOR to P&G-70 brands (3-year award winner of top 80 out of 80,000 suppliers), JPMorgan Chase, Mars, Allstate, Liberty Medical, ShoeDazzle and more. Past clients include Audi, Volkswagen, Universal, CIGNA, Sea World, KIA, Epson, Wells Fargo, Northrop, Sunkist, Fetzer, Vons, Westfield, SCE, APS. Award winning campaigns earning Clios, Effies, One Show, Beldings, Pinnacle.
New business success included working to help DDB close $120 million in billing in 18 months. Delivered $3 million in new Energy Industry client revenue. She worked with 50 Omnicom DAS agencies to guarantee the best resources for her clients.
Co-developed and launched two DDB proprietary worldwide branding and planning tools (ROI Group Planning Process and Integrated Springboard). Launched DDB Sales Promotion and Direct/Database marketing practices-30% office revenue. Using her branding and marketing skills in the Energy space, Marianne has helped launch smart grid and clean energy (solar, wind, energy efficiency) for SoCal Edison, APS and both the State of CA and Hawaii. Marianne is a recognized environmental expert.. founding Green Effie judge and on Thunderbird’s International Sustainability Judging Team for top business schools. Behavior change campaigns Marianne led-Beverage Recycling, Anti-Littering, Waste Management-Zero Waste, Fuel Flexible Vehicles–all exceeded campaign goals documented in the State Records. Expert witness in Superior Court on advertising, intellectual property, new business development.
Chris Denson, CEO, Genius Effect LA, Host of #1 ranked podcast on Marketing & Innovation “Innovation Crush.” Chris Denson’s career has spanned marketing, media, technology, and product innovation. He has worked with entities like the AFI Digital Content Lab, Machinima, Playboy Television, Paul Frank, The New York Film Academy, and BET to name a few. He currently consults with leading marketing and media organizations, including The Regan Group, and Barnacle Studios, producers of award winning web series and branded entertainment. Additionally, Chris is the creator and host of Innovation Crush, a humorous and inspiring weekly interview series, showcasing the world’s top thinkers, trends, and products.
Mario Cobian, CEO, Cobian Marketing Group LLC, An Integrated Marketing Communications Agency
Magda Andrade – Senior Manager of Customer Acquisition at Curacao. 15 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising and Organizational Communications. Previous work includes Communications Coordinator for Ford Company, Account Executive at Advertising Agencies and Marketing Manager for organizations on consumer finance. Currently at Curacao, brand leader retailer on Consumer Electronics and financial services for Hispanic Market in Southern California and Arizona; in charge of Customer Acquisition, Credit Marketing and Sales Force Management at 11 retail locations and street team for promotional activities combining Database, Grassroots & Community MKT.
Lisa Moné Lamontagne, Business Management Major, Chair of Personnel of Associated Students at CSUN. KTLA5
11:00 am – 11:45 am
Panel 2: Media – Sparking Conversation & Engagement
Moderator: Gisela Margarita Perez, Assignment Editor, KABC-TV, Associate Producer, Fusion. A natural in front of the camera, Gisela brings her upbeat personality and charisma to any assignment. She has a knack for covering not only hard news but also celebrity and lifestyle news. Gisela has worked for several of television’s biggest networks and covered some of Hollywood’s most prestigious events. She’s reported on the Young Hollywood Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and Donna Morgan’s Spring/Summer preview, often writing and producing many of her own segments. Gisela has been a field producer or correspondent for Dateline NBC, KTLA, ABC7’s OTRC, Hollyscoop, UWire, and Crown City News, as well as worked for The Hollywood Reporter, KABC-TV, Capital News 9, and News 10 Now. All of her combined experience has been exceptional preparation for a career in TV. Evidence of her ability to multi-task, handle tight deadlines, be a team player, and stay motivated to strive at all tasks assigned have been shown throughout her career in this industry. In the past 5 years she has moved around quite a bit and in doing so has been exposed to so many amazing opportunities. That has contributed to Gisela being able to adapt to different newsrooms and personalities quickly.
Claire Marshall is a senior at California State University, Northridge, completing her degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a collateral field in urban studies. She is currently President of CSUN’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. In this position, Marshall directs the overall responsibilities of the chapter and motivates the executive board and members with her enthusiastic attitude toward PRSSA. She establishes goals and objectives for the chapter and delegates the responsibilities of the officers. She also presides over all membership and executive board meetings and stays in contact with the PRSSA National Committee. She previously held the position of Director of Student Relations, a title that required her to promote PRSSA’s member benefits, aid in recruitment, and act as the Chapter’s ambassador on a national and regional level. Marshall is currently interning at PMBC Group, a public relations firm in Beverly Hills. After graduation, she hopes to find a job doing tech, corporate or brand-marketing public relations work in the Los Angeles area.
