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CSU Fullerton Leadership Center launches advisory board

More than a dozen community and business leaders take roles on the panel

by Jason WheelerPublished: November 05, 2012 10:05 AM

California State University, Fullerton has established a new advisory board for the Center for Leadership at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. The Leadership Center has named 18 community and businesses leaders as advisers, including Orange County Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach.

Created to assist in developing programs and initiatives for students and businesses to learn and develop leadership skills, the center is located in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Rob Reindl, a member of the board and corporate vice president of human resources for Edwards Lifesciences of Irvine, said he believes the center will enhance the education of business students. John E. Barbuto, director of the center and associate professor of management at CSU Fullerton, also explained the board’s broad agenda.

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

Greg Arbues, president and chief client advocate of Client Advocate Network and member of the advisory board, noted the relationship of the college’s motto of ‘Ready to Work, Ready to Lead’ and the Center for Leadership.

“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,” Arbues said. “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.”

The Leadership Center provides an annual conference as well as a Leadership Scholars Program, offering training, leadership presentations and job shadowing.

Other members of the board include:
  • Stephen Barker, senior leader of Resources Global Professionals
  • Jeff Black, partner at McDermott Bull Executive Search
  • Susan H. Bowman, senior vice president of human resources at Emulex
  • Greg Cleveland, assistant vice president of talent development at Pacific Life Financial
  • Ian DiOrio, young adult pastor of Eastside Christian Church
  • Terry Goldfarb-Lee, senior director of business development at Resources Global Professionals
  • Mark A. Jablonksi, senior vice president of human resources at St. Jude Medical Center
  • Laurie Jerome, vice president of talent management at Experian
  • Lisa Landouw, director of human resources, diversity and inclusion at Disneyland
  • Lacy Kelly, CEO of the Association of California Cities
  • Thomas D. Phelps, partner of Manatt at Phelps & Phillips
  • Richard Ramsey, global project lead at Walt Disney International
  • Scott Sherman, senior vice president of human resources at Allergan
  • Russel T. Williams, CEO/President of Passkeys Foundation

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