CEO ACADEMY 2017-2018

May 24, 2018 | Archives

20 Executives. 9 Months. 
1 Breakthrough Opportunity.


CEO Academy: The Art of Impact

Over the next nine months, 20 of California’s most successful diverse business executives will learn the skills and strategies to drive their organizations’ growth, culture and bottom-line results to unexpected heights. Shouldn’t you be one of them?

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We’re strong for our customers and communities.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial financial services through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, online (wellsfargo.com), and mobile devices. 

We’re headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re decentralized so every local Wells Fargo location is a headquarters for satisfying our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially. We do business with 70 million customers and one in three U.S. households. Wells Fargo has approximately 273,000 team members in 42 countries and territories across our more than 90 businesses.

ABOUT THE CEO ACADEMY:

It’s not for everyone. But you’re not everyone.

The CEO Academy is a leadership and business development cohort for thriving MBEs in the SCMSDC network. This nine-month program will bring together executive masterminds to help grow their capacities and capabilities while also increasing wealth creation and establishing strong strategic partnerships across diverse industries. Upon completion of this program, participants will share academy outcomes and business impact with the SCMSDC Board and the Wells Fargo Leadership.

Participants will be notified of acceptance through email by August 16, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Marlene Nantell at mnantell@scmsdc.org.


Application Deadline: August 9, 2017
Tuition: $1200

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Advanced Leadership Training: 
For CEOs. By CEOs.


SESSION

01:

Wed, August 30, 2017

5:00 – 7:30 pm
SCMSDC Offices, DTLA

CEO Academy Kick-off: Business Passion
Keynote Speaker: Karim Webb, Restaurateur

SCMSDC’s CEO Academy 2017 hits the ground running with a program overview, a welcome kit for each participant and a keynote presentation by Karim Webb, speaking on his experiences as an entrepreneur and the power of authentic engagement, which breeds deeper loyalty (both internally and externally), increased sales, greater productivity and higher margins. Learn how such high-touch approaches to business and leadership can make a meaningful difference, not only in the community but also on the balance sheet.


SESSION

02:

Wed, September 27, 2017    

5:00 – 7:30 pm
SCMSDC Offices, DTLA

Leadership and Executive Presence
Speaker: Chris Bryant, Chief Experience Officer

Forbes magazine calls it an “illusive art,” one that can make or break you as a leader and significantly impact the success of your organization. Executive presence refers to your ability to embody extraordinary poise, confidence and business savvy, while modeling excellence for your staff. This newly identified “x-factor” may not be in every executive’s playbook yet, but it has never been more important. Learn techniques used by world-class business leaders to build a culture of excellence, elevate staff performance and create customer experiences that drive bottom-line results.


SESSION

03:

Sun, October 29, 2017    

9:00 am – noon
Citrus Studio, Santa Monica

Leading Your Brand Successfully
Kalika Yap and Erika Brechtel, Branding Experts

This interactive, surprising (and downright fun) three-hour workshop will incorporate hands-on brand personality exercises to help you reveal your brand’s core essence, define specific touch points to better convey your brand in a way that connects with your audience, and build a passionately devoted following. Learn how simply staying focused, relevant and authentic can turn a bland brand into a phenomenon, a phenomenon into an icon.


SESSION

04:

Wed, November 29, 2017    

5:00 – 7:30 pm
SCMSDC Offices, DTLA

Operational Leadership, Part I – Legal
Kristen Nesbit, Fisher & Phillips

What every senior leader needs to know to protect the company. Learn about federal and state labor and employment laws so you can ensure your operation is in compliance. Hear real-life case studies recounting simple errors that have severely damaged companies’ business, culture and climate. And get current on best practices with regard to employee relations issues in order to mitigate your company’s risk and maximize its opportunities.


SESSION

05:

Fri, January 12, 2018

10:00 am – 2:00 pm    
SCMSDC Offices, DTLA

Operational Leadership, Part IIA – Business Performance
Erika Williams-Rogers, Organizational Development Specialist

Are you managing multiple facets of your company (e.g., sales, finance, marketing, etc.) or are you leading your team to manage them via clear strategy, metrics and standardized workflows and systems? A CEO’s level of operational leadership can be a key indicator of whether a company is ready to expand, scale or even sell. In this session, you’ll learn the key success factors of operational leadership, and complete an Operational Leadership Assessment to see if these factors are present in your current approach. 


SESSION

06:

Fri, February 23,2018        

10:00 am – 2:00 pm    
SCMSDC Offices, DTLA

Operational Leadership, Part IIB – Business Performance
Erika Williams-Rogers, Organizational Development Specialist

In this session, you will review and interpret the results of your Operational Leadership Assessment from the previous session. But more importantly, you will learn how to translate those results into a Strategic Action Plan to further enhance your operational leadership skills, along with methods to systemically boost accountability and productivity within the organization. As a bonus, there will be a corporate panel discussion regarding the procurement outlook for participants’ companies.


