September 13, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - Today I found out the names of the Mount Saint Mary's University MBA students assigned to the consulting project I will be advising on (shown above) for a reputable non-profit located in Ventura, CA: A Voice Discovered. This wonderful organization provides education, funding assistance, support and advocacy for people with complex communication needs. They provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for people who have difficulty using speech to communicate.
August 14, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - Today, the MBA team I advise at MSMU presented their findings to their client Rebecca Barton-Hausling of AbilityFirst via Zoom. They presented their plan for developing a cohesive organization for the new company that will be formed from their soon-to-be-announced merger. After a thorough internal and external analysis, the team recommended several ways AbilityFirst can uniquely differentiate themselves in the marketplace during these very challenging times!
April 30, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - I am very proud of the advertising team I advise at MSMU. They took 3rd place at the Region 15 National Student Advertising Competition this year! These are the best results for MSMU since 2000 when they got 2nd place and the best since I took over advising them in 2009. In addition, one of our presenters, Josie DeBellis, got a Special Judges Award for her performance during Q&A with the judges.
April 1, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - The advertising team I advise at MSMU has completed and submitted their Plans Book for the 2020 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). As a result, they are "officially" in the competition, which takes place virtually (unfortunately, due to the effects of the Coronavirus) on April 24th!
January 26, 2020, Los Angeles, CA - Today, I met my spring MBA team, as part of the MSMU MBA Final Project Class. The team, Griselda Arriola, Marlag Lubag, Katie Martinez & Brianna Norris, will work on a project for The Autry Museum of the American West. We will help them develop marketing activities to increase attendance at their resident theatre company at the Autry called Native Voices at the Autry. The final project presentation is scheduled at the Doheny campus on Saturday, May 2nd.
January 24, 2020, Northridge, CA - For the fifth year in a row, it has been my pleasure to teach two weeks of classes as part of CSUN's Tseng College Communications Program from January 6 to 24, 2020. I had sixteen students hailing from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Peru and Spain!
November 2, 2019, Pomona, CA - I was honored to be a panel member for the Entrepreneurship Panel for The Western Regional Conference, which is an annual conference hosted in collaboration with local collegiate chapters, including CSU Long Beach, Fullerton, Northridge, Dominguez Hills, and Cal Poly Pomona. The conference provides students an opportunity to engage in competitions, workshops, speaking engagements and networking sessions. My participation was on a panel designed to give AMA members insight into starting their own business.