OLP’s Third Annual Women’s Symposium 2017

San Diego CA

Mar 31, 2017

Join us for OLP’s Third Annual Women’s Symposium on March 31, 2017 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

OLP is honored to serve as an epicenter for women's education and is excited to host this unique event centered on reciprocal learning and inspiration. Modeled after speaker panels at leading universities, OLP’s Women’s Symposium brings together top women leaders to share their insights and pathways to success with our students and the community. Through dialogue and modeling, these female leaders empower young women to stand up for themselves and fearlessly chase their dreams.

The funds raised from this event will support the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students who embody the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, show academic potential and demonstrate financial need.

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Alexia Maria Esquer

Fashion Designer/ CEO, Alexia Maria

Bio: Born and raised in Mexico, Alexia Maria Esquer is the designer and creative director of Alexia Maria, a high-end womenswear brand based in La Jolla, CA. Alexia Maria designs are made from hand-picked fabrics such as silk faille, duchesse satin and organza. The combination of these fabrics and beautiful silhouettes capture the femininity, true elegance and classic - yet modern - essence of the brand. Fashion and designing have always been a passion for Alexia. Her sense of style draws inspiration from the 1950s, which is evident in her Alexia Maria designs. After living and studying in New York, she launched her eponymous collection in the spring of 2014 at the young age of 25.Born and raised in Mexico, Alexia Maria Esquer is the designer and creative director of Alexia Maria, a high-end womenswear brand based in La Jolla, CA. Alexia Maria designs are made from hand-picked fabrics such as silk faille, duchesse satin and organza. The combination of these fabrics and beautiful silhouettes capture the femininity, true elegance and classic - yet modern - essence of the brand. Fashion and designing have always been a passion for Alexia. Her sense of style draws inspiration from the 1950s, which is evident in her Alexia Maria designs. After living and studying in New York, she launched her eponymous collection in the spring of 2014 at the young age of 25.

Amy Wimer

VP & Associate Publisher, San Diego Business Journal

Bio: Amy Wimer has had a diverse career path across marketing and publishing, including corporate communications, strategy, sales and team management. She was appointed VP & Associate Publisher of the San Diego Business Journal in August 2014. She is responsible for the oversight of revenue generation for the 36-year old paper, which includes the strategic planning and budgeting for all print and digital advertising, and event sponsorships for the business newspaper. Previously Wimer was with Modern Luxury, as Publisher of a magazine for HNW executives. She was a key member of the team that launched Men’s Book magazine, and while she left the company for five years, was recruited back in a critical role to reinvigorate the brand that was about to be shuttered at the height of the recession. Delivering 474% revenue growth in her first 11 months, her business plan included new editorial direction, an increased distribution model, doubling the number of issues per year, creating quarterly events with 500+ attendees, developing a website, social media following and an app for the title, and re-training the sales team. Ms. Wimer was the first Midwest Director hired by DiversityInc magazine. Within two years she built a multi-million dollar sales portfolio for the company, comprised of Fortune 500 Companies and offering them diversity benchmarking consulting based upon the empirical data gathered from the magazine’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey.

Anne Sweeney

Member of the Board of Directors, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group

Bio: Anne Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors at Netflix, the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune, and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. Prior to embarking on a new chapter in the entertainment industry in 2015, she was co-chair of Disney Media Network and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide. Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. From 1993 to 1996, she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc. Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions. Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney currently sits on the boards of AFI, The Fulfillment Fund, and the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson. She is a prior board member of the boards of the A&E Television Networks, Hulu, The Paley Center for Media and Special Olympics. Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.Anne Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors at Netflix, the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune, and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. Prior to embarking on a new chapter in the entertainment industry in 2015, she was co-chair of Disney Media Network and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide. Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. From 1993 to 1996, she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc. Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions. Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney currently sits on the boards of AFI, The Fulfillment Fund, and the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson. She is a prior board member of the boards of the A&E Television Networks, Hulu, The Paley Center for Media and Special Olympics. Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.

