Past Knowledge Transfer Panels

Knowledge Transfer Panel and Networking with Entertainment Industry Professionals

Topic: Entertainment Professionals

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Hahn University Center, Forum A
Moderator: Bradley Bond, PhD, USD Professor, Communication Studies

Panelists:

  • Griffin Gmelich '89, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Distribution for Comedy Dynamics
  • Jill Schulz P'20, Producer and Director, All Wheel Sports Productions, Aerial Ice Extreme
  • Sienna La Rocca '15, Global Communications Specialist, Dolby Laboratories
  • Peter DeSantis '12, Music Crossover Talent Agent, United Talent Agency
  • Jeanne Mau '94, Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, CBS Entertainment 
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Knowledge Transfer Panel and Networking with International Business Professionals

Topic: International Business

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater and Rotunda
Moderator: Denise Dimon, PhD, Director of USD's Ahlers Center for International Business, Professor of Economics, USD

Panelists:

  • Cindy Basso-Eaton ’89, P’14, President of Global Healing 
  • Hector Cuellar P’12, President of McGladrey Capital Markets, LLC
  • Jorge Guerra '84, Senior VP and Int'l Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, San Diego
  • Everett Hernandez ’87, President of Avanze, Inc, President/CEO, Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Multimedia Corporation
  • Diego Piacentini P’15, Senior Vice President of International Retail for Amazon.com, Inc.

We invited both parents and alumni who represent a variety of career paths in the International Business Industry to share their experience, insights and knowledge. Listening to the panelists discuss the aspects of a career in International Business, students learned how to embark on a career in the field. Students were encouraged to stay after the panel discussion to personally network with parents, alumni, USD faculty and administrators.

Knowledge Transfer Panel and Networking with Entertainment Professionals

Topic: Entertainment Professionals

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011 
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Conference Rooms A&B
Moderator: Roger Pace, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies, USD
Panelists:

  • Chris Lowery '98, Owner, Brainwash Entertainment
  • Allison Marsh '98, Supervising Producer, CNN
  • Mike Sarkissian '96, Executive Producer, Three Foot Giant
  • Debra Robins P'14, Managing Director and Exec. Producer, Plumbago Productions Media
  • Harold Sulman P'12, President, Mailboat Records

We invited both parents and alumni who represent a variety of career paths in the Entertainment Industry to share their experience, insights and knowledge. Listening to the panelists discuss the aspects of a career in the Entertainment Industry, students learned how to embark on a career in the field. Students were encouraged to stay after the panel discussion to personally network with parents, alumni, USD faculty and administrators.

Knowledge Transfer Sports Marketing and Management

Topic: Sports Management and Marketing

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre 
Moderator: Ky Snyder, Exec. Director of Athletics, USD
Panelists:

  • Jeanne Bonk ’83, Executive Vice President and CFO, San Diego Chargers
  • Joseph Gargagiola Jr., P'12 , Senior Vice President of Standards and Operations, MLB
  • Ken Kawachi ’95, Director of Event Operations, San Diego Padres
  • Chris Stuart '96, CEO and President, Encore Sports and Entertainment
  • Tim Sutton P'14, Coordinating Producer, Big Ten Network

We invited both parents and alumni who represent a variety of career paths in Sports Management and Marketing to share their experience, insights and knowledge in the industry. Listening to the panelists discuss the aspects of a career in sports management and marketing, students learned how to embark on a career in the field. Students were encouraged to stay after the panel discussion to personally network with parents, alumni, USD faculty and administrators.

Topic: Entrepreneurship

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010 
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre 
Moderator: Helder J. Sebastiao, PhD, University of San Diego School of Business 
Panelists:

  • Sonny Marshall ’78, president and CEO of PW Construction, Inc.
  • Mike Harris , USD parent and owner of several businesses, including Faribault Mills
  • Diolinda Monteiro ’94, owner of Diolinda's Chocolates
  • Kyle Miholich ‘07, founder and CEO of Fiji Yogurt

We invited both parents and alumni who represent a variety of career paths in entrepreneurship to share their experience, insights and knowledge in the industry. Listening to the panelists discuss the practical aspects of a career in entrepreneurship, students learned how to embark a career in entrepreneurship. Students were encouraged to stay after the panel discussion to personally network with parents, alumni, USD faculty and administrators.

