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What Can Big Data Do For You? | Tom Wilder

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Tom Wilder

Executive Director of SAP UCC
California State University, Chico
Chico State ’96

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Tom Wilder

Executive Director of SAP UCC
California State University, Chico
Chico State ’96

About The Talk:

If you’re studying HR, management, or sales, you might not be thinking about how big data will directly affect your work… yet. Tom has a wide variety of expertise including Management Information Systems, SAP, and Project Management. And he earned the Stanford Advanced Project Management certification. His Biz Talk focuses on the power of big data and the diversity of business implications that it will have. Tom received his MBA from Chico State and has now taught or co-taught over 24 different classes through the College of Business. Tom’s Biz Talk is thought-provoking and exciting; it tells a story of how any student could create their dream job, or at least become better at it, using big data as a tool.

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.

Taking Finance Beyond Wall Street | Scott Hanson

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Scott Hanson

Founder & CEO
Hanson McClain Advisors
Chico State ’90

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Scott Hanson

Founder & CEO
Hanson McClain Advisors
Chico State ’90

About The Talk:

Scott Hanson gives the perfect Biz Talk for anyone who’s on the the fence about whether or not to go into finance. His Biz Talk covers the core areas of finance and what career options are available in each. Scott also addresses the common concerns about most people’s perception of finance. Scott is a Certified Financial Planner and a founder of Hanson McClain Advisors. They currently manage over $2 billion in assets. He explains how CFP’s can help people achieve their goals. Scott also co-hosts one of the longest running financial radio programs in America as part of Money Matters Academy and has written three books.

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!

The Freedom in Sales | Greg Chagaris

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Greg Chagaris

Co-Founder
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’69

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Greg Chagaris

Co-Founder
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’69

About The Talk:

After graduating from Chico State, Greg started his career working for companies like Shell and Xerox, where he became experienced in sales. Later, he learned how to sell intangibles at Dataquest before ultimately founding Outsell, Inc. in 1994. Outsell is a research and advisory firm for publishing, media, and tech companies. Today, Greg leads Outsell’s strategic global business development. Greg’s talk will inspire you with the passion he has for sales; finding freedom in the work he does.

Taking The Road Less Traveled | Chris Friedland

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State ’99

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Chris Friedland

Founder & CEO
Build.com
Chico State ’99

About The Talk:

As the first Biz Talk ever, Chris set the stage for all future speakers with his high energy, comedic attitude, and intense passion. Chris founded Build.com while attending Chico State and Build now generates over half a Billion dollars in revenue a year. He shares his experience with starting a company in college, and explains why you should take the entrepreneurial path. Since earning 10’s of millions from the sale of Build.com he has invested in several college start ups, while remaining Build’s CEO. One of his investments, MarketFleet, is where he joined forces with another Biz Talks speaker, Eli Libby (watch Eli’s talk – 6 steps to Marketing Success) to build on his success with e-commerce platforms.  Chris offers inspiration for building a startup while in college – who knows, your college startup might become his next investment.

Business for the Return on Humanity | Kim Box

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State ’83

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Kim Box

Founder & CEO
Kamere, Inc.
Chico State ’83

About The Talk:

Kim graduated from Chico State with a degree in Management and a minor in Computer Science. Since then she’s produced an emmy-award winning film, started a nonprofit, built an inspiration-based website, and much more. Her full biography is available at her website. Watch Kim’s Biz Talk to learn about a business principle called “Return on Humanity” and hear how she’s transformed her career to live and work with purpose. Her inspiring talk will reveal the keys to social entrepreneurship; building a business with an impact. For more insight, read her book, Woven Leadership: The Power of Diversity to Transform Your Organization for Success.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Michael Bryant

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State ’98

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Michael Bryant

Partner
LMGW
Chico State ’98

About The Talk:

Michael only needed to 23 months at LMGW (the #1 Tax preparation firm in the Silicon Valley) before making partner! His inspiring, Dr. Suess-themed Biz Talk will take you away from the traditional path laid out for accounting majors. Michael  found both an Accounting degree and his wife while at Chico State. He succeeded in those difficult classes with friends and other members of Beta Alpha Psi, accounting society. From there he took on a number of different roles and made major accomplishments including growing revenue by 500% as CFO of Leasing Express, Inc. His Biz Talk will motivate you to follow your heart and your work style to the career that’s right for you.

