Co-Director of Programs
Amber Gough is the Founder of Talent Fusion Point, a San Diego based purpose-driven executive staffing firm. As a social impact entrepreneur, Amber is passionate about “Connecting People & Making a Difference.” For over 17 years, she has helped business leaders secure top talent and build winning teams with a united purpose. She believes that cultivating teams with a common goal and driven by a higher purpose, uniquely positions organizations for greater long-term success.
As a military spouse, she is actively involved in serving the veteran and military family community through volunteering with such organizations as, The Rosie Network, SDMAC, Fleet Week San Diego, NSW Sisterhood, and The Honor Foundation. Amber has always been driven by a higher purpose of connecting and serving others in her personal and professional life.
While she enjoys many activities such as kick-boxing, lounging on the beach, traveling, and socializing with friends and family; most of Amber’s free time is spent serving and enjoying her large blended family of five children, two dogs, and an active duty Navy husband.
Del Lewis is a Ventrepreneur and Founder of TriClare Business Holdings. His professional career has included founding and operating profitable businesses, structuring and negotiating multi-million dollar transactions, and raising debt and equity capital. He has specialized in several areas, including: Business Management, Strategic Planning, Financial Analysis, and Corporate Finance.
He either currently owns, or has owned, businesses in the maritime industry, the food service industry, business consulting, and residential real estate.
Del spent several years as an investment banker with a major money center bank in New York, leading syndicated finance deal teams. He continues to be active in various religious and civic activities and sits on the corporate boards of many of his portfolio companies.
Del is a graduate of The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA – Kings Point). He also holds an U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s license as a Second Assistant Engineer and held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve before honorably resigning his commission.
Co-Director of Programs
Haby is the Founder of Fulaba, a boutique jewelry brand that provides timeless jewelry from African high culture. Fulaba has been featured in several publications including Allure and Essence magazines. In addition to Haby’s work as a jewelry designer, she is an entrepreneurial marketer with over 12 years of experience building brand engagement and growth in B2B & B2C across industries such as tech, advertising, gaming, media, non-profit, music, entertainment, consumer goods and e-commerce.
In everything she does, Haby is motivated to help others to strive to reach their God-given potential. She is all about activities that support raising our consciousness as human beings and living a purposeful life.
Haby is an avid traveler and lover of the arts with a great appreciation for live music and authentic cuisines. She also embraces an active lifestyle and has completed two triathlon races. She is proficient in French and conversational in Japanese and Spanish.
Haby holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from NYU where she graduated cum laude studying Music Business.
Jeff Blanton is a leading keynote speaker, successful business consultant, author and host of Jailbreak Leaders Podcast. His twenty year career in Corporate America began in engineering but quickly evolved from project leadership to senior management roles with large international corporations, life science companies and culminated in a successful NASDQ listed start-up.
In 2001, Jeff founded his own management consulting business, the Blanton Group, focused on overcoming the challenge of executing large strategic initiatives. Working directly with high level executives for over 20 years, Jeff aptly recognized what inspires companies to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Jeff developed a game-changing formula, Jailbreak Leadership, that provides executives, senior management and teams the strategic skills and tools to have everyone on the team engaged around the company’s long-term inspiring purpose and processes to make it come true.
Whether on stage, in a boardroom or facilitating a workshop in an organization, Jeff provides the strategic skills, tools and guidance to create a passionate and committed team, loyal customers and a boosted bottom line.
Director of Volunteers
Johannah Warren is the Founder of Fashionkind, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in recovery from addiction as they rebuild their lives. Fashionkind offers professional clothing for interviewing and work to women in sober living residences, as well as apprenticeships for clients with high barriers to employment. She believes not only in second chances but also that this underserved population is brimming with untapped contributory potential.
Johannah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a Biology degree and went on to earn an International MBA from Pepperdine including a semester in Paris. Her first philanthropic endeavor was the startup of actress Jane Seymour’s Open Hearts Foundation. She then spent five years ghostwriting and publishing personal memoirs.
Having been born and raised on the East Coast, Johannah returned briefly for an immersive ashram experience and yoga teacher training before settling in San Diego. She now relishes in the joy of watching her grown son embark on his journey as a musician, as well as the new adventure of raising her baby beagle Bella.
Kori believes business has the power to create transformational change in the world when its strategy, systems, and people are in alignment with a higher purpose. At the core of this potential is people. Leaders, at all levels of the organization, are the connective tissue that can make or break the success of the organization. It is her purpose to ensure that this interdependent relationship thrives by keeping people’s well-being integrated into their work, and ultimately their lives. She has the privilege of living her purpose by co-leading a team of human strategy advisors at Symbio Strategies. Symbio partners with organizations to develop purpose-driven models and tools to intentionally build human-centered systems that achieve their desired outcomes. Kori’s well-being is boosted by the creative and challenging work she does with clients, serving as the current Board President of Conscious Capitalism San Diego, time traveling with her husband and friends, continuous learning through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and those simple moments of being a couch potato with her retired racing greyhound.
Director of Individual Memberships
Linda has a passion to connect people with conscious businesses that care about their needs and values. As the Co-founder of a San Diego based mobile app company, her mission is to use the latest technology to create a more inclusive society, using the business community as the platform. She believes — through conscious capitalism and informed consumers we can be assured that our purchasing power is making a positive impact. When we work as a collective group, both businesses and consumers win–and our communities thrive!
After years as a teacher, national consultant and Regional VP for Houghton Mifflin, her work changed to her passion for a world of inclusion.
As the mother of a child with multiple disabilities, she is actively involved in educating the community and facilitating support groups for families dealing with epilepsy and autism. While you will see Linda volunteering with Girl Scouts to refugee tutoring, most of her free time is spent enjoying time with her family and hosting parties.
Director of Business Membership
A creative, concise, and thoughtful communicator, Michael Valenzano has spent the last 15 years refining a unique and fresh approach toward helping organizations solve cultural and operational pain points. Currently, Michael is the co-founder of Equal Parts, a San Diego based firm focused on providing fractional HR services in support of helping companies align business goals with organizational culture.
Michael holds a Master of Professional Studies in human resources and employment relations with an emphasis in employment and labor law from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of North Florida and he is PHR® certified.
A native Floridian, Michael spent years entrenched in the North Florida artistic community as a working artist and believer in the power of local economy. Michael also donated time and energy to several nonprofits servicing the homeless population. Michael resides inSan Diego with his wife Emily, and their daughter Winter.
Director of Communications
Over his 30-year senior marketing and general management career, Steve has profitably built brands at companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. Steve is currently the co-founder and Principal with BottomLine Marketing, a business and brand consultancy that helps organizations drive profitable growth by focusing on the right target market segments with the right brand messaging strategy and marketing plans.
Prior to BottomLine Marketing, Steve served as Vice President, Marketing for Jenny Craig. Before Jenny Craig, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Proflowers.com, with general management responsibilities for the consumer division of this highly successful internet company. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior level marketing positions with Tropicana, Kraft, Cadbury and Pillsbury.
Steve is an Instructor at the UCSD Rady School of Management Executive Development Program where he runs a variety of Social Media workshops.
Steve earned his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.S. in Economics from SUNY Albany.
Steve’s Favorite Quote: If it ain’t broke, break it!