San Diego Chapter Board

Elevating humanity through business

Michael Valenzano


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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.

Larissa Fawkner


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Larissa is a stakeholder engagement professional with experience in the private and nonprofit sectors and leadership roles in Boston, New York City, andWashington, DC. Prior to relocating to San Diego, she directed corporate relations for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. She also managed community relations for The Boston Globe and oversaw the Globe Foundation’s two endowments. Larissa served as marketing special projects manager for theNASDAQ MarketSite, and was the first corporate social responsibility lead forStarbucks Coffee Company’s 13-state northeast region.Early in her career, she held a number of leadership roles at the Boston Harbor Islands national park area, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, CapeCod Children’s Museum, and the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum.

Larissa has served as a FEMA disaster reservist and American Red Cross disaster volunteer with deployments on five disasters and did national media relations during Hurricane Katrina.

Larissa holds an MBA from Bentley University, a B.A. from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.Presently, Larissa serves as a community advisor for the San Diego social enterprise tech start-up, Mapigator.

Larissa is a firm believer in the Conscious Capitalism Win6 model–the extraordinarily powerful system of value creation mutually benefitting all stakeholders.

Steven Bellach


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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!

Mikel Bruce


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Mikel has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience and is the founder and CEO of TinyFrog Technologies. TinyFrog is a San Diego-based web technology, design, development and hosting agency that was founded in 2003. Mikel has a passion for conscious capitalism and has built his company and his team by incorporating conscious practices into his business. The four tenants of Conscious Capitalism perfectly align with the mission and vision of TinyFrog Technologies and the entire team strives to treat each other, their clients and all stake holders with respect and compassion while offering the highest service.

When he is not working Mikel enjoys throwing pottery, practicing yoga, hiking, meditating and spending time with his dogs and his wife (not necessarily in that order). This combination allows him to understand the design and technological attributes that help convey the cultural nuances and thus accurately portray the intent and feeling of Conscious Capitalism San Diego. Mikel and his company provide the technical and design infrastructure to support Conscious Capitalism San Diego

Mehrad Nazari


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Dr. Mehrad Nazari is the Founder of Enlightened Negotiation®, an education and consulting firm dedicated in promoting elevation of human interactions and unification of personal, professional and spiritual lives. For over thirty years, Dr. Nazari has been the President and CEO of California Real Estate Services, a high profile real estate investment brokerage and consulting firm based in La Jolla, California. As an adjunct professor of International Business Negotiation, he taught for ten years at United States International University in San Diego. He is also the co-founder of the Raja Yoga Institute and has been a spiritual guide, teacher, and practitioner of yoga and meditation for over twenty-five years and has and continues to study with some of the spiritual masters of our time. He lives in San Diego with his wife Michele and their dog Sophie. For more information about his work you can visit his website at www.enlightenednegotiation.com.

Linda Burritt


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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.

Amber Gough


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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


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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.

Kori Joneson


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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.

Malcolm Avner


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Conscious Capitalism believes in the power of capitalism to elevate humanity. Malcolm’s work gives life to these principles by increasing organizational leaders’ self-awareness and skills. “I love when clients experience how higher-purpose-driven decision-making results in long-term value creation, while improving the quality of work and life for all stakeholders!”

Malcolm empowers evolving or dissatisfied business leaders to perform to their potential. In the process of coaching hundreds of business owners and senior leaders, he has developed a coaching system that transforms lives, builds businesses, and facilitates the emergence of a more conscious organization.

These days, Malcolm helps leaders via several approaches: (1) working 1-to-1 with senior leaders, (2) providing training/unifying programs for management teams, (3) group coaching of high-potential leaders, and (4) facilitating transformational retreats for strategic alignment and personal growth.

As an insatiable student of human nature and the interrelationships between meaningful living, money and spirituality, Malcolm founded the San Diego chapter of Conscious Capitalism, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board. More on Malcolm at www.LifeAndBusinessOnPurpose.com.