Speaker Date Topic
Toni Giffin Aug 24, 2018
Making 'Good' Happen
Making 'Good' Happen

Toni's passion is Goodwill San Diego's mission to provide training and employment opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She has spent more than 18 years with Goodwill San Diego, creating a culture of inclusivity and civility, where people can experience personal and professional growth in a nurturing environment.

Toni believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the dignity of work. She has developed a strong leadership team at Goodwill to support the mission and expansion of their social enterprise, enabling them to provide paid work experience to over 1300 San Diego County residents. She continues to communicate, design and implement her vision, which provides a career path for every employee and in-depth career counseling for every job seeker who visits a Goodwill Community Employment Center.

Toni is an outdoor enthusiast who loves the mountains, hiking, gardening and the beauty of nature. She is married and has 7 children, including two son-in-laws and one daughter-in-law, and 5 grandchildren.

Toni is a lifelong learner, studying Humanities, Art, Non-Profit Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development and Human Resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Bellevue University and a Certificate of Completion from Goodwill Industries International's Executive Development Program, a 16-month program that prepares Goodwill leaders to become Chief Executive Officers

Erin Parks Aug 31, 2018
Eating Disorders: It's in the Brain!
Eating Disorders: It's in the Brain!

Dr. Erin Parks is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Outreach and Admissions for the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment & Research. Dr. Parks is a graduate of Northwestern University and UCSD/SDSU's Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she specialized in neuropsychology and conducted neuroimaging research of child development. Dr. Parks began working at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for her postdoctoral fellowship. She has worked as a clinician in the Adolescent Clinic, was the founding manager of the Pediatric Clinic, and co-managed the Adult Clinic. She has also worked as a psychologist on the inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) and co-lead the Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) program. As Director of Outreach and Admissions, Dr. Parks current focus is on how to best educate clinicians, parents, and the community about the neurobiological basis of eating disorders and the evidence-based treatments that are now available.

Mark James Sep 28, 2018
Emerging Employment Trends: The Coming Labor Shortage
Emerging Employment Trends: The Coming Labor Shortage

Mark James, CPC is the Founder and President of Hire Consulting Services, established in 1999. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant and has been providing executive career transition coaching and executive search consulting services for over 25 years. Mark is the author of his new book: “Keys to the C Suite: Unlock the doors to Executive Career Path Success!” He is also a Certified Partner with the Predictive Index suite of behavior assessments. Mark has the reputation for delivering a proven structure and process, coupled with honest expert advice. Mark coaches executives in career transition. His passion is to coach executives manage their careers more effectively and guide growing companies to hire and manage the best talent. He brings a positive approach to the career search — enabling his clients to develop their personal brand identity, leverage their strengths, dramatically improve their interview skills, salary negotiation, creating professional job search strategies and to clearly articulate their networking messages about their background, passions, and career objectives. Mark’s clients are then able to separate themselves from the rest of the job searchers, and uniquely present themselves as the solution to the needs of their target companies. Since 2005, he has been the host and facilitator of the monthly ExecuNet Networking Meetings for executives in career transition in San Diego and Orange County, CA. He has a successful blog called The Career Catalyst and has been published in several news articles, books and newsletters, conducted numerous seminars and career workshops, and has been a guest speaker at several career and networking events.