Braden Leadership Speaker Series

GGU's Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting is a speaker series on business leadership in which renowned thought leaders shared advice and expertise with students, alumni and the SF Bay Area community at large.

PLAN TO BE AMAZING!™ BUILDING YOUR BRAND AS A LEADER

CAROL ISOZAKI

OWNER, STRATEGIC BRAND INTELLIGENCE
 

Carol Isozaki is an executive coach, leadership expert, and speaker with over 20 years of client service, human capital, and leadership development expertise.

Her signature Plan to be Amazing!TM call-to-action messaging creates a seismic shift in the way leaders think about themselves and their ability to lead through enhanced intentionality, leadership clarity, and personal accountability. Among her clients are The Walt Disney Company, eBay, Bank of America, Worldwide ERC, Oracle, PayPal, and SAP. Her story-based, thought-provoking approach is regularly described as inspirational and empowering, and the results she delivers, transformational.

Carol regularly speaks at global leadership, corporate, and industry conferences; developed and teaches the curriculum for a time-tested executive development program; actively supports women's leadership programs; trains HR leaders in her highly regarded coaching methodology; and is a sought-after executive coach/trainer with a proven track record.

Carol is certified in The Personal Brand Company's award-winning framework and twice received PricewaterhouseCoopers' Market Leadership Awards for her innovative efforts around leadership development. Carol earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business from San Jose State University.

In 2010, Carol started her own consulting practice, Strategic Brand Intelligence. Her mission: To inspire individuals, teams, and companies to constantly envision loftier leadership possibilities, and to empower them with the strategic brand mindset, awareness, and confidence to create a reality that consistently exceeds that vision.

Carol resides in Pleasanton, California with her husband and their two sons.

Nanette Miller
SEPTEMBER 13

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HOW TO GROW A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS TO A MEGA SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

NANETTE LEE MILLER

PARTNER, ASSURANCE SERVICES, MARCUM LLP
 

Nanette Lee Miller serves as the West Coast Partner-in-Charge of Assurance Services with Marcum LLP. She also serves as California Healthcare Practice Leader.

Ms. Miller has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, providing assurance, accounting and business consulting services to publicly and privately held businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations. She is a trusted business advisor for start-up and emerging companies, as well as troubled entities that require restructuring.

Ms. Miller founded the Firm's Modern Family & LGBT Services group in 2012, a full year before the historic overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. Her astute recognition of the complex and distinct Tax and Estate Planning needs of the LGBT community established Marcum as the national thought leader in this specialty area.


Elanor Chang

ELEANOR CHANG

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, UP EDUCATION SERVICES LTD
 

Eleanor Chang is the founder and director of UP Education Services Ltd., an educational summer academy for high school students from Asia who aspire to attend universities in the U.S. UP's mission is to provide international students with a true American classroom experience before they apply for admissions to schools in the U.S. She is a frequent speaker in Asia on how to educate youths to become global citizens of the 21 st Century. In 2014, Eleanor had organized and chaired a symposium in Hong Kong on "Women and Entrepreneurship" where one of the main topics highlighted was education and whether entrepreneurship can be taught in schools.

Eleanor received her MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a retired banker who began her career at Chase in New York City, worked at Bank of America and culminating in her role as the Director of Marketing at United Commercial Bank in San Francisco. Her extensive 30 years experience in banking allowed her to develop expertise in a wide variety of areas, including advertising, marketing, public relations, product management and customer service quality. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Eleanor attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts as an international student. She has served as a member of Mount Holyoke College's board of trustees and was a member of the Global Strategy Task Force of the Alumnae Association.

Eleanor was a board member of the Schools of the Sacred Heart, a private Kindergarten to 12th grade, four-school complex in San Francisco. She has been active in San Francisco communities since moving there in 1982 and had been on the boards of the Association of Asian American Bankers, Chinese Newcomers Service Center, San Francisco Boys Chorus, the Chinese Culture Foundation and North East Medical Services.


Rebecca Barfknecht

REBECCA BARFKNECHT

MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FORUM
 

Rebecca Barfknecht has made her career in Information Technology for over 30 years in the areas of Infrastructure Engineering and Hosting and Application development for Financial Services Companies including Russell Investments, Intuit, Charles Schwab as well as Public Utility Pacific Bell. She is known for building strong teams, implementing effective processes, establishing financial discipline, strategic design and implementation of transformative workplace technology, and delivering excellent service availability. Rebecca is an enthusiastic leader and team player who thrives on bringing out the best in people.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University. She enjoys backpacking, x-country skiing, scuba diving, and flying (private pilot) with her husband, Andy. They are both active supporters of Peninsula Open Space Trust, Planned Parenthood and Purdue School of Science. Rebecca currently serves on the Boards of the International Women's Forum (Global and Northern California) as well as Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte.

