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There is No One Path to Success | John Sims

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow '77

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John Sims

President of Global Sales
Blackberry
University of Glasgow '77

About The Talk:

John Sims presented at the very first Biz Talks event while he was President of Global Sales at Blackberry.We hand-picked him to close for the diversity of his experiences. He has business experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, management, SAP, and technology. John’s Biz Talk will share 4 secrets to get the most our of your career and help you advance quickly. His story serves as a perfect example; going from studying accounting in law in Glasgow, Scotland, to President of Global Sales in California. Learn from  his experiences with building a foundation in your education and choosing a company to start out with. John Sims’ Biz Talk is the piece of inspiration you need to get moving in the right direction.

How to Become a World Class Advisor | Ed Byers

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Ed Byers

Principal
Deloitte Consulting
Chico State '88

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Ed Byers

Principal
Deloitte Consulting
Chico State '88

About The Talk:

Ed graduated from Chico State and has been at Deloitte for over 20 years. He is now a Principal in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Service, working primarily in the Technology and Health Care Provider Sectors. His Biz Talk distinguishes between what a world-class advisor is thought to be and what it is. It also explains the difference between an advisor and a subject-matter expert. He shares highlights from his career and breaks down 5 keys to becoming a world-class advisor. Ed is very involved with community service through SAGE, Deloitte’s Pro Bono Program, and more. He has extensive knowledge in auditing business processes, and other consulting areas. Ed brings energy and enthusiasm to both his Biz Talk and his career!

Secrets of a Young Female Manager | Jessica Madrigal

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Jessica Madrigal

Vice President
Bjork Construction Company
Chico State '10

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Jessica Madrigal

Vice President
Bjork Construction Company
Chico State '10

About The Talk:

When Jessica graduated from Chico State’s Construction Management program in 2010, there were only 4 women in her graduating class. She works in what has historically been one of the most male-dominated industries, where being a female project manager has it’s challenges. She meets these challenges head on and in her Biz Talk, shares the 4 principles that have guided her to success. She is now a co-owner of her family’s business, Bjork Construction Company - a 100% women-owned business. Watch Jessica’s talk to see what it takes to manage employees with more experience from you and to learn from them along the way.

Setting Yourself Apart | Jeni DeSpain

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Jeni DeSpain

Director of Sales
Build.com
Chico, CA

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Jeni DeSpain

Director of Sales
Build.com
Chico, CA

About The Talk:

Jeni DeSpain has had a unique career path, taking her from hairstylist to Director of Sales at Build.com. But setting herself apart as a salesperson has helped her every step of the way. In just 5 years she went from Data Clerk to Director of Sales at one of the fastest-growing online home improvement retailers. Watch her Biz Talk to learn what she does to stand out and how putting people first has made all the difference. In her various roles at Build, Jeni has increased the company’s revenue by millions of dollars in mere months and she now leads teams that bring in over $20 million per month! Watch her Biz Talk for the secrets to becoming a better salesperson and a better leader.

Finding Meaning in Financial Planning | Kimberly Foss

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Kimberly Foss

Founder & CEO
Empyrion Wealth Management
Chico State '97

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Kimberly Foss

Founder & CEO
Empyrion Wealth Management
Chico State '97

About The Talk:

Kimberly came to Chico State as a computer science major but graduated with a degree in finance. Her Biz Talk illustrates how money gives you choices in life and how she got her start in the finance industry. Kimberly later founded Empyrion Wealth Management - recognized as one of the top wealth managers by Bloomberg. She gives a passionate testament to why her career as a certified financial planner has been so rewarding. As a Biz Talks speaker, she generously donated many copies of her New York Times bestseller, Wealthy By Design to the audience. In 1999 Kimberly was the first woman, and the youngest person ever to be recognized by Chico’s College of Business as a distinguished alum. Let Kimberly inspire you to make an impact with a career in finance.

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