The Power of F5 | Tom Tognoli

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State ’95

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Tom Tognoli

Founder & CEO
Intero Real Estate
Chico State ’95

About The Talk:

Known by his friends as “Togs”, Tom Tognoli is recognized as one of the 100 most powerful people in real estate by the Swanepoel POWER 200. With over 25 years of experience, Tom is a leader and founding partner of Intero Real Estate. Watch Tom’s Biz Talk to see how he overcame the challenges of his learning disabilities to build a wildly successful business. Learn his principles for a good schedule and the power of F5: the five basic principles that take priority in his life. Tom is the author author of Intero’s Monday Morning Mojo blog, followed by tens of thousands of readers around the world. It explores and shares the principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. This talk is PACKED with gold nuggets of wisdom (from a reading list to a priority pyramid) that you can start implementing today!

6 Steps to Succeed in Marketing | Eli Libby

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Eli Libby

Marketing Director
Soul id
Chico State ’15

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Eli Libby

Marketing Director
Soul id
Chico State ’15

About The Talk:

Eli is a perfect example of how hard work and passion can excel success. In his energetic talk he shares 6 steps to become successful straight out of college. Before Eli stepped on stage as a Biz Talks speaker, he sat in the audience for the 1st annual Biz Talks event. Eli fuels his passion for marketing through three different startups. As the Marketing Director for Soul id, the social network dedicated to action sports, Eli is following his dream by working in the action sports industry. After graduating college he joined a different startup with Chris Friedland (check out Chris’ Biz Talk) and is now the brand manager of Winterial – a winter sport brand. Thanks to Libby Nelson Photography, Eli’s photography business, Biz Talks has the amazing photos seen on our website.

Creating Your Vision | Claudia Wentworth

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV
Chico State ’83

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Claudia Wentworth

Founder & CEO
Quick Mount PV
Chico State ’83

About The Talk:

As the co-founder and CEO of Quick Mount PV, Claudia Wentworth spends every day bringing sustainability and business together. Claudia’s Biz Talk tells the story of her time in Associated Students at Chico State, the lessons she learned, and how she applies them to her business. Claudia has been involved in the solar industry since 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in the green building and construction industry. She has co-invented 6 utility patents and has been named one of the Top 10 Women in Solar. She perfectly pairs entrepreneurship and sustainability in business. Watch her talk to learn more about the triple bottom line and the importance of creating a vision that everyone in your business can follow.

You’re in the Driver’s Seat | Jeff Spahr

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Jeff Spahr

Vice President, Specialty Business
Anthem, Inc.
Chico State ’98

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Jeff Spahr

Vice President, Specialty Business
Anthem, Inc.
Chico State ’98

About The Talk:

Jeff received is bachelor’s from Chico State in accounting and management information systems. This Biz Talk shares Jeff’s secret ingredient for success as well as valuable lessons about flexibility. As Vice President of Specialty business at Anthem, Inc. Jeff leads a portfolio of businesses. Using the power of data to facilitate communication across healthcare specialties, they are building a “whole health connection” for patients. His presentation reminds us that we are on a lifetime journey, that we are ultimately in control, and that whether it be vague or specific, we need to have a destination in mind. Watch this Biz Talk to get the full lesson in one engaging Google Maps metaphor!

The 3 P’s of Projects | Christy Mankin

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Christy Mankin, PMP

Manager
Oncore Consulting
Chico State ’04

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Christy Mankin, PMP

Manager
Oncore Consulting
Chico State ’04

About The Talk:

Christy Mankin is a manager for OnCore Consulting in the Sacramento Area. She graduated from Chico State with degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Now, Christy is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 12 years of experience in test management and project management roles for public sector clients. Watch this talk to hear how she found her passion for IT project management and get a review of some of Christy’s favorite projects. Christy is a versatile IT professional who focuses on delivering on-budget results under challenging deadlines. This Biz Talk shares the 3 P’s that describe why she loves project management.

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.