Jenifer Lippincott
SEPTEMBER 27

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BRAIN SAVVY LEADERSHIP

JENIFER LIPPINCOTT

PRINCIPAL, LIPPINCOTT ASSOCIATES
 

Jenifer Lippincott offers more than 25 years of experience aligning performance needs to achieve organizational goals. Her areas of expertise include leadership, communication and change -- and she infuses all of her strategy, analyses, design and delivery with a keen understanding of the latest neuroscience.

Her operational experience includes leadership of business development and product development. She has assisted clients such as IBM, Walt Disney World, Deloitte and the Department of Defense to increase productivity and achieve leadership excellence and helped to launch saleable startups such as Identity Holdings and Kidtopia.

In addition to her work as a principal at Lippincott Learning, she is a consulting expert to Serco-na, Emerson Human Capital, and is a brain-based facilitator for the Neuroleadership Institute.

Jenifer is a nationally recognized author who has appeared on The Today Show and NPR. She holds a BA from Tufts University and a Master's degree in Human Development from Harvard University.

Katrina Salazar
OCTOBER 11

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LEADERSHIP, THE ACCOUNTING PROFESSION, & CONSUMER PROTECTION

KATRINA SALAZAR

CPA, PRESIDENT, CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY
 

Katrina Salazar was appointed to the California Board of Accountancy in December 2012 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and served as Vice President and Secretary / Treasurer prior to her election as President in November 2015. She currently serves as the Controller for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, Chief Financial Officer at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter.

Salazar previously held several positions in public accounting, including senior audit manager for Reznick Group, and has been an adjunct accounting professor for the Los Rios Community College District. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 Karen M. Roye
OCTOBER 25

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TOPIC TBA

KAREN M. ROYE

DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES
 

Karen M. Roye was appointed Director of the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, where she has been a pioneer in introducing innovative programs and collaborations that revolutionized child support service delivery to custodial and non-custodial parents. She has held a seat on the San Francisco Reentry Council since 2006, the Family Violence Council since 2007, and the Sentencing Commission since 2012. Additionally, she has served on the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and the Board of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Prior to her current position, Roye served as a Budget Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Budget and Legislative Affairs, assisting in the development of the city's 2001-2002 fiscal year budgets for Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. Her career with the City and County of San Francisco began in 1998 with a position as a Budget Analyst with the Bureau of Finance for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Before joining the City and County of San Francisco, she was Assistant Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

Michael Gaines
NOVEMBER 8

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THE POWER OF STORY

MICHAEL GAINES

PRINCIPAL, GAINES CONSULTING
 

Innovation has dominated business in recent years, and the companies surfacing at the forefront of success have also woven in another key component: story. Storytelling is intrinsic to human nature. It's how we process information and feel compelled to empathize or act upon it.

Veteran leadership development coach and facilitator Michael Gaines has developed a storytelling methodology that provides leaders and managers with the practical tools to improve communication and propel initiatives. Participants will walk away with insight on story types and how building a narrative is critical to any great story.

Robert J. Kriegel
NOVEMBER 22

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If It Ain’t Broke…BREAK IT! Riding the Wave of Change

ROBERT J. KRIEGEL, PHD

 

Dr. Kriegel is a NY Times bestselling author who US News and World Report called one of the country's leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He has been a commentator on NPR's Marketplace program and done two specials for PBS. Bob has also taught at Stanford's Executive Management Program and been a major accounts executive at Young & Rubicam Advertising.

A former All-American swimmer, Dr. Kriegel was the cofounder of the country's first sports psychology institute and has been a mental coach for Olympic and pro teams. The New York Times said his work "spurred a revolution in performance practices."

His books include the international best sellers Inner Skiing, If it ain't broke...BREAK IT! and the Business Week best seller, Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. His most recent books are Performance Under Pressure and How to Succeed in Business Without Working so Damn Hard!

Bruce Braden
DECEMBER 13

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TOPIC TBA

BRUCE BRADEN

CEO AND FOUNDER, F2 OILFIELD SERVICES, AND NEOK ENERGY, LP.
 

Bruce Braden is the CEO and Founder of F2 Oilfield Services in North Texas and NEOK Energy, LP in Oklahoma. In addition to operating energy service companies, Bruce also uses his entrepreneurial and leaderships skills in the real estate market where he devotes a majority of his time and energy.
His investments include The Stanford Storytelling Project, the Braden Diabetes Center at Marin General Hospital, and GGU's School of Taxation. Braden is an active member of the Golden Gate University Board of Trustees and was a GGU Taxation instructor from 1978 to 1981. In recognition of his significant contributions to the university's educational capabilities and services, GGU awarded Braden with the Amicus Award in 2012.

A Stanford University undergraduate alumnus and veteran of the United States Army, Bruce holds an MBA with a concentration in Taxation from Golden Gate University (74).