Speaker Date Topic
Grover Geiselman Aug 26, 2019
Living Spaces... From a Stanford MBA project to today

Grover and his wife Meghan live in Manhattan Beach their two daughters, both of which attend Grand View Elementary.   Grover is the founder of Living Spaces, a growing home furnishing brand with over 20 locations and 2000 team members throughout California.  

Tom Penn Sep 16, 2019
Tom Penn is the president and co-owner of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club

Penn is also an NBA TV analyst, former NBA executive and co-founder of the Sports Leadership Institute.


The Los Angeles Football Club is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Downtown Los Angeles. Along with Penn, owners include Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, Tony Robbins, and Will Ferrell. The team was announced in October 2014 and plannned to play its first game in 2018.


In 2012, Penn was widely reported as being close to accepting a position as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.[6] He instead re-signed with ESPN. From 2007 to 2010, he spent four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers as vice president of Basketball Operations and assistant general manager. Penn is an expert on the NBA salary cap and collective bargaining agreement.[7] Penn worked with general manager Kevin Pritchard as they restored the Blazers from the "Jail Blazers" era. The Blazers won 54 games in 2008–09 and again reached 50 wins in 2009–10 in spite of injuries to key players. During the summer of 2009, Penn was offered the general manager job with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he turned it down, deciding to stay with the Blazers after a promotion to vice president of Basketball Operations.[8] Ten months later, Penn was fired after in what one writer called a "drive by" shooting. [9] On June 24, 2010, the day of the NBA Draft, Kevin Pritchard was also fired by the Blazers.[10]

Sandy Adams, Rear Admiral USN (Ret) Sep 23, 2019
Admiral Adams will discuss her career in the USN and lessons learned
  • Sandy will likely discuss a combination of the following two talks she's done in the past.


  • Call to Serve: my personal story which includes what it was like to be one of the early women to serve officially at sea and key growth and mentoring support that eventually led to my being able to serve as an Admiral.  I prepared this for a women’s leadership conference in Pasadena with 900 women.  It was awesome.  While the talk was developed for a 25-45 year old audience, the insights might be helpful for others to see how they can influence and retain women/minorities in STEM since we/they are under-represented.  I could work in that angle.
  • Pride: history of gays in the military (June).  I was just asked to develop and give this speech to the Army at Ft Irwin last month.  I weave my personal story into historical perspective and progress that is valuable for today’s military leaders.  Got a standing ovation!
Tony Boutelle Sep 30, 2019
The future of the automobile

Tony Boutelle is the president and chief executive officer of CU Direct. Tony has over 30 years of credit union industry experience, beginning his career at the Colorado Credit Union League in 1985. He continued his career at the California Credit Union League in the beginning of 1987 and moved to CUNA Mutual Group in 1991 where he held executive positions at both companies. He returned to the California Credit Union League in 1994 to start CU Direct Corporation. He has built the network to include 1,000 credit unions that represent 45 million members and over 13,000 auto dealers.

Under Tony’s leadership, the company has grown into the nation’s leading lending and automotive solutions provider for credit unions. Tony has successfully expanded the organization to include products such as Lending 360 (Loan Origination System), CUDL (Lending Portal), OnSpot Financing (Retail Loans), Lending Insights (Loan Analytics) and comprehensive auto buying programs. In 2016, CU Direct helped credit unions fund over $30 billion in new loans and over $200 billion since inception.

Tony graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.