Marymount California University is bringing prominent California women leaders to its Rancho Palos Verdes campus to discuss the leadership challenges and opportunities that present themselves in the 21st century. The series will explore the attributes of successful leaders and their application to organizational, community and economic development. This series supports the development of Marymount’s students and is open to the general public.
Ariane Schauer, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Dr. Schauer joined the University in 1998. She has served on the faculty and as Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Schauer has a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA and holds the rank of Professor of Economics.
SPRING 2013 SPEAKERS
Note: Judge Thompson will no longer be speaking on April 8 and Beate Kirmse will move from Feb. 25 to April 8.
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS -- Fall 2012
Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel, Marymount California University Main Campus. Open to the community. No reservations needed. view brochure
Monday, Sept. 24
Craig DeRoy is CEO of Medeem LLC, a private sector–led initiative to formalize the land rights of people living in poverty. While serving as president of First American Financial Corporation he offered commitments to the Clinton Global Initiative, which ultimately resulted in his creation of Medeem.
A former council member and mayor of Hermosa Beach and the principal of Mailman Ink Public Relations, Michael DiVirgilio’s background includes diverse assignments that have allowed him to construct solutions with a professional, commonsense approach. After a successful engineering career, DiVirgilio chose to pursue a career in public service. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
Marymount California University Leadership Series Video - Michael DiVirgilio
Jonathan Brown became President Emeritus of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) in November, 2011, after a 20-year tenure. He began as vice president with AICCU in 1975. Prior to AICCU he served in a number of political positions including two in the White House, and as a staff member for a US Senator, a Member of Congress and the Minority Leader of the California Assembly. He holds an BA (honors) in International Relations from the University of the Pacific and completed graduate study at George Washington University (International Relations), Catholic University (Urban Education) and Harvard University (Institute for Educational Management) before completing a DPA at the University of Southern California, with specializations in Public Finance and Tax.
Monday, Oct. 22
The owner of Plaza Automotive Center in San Pedro, Mitch Harmatz has been honored for his business expertise, customer service and community involvement in many organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s in physical education and a master’s degree in science in education from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Richard D. Farman
During his business career Richard Farman held various executive positions with Pacific Enterprises and its subsidiaries, including chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Co. In June 1998, Farman became the first chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. Now retired, he is currently chairman emeritus of Sempra. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Laws degree from Stanford School of Law.
Steven S. Koblik
As president of the Huntington Library Steven Koblik’s work encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of the Huntington’s collections, through the development and support of a community of scholars, and through the display and interpretation of the library’s extraordinary resources to the public. Trained as a diplomatic historian, Koblik holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of Stockholm and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
David DiBiase, leads the education team within Esri’s Industry Solutions group. The Team promotes and supports the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to enrich teaching and learning at all levels, in formal and informal settings, domestically and internationally. DiBiase earned bachelors and masters degrees in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining Esri in 2011, he founded and led the Penn State Online GIS Certificate and master’s degree programs.
Monday, Nov. 12
A pioneer in deregulated telecommunication services for more than two decades, Paul Jennings is the founding partner and current CEO of Public Communications Services, Inc. (with annual sales of approximately $100 million). Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a second in mathematics from California State University, Northridge. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization as well as a board member on several school boards.
Juan C. Yñiguez
Juan Yñiguez is the executive director of the Association for Private Postsecondary Education in California. He has 25 years of experience in higher education administration and policy in the nonprofit sector. He has had the privilege of serving on many state, national and international boards and committees. Yñiguez completed graduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lee Ligons is responsible for business development at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, working to bring new corporate members/partnerships into the Chamber’s Circle of Support level. He aims to secure strong relationships with top-level executives of the largest companies in the region. Before joining the chamber in 2005 Ligons worked as a business developer at Pitney Bowes Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Ohio and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Marymount California University Leadership Series Q&A
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