A writer who embraced blogging at its onset, Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is known online– and offline– for her personal blog, jozjozjoz.com, which has been online for over a decade. As a digital entrepreneur creating spaces for under-represented voices, she is Editor-in-chief/CEO of the popular collaborative online publication 8Asians.com, which features original, diverse commentary by Asians from around the world. She is also a contributor to blogging.LA, flagship site of the Metblogs Network. In 2011, she acquired Metblogs and now runs the entire international network—consisting of over 50 sites worldwide— as its Publisher/CEO. In 2012, Joz became the Founder and Executive Director of the annual V3con: the V3 Digital Media Conference which celebrates and expands the “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” of diverse journalists, media professionals and digital enthusiasts. Bringing together more than 500 people from around the world, Joz was honored with the first “V3 Voice Award,” for giving voice to Asian Americans and helping others find their voices online. Leading the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Joz was recently recognized as “Chapter President of the Year,” while simultaneously serving on the AAJA National Advisory and Governing Boards. Joz was nominated in 2013 for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award. 8Asians.com
Susie Albin-Najera is a communications professional specializing in marketing, leisure travel & tourism, public relations, media relations, writing and editing, and social media in the fields of consumer, corporate, entertainment, non-profit, Mexico & USA tourism and Hispanic market practices. As Destination Marketing Manager for Mexico & Global Accounts for Pleasant Holidays, one of the largest wholesale tour operators in the U.S. and Journese, its boutique sister company, Najera oversees strategic co-op marketing efforts with more than 200 hotel partners in Mexico, in addition to global brands and partnerships with tourism boards and Convention & Visitors Bureaus. Najera is the creator/editor of The MEXICO Report, a magazine-style blog, showcasing positive news about Mexico travel, culture and current events and recently voted ‘Top Five Favorite Blogs in Mexico’ by About.com Readers’ Choice Awards and named a ‘Top Blog in Mexico’ by Go Overseas.com. The site also produces the Navidad Annual Gifts for Good Guide and Real Heroes of Mexico. Najera is also a featured writer for Mexico Today, designed to showcase Mexico as premiere tourist destination. Najera has managed Fortune 500 accounts, led grass roots marketing efforts, served as Hispanic Press Rep on Broadway, created a Hispanic division in one of the largest global PR firms, created social media marketing campaigns and has been published in San Diego Magazine, Vallarta Tribune, La Prensa San Diego, Baja Traveler and more. She is the author of ‘The Real Heroes of Mexico’ (two editions). Susie serves on the Advisory Board for Corazon de Vida, One Town at at Time and Masked Republic. Previously a Board Member with San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce she has been honored with San Diego Metro’s “20/20 Tijuana/San Diego Leadership Award”, “40 Under 40 Award.” She holds a B.A. in Communications and Hispanic Studies from San José State University and a Spanish certificate from ICO Oaxaca.
Andrew Karl, Digital Analyst Manager, EC Hispanic Media. A native Southern Californian, Andrew graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2006 with a B.S. in Business Administration. After specializing in corporate accounting he moved into the digital marketing space 3 years ago and now manages multiple brands and businesses under El Clasificado Media Group with respect to goal setting, operations and social community management across print, live events and web. Co-founder of @Venice_Sunsets he’s spoken as an expert panelist regarding social media strategy for Digital LA.
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Panel 3: S.T.E.A.M. – Inspiring Personal & Professional Innovation (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Math)
Moderator: Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 2006, Medina can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 newscasts ‘Today in LA’ and ‘NBC4 News at Noon.’ His most recent stories can be viewed here. With more than 45,000 Twitter followers, Medina is one of the station’s most prolific social networkers. He’s also highly engaged with viewers on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Path, a mobile social network. He uses his news stories across multiple social media platforms in both the digital sphere and on television. He is also known for leveraging the ‘second screen’ experience by encouraging the station’s viewers to engage on Twitter and Facebook. Medina joined NBC4 as an anchor and manager of “News Raw,” a news show that aired on the station’s digital channel, which focused on hyper local news coverage, culture, technology and social media. Coincidentally, Facebook and Twitter were taking off around the same time and Medina used these social media outlets to offer content that he reported on NBC4. Prior to joining NBC4, Medina was a general assignment reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV (NBC) in Albuquerque, and KTSM (NBC) in El Paso. Medina currently serves as Vice President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Los Angeles Chapter. He is also secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, and is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina is also a prolific painter and enjoys writing poetry about the Latino experience. Madina graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and speaks Spanish fluently.
