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.

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Tuesday, June 9
Employment Laws to Know Right Now @Online Event

Join us for a mid-year legal update with our friend Erik Johnson from Sacks, Ricketts & Case

There is a lot of information swirling around. Policies, practices, laws are changing rapidly. It might seem like just when you’ve wrapped your head around a new requirement, it has changed. You want to do what is best for your organization and employees, but it is challenging.

We can’t control the pace or change of these policy developments. We can lean on experts to share what is, right now.

Erik Johnson, Employment Attorney from Sacks, Ricketts & Case, will be joining our CCSD community to give a mid-year legal update.

From an Employment Law lens, Erik will share:

- Current developments at the federal, state, and local level
- COVID-19 related developments

There are too many laws and developments to touch on in one session. We also don’t want to put you to sleep. The session will focus on a few developments that could be good to keep top of mind as you navigate these shifts in your business. 

Be sure to join us live for Q&A opportunities!

Registration Fee: FREE to All Attendees

Chapter Leadership


Amber Gough
Co-Director of Programs
Amber Gough

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
Treasurer
Del Lewis

Treasurer

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.

Haby Barry
Co-Director of Programs
Haby Barry

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
Secretary
Jeff Blanton

Secretary

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.

Johannah Warren
Director of Volunteers
Johannah Warren

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 Joneson
President
Kori Joneson

President

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.

Linda Burritt
Director of Individual Memberships
Linda Burritt

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.

Michael Valenzano
Director of Business Membership
Michael Valenzano

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.

Steven Bellach
Director of Communications
Steven Bellach

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!

Chapter Advisors


Dr. Daniel Friedland
Advisor
Dr. Daniel Friedland

Advisor

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.

DJ King
Advisor
DJ King

Advisor

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 Perrell
Advisor
Jenn Perrell

Advisor

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.

Ken Ruggiero
Advisor
Ken Ruggiero

Advisor

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.

Malcolm Avner
Chairman of the Board
Malcolm Avner

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.

Michael Harth
Advisor
Michael Harth

Advisor

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.

Mikel Bruce
Director of Technology
Mikel Bruce

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

Neville Billimoria
Advisor
Neville Billimoria

Advisor

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.

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