The SHE Experience is proud to bring you a high-energy group of professionals and experts in thought leadership and applied leadership practice. These women not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. Featuring some of the very best of San Diego's high-impact women, these individuals who are C-Suite, SHE Leaders, and Aspiration Architects - have come together to create a dynamic and one-of-a-kind adventure.

The C-Suite consists of three women, who are friends, classmates, and colleagues, who have a different vision for leadership. They believe leadership is done at its very best when the head and the heart work together. If you lead only from your head you might be smart and decisive, but will lack the compassion and understanding that inspires others to act. Leading from the head, you will become a dictator. If you lead only from your heart you might exude generosity, love, and awareness, but you will lack the power that makes things happen.

Our talented and dedicated C-Suite team has developed a day where you will connect your head with your heart to begin the journey toward leadership excellence.

Lorri Sulpizio
Chief Experience Officer
Robin McCoy
Chief Experience Officer
Amber Setter
Chief Opportunity Officer

SHE Leaders:
These women have mastered the ability to inspire, engage, and contain a group. They not only have an advanced understanding of leadership, they have an incredible way with people. They have experience helping people identify and meet their goals, and will help you and your group commit fully into the day's adventure. Our SHE Leaders will facilitate the small group experience and challenge everyone to transform their lives.

Lorri Sulpizio
Robin McCoy
Felena Hanson
Jackie Frieberg
Tanya Paluso

Aspiration Architects:
When you aspire, you breathe your life energy into your hopes and your dreams. But often in life, we need a strategy, a blueprint, to make our aspirations become reality. Our Aspiration Architects are leadership experts and come from a diverse pool of experience and achievement. They have crafted workshops uniquely for the SHE Experience and will create an architectural framework for your learning by providing sessions on learning and practicing leadership.

Jackie Frieberg
Cheryl Getz
Tita Gray
Tanya Paluso
Julia Buchanan
Miriam Rothman
Amber Setter
Marianne Waldrop


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Lorri Sulpizio, Ph.D.
SHE Experience Co-Director

Lorri Sulpizio has dedicated her career to advancing the science and art of leadership development through research, education, training and consulting. Lorri is a founder and the principle consultant for Lotus Leadership Institute- a leadership development company that helps both individuals and organizations to increase their leadership effectiveness and become more productive. She is a published author having written several articles and book chapters, and is an international presenter on leadership. Lorri's expertise include girls and women's leadership, as well as group and team dynamics. Her research focus is on women's leadership, specifically on voice, power, and authority. Her current research projects are on the topics of the lived experience of motherhood, as well as women, voice and leadership.

Lorri was an executive board member for New Children’s Museum of San Diego, the California Community College Women’s Basketball Association and the Fitness Advisory Council for San Diego Mesa College. She served as head women’s basketball coach at San Diego Mesa College from 2001-2007 and coached at Cuyamaca College from 2008-2010. She is an adjunct professor, teaching business and leadership courses at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.

Lorri's accomplishments include designing and implementing an empowerment program for female addicts and victims of domestic violence and she is the co-founder for WeLead, a program dedicated to girls and young women's leadership. Lorri has her PhD in leadership from the University of San Diego, her MA in Sports Psychology from SDSU, and her BA in English from Cal Poly SLO.

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Robin McCoy, Ph.D.
SHE Experience Co-Director

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Robin McCoy has spent over twenty years using her leadership skills to advance organizations through periods of anticipating organizational growth and expansion while in transition. McCoy's expertise includes women's leadership development, strategic planning for organizations, and marketing.

McCoy’s current research involves leadership development and assessment of leadership programs. She understands that the pace of change facing organizations requires multiple approaches to leadership development and requires more adaptive, flexible leadership. These approaches include the traditional components of leadership development: formal education, mentoring, on the job experience, and executive seminar training programs. Some non-traditional approaches that McCoy is researching include behavioral simulations and the art of influencing others through role-playing exercises.

