Conscious Capitalism San Diego Chapter is your local branch of the global movement. We are dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism through events, presentations, and publications. We support the local community and serve as a resource on your journey to a more conscious business.
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.
Charlene was drawn to Conscious Capitalism when she realized the 4 Tenants of Conscious Capitalism were aligned with her passion for Stephen Covey’s teachings. Working from the inside and focusing on stakeholders is a healthy, holistic way to create strong culture and increase profits. “When we view an organization as an organism, we realize that the health and well being of stakeholders has a direct impact on the overall health of the business.”
Originally from Massachusetts, Charlene’s came to San Diego at 20 years old to study Psychology and Business. Throughout her career, she has built specialized departments and powerful teams within existing organizations in various industries-finance, construction, technology and more. She has a private Consulting business to advise leaders at all levels and is currently employed at a Tech Start-Up that promotes outdoor care and local job creation. Work is her passion as Charlene loves to lead diverse groups of people to overtake challenging goals.
Attaining a Massage Therapy and Yoga Teacher Certification gave Charlene the grounding and balance required to stay energized and centred as she helps elevate business through people, purpose, planet, and passion.
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 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.
Chairman of the Board
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.
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!
Ken has more than 25 years of management, finance and business development experience as an integral part of management teams that grew companies in fast-changing environments. He is Chairman and CEO of Goal Structured Solutions (“Goal”), a recognized industry leader in student loan program development, investing and management. Goal has managed over $10B in securitizations, invested its own capital in $3 billion of performing and non-performing student loans and manages over $26B of student loans for itself and third parties. Previously, he served as CFO and President of Goal Financial a $9 billion student loan company. Prior to joining Goal, he held executive positions at eAssist Global Solutions, NBC’s Internet Division and the public accounting firm, Arthur Andersen. He received his CPA in New York, an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Daniel Friedland is an expert on the science and practice of high-performance leadership and the author of Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership.
“Dr. Danny” helps leaders and their organizations leverage neuroscience and mindfulness-based skills and practices to better navigate stress, clarify vision and purpose, and create high performing teams and thriving cultures to multiply their positive impact in the world. His expertise from publishing one of the early textbooks on Evidence-Based Medicine has enabled him to apply science-based solutions to do so.
He has served as the Founding Chair of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and Co-Chair of Conscious Capitalism, San Diego and currently serves as the CEO of SuperSmartHealth, where he provides keynotes, workshops and executive coaching to develop high performing conscious leaders, teams and organizations.
For more information as well as a free excerpt from Leading Well from Within visit supersmarthealth.com.
Director of Technology
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
Michael Harth is one of the original founders of LAZ Parking, and is responsible for protecting, nurturing, and developing LAZ’s unique culture. After graduating with a psychology degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1981, Michael founded Sunset Parking, the West Coast brand of LAZ Parking. He developed Sunset Parking into a leader in the hospitality service industry with more than 175 locations, all defined by his commitment to delivering service with exceptional integrity and professionalism.
In 2008, Michael joined LAZ Parking as a senior partner after merging Sunset Parking with his childhood best friends, Alan Lazowski and Jeffrey Karp. Michael oversees the company’s human resources department, ensuring that above all, LAZ remains “all about the People”. He is a member of the National Parking Association and a founding member of the National Valet Parking Association.
Founder of King & Company, a San Diego-based culture consulting firm, DJ King’s passion is to make a difference in people’s lives. Since so much of our lives are spent at work, the focus of her work is supporting purpose-driven companies to create and sustain cultures where people are enlivened, engaged, inspired and motivated. She believes that creating an exceptional employee experience will result in an outstanding customer experience, and a world-class brand.
Although she loves travel in general, DJ is an Italiaphile. Her favorite thing is to hang out in an Italian piazza, drinking cappuccino (or red wine) and conversing with the locals in Italian on any topic.
Jenn is a conscious consultant who thrives when connecting people with each other and with their own purpose, health, and joy. She has the honor of doing so with her coaching clients, through speaking engagements, and when producing amazing events. Jenn has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in Holistic Health Education, has done extensive trainings in Intuition Medicine, Yoga, Coaching and more. She founded Live Weal in 2011 and has been successfully supporting purposeful people, bands, and events ever since. Jenn weaves natural grounding into her clients’ business, movement, and music. In her voyages and work around the world, her passion for integrating consciousness in business [and life] continually inspires others to do the same.
Neville Billimoria is an effective communications and values leader, growing organizations through external marketing, media, and sales effectiveness, as well as internal organizational alignment, corporate communications and leadership development. He brings experience, energy and empowerment to his leadership role as SVP Membership/Marketing and Chief Advocacy Officer at Mission Federal Credit Union where he has accountability for a strategic array of crucial outward facing functions and promoting Mission Fed’s public image and brand. Neville serves on multiple local boards including; the National Philanthropy Day Honorary Committee, Ackerman Foundation, Alliance for Empowerment, San Diego Non Profit Association, & the Real World Scholars Board. After graduating from UC San Diego, Neville remains involved on the UCSD Alumni Board Executive Committee, and teaching martial arts, yoga and meditation on campus for over 35 years. He is a frequent speaker on topics including marketing, brand as culture, 21st century leadership, social capital optimization and purpose-driven civic engagement.