Nicole Childers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, broadcast executive producer, celebrity social media and brand strategist/consultant and multimedia news manager based in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, she began her career in journalism as an intern for Diane Sawyer at ABC News. Childers went on to serve as Associate Producer for World News Tonight with the late Peter Jennings. In 2004, she helped to launch ABC News Now as a producer for the pioneering ABC News digital channel. Following her inaugural efforts at ABC News Now, Childers served as executive producer at NPR for the groundbreaking daily news magazine show, News & Notes. Childers has won nearly every major journalism award, including an Emmy, Peabody, and a Columbia Dupont award; a Business Emmy Award; 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards; and an Los Angeles Press Club Award. Prior to serving as Executive Producer for the “Michael Eric Dyson” radio show, Childers served as the Chief Content Officer for LA Public Media, where she was responsible for overseeing all content, social media efforts and spearheading groundbreaking research on the multimedia habits of multiethnic audiences ages 25-40.
Gregorio Rojas, Senior Developer, TMZ-Developing the back end systems that powers the back end services of the best celebrity news site on the web. Co-founder of El Sabio. Sabio was born out of necessity, desire and hope. The necessity to bring more women and minorities into the world of programming. A desire to see a superior and more diverse workforce. And a hope to uplift the communities that suffer from the highest rates of unemployment and worst educational resources. We exist to train unemployed, underemployed and underrepresented individuals to enter the technology sector so that they can participate in today’s knowledge-based economy. We will utilize an immersive boot camp environment to emulate the most challenging, exciting and collaborative aspects of a technology startup. We will produce a uniquely trained and highly skilled technology workforce that sets the standard for entry level technologists in an environment that values excellence, results, and creativity above all else.
Adam Rodriguez is the Product Development Manager at EC Hispanic Media . Adam is originally from Texas and moved to California in 2000 after serving his country as a United States Army Sergeant where he learned the importance of leadership and mentorship. In 2004, Adam earned his B.S. degree in Computer Network Management from DeVry University, while working full time as a sales manager exceeding and breaking sales records and making sure to still dedicate time to his family. Adam is now leading various digital product development initiatives with El Clasificado and its various brands to further help connect buyers with sellers across multimedia advertising platforms, inbound marketing strategies and automated marketing software in the Hispanic market.
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Featured Keynote Speaker – Bill Imada – Igniting Futures
Bill Imada is Founder, Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer of the IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a full-service communications firm that specializes in the growing multicultural markets in the United States. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and training, Bill and his company represent some of the top global and domestic brands, including American Airlines, Bank of the West, Coca-Cola, Farmers Insurance, Godiva, Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s, MetLife, Verizon Wireless, Walmart Stores, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures and many others. Before founding IW Group, Bill served as a human resources manager for a major national subleasing company and worked as an employment recruiter for a small start-up placement agency. Bill is an active speaker and trainer, and developed training programs for companies such as Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Macy’s, Merrill Lynch, Nike and many others. Bill is active in the community and devotes a countless number of hours to pro bono services. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Advertising Educational Foundation, Asian Business Association, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Center for Asian American Media, and the LAGRANT Foundation, and is an advisor to the American Cancer Society, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian Professional Exchange, Asian Real Estate Association of America, Asian American Justice Center and National Association of Asian American Professionals. Bill strongly believes that all successful business and civic leaders should be engaged in community service.
1:20 pm – 2:15 pm
Panel 4: Entertainment – Sparking Your Creative Genius
Moderator: April Hong began singing, dancing, and acting at age four. As a professional child actor some of her credits include award winning filmmaker Arthur Dong’s “Lotus”, “Kidsongs” videos, television shows “China Beach ” and “General Hospital”, and voices for animated TV shows “The Real Ghostbusters,” “Slimer”, and “Captain Planet”. Most recently you may have heard April in the TV series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”, the feature film “Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom of Doom”, the feature film and the interactive game “The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, and motion capture for other interactive games. On-camera TV credits include “Desperate Housewives”, “90210”, “ER”, and “Numbers” and national commercials for Microsoft and Chrysler. Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television-Multimedia Production with a minor in Theatre at California State University, Northridge, April has worked in various production positions including casting and producing for short films and voice over projects. As a professional actor for 20 years with training in various acting techniques, including those of her father James Hong, actor of over 500 TV, film and animation roles, she is now pursuing her teaching career and passing on what she and her father have learned throughout their careers with people of all ages from around the world. Since 2005, April has been teaching acting for professional actors and those who seek professional and personal development. In 2009 she became a certified Teaching Artist at the Actors Fund of America Teaching Artist Institute. Her current services also include consulting in the integration of acting into curriculum and existing programs. Her unique approach has been known to bridge gaps between generations and cultures. She has emceed various community events including the Chinese American Museum’s Annual Lantern Festival for the last 5 years now. Her acting career has also lead her to work in the community with the Los Angeles Police Department’s successful detective training program acting as a victim that the detectives practice interviewing techniques on in preparation for real life situations. Within the Asian American community April has taught acting workshops for M. Janet Chin Youth Foundation, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and Asian American Drug Abuse Program. Starting in March 2014, she will teach youth and adults in Alhambra for the first time and her father, James Hong, will teach for one of the 6 sessions! April enjoys sharing this performing art called acting which often leaves people feeling empowered and liberated!