McCoy is committed to her on-going development and believes that leadership requires continual progress toward growth and self-awareness. She understands the pressures of balancing home life with a career and has successfully mentored and taught thousands of students over her life as a professor teaching business strategy and marketing.

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Cheryl Getz, Ed.D.

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Cheryl Getz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), at the University of San Diego. She has held a number of administration positions in SOLES, including Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate and Credential Programs, and Associate Dean. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters degree in Athletic Administration from Central Michigan University, and a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. Prior to becoming a faculty member and academic administrator, she spent 16 years as a Division I Women’s Basketball coach at six different universities, where her teams excelled both on and off the court.

Her areas of expertise include: the use of nontraditional pedagogies to teach leadership, the application of case-in-point pedagogy and adaptive leadership to higher education administration and student affairs, and the development of inclusive and integrated leadership development programs. She teaches courses for masters and doctoral students in Higher Education Leadership; she teaches leadership courses for the undergraduate Leadership Minor, and she serves as consultant and facilitator for a variety of groups and organizations.

A sample of her publications include: Teaching Leadership as Exploring Sacred Space, in Education Action Research (2009); a co-authored piece titled: Facing Organizational Complexity and Change: Rethinking Leadership Development, in New Horizons for Leadership Development of Faculty and Administrators in Higher (2009); and, Toward an Integral Approach to the Teaching of Leadership Studies in Higher Education, in the Integral Leadership Review (2007).

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Jackie Freiberg, Ed.D.

As a bestselling author and leadership expert, Jackie has dedicated her career to helping executives and managers practice the art of leadership. Jackie is dedicated to helping leaders create BEST places where the BEST people can do their BEST work to create a BETTER world.

Dr. Freiberg is the author of NANOVATION: How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big and Act Bold. Jackie and her husband Kevin are also authors of their international best seller NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, BOOM! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual! and GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual.

Jackie is recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” by Leadership Excellence Magazine, and is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation.

Jackie has been teaching presentation skills for over 25 years at USD, SDSU and for the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office. Jackie has trained approximately 1500 Marine Recruiters each year on the Fundamentals of Delivering a Winning Presentation. Semper Fi!

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Tita Gray is a Lecturing Professor at San Diego State University in the College of Business Administration where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She is also the President of Gray Gilliam, LLC a Coaching and Consulting firm specializing in Career and Life Coaching and Organizational Development.

She currently serves on the Advisory Board for The Arc of San Diego – serving people with intellectual disabilities, she is a former board member for the San Diego LGBT Center, and is the Leadership Institute Co-chair for the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Ms. Gray holds a Bachelors degree from Baruch College in NYC, an MBA from San Francisco State University, and a Life and Career Coach Certificate from the Life Purpose Institute. Tita writes articles and blogs on leadership, organizational behavior, and professional development. She is currently writing her first book on Informal Leadership. She is a 2012 recipient of the San Diego State University Mortar Board award and has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, and the University of California Santa Clara.

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Felena Hanson, MBA

Felena is a marketing maven. Her fifteen year career has spanned from a management position at a marketing agency in Los Angeles to Director of Marketing for a San Diego based high tech company. Her entrepreneurial path started in 2003 when she launched Perspective Marketing – a consulting firm that specialized in providing high-quality, cost-effective marketing strategy services to small businesses.

Felena's latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for women who primarily work from home. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous.

Felena is dedicated to helping women in Business both locally and internationally. She is the co-founder of the Business Women's Mega Mixer, the first event of its kind to bring together over 600 women to celebrate Women's History Month and showcase over thirty local professional women's organizations. She is also the proud past president of the local chapters of Women's Global Network & Ladies Who Launch.

Felena was recently presented with the "Women Business Owner of the Year Award" by the local chapter of the National Organization of Women Business Owners in 2012.

Felena is passionate about education, earning her Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of San Diego and her MBA from California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Amber Setter, M.A.

