Speaker Date Topic
Mary Papazian, President May 11, 2017
San Jose State University
San Jose State University
Rob Feckner May 18, 2017
Retirement security for more than 1.8 million members
Retirement security for more than 1.8 million members

Rob Feckner has served as president of the CalPERS Board of Administration for 13 years, and is in his fifth, four-year term as a Board member. He has worked for the Napa Valley Unified School District for the past 40 years, where he is currently employed as a glazing specialist.

 

Feckner has successfully completed the certificate programs from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, including the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy programs for both pension and health administration, and is a graduate of their Trustees Masters Program. He is a past president and Life Member of the California School Employees Association, past executive vice president of the California Labor Federation… and a devoted Dodgers’ fan.

Nuria Fernandez May 25, 2017
CEO/General Manager Valley Transportation Authority
CEO/General Manager Valley Transportation Authority
Sandeep Tiwari Jul 20, 2017
Marc M. Zare, MD Jul 27, 2017
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery

With more than 14 years of experience in clinical practice, Dr. Zaré is a leader and one of the foremost experts of his field in Northern California. He is recognized for his surgical skills, clinical expertise, and superior outcomes. He received his surgical training at Georgetown University, Washington, DC and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – both prestigious institutions renowned for their rich surgical tradition and cutting-edge innovation. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, has been an invited speaker at over 50 national and local surgical meetings, and has received many awards and distinctions for his dedication to high quality patient care. Dr. Zaré is committed to offering patients in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay area the latest treatments in minimally invasive surgery.

Michael Becker, Co-founder mCoCordis, Inc. Aug 17, 2017
Marketing's Role In The Personal Information Economy
Marketing's Role In The Personal Information Economy

Michael Becker is a Co-founder & Managing Partner for mCordis, a mobile and connected marketing strategic advisory and marketing educational services provider, and The Connected Marketer Institute, a leading community helping the industry serve connected individuals, at scale, on the individual's terms.  Michael and the team at mCordis & The Connected Marketer Institute, through educational, publishing, events and advisory services, (1) advise marketers on how to embrace mobile and connected marketing, (2)  advise AdTech & MarTech suppliers on positioning, proposition go-to-market strategies, and (3) advise private equity and investment firms on potential investments by conducting due diligence reports and commercial positioning on prospective investment targets.  Michael is a strategic advisor to Assurant Solutions, Predii, Phoji, FunMobility, and Privowny.  He is on the Board and President of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and a Trustee for Marketing EDGE. He is the co-author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies and number of other books and articles. He is on the faculty of marketing of the Association of National Advertisers, Direct Marketing Association, the Path-to-Purchase Institute, and National University. Michael previously worked with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) as both a board member and Managing Director, and he was the co-founder of iLoop Mobile, a leading messaging solutions provider. Michael was awarded the 2014 Marketing EDGE Edward Mayer Education Leadership Award for his commitment to marketing education.

Patrick Schmitt, Ph. D., Chancellor Sep 14, 2017
West Valley-Mission Community College District
West Valley-Mission Community College District

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Schmitt became CEO of the West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara County. Dr. Schmitt, who previously held the position of President of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, has 29 years of service in the field of education. His past experience includes 16 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Pasco-Hernando Community College. He also served for 6 years as an academic administrator at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois and was the Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for 4 years prior to arriving at Pierce College.

Dr. Schmitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American 20th Century Theatre and Drama, Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He has also pursued graduate study in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.