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.

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