GGU's Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting recently offered a 15-week 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.
Braden Leadership Speaker Series
THE 2015 SERIES HAS ENDED
BRADEN LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES
BRUCE BRADEN, FOUNDER, BRADEN EXPLORATIONS
Bruce Braden is the CEO and Founder of Braden Explorations, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Braden has been a successful owner and operator in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years. 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).
NOVEMBER 24 -- NEW TIMES CALL FOR NEW MEASURES: A PARADIGM SHIFT IN HISPANIC TV AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT
DR. JAKE BENIFLAH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CENTER FOR MULTICULTURAL SCIENCE
Dr. Jake Beniflah is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Multicultural Science, the first non-partisan, non-profit think tank in the US dedicated to bridge the gap between corporations and academic researchers in multicultural marketing. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Beniflah has held a number of senior-level positions in the advertising and marketing industries, working with leading corporations to drive ROI for Hispanic and mainstream consumers. He is the founding editor of the first bi-annual cultural marketing journal in the US, the Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy and is a published author in a number of academic and professional journals.
Beniflah holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden Gate University (2010). He now lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and two sons.
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.
SAMEER SRIVASTAVA, PHD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UC BERKELEY
Sameer B. Srivastava is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Sameer's research examines how the social structure within organizations -- particularly that manifested in workplace social networks -- affects individuals and their careers. His work has been published in scholarly journals such as: American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Organization Science, Research in the Sociology of Organizations and Social Forces. His work has been covered in media outlets such as: Fortune, Fast Company, Business Insider, Mashable, Canadian Business. At Haas, Sameer teaches a popular MBA elective course, Power and Politics in Organizations, and also teaches in a number of executive education programs.
Sameer holds an AB magna cum laude in Economics, an AM in Sociology, an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Behavior -- all from Harvard University. He recently received the Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellowship and the Schwabacher Fellowship, the highest honor for Assistant Professors at Haas.
DAVID FIKE, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY
Before coming to GGU, Dr. David J. Fike served as the president of Detroit's Marygrove College, where he provided the strategic vision that recast the college's legacy as a commitment to develop students' talents, skills, and dispositions to lead in urban communities.
Dr. Fike served as an elected official in Kensington, California, from 1994 to 1998, and has held numerous appointed positions on boards and commissions. He has provided consulting services and research in the areas of economic revitalization, sustainable community development practices, capital access in underserved markets, and strategic decision-making.
Dr. Fike holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
DON RATH, VICE PRESIDENT OF TAX, SYNOPSYS
Don Rath rejoined Synopsys in September 2015 as Vice President of Tax. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Tax and Corporate Risk Assurance (CRA) for Symantec Corporation, responsible for worldwide tax compliance, planning and tax controversy, as well as the company's internal audit and advisory function. Rath also served as interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Accounting Officer of Symantec, as well as acting CFO of its information management business. Before that, he held a number of senior tax executive roles in software and life sciences companies, including Synopsys, Veritas, and Chiron. Don has served as an Executive Committee Member of Tax Executives Institute (TEI), and was formerly the Chair of the TEI Financial Reporting Committee.
Rath holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University, an MBA from the University Of California Haas School Of Business, and an MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is a CPA in California.
MELINDA EISENHUT-DUNN, GLOBAL CFO/CCO, SEQUOIA CAPITAL
Melinda Eisenhut-Dunn is the Global CFO & CCO of Sequoia Capital Operations LLC, where she has worked for 23 years. Melinda oversees all legal, compliance and financial operations of Sequoia globally, and is the Chief Compliance Officer of Sequoia's hedge fund. Prior to joining Sequoia, she spent 5 years at ComputerLand Corporation as the Director of Worldwide Accounting. Melinda began her career auditing emerging businesses at Deloitte.
Melinda holds an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University (1981) and a BA with a focus on biological sciences and health from San Francisco State University (1979).
DARREN GOLD, PARTNER, THE TRIUM GROUP
Darren is a Partner at The Trium Group, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that advises leading organizations on leadership, strategy, and culture. Throughout his career, Darren has leveraged his understanding of and appreciation for the importance of human capital and organizational development to building extraordinary organizations. Most recently, Darren was the CEO of two education companies, Heald College and Delta Career Education. Earlier, he served as a Partner in two San Francisco-based private equity firms, where he invested in and advised a number of companies across the education, business services/IT outsourcing, energy, building products and industrial manufacturing industries. Darren began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and as an attorney at Irell & Manella.
Darren holds a BA from UCLA and a JD from the University of Michigan. He lives in San Mateo with his wife and three children.
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.
SEPTEMBER 22 -- LIFE LESSONS LEARNED: THREE DECADES OF CORPORATE LIFE
LYDIA BEEBE, DIRECTOR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HCC INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC.; WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
Lydia Beebe is Senior Of Counsel in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on corporate law and governance. Prior to joining the firm, Lydia served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer at Chevron Corporation, and was Chevron's first woman officer. Lydia also serves on the board of directors of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc., a specialty insurance company in Houston, Texas. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors, including those for Golden Gate University; the Presidio Trust, to which she was appointed by President George W. Bush; and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, to which she was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson and for which she was recognized as a Civil Rights Hero.
Beebe currently serves on the advisory board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and the governing board of the San Francisco Symphony.
GARY RADINE, PRESIDENT & CEO, DELTA DENTAL OF CALIFORNIA
Gary D. Radine is president and CEO of Delta Dental of California, of Pennsylvania, of New York and their holding company (Dentegra Group), which consists of affiliates in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Radine's career with Delta Dental includes 37 years at the CEO level. He assumed his current position in 2001. Under his leadership, total revenue for the holding company and the Delta Dental member companies grew from $3 to $8 billion, and enrollment has increased by 17 million to a total of 33 million.
Mr. Radine earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from San Jose State University and a master's degree in applied behavioral sciences from California State University-Dominguez Hills. He also completed postgraduate work at the University of Georgia and Stanford University.
CHRIS FREDERIKSEN, CPA, CO-FOUNDER, FREDERIKSEN-CRAWFORD CPAS, INC.
Chris Frederiksen is one of the best-known and most highly-rated seminar leaders in the world as well as a consultant to accountancy firms worldwide. He is also a practicing accountant near San Francisco, California. His experience includes partnership positions with two international CPA firms and building several independent practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a consultant for the past twenty years, he has been helping small and medium sized accountancy firms achieve their goals of greater profitability and greater personal satisfaction for the owners. He is now committed to helping CPAs and tax professionals excel in financial services, strategic planning and other new service areas.
For the past several years, Chris has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the CPA Practice Advisor Hall of Fame and was also awarded an honorary PhD from his alma mater, Golden Gate University.
CAROL ISOZAKI, OWNER, STRATEGIC BRAND INTELLIGENCE
As a CPA for PwC, Carol led global engagement teams for Silicon Valley-based clients. As an executive coach and expert on personal and leadership branding, she spearheaded high-performance initiatives, twice receiving PwC's Market Leadership Award for her innovative efforts around leadership development. In January 2011, she started her own consulting practice, Strategic Brand Intelligence. Her mission is to inspire individuals, teams and companies to constantly envision loftier leadership possibilities, and to empower them with the know-how, awareness and confidence to create a reality that regularly exceeds that vision.
Carol is certified as a coach and trainer in the award-winning framework developed by The Personal Brand CompanySM and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.