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Past Speakers - 2012

Keynote Speaker

  • Anne Horter, Territory Senior Vice President, Kohl's Department Stores

Panel Members

Moderator

  • Lucy Craig, Moderator, CSULB Master's Candidate in Business Administration and Theatre Management
Anne Horter

Anne Horter currently serves as the territory senior vice president for Kohl's Department Stores. Her sales volume typically exceeds 4 billion annually, and she is responsible for roughly 260 Kohl's locations. In addition, Horter manages over 1000 executives, and more than 20,000 associates. Prior to joining Kohl's, Horter held various executive positions, including assistant store manager, store manager, district manager, and regional group director for Target stores.

Horter received her bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. She earned a double business major in marketing and travel and tourism.

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Jennifer A. Ford

Jennifer A. Ford, known as "Red Jen," is a certified yoga teacher, holistic health coach and seasonal eating expert. After earning her chemical engineering degree with an emphasis in biotechnology at the University of California at Berkeley, she began her career in environmental consulting and went on to work as a management consultant, focusing on industries such as investment banking, aerospace and defense, food and beverage, and healthcare. In addition to her on-the-job training and experience as a yoga instructor and triathlete, she received formal training to practice health counseling at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, affiliated with Columbia University. IIN is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories, combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods.

After 13 years of juggling her demanding corporate job with her need for healthy and tasty food, plenty of exercise, and a fulfilling life, she realized her true calling was to help others find better balance in their lives. If Ford doesn't get her daily dose of physical activity and plenty of produce, she can really feel the difference in her body and her mood! Ford learned through her own struggles with food and body image issues that it's important to let your diet change with the seasons to optimize energy levels and immune function. Managing a farmers' market has deepened her understanding of seasonal eating, and through the bridge of yoga's sister science, Ayurveda, she has integrated seasonal living and yogic principles into her cooking classes, lectures and private practice.

In Ford's private health-coaching practice, she specializes in working with individuals who are ready to take control of their health and drop the extra weight, while increasing energy without dieting, deprivation or counting calories. She has been told that she has an uncanny "Passion for Produce, "and with this passion, she hopes to change the world "one bite at a time." While Jen is based in Huntington Beach, CA, you can also find her published articles about healthy living in LA Yoga Magazine, Food Enquirer.com, Oprah's "O" magazine, or her own website at redjenford.com.

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Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews is the president of the Lee Andrews Group, Inc. (LA Group), a Los Angeles-based firm which provides economic, environmental compliance, legislative advocacy and public affairs consulting services to large scale public-private partnership projects. This diverse and dynamic team is knowledgeable of environmental rules and regulations, from the city, state to federal level. The LA Group team's expertise is used to assist with environmental mitigation measures, to guide land use and development projects through the approval process and educate, unify and inform communities on environmental issues.

Andrews has over twenty years of experience developing and managing public-private partnership programs involving compliance with federal, state and local legislation, including CEQA, NEPA, Coastal Act, Clean Air Act, energy and water regulations. Andrews has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning, land-use entitlement, public involvement, legislative and environmental affairs.

Andrews is involved in a number of communities, civic and business endeavors, including former board vice president for National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA), board parliamentarian for Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC). Other boards are 1736 Family Crisis Center, LA Family Housing, Planned Parenthood President's Council, National Urban Land Trust, City of Los Angeles Mayor's Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Coalition for Clean Air and Future PAC. Andrews was formerly board president of the City of Los Angeles South Area Planning Commission (LACP) and former vice chair to California High Speed Rail.

With a bachelor's degree in psychology/philosophy from Scripps College and a master's degree in Public Policy and Politics from Claremont Graduate School, Andrews was originally on a fast track to becoming a city manager. She spent a number of years in various posts in local government including the International City Management Association (ICMA) and the cities of Claremont, Pomona and Monterey Park, which led to involvement in campaign management in various local, state and federal campaigns including being the first campaign manager to US Senator Barbara Boxer. Andrews returned to school at the University of Southern California Law Center receiving her Juris Doctorate with an emphasis on environmental law. She has received numerous awards and is recognized as one of LA's most dynamic business leaders.

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Monika Delapazz-Zermeno

Monika De La Paz-Zermeno graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a BA in Business Administration. Over the last 12 years, she has been a successful sales representative in the pharmaceutical Industry. She consistently had top sales each quarter, winning regional and national recognition working for companies Reliant, Novartis and Abbott. De La Paz-Zermeno was offered a promotion from a new company and decided it was time for a new direction and ventured into animal health. This niche was very rewarding for her especially with her passion for animals. Again, she was successful within this industry and excelled in sales and increased market growth within her territory.

During this time however, De La Paz-Zermeno felt that she wanted to do something different in her career. She always had a creative side and wanted to use her talent in her next career. After researching the interior design industry she decided to go back to school while working for Bayer. During this time the recession developed and De La Paz-Zermeno's employment came to an end as her sales region was downsized. It was during the following few months that she decided to not continue in the pharmaceutical industry, but to follow her true passion as an entrepreneur. In early 2011, she opened a gift and home décor boutique. Fleur de Leis Gift & Home has a French European feel and reflects De La Paz-Zermeno's keen eye for home decor and style.

