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Leadership Center Establishes Advisory Board

Oct. 26, 2012

Eighteen community and business leaders, including Orange County Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach, are charter members of the newly created advisory board for Cal State Fullerton's Center for Leadership.

The center, housed in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, was established to help develop programs and initiatives to assist students and members of the business community, learn and develop leadership skills.

"The partnership between the corporate world and the center will certainly enhance the educational experience for the school's business students," said Rob Reindl, corporate vice president of human resources for Edwards Lifesciences of Irvine.

"The advisory board guides all initiatives of the center, which includes academic programs, extracurricular opportunities for students and an executive program," said John E. Barbuto, director of the center and associate professor of management. "We are pleased that so many leaders have joined with us to help us work to meet the leadership needs of our region."

"The motto for the Mihaylo College of Business as it relates to its students is that they are 'Ready to Work. Ready to Lead.' This is why the Center for Leadership is such an important center within the college," said Greg S. Arbues, a member of the Mihaylo College Executive Council Advisory Board. In his professional life, he is president of Client Advocate Network in Santa Ana. "Leadership is not 'pushing' people into doing something; it is about inspiring people to do something of their own volition, drawing them into action by their own free will. Leadership skills can be developed over time, some through classroom lecture, but mostly from real-world experiential learning from those who have 'been there and done that'," he added.

In addition to an annual conference, the center recently established a Leadership Scholars Program that offers training, leadership presentations and job shadowing for students, as well as a "Bringing Learning to Work" program that brings faculty expertise to area organizations.

In addition to Moorlach, Reindl and Arbues, other inaugural members of the Center for Leadership Board of Advisors are:

  • Stephen Barker, senior leader, Resources Global Professionals, Costa Mesa
  • Jeff Black, partner, McDermott Bull Executive Search, Irvine, and a CSUF graduate, who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration-management and an MBA-finance
  • Susan H. Bowman, senior vice president, human resources, Emulex, Costa Mesa
  • Greg Cleveland, assistant vice president, talent development, Pacific Life Financial
  • Ian DiOrio, young adult pastor, Eastside Christian Church, and associate professor of servant leadership, Hope University
  • Terry Goldfarb-Lee, senior director, business development, Resources Global Professionals, Costa Mesa
  • Mark A. Jablonski, senior vice president, human resources, St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton
  • Laurie Jerome, vice president, talent management, Experian, Costa Mesa
  • Lisa Landouw, director, human resources, diversity and inclusion, Disneyland Parks and Resorts, Anaheim
  • Lacy Kelly, CEO, Association of California Cities, Orange County
  • Thomas D. Phelps, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Costa Mesa, and a member of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Dean's Advisory Board
  • Richard Ramsey, global project lead, Walt Disney International, Burbank
  • Jay Scott, vice president, human resources, H&S Ventures LLC, Corona del Mar
  • Scott Sherman, senior vice president, human resources, Allergan, Irvine
  • Russell T. Williams, CEO/president, Passkeys Foundation, Mission Viejo


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