SESSION

07:

Thur, April 19, 2018        

5:00 – 8:00 pm    
CR&A Custom, Los Angeles

Transformational Leadership
Carmen Rad, Owner of CR&A Custom
Tony Green, Six Sigma Expert                   
Debbie Lumpkin, Project Management Expert

Tour a Six Sigma Operation and learn from the experts how high-efficiency, repeatable processes can transform your business. As your business matures, your objective will be to maximize profits and reduce overhead. In this session, you will gain a detailed understanding of your operational costs as well as your daily procedures/processes, enabling you to begin to streamline your operations for optimum repeatability, efficiency and profitability.


SESSION

08:

Wed, May 30, 2018

12:00 – 2:00 pm
University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Graduation Luncheon
Virginia Gomez, President of SCMSDC
Peter Lee, Vice President of Supplier Diversity of Wells Fargo
Past facilitators and corporate guests will be in attendance to help us celebrate

Congratulations! It’s time to celebrate not only this achievement, but the amazing new realm of opportunity it opens up for you. As a CEO Academy graduate, you will receive a certificate of completion and enjoy one last cohort gathering (with photo op!) before heading off into the world to apply all that you’ve learned … taking your business farther than even you would have imagined just nine months ago.

WHO WE ARE:

Leading the leaders.

DEBBIE LUMPKIN (Facilitator)

DEBBIE LUMPKIN (Facilitator)

CONSULTANT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERT

During her 20 years with Southern California Edison (SCE) — the last quarter of which she served as Principal Manager of Supplier Diversity & Contract Management, delivering over $1.5 billion in contracts to diverse business enterprises — Debbie Lumpkin developed an extraordinary passion for business and helping others that has led, quite organically, to her new and thriving career as an entrepreneur. In just four short years, she has launched both Laissez Style, an online and mobile pop-up boutique and styling service, and Debbie E. Lumpkin Consulting (DELC), serving small and diverse businesses, new startups and companies seeking to break into the California marketplace. Drawing upon her experience at the helm of SCE’s Supplier University (now called EDGE), DELC provides business readiness training, business planning, strategy development and execution, request for proposal (RFP) support, coaching and mentoring through established business organizations, as well as corporate and prime contractor support in achieving diversity targets.

Lumpkin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute at the University of Southern California (USC). She has completed course work for a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, and is currently completing curriculum for the Leadership California program.

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Debbie on LinkedIn →

KARIM WEBB

KARIM WEBB

RESTAURATEUR

From working in one of his parents’ McDonald’s restaurants as a teen to running his own restaurant management company 25 years later, Karim Webb has risen steadily and relentlessly through the ranks of the restaurant industry. Today, as Owner and Operations Partner of PCF Restaurant Management, his ongoing success is driven by a deep, longstanding commitment to community engagement and developing conscientious leaders, from the entry level to the C suite.

Webb’s expertise and contributions have earned him speaking engagements at the NAACP: Leadership 500 Panel, the Women’s Financial Empowerment Symposium, the National Restaurant Industry Group: Taste of Tomorrow and many more. He also serves as Special Advisor to the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), Foundation Vice-Chairman of Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC), and is a Board member of the LA Kitchen and Living Through Giving (Hashtag Lunchbag).

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Karim on LinkedIn →

CHRIS BRYANT

CHRIS BRYANT

CHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER

A leading authority in customer experience, leadership, personal branding and executive presence, Chris Bryant and his training and consulting firm, Bryant Group, provide best-in-class strategies and techniques for building brand loyalty and lasting success. His client roster reads like a Who’s Who of corporate titans, ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Chrysler, and Nestlé to over 30 professional sports franchises in the NFL, NBA, ML and NHL.

Bryant’s sought-after mastery of the customer experience grew out of his career with Ritz-Carlton Hotels, where he led the largest Ritz-Carlton in North America to a #1 guest satisfaction rating. While there, he served as a Director of Training and Development, company spokesman and a key member of the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center. Today, his expertise is in demand not only by major corporations, but also the media, having been featured on MSNBC, in Black Enterprise Magazine, Ebony Magazine and on careerbuilder.com.

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Chris on LinkedIn →

KALIKA YAP

KALIKA YAP

BRANDING EXPERT

A serial entrepreneur and former journalist for CNBC and Bloomberg, Kalika Yap is the founder of award-winning interactive branding agency Citrus Studios, based in Santa Monica. Since launching Citrus in 1999, she has also become an inventor — creating the innovative accessory Luxe Link to keep women’s handbags fashionably off the floor — and the CEO and founder of Honolulu’s first high-end waxing salon, The Waxing Company. Her latest startup is Orange & Bergamot, a digital branding firm whose mission is to democratize branding and marketing for 1M women-owned businesses.