Amber Setter is passionate about the development of leaders from the inside out. Her full time coaching and consulting practice focuses on business and executive coaching, leadership coaching and programs, and the creation of customized solutions to improve organizational performance. She partners with her clients to develop their next level of leadership, reinvent themselves, reach goals previously unimaginable, and to let go of limiting thoughts and behaviors that stand in the way of their greatness.

Amber's educational background integrates the heart and mind. She earned a Masters of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching’s Coach Training Program, which is certified by the International Coaches Federation, and a Certified Public Accountant. People often ask how a CPA became a coach and the answer lies within her heart. After years of only focusing on developing intellect, Amber began to realize that today’s world requires leaders to capable at bringing both the heart and the mind to the workplace. Her personal journey fueled her passion for developing leaders with BIG hearts and BIG minds.

Amber trains and mentors coaches in Accomplishment Coaching’s Coach Training Program. She is also member of the California Society of CPAs and holds leadership positions on their Accounting Education Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Education Foundation. She is a CPA exam expert and has successfully coached struggling candidates who thought passing the exam was an impossible goal. Amber also works as a university lecturer in Business Leadership for National and San Diego State universities.

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Tanya Paluso, B.A.
Tanya Paluso is the founder and CEO of Tribal Truth, an international organization that hosts local meetings, workshops and retreats for collaborative leadership development. It started as a network for women entrepreneurs in 2010 and opened its doors to include men this year. Tribes exist in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, London, and online.

By teaching what she calls “co-creative leadership” to women so they can achieve their dreams, Tanya believes Tribal Truth can be a platform for sustainable social change as more women step into their power to make a difference in the world. She recognized the gap between men and women and invited men into the tribe to learn how to partner and collaborate with the women.

After living abroad in China, Japan, Spain and South America, she moved to New York City to begin her journey in personal development. It was there that Tanya discovered her passion for community building when she started a project to bring her colleagues at Thomson Financial together to mentor inner city girls. The project was so successful that she won the 2006 Community Champion award out of 15,000 employees and raised over $30,000 for her partner non-profit, Girls Inc. After leaving corporate sales at Thomson to study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she started the non-profit Play 4 Life, Inc. to bring nutrition into inner city schools, again bringing community together for fundraiser events such as karaoke and dodgeball tournaments. Some of her accomplishments include speaking at corporations such as ConEdison, Thomson Financial, Rabo Bank and White & Case LLC, and managing a program to teach leadership skills to business professionals in Mumbai, India. Tanya has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and studied at The Institute For Integrative Nutrition.

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Dr. Miriam Rothman works with individuals as well as large and small organizations in the public and private sectors as an Executive Coach and Human Resource Management Consultant. She conducts workshops and trainings around the world on a variety of management topics, including leadership development, career management and conflict resolution and consults as an expert witness in employment cases.

She has been adjunct faculty with the Center for Creative Leadership since 1988 where she is a certified trainer for The Women’s Leadership Program and The Looking Glass Experience, feedback consultant and executive coach for several of their public and custom programs.

Miriam is Professor of Management and former Co-Director of the Internship Program in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego where she teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Executive Career Development and Organizational Behavior at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has published widely in her field and serves on the board of two local organizations.

She joined the faculty of USD after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington School of Business. She holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked in the public and private sectors in Human Resources and spent a year teaching at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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Marianne Waldrop retired from the United States Marine Corps after 22 years of active duty service. Commissioned as a signals intelligence officer, Marianne has been assigned to a variety of commands worldwide, including II Marine Expeditionary Force-Camp Lejeune, NC; Naval Security Group Activity-Misawa, Japan; Marine Corps Systems Command; US Central Command-Tampa Florida and most recently 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar. During her career, she lead hundreds of Marines while deployed in support of combat operations during Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since her retirement in 2011, Marianne is pursuing her doctorate in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego in hopes of taking her expertise back to the local community. Her scholastic passion lies in women’s leadership development and the factors that influence girls in their emergence as leaders.