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2015 Commencement Speakers

Commencement 2015 Speakers

School of Law Ceremony, Saturday, May 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

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The Honorable Lynn Schenk '70, JD
Former United States Congresswoman, San Diego

Lynn Schenk, ’70 (JD), was the first woman elected to represent the San Diego area in the United States House of Representatives; the first woman to serve as California Secretary of Business, Transportation & Housing; the first woman from San Diego to be selected a White House Fellow; and the first woman to serve as a California Governor’s Chief of Staff.

From her earliest years of practice in the Attorney General’s office to the in-house legal staff of SDG&E, Schenk stood up, spoke out and advocated for women in the profession and in society. She is a cofounder of The Lawyers Club, San Diego’s feminist bar, and California Women Lawyers. When women could not get credit in their own names, she co-founded the Women’s Bank of San Diego. And when women were not permitted to eat lunch at San Diego’s power spot, the Grant Grill, she and two others (including Professor Larry Alexander’s wife Elaine and the current Presiding Justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal, Judith McConnell) broke down that barrier as well.

Schenk was instrumental in the first phase of the San Diego Trolley system during her tenure as a cabinet secretary with transportation oversight. While a San Diego Port Commissioner, she was immersed in airport issues and the attendant environmental challenges. In Congress, she authored the legislation creating the SENTRI Lane at the Mexican border. And she is considered the mother of high-speed rail (HSR), having brought the idea to Governor Brown in 1981 as well as writing the federal legislation signed by President Clinton that laid the groundwork for HSR in the nation.

Currently, Schenk serves on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 500 companies, Biogen (NASDAQ) and Sempra Energy (NYSE). She is a member of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, a trustee of UCSD Board, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute. She has been on the University of San Diego School of Law Board of Visitors since its inception in 1974.

Schenk and her late husband, USD Professor of Law C. Hugh Friedman, established the C. Hugh Friedman Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a final-year law student who has demonstrated an interest and proficiency in business law, and the Lynn Schenk Endowed Scholarship.

Schenk earned her BA from the University of California Los Angeles, her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, and did post law school graduate work at the London School of Economics. 

Graduate Schools Ceremony, Saturday, May 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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Roshan Paul
Co-founder and CEO, Amani Institute

Roshan Paul is co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Amani Institute whose mission is to develop next-generation talent to address social challenges by creating a higher education model that offers future leaders opportunities to get an intensive experience of cross-boundary work, develop practical skills to build their professional toolkit, and understand the personal journey this work requires in order to be effective and sustainable as an individual over time.

The seeds of Amani were cultivated while Roshan worked at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. At Ashoka, Paul designed and launched five new programs — the Ashoka Peace Initiative that provides vital support to social entrepreneurs in conflict zones; Ashoka Globalizer which helps social entrepreneurs scale up their innovations; Ashoka’s Fellow Security Program; Senior Fellows program; and the organization’s expansion to Japan.

Paul has spent his life questioning the status quo, and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries.

Born in Bangalore, India, Paul has been a guest speaker at more than 20 universities in the United States and Europe, including Harvard, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and HEC Business School Paris. He has served on the Advisory Boards of several organizations working in peace building and education. His writing has been published in Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT's Innovations Journal, India Today, as well as in the recent book, “Dream of a Nation."

Undergraduate Arts and Sciences Ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Father Gregory Boyle
Founder, Homeboy Industries

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Father Gregory “Greg” Boyle is a Jesuit priest, author, speaker, world-renowned expert on gang intervention. He is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, which is the largest, most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States.

Father Greg’s dedication to finding a place for all in our society led him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 through 1992. During this time, Father Greg started what would become Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that provides clients a supportive community, a sense of family, and a place where they come to find strengths, learn job skills, get an education, learn new life skills, and become contributing members to their families and communities.

Since its founding more than 26 years ago, Homeboy Industries annually employs and trains more than 300 former gang members in seven social enterprises. Through Father Greg’s message of kinship, boundless compassion, redemption, social justice and unconditional love, Homeboy Industries also provides critical services to the 12,000 people who walk through the doors every year seeking a better life. Father Greg is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.”

Undergraduate School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Ceremony, Sunday, May 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Albert P. Carey, CEO
PepsiCo Americas Beverages

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Albert (Al) P. Carey is chief executive officer (CEO), of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, a unit of PepsiCo. PepsiCo owns one of the world’s largest portfolios of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 22 different product lines, each of which generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses — including Doritos, Lay’s, Quaker, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, Starbucks ready-to-drink and Pepsi Cola — also make hundreds of other foods and beverages that are household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $66 billion, PepsiCo employs nearly 280,000 people worldwide.

Carey is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PepsiCo’s beverage business across North, South and Central America. He joined PepsiCo in 1981, and has served in a variety of positions, including director, Trade Development, Frito-Lay North America (FLNA); vice president, National Sales, FLNA; vice president/general manager, Foodservice, FLNA; division president, FLNA West; chief operating officer, FLNA; senior vice president, Sales, Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA); senior vice president, Sales and Retailer Strategies, PCNA; chief operating officer, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; president, PepsiCo Sales; and most recently as president and chief executive officer, FLNA. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all of FLNA, the company’s most profitable operating division and largest North American business.

Before joining PepsiCo, Carey worked at Procter & Gamble. He is based in Somers, N.Y.