Carol Lazier

President, San Diego Opera Board of Directors, San Diego Opera

Bio: Carol’s philanthropic interests are eclectic and countywide although she is best known for spearheading the effort in 2014 that avoided the closure of San Diego Opera. She now serves as President of the Board of this cultural jewel. She is co-founder and President of Solutions: Exploring Success Post-High School, a 501c3 that provides college and career information to San Diego high school students. Carol has served on the boards of the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Museum of Art and Escondido’s Palomar YMCA. Carol underwrote the Lazier Family Chair for Social Innovation and Impact at UCSD’s Rady School of Management so that the Rady School’s unique combination of rigorous business thinking and entrepreneurial spirit can be put to work addressing the social issues and challenges of today’s world. In 2015, Carol was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received the Exemplary Leadership Award by San Diego Magazine.Carol’s philanthropic interests are eclectic and countywide although she is best known for spearheading the effort in 2014 that avoided the closure of San Diego Opera. She now serves as President of the Board of this cultural jewel. She is co-founder and President of Solutions: Exploring Success Post-High School, a 501c3 that provides college and career information to San Diego high school students. Carol has served on the boards of the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Museum of Art and Escondido’s Palomar YMCA. Carol underwrote the Lazier Family Chair for Social Innovation and Impact at UCSD’s Rady School of Management so that the Rady School’s unique combination of rigorous business thinking and entrepreneurial spirit can be put to work addressing the social issues and challenges of today’s world. In 2015, Carol was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received the Exemplary Leadership Award by San Diego Magazine.

Cheryl K. Goodman

Founder, SoGloMo

Bio: Closing speaker. After more than two decades in the software and mobile industry, Cheryl K. Goodman (雪柔) founded SoGloMo, a 360 degree marketing firm focused on the power of marketing, mobile and social. She also founded, StartMeUpLIVE, a show for entrepreneurs. As part of her client roster, she is currently operating an Athenas' Interim Executive director, a professional organization for executive women and rising talent in Science Technology, Engineering and Math. Prior to starting Social Global Mobile in 2013, Goodman served as an executive in business development/ marketing at Qualcomm, Inc., where she oversaw brands such as Gimbal™, LTE Broadcast, mirasol and MediaFLO. Goodman also established the Qualcomm Publisher Relations program where she developed mobile content revenue strategies with national and global publishers. Goodman has deep experience in the technology software and services industries as well, having served at companies such as Lindows, maker of LindowsOS, and MP3.com, one of the first and largest online music destinations. Over the course of her career, Goodman has launched eight products in five countries, and garnered numerous awards, including the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award and EDN’s Innovation Award. She also received finalist recognition in the CES Innovation Awards and GSMA Global Mobile Awards. As a former broadcast journalist for CBS and ABC affilates, Goodman is a frequent commentator to press on mobile technologies, mobile marketing strategies and women in STEM, leadership. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, emcee, moderator and panel participant.

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi

Founder and CEO, NuttZo LLC

Bio: Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi is revolutionizing the peanut butter and nut butter industry. With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, Danielle developed and implemented the strategic rollout of the NuttZo™ brand – a premium nut butter that blends seven organic nuts and seeds. Known for its unique, no-mess, upside-down packaging; this super healthy spread is delicious on your favorite cracker or right out of the jar! Of course, NuttZo is more than just nuts and seeds. The heart and soul of the company is its non-profit, Project Left Behind. In 2008, Danielle brought NuttZo to the marketplace and also founded the nonprofit -Project Left Behind (PLB) to support the children she and her husband had ‘left behind’ after adopting their two sons from the Ukraine. NuttZo donates a portion of its sales to the nonprofit with donations exceeding over $200,000 in 8 years. Danielle’s core philosophy is that you can use business as a vehicle for change, inspiration and good. Danielle is an avid runner, hiker, traveler and yoga-lover and resides with her family in San Diego, CA.