Product Management for Dummies | Ben Sampson

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Ben Samspon

Director of Product
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’15

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Ben Sampson

Director of Product
Outsell, Inc.
Chico State ’15

About The Talk:

Ben Sampson graduated from Chico State in 2015 with a degree in Project Management and minor in Entrepreneurship. But all of his expertise in technology, came from self- teaching and trial and error. Ben has founded 2 start-ups and now works as a product manager for Outsell, Inc. in Burlingame, CA. He and the co-founder of Outsell, Greg Chagaris, met through their connections in Biz Talks when Greg needed someone with a special set of skills to head Outsell’s product teams. Ben’s energetic Biz Talk details what you can do to teach yourself the skills a product manager needs and what traits it takes to succeed. As director of product, Ben manages the development of online social networks for executives, advanced databases, and all intrapreneurial efforts at Outsell. This Biz Talk will show you the play-by-play of a day in the life of a product manager at a fast-paced company. If you have an interest in a newly-emerging business field, you need to watch Ben’s Biz Talk.

Entrepreneurs Recognize Problems | Scott Bedford

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Scott Bedford

Founder
Peninsula Capital Management Chico State ’82

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Scott Bedford

Founder
Peninsula Capital Management
Chico State ’82

About The Talk:

Scott Bedford’s first run-in with entrepreneurship sprang from the need to solve a problem for his business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. From then, he’s never stopped. After graduating from Chico State, Scott went on to found Peninsula Capital Management, become a Heliski guide for Powderbird, and run a nonprofit, Limelight, to help people with Lyme Disease. Scott’s Biz Talk will take you along on his journey and show you how to recognize transitions that will shape your business opportunities.

Finding Career Satisfaction | Jen Halford

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Jen Halford

Program Director
Wildcat Leadership Institute
Chico State ’00

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Jen Halford

Program Director
Wildcat Leadership Institute
Chico State ’00

About The Talk:

Jen received a bachelor’s in political science from Chico State before going on to study law at Santa Clara University. In her Biz Talk, Jen shares what drew her down the path to a career in law, and what moved her away from the corporate world into the world of education. Jen developed a ⅔ rule for qualifying her career choices and in this talk, she shares her rule with us. As Program Director at the Wildcat Leadership Institute, Jen helps students every day to develop the skills they need for the work force. She often coaches them through critical decisions we all have to make when launching our careers. Watch this Biz Talk for a relatable and informative Biz Talk that will give you a compass to navigate your career and the inspiration to pursue your dreams.

A Generational Opportunity | Alex Grieco

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Alex Grieco

Founder
Blue Fox Media
Chico State ’15

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Alex Grieco

Founder
Blue Fox Media
Chico State ’15

About The Talk:

Alex Grieco was born a salesman and a marketer – starting his first sales venture at the age of 7 (at least that he can remember). After graduating from Chico State in 2015, he founded Blue Fox Media, a digital marketing agency focused on growing clients’ revenue through today’s most active communication outlets. His Biz Talk focuses on the massive opportunity in the transition of marketing from traditional media outlets to mobile devices and social media platforms. Alex’s raw energy and excitement for what he does will motivate you to sleep less, work harder, and live by your passion every day.

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.

Attitude is Everything | Mark Pellowski

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Mark Pellowski

Sr. VP of Finance
Informatica Corporation
Chico State ’86

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Mark Pellowski

Sr. VP of Finance
Informatica Corporation
Chico State ’86

About The Talk:

Since graduating with an Accounting degree from Chico State in 1986, Mark has held financial management positions with several Silicon Valley software companies. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance for Informatica LLC – a data management company with over $1 Billion in revenue. Watch his Biz Talk to learn about the important teaching moment that shaped his career and his advice for long-term career success. After making the right changes to his attitude, Mark has been able to move up in his career while traveling the world through his work. Since joining Informatica in 2005 Mark has built and developed a world class financial department. He has supported the growth of Informatica from $220 million in revenue to the company’s current level of $1 Billion in revenue.

The Rodney Dangerfield of Business | Dave Filomeo

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Dave Filomeo

Former VP of Total Rewards and Performance Management Lockheed Martin
Chico State ’78

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Dave Filomeo

Former VP of Total Rewards and Performance Management
Lockheed Martin
Chico State ’78

About The Talk:

Dave Filomeo tells one of the most inspiring stories seen on the Biz Talks stage – about the decisions that saved an employee’s life! Dave was early on the scene of Human Resources, when the field didn’t get much respect or recognition as a business field. Through his role at Lockheed Martin, he worked to both partner with the business, and to make a difference for the company’s employees. This Biz Talk tells 3 distinct stories about the opportunity that HR professionals have to make an impact for individuals and for their businesses. If you’ve ever considered a career in human resources, or wonder why you should, be sure to watch this heart-warming Biz Talk.

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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