The 2016 Braden Business Leadership Speaker Series

The Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting’s 2016 Braden Business Leadership Speaker Series brings renowned thought leaders to GGU’s campus for 8, free one-hour sessions. The series provides the GGU community and the San Francisco Bay Area with an opportunity to gain information on becoming an effective leader.

On August 30th, Carol Isozaki, Strategic Brand Intelligence owner, executive coach and leadership expert, will kick-off the series with a talk on building one’s brand as a leader. Isozaki has over 20 years of experience in client service, human capital and leadership development expertise with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Additionally, she has served clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Bank of America and Oracle.

Her signature call-to-action messaging, Plan to be Amazing!TM , creates a seismic shift in the way leaders think about themselves and their ability to lead through enhanced intentionality, leadership clarity and personal accountability.

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Carol Isozaki

Upcoming sessions in the series will include topics such as growing a successful business, storytelling in the workplace and excelling in today’s innovative professional climate.

About the Schools

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, GGU’s School of Accounting ranks in the top ten nationally by hiring authorities, as surveyed by  TaxTalent® 2016 and the Braden School of Taxation’s programs are ranked #1 nationally by tax hiring authorities, as surveyed by TaxTalent® Top in Tax Educational Survey 2016.

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Upcoming Sessions

12 pm – 1 pm | 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco, CA 94105 

August 30 |  Plan to be Amazing!™ Building Your Brand as a Leader

Carol Isozaki, Owner of Strategic Brand Intelligence

Carol is owner, Strategic Brand Intelligence and an executive coach, leadership expert, and speaker with over 20 years of client service, human capital, and leadership development expertise.


September 13 | How to Grow a Successful Business to a Mega Successful Busines

Nanette Lee Miller, Partner at Assurance Services, Marcum LLP

Miller has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, providing assurance, accounting and business consulting services to publicly and privately held businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She is a trusted business adviser for start-up and emerging companies, as well as troubled entities that require restructuring.

Eleanor Chang, Founder and Director of UP Education Services LTD

Chang is the founder and director of UP Education Services Ltd., an educational summer academy for high school students from Asia, who aspire to attend universities in the U.S. UP’s mission is to provide international students with a true American classroom experience before they apply for admissions to schools in the U.S. She is a frequent speaker in Asia on how to educate youths to become global citizens of the 21 st Century. In 2014, Eleanor had organized and chaired a symposium in Hong Kong on “Women and Entrepreneurship” where one of the main topics highlighted was education and whether entrepreneurship can be taught in schools.

Rebecca Barfknecht, Member for the Board of Directors at International Women’s Forum

Barfknecht has made her career in Information Technology for over 30 years in the areas of infrastructure engineering and hosting and application development for financial services companies including Russell Investments, Intuit, Charles Schwab as well as Public Utility Pacific Bell. She is known for building strong teams, implementing effective processes, establishing financial discipline, strategic design and implementation of transformative workplace technology and delivering excellent service availability. She is an enthusiastic leader and team player who thrives on bringing out the best in people.


September 27 | Brain Savvy Leadership

Jenifer Lippincott, Principal at Lippincott Associates

Lippincott offers more than 25 years of experience aligning performance needs to achieve organizational goals. Her areas of expertise include leadership, communication and change and she infuses all of her strategy, analyses, design and delivery with a keen understanding of the latest neuroscience.

She is a nationally recognized author who has appeared on The Today Show and NPR. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an master’s degree in Human Development from Harvard University.


October 11 | Leadership, The Accounting Profession & Consumer Protection

Katrina Salazar, CPA, President of the California Board of Accountancy

Salazar was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as Vice President and Secretary / Treasurer prior to her election as President in November 2015. She currently serves as the Controller for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Previously, she held positions such as the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter.

Salazar has also held several positions in public accounting, including senior audit manager for Reznick Group and has been an adjunct accounting professor for the Los Rios Community College District. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

For a complete listing of upcoming sessions, visit our website.

Ageno Welcomes New Project Management Program Director, Marie Spark

The Edward S. Ageno School of Business is home to over a dozen graduate business  degree programs and certificates that have led many to find career success.  On August 1st, Marie Spark, an adjunct faculty member since 2015, was appointed Project Management Program Director. The program includes an MS in Project Management and a Certificate in Project Management.