With much hard work, long hours, and determination De La Paz-Zermeno has been successful in her business. She has developed quite a customer base for her design work, and the boutique has flourished. De La Paz-Zermeno is very involved in the local Redlands business community and charities. Her life has been a rewarding whirlwind this year, and she is excited to see what the future brings.

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Robin Whitaker

Robin Lia Whitaker is executive producer/vice president of FOX All Access, a two-hour, music-based entertainment radio show syndicated on over 120 CHR/Hot-AC radio stations nationwide, representing over 4 million listeners every weekend. In this position, she is responsible for all production and creative functions of the FOX All Access Show division, including supervising production staff and day-to-day operations, producing celebrity and entertainment content, directing business operations, managing FOX marketing positioning within the show and identifying integrated promotional opportunities. She also works to develop and manage both www.foxallaccess.com and FOX Audio Central.

After beginning her career at a radio representative firm, Whitaker started at FOX in the temp pool in 1990, and shortly after became an assistant in the Comedy/Drama Development department. In 1992, she became the assistant to the vice president of Marketing & Promotion for the FOX Kids Network. During her time there, she helped to develop the FOX Kids Countdown radio show and moved further up in the ranks as her talents were recognized. Soon she was promoted and served as both the director of Marketing & Promotions for FOX Kids Network & the producer for the FOX Family Countdown Radio Show.

In 2000, Whitaker became the vice president of Integrated Promotions for the FOX Kids Network. There she was responsible for all promotional functions for the network, including the development and implementation of integrated brand and sales promotions including the FOX Kids Magazine, FOX Kids.com, and the FOX Family Countdown Radio Show.

After the sale of the FOX Kids Network and FOX Family, Whitaker moved over to FOX Broadcasting Company where she became the executive producer on the FOX All Access Countdown Radio show, which was renamed FOX All Access in 2003. She now serves as both executive producer and vice president of FOX All Access.

Originally from San Diego, CA, Whitaker holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Business from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She and her husband have two sons and a daughter. In her free time, Whitaker loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities such as boating and camping.

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Margaret Mohr

For the past 13 years, Margaret Mohr has served as the women's basketball coach at Cypress College. In 2004-05, Mohr led the underdog Chargers to her first State Championship. She has also coached the team to seven consecutive post-season appearances. Mohr has led Cypress to two Orange Empire Conference Championships (2006, 2009), the program's first OEC championships since 1988. She surpassed the 200 win milestone at Cypress in 2010 with a defeat of Saddleback on January 13th.

Her goals for the Lady Chargers' program remain the same: to help her players achieve academic excellence, athletic excellence and personal fulfillment. "I want the women in our program to leave Cypress College with all the tools to be successful in today's competitive world and with two years of great memories and dreams come true."

A former NCAA Division I student-athlete herself, Mohr played for legendary coach Joan Bonvincini at Long Beach State and helped lead the 49ers to a 33-3 record and a berth in the Women's Final Four in 1987. After graduation, Mohr began her coaching career as an assistant at Long Beach State and Santa Clara before taking the head coaching job at Woodrow Wilson High in Long Beach, guiding the Lady Bruins to a pair of Moore league titles and a CIF runner-up finish. During the summers of 2006 and 2007, Mohr was given the unique opportunity to be an assistant coach for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. At the Sparks she had the opportunity to coach such names as Lisa Leslie and Chamique Holdsclaw. Most recently, in 2011, Mohr was inducted in the CSULB Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mohr received her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Long Beach State in 1988, and her Master of Arts in PE from CSULB in 1996.

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Lucy Craig

In June 2000, Lucy Craig earned her first master's degree in Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Two months later she immigrated to the United States and has lived and worked here since. Craig started her career in financial management as an administrator for Professional Business Solutions (PBS), a small business with five employees. She created a database system that streamlined operations, enabling the portfolio managers to quadruple their case load. Three years later, PBS had over 100 employees with two offices in Glendale, CA, and Craig was acting COO, earning six figures by the age of 26.

Craig invested the income she received from PBS into real estate and branched out into property management in 2003. She also changed industries and began work as a manager at a boutique production company in film and television. Craig created a system to track raw footage, allowing the company to create an additional revenue stream in stock sales, which eventually became the most profitable aspect of the business. During this time, Craig had been working part-time as a comedian and performer in improvisational theatre. In 2006, Ms. Craig sold her stake in the property development business she had co-founded to her partner and left Los Angeles to tour North America, Europe and the Middle East as a standup comedian. She has performed at hundreds of venues, including the Edinburgh Festival, Venice's Carnivale, The Rio in Las Vegas and for American troops around the world.

After three years on the road, Craig returned to Los Angeles in 2009 to manage M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theatre, a comedy club in Santa Monica. Discovering a passion for club management, she decided to return to school to get the education she would need to start her own chain of comedy clubs. Craig is concurrently studying for two additional master's degrees, in Business Administration and Theatre Management, at CSULB.

Craig is president of the M.B.A. Association of CSULB and an ASI Senator at Large (Athletics). She is one of five students in the California State University system to sit on the statewide Committee for Services to Students with Disabilities. Craig is director of Marketing & Communications for California Repertory Company, a theatre company aboard the Queen Mary. She is also assistant general manager at KBEACH student radio, where she specializes in outreach and community relations. She hosts Art Attack, KBEACH's weekly arts talk show.

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