Yap has been featured as an expert guest on the topic of entrepreneurship on MSNBC, Hallmark Home & Family and the Business Rockstars podcast. She has also appeared in Inc., Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, The Today Show and was featured in fashion brand BCBG’s campaign highlighting the new guard of top women executives.

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Kalika on LinkedIn →

ERIKA BRECHTEL

ERIKA BRECHTEL

BRANDING EXPERT

An award-winning creative director and brand designer, Erika Brechtel brings to the table 15 years of experience developing unique identities for international clients through digital, print and social media, and photography art direction and styling. At erikabrechtel.com, she leads an editorial team to deliver highly curated, original content in design, home, fashion, fitness, beauty, food, travel and art.

In 2016, Brechtel co-founded Mavens Media Group, providing content and community dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs. She has contributed hosted content and interviews for EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization) and Inc.com, and has appeared in SELF magazine and on Huffington Post Home, Today.com and Refinery29. She continues to lead branding workshops and speak at events, most recently at the LA Business Journal Women’s Summit, the LA County Women’s Leadership Conference and Entrepreneur’s Organization’s global EO24 virtual day.

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Erika on LinkedIn →

KRISTEN NESBIT

KRISTEN NESBIT

FISHER & PHILLIPS

A partner at national labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips, Kristen Nesbit represents employers throughout the US in a full range of labor and employment matters. Her focus is on finding practical, cost-effective solutions to the needs of her clients, which include startups, national and international companies and public entities across a range of industries. She also assists MBEs, WBEs and VBEs in developing employment policies, practices and procedures that enable them to meet supplier diversity objectives related to employee recruitment, retention and performance.

Nesbit has also brought her supplier diversity expertise to the table in her role as the firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Council (“WILC”) Ambassador and as its Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow for 2015-16. Named one of the National Advocate’s Top 100 African-American Lawyers for two years running, in 2016 she received the L.A. Biz “Women of Influence” Award.

ERIKA WILLIAMS-ROGERS

ERIKA WILLIAMS-ROGERS

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Following a distinguished career with global corporations including Procter & Gamble, Warner Bros. and Mattel, Erika Williams-Rogers founded Elevate Lyfe LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in supporting companies in the expansion and scaling phases to develop the capacity, applied leadership, workflows and systems needed to realize sustainable growth, efficiency and productivity. To that end, she designed the MOR=E Business Formula™, a comprehensive yet simple methodology integrating strategy development, implementation and resource allocation to empower companies and corporate business units to achieve optimal results.

Today, Williams-Rogers is known for translating corporate and entrepreneurial strategies into invaluable leadership and business training for executives, business owners and organizations, including the SBA’s SCORE program, for which she serves as a workshop facilitator. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and a certified life coach recognized by the International Coaches Federation.

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Erika on LinkedIn →

CARMEN RAD

CARMEN RAD

OWNER OF CR&A CUSTOM

At only 26, Carmen Red parlayed her fashion design and marketing background into launching CR&A Custom. With no outside funding or equity to secure a loan, she began marketing for her custom clothing and embroidery from her extra bedroom, with just one employee: her mother. Soon, with her fashion and textiles expert husband Masoud onboard as her business partner, CR&A transitioned from promotional apparel to large format printing.

Now, 24 years later, they work out of a 25,000-square-foot facility in Los Angeles with major brands like Coca-Cola, Coors, AEG, the FBI and the Marines. CR&A has also launched two new companies: Strawberry Notes, which converts children’s artwork onto canvas, flags, tote bags and shower curtains, and Hashtag Cutouts, which prints hash tags onto interactive boards for events and promotions. They are one of only a handful of digital and outdoor advertising companies in America that is minority- and women-owned.

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Carmen on LinkedIn →

TONY D. GREEN

TONY D. GREEN

SIX SIGMA EXPERT

Through more than 26 years driving organizational growth, transformation and profitability for organizations including Southern California Edison, Black & Decker, General Motors, Paccar, Value Chain and Toyota, Tony Green has developed the prized and proven ability to manage and motivate large, cross-functional teams while achieving buy-in across multiple stakeholder groups. He is a deft performance manager, consistently driving productivity while reducing costs, as well as a skilled communicator, with years of experience successfully managing contractors, union and non-union personnel.

A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt with an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of the Pacific (1993), Green has an innate capacity for seeing not only the big picture, but also the tactical steps that will bring the vision to reality.

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Tony on LinkedIn →

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