A total of 15.7 million PM jobs will be added in the U.S. and our 10 major trading partners by 2020 (AEG)

Spark brings more than 20 years of experience to the table in the area of project and quality management within the technology sector. She spent the beginning of her career at IBM Global Services as a Technology Project Manager before having a successful 9 year career at Bank of America. Spark’s educational background includes a bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, a Six Sigma Black Belt, a project management certification and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

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Marie Spark

To learn more about our project management program, visit our website for more information.

Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez: Public Administration Superstar

In the last 50 years, thousands have successfully completed our public administration program resulting in over 7,000 alumni.

Today, Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez serves as a Public Administration Professor and Chair providing the Edward S. Ageno School of Business with the support needed to further develop Northern California’s oldest public administration program that now offers a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Leadership and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Professor Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, an MPA from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and a BA from De La Salle University. With over 20 years of experience, Dr.Gonzalez has earned many accomplishments throughout his career. He is a Mayor George Christopher Professor of Government and Society as well as a Russell T. Sharpe Professor of Business. He has authored numerous publications which include 15 books, 20 book chapters, and 30 journal articles that have been translated in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Two of his most recent works include Privatization in Practice: Reports on Trends, Cases and Debates in Public Service by Business and Nonprofits & Immigration and America’s Cities: A Handbook on Evolving Services.

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Dr. Gonzalez speaking at an event

In addition to being a published author, Dr. Gonzalez lends his expertise as a guest speaker attending many events, globally and locally, and even speaking at U.S. military bases. He has also appeared as a commentator on various news outlets including The Filipino Channel and local outlets covering topics such as the upcoming U.S. presidential election and corruption in the U.S

This fall, Professor Gonzalez will instruct two courses which include EMPA 301: Research Methods and Analysis applying his real-word experience to the classroom.

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Dr. Gonzalez

To learn more about our public administration superstar, visit his featured profile.

 

GGU’s Small Business Program: Alumni Success Stories

 

Since 1990, small businesses have added over 8 million new jobs while corporate America eliminated 4 million. To promote business ownership, the Edward S. Ageno School of Business and Chevron have partnered to launch the Small Business Program (SBP). The year-long program provides alumni with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business operations – free of charge – thanks to Chevron’s generous grant.

While many may have a million dollar idea, the large majority become nothing more than just that – an idea. Melinda Lee, MA ’16, SBP alumna and small business coach, describes launching a small business as an “unnerving endeavor”.  Our program provides check points throughout the year to ensure you are working towards your business goals. It begins with a multi-week workshop that will result in a business plan ready for launch. The duration of the year will utilize that developed plan to guide your future courses of action.

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Melinda Lee, BA ’14

“…it was extremely powerful to have others to hold me accountable for my actions toward getting them accomplished.” – Melinda Lee

SBP alumna & founder of Carried Away Carrie Swing, MBA ’01, joined the program to grow her consulting business from a part-time gig to a full-time career. By the end of the year, she earned more than business principles. “I’ve made friends and business connections that have value way beyond what I can get just reading articles in my field or poking around on LinkedIn.”

Now you may be asking yourself if you’re right for the program. Swing describes the ideal participant as “Someone who takes their business [idea] seriously but needs a push, a refresher or a plan of action, together with the motivation and the validation of a group of individuals all in the same boat, is ideal for this program.”

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Carrie Swing, MBA ’01

If you are a GGU alumni ready to take the plunge, review the following information.

Program Components

  • 10-week Workshop
  • Mentoring
  • Cohort Meetings

Application Details – Deadline: August 12, 2016

  • Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • Business Plan

Please submit all application documents to smallbiz@ggu.edu before August 12th. Participants will be notified by August 26th.

Mentorship & Speakers

If you are an experienced business owner, share your wisdom with those who can benefit from your real-world life lessons. Email us at smallbiz@ggu.edu to express interest in becoming a speaker or a mentor.

For additional details about the Small Business Program or the spring Small Business Preview Course, please visit, http://www.ggu.edu/small-biz.