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Leadership Conference on Overcoming Adversity

'Learning from the Masters' Features CEOs Sharing Experiences and Challenges

April 10, 2013


Executives from throughout Southern California will share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned about leadership during Cal State Fullerton's Center for Leadership May 3 conference, "Learning From the Masters: Lessons About Overcoming Adversity From Business Founders and CEOs."


Guest speakers include:

  • Richard Afable, president and CEO, Covenant Health Network, and former president/CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Lucy Dunn, president/CEO, Orange County Business Council
  • Steve Fortunato, president/CEO, roomforty, Glassell Park-based catering company
  • Lacy Kelly, CEO, Association of California Cities, Orange County
  • Dennis Kuhl, chairman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Thomas Phelps, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • Tyler Russell, founder, Laguna Beach radio station KX 93.5 FM
  • Shaheen Sadeghi, founder, Costa Mesa-based LAB Antimall
  • Ryder Todd Smith, founder, Tripepi Smith & Associates, Irvine-based marketing-public relations firm
  • Michael Jay Solomon, president/CEO, Truli Media Group, and former president of Warner Bros. International Television
  • Ronald Stein, founder, PTS Staffing Solutions of Irvine


Friday, May 3
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Fairmont Newport Beach
4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 92660


During the program, the Center for Leadership will present an Excellence in Executive Leadership Award to an executive who has demonstrated exemplary leadership success and an Excellence in Leadership Development Award to an Orange County-based organization that has excelled in developing its human capital.


$225 per person general admission, $2,000 for group of 10. Sponsorships are available.



The Center for Leadership, 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 develop leadership skills. In addition to the 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. Center director is Jay Barbuto, associate professor of management.

More Info:

Call 657-278-5170 or email

Media Contact:

Jay Barbuto, Center for Leadership, 657-278-8675 
Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852 

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