Diane Perez

Senior Medical Correspondant, Televisa, Galavision/Univision

Bio: Dr. Diane Perez is an internationally-recognized physician, medical journalist, author, news anchor and television host. Her programs have been part of the Televisa network for over 22 years, airing in Mexico, the Unites States and all of the Spanish-speaking world. Dr. Perez is the creator, producer and host of the television program “Cuide su Salud” (Take Care of Your Health). She is the medical correspondent for the morning show Al Aire and the afternoon news show, A Las Tres. She is a monthly contributor for AARP en español and participates as an occasional news anchor in Univision. In 2011, Dr. Perez published the book, Cuida Tu Salud (Take Care of Your Health), providing detailed descriptions of more than 200 diseases in lay terms to the general population. In January 2017, Penguin Random House launched her second book on healthy habits to stay slim. Her website www.cuidatusaludcondiane.com serves as a resource to Spanish-speaking individuals around the world. Dr. Perez received her doctorate of medicine from the Anahuac University. She has received numerous awards for her work as an advocate of healthy living, patient awareness and safety.

Felena Hanson

President, Hera Hub: Collaborative Workspace for Women. Learn more about Franchise Opps http://herahub.com/franchise

Bio: Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and community for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous. The company has three locations in San Diego, one in Washington, D.C., and continues to grow nationally via a licensing model. Her goal is to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their business by 2020. Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, the BBC News, Forbes, and the New York Times. She is a published author and international speaker. Her book, “Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business” is available on Amazon.Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and community for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous. The company has three locations in San Diego, one in Washington, D.C., and continues to grow nationally via a licensing model. Her goal is to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their business by 2020. Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, the BBC News, Forbes, and the New York Times. She is a published author and international speaker. Her book, “Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business” is available on Amazon.

Ilkay Altintas

Chief Data Science Officer, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Bio: Dr. Ilkay Altintas is the Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC-San Diego, where she is also the founder and director for the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence. Since joining SDSC in 2001, she has worked on different aspects of data flow-based computing and workflows as a principal investigator, and in other leadership roles across a wide range of cross-disciplinary NSF, DOE, NIH, and Moore Foundation projects. Ilkay is a co-initiator of and an active contributor to the popular open-source Kepler Scientific Workflow System. She is also the co-author of publications related to computational data science and e-Sciences at the intersection of scientific workflows, provenance, distributed computing, bioinformatics, observatory systems, conceptual data querying, and software modeling. Ilkay is the inaugural recipient of the SDSC Pi Person of the Year (2014) and the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing for Early Career Researchers (2015).

Jamie Moraga

President & CEO, intelliSolutions, inc.

Bio: Ms. Moraga is President & CEO of intelliSolutions, inc., a woman- owned small business in the military and defense industry. The company’s focus is program management and engineering services with expertise in Satellite Communications, Tactical Data Links, and Maritime Surveillance. Jamie is a Past President and current Board member of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) in Washington, DC., and serves as the SDMAC liaison to the Board of Directors for the Downtown San Diego Partnership. She enjoys being a weekly contributor to the Union- Tribune’s “EconoMeter” column and is a LEAD San Diego graduate. The Daily Transcript honored Jamie in 2015 as a “Top Influential”, SD Metro Magazine just named her as a “Top 40 Under 40” in 2016, and the San Diego Business Journal recently included her in their “San Diego 500” Book of Influential Business Leaders. Jamie received her Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from the University of San Diego and she and her husband, Ben, are proud parents to a son, Jack.

Katia Lopez-Hodoyan '98

Bilingual Journalist at NBC 7 San Diego, NBC 7 San Diego

Bio: Katia Lopez-Hodoyan is an award-winning bilingual journalist, currently working for NBC 7 San Diego. She recently came back from Rome, Italy, where she worked as a foreign TV correspondent for five years. She covered the election of Pope Francis, both terrorist attacks in Paris, and papal trips to Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While overseas, Lopez-Hodoyan lived in a refugee camp in Jordan. Lopez-Hodoyan was raised and educated on both sides of the Tijuana/San Diego border. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.Katia Lopez-Hodoyan is an award-winning bilingual journalist, currently working for NBC 7 San Diego. She recently came back from Rome, Italy, where she worked as a foreign TV correspondent for five years. She covered the election of Pope Francis, both terrorist attacks in Paris, and papal trips to Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While overseas, Lopez-Hodoyan lived in a refugee camp in Jordan. Lopez-Hodoyan was raised and educated on both sides of the Tijuana/San Diego border. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.