Rick Najera is an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway. He is undeniably one of the most sought after comedic talents in the industry. Honored twice by Hispanic Business Magazine as ‘100 Most Influential Latinos in America’, Najera is also one of the most powerful voices in the Latino world today. He is the author of four books, including the newly released, ALMOST WHITE Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood”. More bio: http://ricknajera.com/resume/bio/
Alex Fumero is Director of Programming & Development for Fusion, a joint-venture cable network of ABC and Univision that launched in the fall of 2013. Before joining Fusion, he was Director of Marketing & Digital Production at Pantelion Films (Lionsgate/Televisa). Fumero has a diverse background including production, writing and performance in film, TV and theater, with his work appearing at the Sundance Film Festival and the NY International Fringe Festival. He is the co-creator of “Hialeah Haikus”, a book of satirical haiku poems named the “2011 Best Poetry Book” by the Miami New Times. He holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Michelle R. Colbert has over a decade of experience with a wide range of accomplishments. Currently she works as a free-lance Line Producer in television. Prior to her film and television career, Michelle traveled the world as a live performance concert lighting designer and theatrical production consultant. Her services were provided for artists such as, Chaka Khan, Rita Marley, Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Keiko Matsui, and James Ingram. Michelle won several awards for her complex and creative lighting designs. She also received several honorable mentions in the industry for her inexorable dedication and consistency in executing professional and top notch work. Transferring her production knowledge and cost effective management skills that were learned in the live performance arena, she made the switch to film production. Some of her feature film credits include Kalifornia starring Brad Pitt, Candyman co-starring Virginia Madsen, The Tuskegee Airmen featuring Laurence Fishburne, and many others. When Michelle was not working on a feature, she stayed busy working on music videos for recording artist such as, Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Snoop Dogg, Aaron Carter, Dr. Dre and numerous others. She also stayed booked working on several commercials; clients included, Buick, Volkswagen, Taco Bell, McDonalds and Giorgio of Beverly Hills. Michelle’s professional career is one that continues to evolve in amazing opportunities due to her unrelenting drive and invaluable diverse experience. After having worked at several leading production companies, among them, Propaganda Films, Palomar, The End, Strato and Orbit, she created and was the visionary force behind International Legacy Films.
2:20 pm – 3:05 pm
Panel 5: Entrepreneurship – Igniting Your Dreams
Moderator: Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 2006, Medina can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 newscasts ‘Today in LA’ and ‘NBC4 News at Noon.’ His most recent stories can be viewed here. With more than 45,000 Twitter followers, Medina is one of the station’s most prolific social networkers. He’s also highly engaged with viewers on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Path, a mobile social network. He uses his news stories across multiple social media platforms in both the digital sphere and on television. He is also known for leveraging the ‘second screen’ experience by encouraging the station’s viewers to engage on Twitter and Facebook. Medina joined NBC4 as an anchor and manager of “News Raw,” a news show that aired on the station’s digital channel, which focused on hyper local news coverage, culture, technology and social media. Coincidentally, Facebook and Twitter were taking off around the same time and Medina used these social media outlets to offer content that he reported on NBC4. Prior to joining NBC4, Medina was a general assignment reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV (NBC) in Albuquerque, and KTSM (NBC) in El Paso. Medina currently serves as Vice President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Los Angeles Chapter. He is also secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, and is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina is also a prolific painter and enjoys writing poetry about the Latino experience. Medina graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and speaks Spanish fluently.
Zachary Klima, CEO, WaitTime, a Dan Gilbert funded software company progressing through the Bizdom accelerator in Downtown Detroit. We developed a technology that allows businesses to broadcast their current real-time wait times to any mobile or web based application, along with any piece of digital signage. Consumer and business efficiency is heightened due to the awareness of information known beforehand. We have gained much traction in the Restaurant, Gaming, and Sporting industry.