Topic: "Green Jobs" Careers in Sustainability

Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

We invited both parents and alumni who represent a variety of careers in sustainability to share their experience, insights and the anticipated trends within the industry. Listening to the panelists discuss the economic, environmental and financial aspects of a career in sustainability, students can also learn how to position themselves in this highly growing field. Afterwards, the students were allowed to meet and network with panelists.

Topic: Entrepreneurship

Date: Friday, November 6, 2009 
Location: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

This panel of entrepreneurs came from a variety of majors and backgrounds. They shared their experiences and insights on how to create a successful career in entrepreneurship. The panel was moderated by Helder Sebastiao, PhD, of the School of Business. The panelists consisted of alumni, parents and a USD trustee who have been successful in their business ventures. The students learned the struggles, success and techniques of entrepreneurship to which they can start their own business. There was a networking social where the students had an opportunity to speak one on one with the panelists.

Topic: Careers in Arts and Entertainment

Date: Friday, May 1, 2009 
Location: Manchester Conference Center, Room 206

This panel focused on the arts and entertainment industries and featured a diverse group of five parents and alumni panelists. Both aspects of the industries were well represented, from the management to the artistic sides of the industry. The panelists were experts within the areas of movie and video production, theater arts, music, music production, writing, and publishing. Students from all areas of study attended the panel and were given the chance to meet this incredible group of panelists, who offered great knowledge and experience.

Topic: Pre-Health and Beyond

Date: Friday, February 20, 2009 
Location: Donald Shiley Science and Technology Center, Room 133

This panel was focused on our students seeking careers in the health-related industries. The panel was moderated by Dean Mary Boyd, PhD, from the College of Arts and Sciences and featured four panelists representing different aspects of the health industry. From echocardiography and optometry, to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sales, students in attendance were able to ask their questions about the steps needed to pursue careers in the medical field. Students were then given the chance to meet and network with the panelists.

Topic: Investment Banking on Wall Street

Date: Friday, October 3, 2008 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rotunda and Theatre

This event was for those interested in working on Wall Street or those simply wanting a better glimpse into the world of investment banking. This panel was moderated by Dean David Pyke from the USD School of Business and brought seven panelists from Wall Street and other areas in the county who were executives with years of investment banking experience and who were currently working on Wall Street or who have worked on Wall Street and continue to maintain those connections. The students got an in-depth look at how these executives were adapting to the current crisis and what they saw as alternatives for students interested in working in this area. There was a networking session with coffee and snacks that allowed for up close and personal contact with this VIP group that had USD students' best interest at heart.

Topic: Advertising, Marketing and Communications/Networking Opportunity

Date: Friday, April 11, 2008 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rooms A-B

This panel focused on advertising, marketing and/or communications and was an important networking opportunity as well as a chance to ask questions to executives who have leading roles in these industries. The panel featured parents of current students and friends of USD who are executives with years of advertising, marketing and communications experience and the spoke on how they carved out their paths and shared advice and their experience with students. There was also a networking session with coffee and snacks where students had a chance to put their networking skills to work.

Topic: International Business Panel/Networking Opportunity

Date: Friday, February 22, 2008 
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rooms A-B

International business is, needless to say, a hot subject that is attracting an increasing number of USD students. Students came to listen to parents of current students who are executives with years of international experience in Australia, Canada, China, Eastern and Western Europe, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South America and Vietnam. The areas of expertise included international sales and marketing, management and consulting, and international research and development. Several interviews and internships were obtained by the wise students who attended, so be sure your student is in the know.