Kristi Jaska

Vice President, Engineering, ViaSat Inc.

Bio: A few years after graduating from college, Kristi joined ViaSat as the sixth employee. At ViaSat, she has worked on wireless communications research and development in many roles, including engineering, management, marketing and strategy, helping to grow the company to the current 4,000 employees worldwide. Kristi also enjoys volunteering on the selection committee for the EvoNexus start-up incubator and serves on the board of San Diego Venture Group. Kristi has B.S. and M.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Kymberli Parker

Owner, Mrs. Parker's Charm School

Bio: Trained at the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vermont, Kymberli Parker has worked directly with Cindy Post Senning and her son Daniel, the next generation of the Post family that has followed in the footsteps of the twentieth-century etiquette maven. Mrs. Parker brings her knowledge as mother, entrepreneur, fundraiser, hostess, and businesswoman to her etiquette teachings. Though the word “etiquette” might bring to mind images of stiff-backed chairs, stuffy dining rooms, and old-fashioned dances, Mrs. Parker had something else in mind when she founded her charm school in 2012: bringing together the elements of etiquette into a program that would make everyone smile. From fine dining, to tips on creating your personal brand, to the simple act of being kind to one another, Mrs. Parker’s Charm School covers all the aspects of modern manners. With Eleanor Roosevelt and Emily Post as her inspiration, Kymberli relies on the principles of respect, consideration, and honesty to get her through any situation. Mrs. Parker teaches etiquette to students at Francis Parker School, the Cambridge School, and St. Vincent’s. She has also worked with the University Club, San Diego County Bar Association, Qualcomm, Blue Apple Ranch, Extraordinary Desserts, UCSD, and the Girl Scouts, among others.

Laura Van't Veer, Ph.D.

Molecular Biologist, Leader of the Breast Oncology Program and Associate Director of Applied Genomics, Molecular Biologist, Leader of the Breast Oncology Program and Associate Director of Applied Genomics

Bio: Laura van ‘t Veer, Ph.D.. is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University California San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Program Leader of the Breast Oncology Program and Director of Applied Genomics with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Laura van’t Veer is also co-founder of Agendia Inc (Irvine, CA) and serves as its part-time Chief Research Officer. Dr. Laura van‘t Veer is one of the world’s leading innovators in cancer diagnostics and is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of personalized medicine. She has a 25-year track record in molecular oncology research, which includes more than 250 scientific publications and prestigious awards for her contributions to a breast cancer care. Dr. van‘t Veer is best known for work originating from a discovery she and her team made at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). They established that a specific 70-gene activity signature distinguished whether breast cancer tumors had a low or high risk of recurrence. After patenting their innovation, she co-founded Agendia and launched the MammaPrint® test. She was awarded a 2014 European Union Prize for Women Innovators that acknowledges the ways MammaPrint has helped transform breast cancer care. In 2015, the European Patent Office (EPO) recognized MammaPrint’s impact on breast cancer diagnostics by honoring Dr. van ‘t Veer with a European Inventor Award. Her research focuses on personalized medicine, to advance patient management based on knowledge of the genetic make-up of the tumor as well as the genetic make-up of the patient. Her current research is aimed to understand the molecular basis for favorable response to therapy.

Lauren Lek

Head of School, Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Bio: Prior to serving at OLP, Lauren was the Principal of Moreau Catholic High School in Northern California. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Literature, St. Mary’s College with an M.A. in Educational Leadership and her Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from Pepperdine University. Her Doctoral Thesis was on the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in sponsored secondary schools. Since joining OLP in 2013, Lauren has helped create a coordinated STEM Certificate program, launched a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, and added Engineering Design, AP Computer Science, Bio-Technology, Entrepreneurship, Orchestra, and Architecture courses. As an advocate for women in leadership, Lauren has also helped create a hub for successful women to share their journeys with OLP’s 750 students through the annual OLP Women’s Symposium. As a member of San Diego’s Downtown Rotary 33, Lauren is part of the Rotary STEM committee, which provides coordinated science learning opportunities for students in City Heights schools. In her short time here in San Diego, she has already been recognized as a recipient of the 2013 San Diego Woman Who Means Business, 40 under 40 Awards by SD Metro Magazine, and a nominee for the San Diego Woman of the Year. Lauren feels privileged to work with 750 high school girls, who inspire and challenge her to be the best faith-filled woman and leader she can be. She is also inspired by our fearless visionaries, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, whose ministry has touched our world for over 365 years. What you might not know about Lauren is that in addition to being a wife to her college sweetheart, she is mother to three children: seven-year-old Lucas, 4-year-old Willem, and one-year-old Emma.

Marcela Valladolid '96

Chef, author and co-host of the Food Network television series, The Kitchen, Food Network

Bio: Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Chef Marcela was raised to be passionate about food. She jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. She realized she too wanted to pursue her growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. She continued her education at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris where she became trained as a classic French pastry chef. Marcela then returned home to run a catering company and began to teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana. All the while, collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family’s cooking traditions to map out her dreams. Marcela eventually parlayed her classical training and skills to become a food editor at Bon Appétit magazine. Marcela quickly realized that information on authentic Mexican cooking wasn’t as accessible as it should be. The perception of her cuisine was masked by heavy liquid cheese, overstuffed burritos and more misguided dishes so she decided that she was going to prove to the world that in fact there’s NO yellow cheese in real Mexican cooking and it can be done with major flavors and little fuss in your home kitchen. Next she crossed into TV when she landed her own cooking show on Discovery en Español called Relatos con Sabor and was selected as one of the contenders on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. In August 2009, Marcela was given the chance to showcase her family recipes when she released her first cookbook titled FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor (Clarkson Potter). She appeared on Today show, The View was featured in Latina, People, People en Espanol, Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News around its release. The book was very well received reaching the #1 cookbook spot on Amazon.com on more than one occasion. With the book, Marcela became the advocate for great Mexican food that delivers in freshness and flavor without forcing home cooks to track down hard-to-find ingredients or spend hours at the stove. Soon after her book release, she landed a dream job as the host of her own Food Network show, “Mexican Made Easy.” The show made its debut early in 2010 and filmed in San Diego where Marcela currently resides. The fifth season of the show aired in the summer of 2012. Marcela released a second cookbook called Mexican Made Easy (Clarkson Potter) on September 27, 2011. The book is a companion to her Food Network show and serves as an entryway into authentic Mexican cuisine. It also earned the #1 Mexican cookbook spot on Amazon.com more than once and Marcela landed appearances on the Today show, The Talk, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Rachael Ray show and more. In October of 2011, the First Family asked her to participate in their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the White House. It was her second time being invited to the White House with the first being their famous Easter Egg Roll event earlier in 2011. In the summer of 2013, Marcela was named a judge on “The American Baking Competition” that aired nationally on CBS and appeared on The Talk and The Chew in support of the series debut. Shortly after in the fall of 2013, she teamed up with Safeway stores to release her very own product line called “Marcela Valladolid” featuring several dozen products available nationwide. The line offers shoppers authentic, easy and affordable meal solutions and products range from flavorful snacks to tortillas to ready-to-cook meats. Currently, Marcela shares hosting duties on “The Kitchen” the Emmy nominated talk show on The Food Network alongside Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian. Airing weekly, these famous stars share simple supper ideas, partake in food trend discussions and cover all things fun in food. On a personal note, she is the mother to three wonderful children Fausto who doubles as her sous chef at just twelve years old, David who is one year old, and Anna Carina her youngest who is now one month old.

Mary Ann McGarry

President and CEO, Partner at Guild Mortgage Company, Guild Mortgage Company

Bio: Ms. McGarry has been a member of Guild’s Board of Directors since 1988. Ms. McGarry leads the development and execution of the company’s strategic plans and objectives and directs all corporate and subsidiary operations. Ms. McGarry, who began her career with Guild in 1984, has been one of the driving forces in formulating and executing Guild’s financial, operational and technology strategies. She began as a supervisor in Internal Audit and within three years was Senior Vice President of Loan Administration and Information Technology. She reorganized the Loan Administration Division and led the development and creation of the proprietary servicing software. She continued developing software applications to increase operational and financial efficiencies as she held a number of other executive positions: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Production Operations Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Guild, Ms. McGarry was employed by the public accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. She was trained as a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Investment Committee and the Servicing Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and on the FNMA Advisory Council. Ms. McGarry received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science in 1980 from the University of San Diego.Ms. McGarry has been a member of Guild’s Board of Directors since 1988. Ms. McGarry leads the development and execution of the company’s strategic plans and objectives and directs all corporate and subsidiary operations. Ms. McGarry, who began her career with Guild in 1984, has been one of the driving forces in formulating and executing Guild’s financial, operational and technology strategies. She began as a supervisor in Internal Audit and within three years was Senior Vice President of Loan Administration and Information Technology. She reorganized the Loan Administration Division and led the development and creation of the proprietary servicing software. She continued developing software applications to increase operational and financial efficiencies as she held a number of other executive positions: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Production Operations Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Guild, Ms. McGarry was employed by the public accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. She was trained as a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Investment Committee and the Servicing Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and on the FNMA Advisory Council. Ms. McGarry received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science in 1980 from the University of San Diego.

Pamela Davis

Planner ( Segment Producer), KUSI Television

Bio: Pamela Davis has had a long and varied career in the television news business. After completing a summer internship in her hometown of Sacramento, she was hired at the same station to work overnights. In her first news job, she delivered news updates throughout the wee hours of the morning and then reported the traffic for the morning show. Within a couple of years she had worked her way up to the anchor chair. From there she moved Midwest to Kansas City to take the position as the evening anchor at the NBC affiliate. Several years later, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. came calling. As the weekend anchor and a general assignment reporter, there was no shortage of stories during what was arguably one of the most interesting White House administrations. In D.C., local news was often national news during the Clinton presidency. Her stories appeared regularly on national news outlets including CNN and the ABC Network. Enchanted by the beauty and weather of San Diego, she moved west for a position with KFMB Channel 8. Many San Diegans remember her as the co-anchor for the number one weekend newscast with Don Teague. While at channel 8, she covered many national stories and was featured as a correspondent on CNN, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and the CBS news magazine 48 Hours. In addition to covering the top stories, she was part of the team that created the weekly franchise "Adopt 8" featuring children in the foster care system. Over the years the segment has drawn a huge amount of community support. As a result, hundreds of foster children have been placed into permanent homes. Pam went from Channel 8 to Denver, Colorado to anchor Fox 31's Good Day Colorado. In the first year of the newscast, she was recognized by her peers with a nomination for best local anchor. Now back in San Diego, Pam is working behind the camera. She is currently a segment producer at KUSI. She is a proud UCLA Bruin, earning a B.A. in English Literature in addition to a M.A. in Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Patricia Robinson

Co-Founder of Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, Mercy Outreach Surgical Team

Bio: Patricia Robinson R.N. worked at Scripps Mercy Hospital for 35 years. She and another nurse were instrumental in founding the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team. A surgery team that goes to Mexico to care for children who have cleft lips, cleft palates, hernias, crossed eyes and other conditions that can be corrected in an out-patient setting. The team has cared for over 12,000 children and adults in their many programs in Mexico. Pat has made over 45 trips to Mexico with the team. She served as the coordinator of the program from its founding in 1987 until her retirement. She continues to be very involved as an active volunteer in the program. She is very passionate about caring for children with visible deformities that can be corrected in sometimes just an hour, giving them a chance to have a better life.

Priscilla Guido

Client Development, Christie's Mexico City

Bio: Priscilla Guido ‘00 is an avid art lover and entered the world of art via Christie’s auction house in 2011. Her most recent venture with the company has been through their Mexico City office, where she is a client liaison between Mexico-based clients and Christie's sales offices around the world including New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Zurich. She has coordinated exclusive events for high-end clients including collectors, art academics, institutions and art enthusiasts. Prior to Mexico City, Priscilla was in New York focusing on Latin American art and art transport. She worked on two annual Latin American Art sales which ranged from an average of $15 to $25 million dollars worth of art, including any exhibitions, events, marketing, and client activity around these sales. She also assisted in producing the Latin American Art sale catalogue that is sent to clients worldwide. After graduating from OLP, Priscilla attended the University of San Diego where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology.Priscilla Guido ‘00 is an avid art lover and entered the world of art via Christie’s auction house in 2011. Her most recent venture with the company has been through their Mexico City office, where she is a client liaison between Mexico-based clients and Christie's sales offices around the world including New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Zurich. She has coordinated exclusive events for high-end clients including collectors, art academics, institutions and art enthusiasts. Prior to Mexico City, Priscilla was in New York focusing on Latin American art and art transport. She worked on two annual Latin American Art sales which ranged from an average of $15 to $25 million dollars worth of art, including any exhibitions, events, marketing, and client activity around these sales. She also assisted in producing the Latin American Art sale catalogue that is sent to clients worldwide. After graduating from OLP, Priscilla attended the University of San Diego where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology.

Saura Naderi

Government Affairs Analyst, Qualcomm Incorporated

Bio: Saura Naderi is a staff government affairs analyst for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, she is the lead engineering instructor and designer of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab. Saura works closely with local education and community-based organizations to develop programming that will engage the middle school population of San Diego in STEM-focused opportunities and provide exposure to the world of engineering. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Saura worked at UCSD where she developed the myLab program to inspire passion in engineering for K-12 youth. Her mission, and that of the myLab program, was to give aspiring engineers the opportunity to research, design and implement their own ideas. Saura’s most well-known project became known as the “robotic hats project,” where students of all ages used Arduino microcontrollers to create robotic hats that move, illuminate and activate through software and hardware development. Saura earned her undergraduate degree in engineering physics from UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. In 2011, she spoke at TEDx San Diego where she shared her efforts to inspire passion in engineering and diversifying STEM fields. In 2013, she was named as one of the “Top 10 UCSD Exemplary Employees of the Year” and received the Athena Pinnacle Award for Education.

Brenda Chapman

American Writer, Animation Story Artist and Director

Bio: Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award. Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she co-directed the 1998 release of the Oscar winning Prince of Egypt. Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio, for which she won the Movieguide Epiphany and Teddy Awards. She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on Cars. Chapman then created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her own daughter - for which she won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. Other awards include the Novus Creative Catalyst Award, the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival’s Feature Animation Honoree Award and the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival Achievement Award. Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, Lucasfilm and Fox. Currently, Chapman is writing, directing and producing several projects in different stages of development. She has been engaged to write and direct a Chinese financed/American made feature-animated film – working title Truth for Truth Entertainment and is attached to direct Come Away, a live action film written by Marissa Goodhill. She is also collaborating on a hybrid script, working title The Touch, with her husband, director Kevin Lima (Enchanted, A Goofy Movie, Disney’s Tarzan).Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award. Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she co-directed the 1998 release of the Oscar winning Prince of Egypt. Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio, for which she won the Movieguide Epiphany and Teddy Awards. She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on Cars. Chapman then created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her own daughter - for which she won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. Other awards include the Novus Creative Catalyst Award, the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival’s Feature Animation Honoree Award and the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival Achievement Award. Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, Lucasfilm and Fox. Currently, Chapman is writing, directing and producing several projects in different stages of development. She has been engaged to write and direct a Chinese financed/American made feature-animated film – working title Truth for Truth Entertainment and is attached to direct Come Away, a live action film written by Marissa Goodhill. She is also collaborating on a hybrid script, working title The Touch, with her husband, director Kevin Lima (Enchanted, A Goofy Movie, Disney’s Tarzan).