Ebong Eka is no stranger to the world of personal finance & lifestyle. As a certified public accountant, former professional basketball player in Europe and one of Washington DC’s Best Dressed Men, he offers a fresh perspective in a commanding yet approachable manner that draws a diverse audience. Ebong gives real life-practical money solutions, tailored to the everyday person, the aspiring entrepreneur and the small business owner. Ebong developed experience with some of the largest consulting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche. Ebong is also a Tax Consulting professional with Levyti Consulting, LLC, a tax advisory firm in the Washington, DC area. Ebong is a tax and small business expert who regularly appears on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, NBC and CNN. Ebong was also a popular face in primetime and cable television for his role on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of DC”. Ebong is the author of “Start Me Up! “The No-Business-Plan, Business Plan due out on February 25, 2014 and published by Career Press, Inc.
Suzette Vega, CEO, M.A. ED, PPS. Suzette is an independent real estate Broker dedicated to serving the diverse needs of clients throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. With over a decade of real estate industry experience, she prides herself in maintaining the most current knowledge of local housing trends, comparable market values, financing options, and government programs which are of benefit to her clients. Suzette diligently monitors the fulfillment of contract terms and contingencies so that they are executed in a timely manner while simultaneously working towards a prompt and successful closing, ultimately ensuring that her client’s best interests are always adequately represented throughout the sales transaction of their property. Suzette received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Magna Cum Laude Honors from California University Dominguez Hills, and received a Master’s degree in Educational and Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. Throughout her undergraduate academic career Suzette was highly involved in student organizations and held numerous leadership positions including Vice President for the Latino Student Business Association at CSU Dominguez Hills, as well as an Executive Board Director position on ASI (Associated Students Inc.) of CSUDH to name a few.
Jason Yim is the President and Executive Creative Director of Trigger; an agency with offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai fusing Hollywood Creative with Mobile Innovation. Jason brings over 18 years of experience to the digital marketing industry. Trigger is a pioneer in Augmented Reality working with global brands like Nike, American Apparel, Sesame Street, LEGO and McDonald’s to prototype, develop and market new products. As a Qualcomm portfolio company and preferred developer for their AR technology, Vuforia, Trigger works directly with Qualcomm scientists and engineers to debut their latest features with key brand partners. Additionally, Trigger has become a showcase developer for Nokia’s upcoming slate of Windows 8 devices. Trigger’s pedigree derives from digital marketing for the movie industry, developing worldwide campaigns for franchises like Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games. Components include Websites, Mobile Sites, Social Media, Online Games and Apps, all localized into multiple languages. Yim has spoken at Digital Hollywood, Sundance Film Festival, NAB, AFI Digifest, Comdex, SXSW, ad:tech: Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo, iStrategy, Qualcomm’s Uplinq and Yim’s alma mater, UCLA, and has been featured in the WSJ, Financial Times, LA Times, New York Times, Fox Business News, Creativity, Hollywood Reporter and more. See Trigger’s our latest projects here: http://www.triggerglobal.com
Brianna Weltzien, VP of Events, Entrepreneur Society at San Diego State University. Brianna is a Senior Business Marketing student at San Diego State University and has been an active member and has held various positions in school organizations including Advertising Club and Entrepreneur Society. For the past year she has worked with Fashion Week San Diego and is looking to start her own business within the industry.
3:20 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop – Start Me Up! The No-Business Plan-Business Plan
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Closing Keynote Speaker – Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell – Igniting Your Future
Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell, Attorney & CPA, is the CEO of The Leading Through Living Community, a personal and professional development organization that encourages, equips, and champions people to be successful members of and leaders for their communities, in their professions, and personally. LTLC accomplishes this through individual coaching, workshops, and on-going support and opportunity identification. Lynita is also author of Leading Through Living: A Guide for Women Seeking Growth Through Leadership, a “mentor in your pocket”, blogger, and freelance columnist with work published in Pose Magazine and My Magazine for Girls. Lynita has developed and executed workshops for corporate, educational, and non-profit organizations, including the non-profit she co-founded – the Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute, Inc. – for which she has been recognized with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation President’s Call to Service Award and Black Enterprise Magazine as a “BE NEXT 35” Young and Bold Business Leaders. Lynita serves as the Georgia Chapter President of the American Association of Attorney-CPAs, Atlanta Advisory Board Chair of the New Leaders Council, and on the Executive Committee of the Douglas County Democratic Party. She was recently honored as one of Atlanta’s Leading Counselors At Law by Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for her outstanding service. Lynita earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University, International Comparative Law/Commercial Arbitration Certificate from Johannes Kepler Universitat Linz, Austria, and Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law. She is married to Rev. Brian Blackwell and they have one daughter.
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm