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

Heath Fox
Nov 03, 2017
 
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Nancy Montejano, Director of Operations, began her career in Oceanography after graduating from University of California, San Diego, with a BS in Biology. She continued her science career, working at several biotech companies in San Diego. After years in research, Nancy worked in the financial services industry, coordinating educational marketing events and managing the firm’s relationships with clients. Nancy is excited to be part of an organization that supports genetic vision disorder research and offers resources to families of children with vision disorders. She and her husband live in Carmel Valley and have two grown children.

Nancy Montejano
Nov 10, 2017
 

Dr. Laura Proctor

Dr. Proctor is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mindful Psychotherapy Inc., serving adults with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship difficulties and other issues in La Jolla and Hillcrest. She is also a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, and is currently conducting research on the transition to adulthood for former foster youth.

Before becoming a clinical psychologist, she worked as a journalist and grant writer in Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Proctor is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and disability rights. She is particularly interested in leveling the playing field for children and teens with food allergies, so that they may enjoy the same educational and socialization opportunities at school as their non-allergic peers.

 

 

Esther Trevino

Esther Trevino, a native of San Diego, California, is the #GlutenFreeNerd. This nickname, “the gluten free nerd” is the result of her interests in comic books, space, science, computers, video games, as well as a passion for raising awareness about food allergy and Celiac Disease. As someone who has asthma, Celiac Disease, and allergies to peanuts, shellfish, and bees, Esther focuses her efforts on helping people understand that they can follow their passions and interests and live a normal life even with dietary restrictions.

To further this message, Esther runs a blog, The Gluten Free Nerd, along with various social media accounts including Instagram (TheGlutenFreeNerd), Twitter (@EstherTrevino), and Facebook (The Gluten Free Nerd). Her content includes things like allergy-friendly recipes inspired by her favorite scientists, the latest space news, and other favorite topics related to science and technology. The result is content that’s fun and educational while raising awareness of food allergy and other dietary restrictions.

Esther, through her social media presence and speaking engagements, encourages her audience to recognize they are more than their food allergy and auto-immune disorder. 

Dr. Laura Proctor and Esther Trevino
Nov 17, 2017
 
Dark - Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2017
 
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Jolyn B. Parker, VP of External Relations, San Diego Oasis, serving San Diego Oasis in the role of raising friends and funds, Jolyn has worked in marketing, fundraising, event production, and strategic management in both the nonprofit world and the for profit retail industry.

From her role as CMO of a $90M nonprofit to teaching the business of retail and marketing and communications at the university level to running a multi-million dollar retail operation, she brings a wealth of experience in outreach that includes conceptualizing, implementing and managing campaigns to build public relations and communications efforts, targeted marketing, business development, strategic and operational planning and events to raise awareness and funds.

Jolyn is involved in supporting the San Diego nonprofit community, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Barrio Logan College Institute, Chair of the Board of Community Health Improvement Partners, and as a member of the San Diego Symphony Notables. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of Fashion Group International, a national board based in New York, and as a member of the National Business Planning Committee for The Oasis Institute working to complete a national business plan.

She holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Nonprofit Management from Empire State College at SUNY, Applied Associate Degree in Retail Management from Fashion Institute of Technology at SUNY, and a certificate from College of Distributive Trades, London, England. She is married to William (Bill) Parker, a business turnaround specialist and has one daughter, an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jolyn Parker
Dec 01, 2017
 

San Diego enjoys a diverse legacy of formidable female leaders. Ellen Browning Scripps financed and established the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. In 1927, Belle Benchley became the nation's first female zoo director and for nearly thirty years pioneered new forms of exhibition and developed the world-class San Diego Zoo. Ruth Alexander set new altitude records for light planes at the peak of the city's aviation boom. Bertha Pendleton became the first female and first African-American San Diego school superintendent in 1993. Dr. Gloria Harris, co-author of Remarkable Women of San Diego (the History Press, 2016) will share the stories of these and many other extraordinary local women.

Gloria Harris
Dec 08, 2017
 
Dark - Christmas
Dec 22, 2017
 
Dark - New Year's
Dec 29, 2017
 
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From a window seat at The University Club (home of San Diego’s Downtown Breakfast Rotary), Doug Wilson can see much of his life’s work. This 35-story view is a signature feature of the mixed-use masterpiece he created in the 1980s – a full city block known as Symphony Towers.

Turning south toward Petco Park, the downtown skyline showcases two other Doug Wilson icons -- The Mark and Park Loft. Both projects are considered landmarks and credited with being catalysts to the success of Petco and the surrounding neighborhoods.

When the economy took its turn and plunged the economy into a near-depression, Doug Wilson pivoted to its other long-tested business model of handling workouts nationwide. The company emerged to become one of the country’s most prominent fiduciaries, trusted by private investors, banks, and government to reposition or sell over $15 billion in troubled assets.

Fast forward to 2017, where the team at Douglas Wilson Companies has refocused yet again on other new initiatives.

“We’re gearing up for what we see as an imminent, unprecedented transition of wealth from the baby boomer generation to its adult children,” said Wilson. “Inevitably, and unfortunately, such a major shift of accumulated wealth will create a variety of disputes concerning ownership, control, management and disposition of assets.”

In fact, Baby Boomers are expected to transfer up to $59 trillion to adult children through 2061.

“We call it the “wealth acquiring generation,” and as they begin to transfer trillions to adult children, we can tap our experience as a fiduciary to help families avoid inter-generational disputes and preserve and enhance the value of these assets.”

To strengthen his in-house conflict resolution team, Wilson recently recruited high-profile business attorney John L. Morrell, the immediate past president of San Diego Rotary Club 33. Morrell moved to Douglas Wilson Companies from local powerhouse Higgs Fletcher & Mack, where he retains the title of Chairman Emeritus.

Douglas Wilson Companies is also currently engaged in infill residential development, senior housing, as well as a thriving practice in real estate advisory services for large private, public and non-profit institutions. For more information, visit: www.douglaswilson.com

Doug Wilson
Jan 19, 2018
 

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

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

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

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

Profile: A.J. MacQuarrie

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Pivot to Your First Million!

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

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

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

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

Pivot to Success!

Are you a “Wantrepreneur” – an entrepreneur with an idea, business, or goal that is slipping further out of reach?

In this talk, A.J. MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable. Perhaps you’ve psyched yourself up, but you’ve found yourself on a crazy roller coaster ride with some stellar highs followed by some unexpected deep dives. Your success might be a lot closer than you think, but it can be all too easy to lose momentum when life throws you or your business a monkey wrench.

How you handle the adversities in your path will determine your success. If your business is not where you want it to be, A.J. will share his simple mindset pivot to get you and your company recalibrated for success.

MacQuarrie will share his top mindset strategies to help you achieve the success you desire when “the big win” seems unattainable.

“When you pivot, you will feel your entire life shift forward. Pivot to Success will teach you how to tap into your potential in a greater way than you have ever experienced before!” – A.J. MacQuarrie

 

A. J. MacQuarrie
Jan 26, 2018
 
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Uganda is a developing country in central east Africa, that is stable politically and has good promise for the future. Quench and Connect is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 public charity non-profit working to improve health and education at high schools in Uganda. As Executive Director, since the establishment of Quench and Connect, I have been working to collect donations to install deep borehole water wells at these schools to improve health and then to provide teaching tools and university scholarships to enhance the education process so that Uganda can successfully train the skilled citizens it needs to move their society forward. Since our inception in 2010 we have installed boreholes providing clean drinking water at 16 schools, teaching tools at 6 schools, and full-ride university scholarships for two students. Clean Water is a priority goal for rotary clubs, and several local rotary clubs have supported our projects including the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. In total, nearly 40,000 students in Uganda are benefitting from our projects.

Kathryn Ely
Feb 09, 2018
 

Imaging of the eye is limited by the relative poor optics of the human eye to viewing small bloodvessels at best. While biology has cellular level image resolution, ophthalmology has long suffered from the poor numerical aperture of the human eye. With the help of adaptive optics, a technology initially developed for President Reagan's Star Wars Initiative and subsequently used in astronomy, we are able to overcome the optical resolution limits and achieve cellular level imaging in humans.

Dirk-Uwe
Apr 20, 2018