Corina Antal

Salk Institute

Bio: Corina is a postdoctoral fellow researching pancreatic cancer therapies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California at San Diego and has authored 11 publications. She has received numerous awards for her scientific research, including being listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science in 2015.

Patricia Aubanel

World-renowned Interventional Cardiologist

Bio: Dr. Patricia Aubanel Riedel was born in México. She received her M.D. from UNAM National Autonomous University of Mexico, and continued her education in internal medicine, advanced interventional cardiology and advanced stem cell research and therapies. She was the primary doctor and cardiologist for Mother Teresa of Calcutta for the last eight years of her life, intervening on Mother Teresa’s heart three times with coronary angioplasty and stenting. She is also the founder and director of “The Mother Teresa Cardiovascular Institute” at Hospital Del Prado in Tijuana, Mexico.

Priscilla Ibarra

Renowned Dermatologist

Bio: Dr. Priscilla Ibarra is a renowned dermatologist with a private practice in Tijuana and Mexicali. Recognized for her expertise in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Ibarra is always up to date with the latest in skincare, clinical updates and rising trends. Born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana, Priscilla attended high school at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace and continued immediately afterward with medical school at the University of Baja California, pursuing her dream to follow her in father’s footsteps to be a doctor. Her passion for dermatology later led her to specialize at the Dermatology Institute of Jalisco. She continued her studies with fellowships for dermatologic cancer surgery in Mexico, cosmetic dermatology in Argentina and dermatologic laser surgery in Spain. In addition to running her private practice, Dr. Ibarra forms part of the Mexican Academy of Dermatology and teaches Dermatology at the Autonomous University of Baja California. As a professor, Dr. Ibarra brings her expertise to the next generation of medical students by applying their skills at different orphanages and retirement homes in Tijuana. Dr. Ibarra and her husband Felipe, a restaurateur, enjoy the region and all that it has to offer.

Virginia Rodee

Board Member and Alumna of OLP, University of San Diego

Michele Comtois

Bio: Michele Comtois is a Principal with over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry. She has served as a member of Barney & Barney/MMA’s Executive Liability Practice since 2005. Michele has a background in finance and risk management and works directly with clients by providing strategic guidance and counsel in the areas of public company directors and officers liability. Prior to joining the firm, Michele was a Senior Underwriter at Arch Insurance Group in San Francisco where she served in the Executive Assurance Group. During her tenure there, she developed a book of business consisting primarily of public and private company D&O and professional liability insurance. She also worked in the financial services field in Boston. Michele is a founding member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. She currently holds board positions with the San Diego Venture Group and Athena San Diego. Michele serves as the chair for B&B GROW, a women's initiative focused on attracting, retaining, educating and supporting the women of Barney & Barney/MMA. Michele earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Vermont.Michele Comtois is a Principal with over 14 years of experience in the insurance industry. She has served as a member of Barney & Barney/MMA’s Executive Liability Practice since 2005. Michele has a background in finance and risk management and works directly with clients by providing strategic guidance and counsel in the areas of public company directors and officers liability. Prior to joining the firm, Michele was a Senior Underwriter at Arch Insurance Group in San Francisco where she served in the Executive Assurance Group. During her tenure there, she developed a book of business consisting primarily of public and private company D&O and professional liability insurance. She also worked in the financial services field in Boston. Michele is a founding member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. She currently holds board positions with the San Diego Venture Group and Athena San Diego. Michele serves as the chair for B&B GROW, a women's initiative focused on attracting, retaining, educating and supporting the women of Barney & Barney/MMA. Michele earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Vermont.

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