Speaker Date Topic
Jeff Bosley, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine Mar 02, 2017
Oscar Garcia, Silicon Valley Career Pathways Mar 09, 2017

Oscar Garcia has a unique background with over 10 years of technology and nonprofit management experience.  Oscar is the Founder & Chief Engagement Officer of Aspira, a consulting group assisting in community relations, workforce development, LinkedIn training and business development.  Oscar's career journey includes business development roles at five startups, co-founding a nonprofit, Chamber President & CEO, TV host of Silicon Valley Business and Community Relations Manager at LinkedIn.  He has received various prestigious awards recognizing his leadership and community work, including the La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and was nominated for Chamber Executive of the Year for the Western Association of Chamber Executives, recognizing his successful and innovative efforts to strengthen the bonds between businesses, community, nonprofits and education in Silicon Valley. As Chief Engagement Officer, his goal is to help empower and engage others so they perform at their peak, which results in the organization performing at its peak.

Lt. General Lord (retired), USAF Mar 16, 2017
Communications -- the White House on the Move
Communications -- the White House on the Move

General Lord was the USAF Chief Information Officer and Chief of War Fighting Integration from 2009 until his retirement in 2012.  He was responsible for 30,000 personnel providing information technology services for the entire USAF with a budget of $8B.  Prior to that he was the Commander of the USAF Cyber Command (provisional).  He has been a commander six times and at every organizational level in the USAF.  A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Chapman University, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces he holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Business Administration, and Masters in National Resource Strategy (Telecommunications).  His assignments included tours of duty in Europe and the White House.  General Lord has lectured by invitation at UC Berkley, Stanford, Harvard Law, Princeton, Temple, Univ of PA, Univ of North Carolina, AF Academy, West Point, Dartmouth, Louisiana State Univ, Norwich, and the Nat’l War College. He is currently a cyber and information technology system & services consultant. 

Michael Cox, Geologist New Almaden Mines Mar 30, 2017
Five Facts on the New Almaden Quicksilver mines, truth or hyperbole?
Dr. Francisco Jimenez, Santa Clara University Apr 13, 2017
"Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University"
"Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University"

Author and educator, Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (10 years, two as chair), California Council for the Humanities, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees and the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development.

Dr. Jiménez’s autobiographical books The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Cajas de cartón, Spanish edition), Breaking Through (Senderos fronterizos, Spanish edition), Reaching Out (Más allá de mí, Spanish edition), La Mariposa, and The Christmas Gift/El regalo de Navidad have won several national literary awards, including The California Library Association’s 10th annual John and Patricia Beatty Award, the Américas Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Reading the World Award, and the Carter C. Woodson National Book Award. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. In addition, he has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been reprinted in over 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. His latest work is Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

He was selected U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2002, and is the recipient of UCSB’s Luis Leal Award for Distinguished Chicano/Latino Literature and the *John Steinbeck Award.  He holds honorary degrees from De Anza College and the University of San Francisco. In 2015 a new school in Santa Maria, California was named in honor of his late brother and him: The Roberto and Dr. Francisco Jiménez Elementary School. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.

*“The John Steinbeck Award is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.” Past recipients include musician Bruce Springsteen, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, filmmaker Ken Burns, playwright Arthur Miller, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta.)

Jessa Carmack, Miss California 2016 Apr 20, 2017
Professor Rich Barber Ph.D. Jr. Apr 27, 2017
Director, Center for Nanostructures, Santa Clara University
Director, Center for Nanostructures, Santa Clara University

Rich Barber is a Professor of Physics at Santa Clara University where he has taught since 1995.  He earned his B.S. in Physics from Davidson College in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1990.  Prior to coming to SCU he had postdoctoral appointments in Condensed Matter Physics at UC San Diego and then in Physical Oceanography at the University of Delaware.  He has spent three decades studying superconductivity in disordered systems.  His current work is in two different research areas: organic solar cells and the characterization of insect silk.  

Mary Papazian, President May 11, 2017
San Jose State University
San Jose State University
Rob Feckner May 18, 2017
California State President CalPERS Board of Administration
California State President CalPERS Board of Administration

Rob Feckner is serving his fifth term as a member of the CalPERS Board of Administration, and his 13th one-year term as president.

He has worked for the Napa Valley Unified School District for the past 40 years, where he is currently employed as a glazing specialist. He has also worked as a school bus driver and instructional assistant for special needs students.

Mr. Feckner has successfully completed the certificate programs from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), including the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy programs in both pension and health administration, and is a graduate of the Trustees Masters Program.

Mr. Feckner is a past president of the California School Employees Association and past executive vice president of the California Labor Federation. He is a member of the Napa County Democratic Central Committee.

He and his wife live in Napa, California.

Nuria Fernandez May 25, 2017
CEO/General Manager Valley Transportation Authority
CEO/General Manager Valley Transportation Authority